While I see my MD regularly, there is something that she has been unable to help me with. I have GERD as a result of years with an eating disorder and in Sept. noticed as if my throat felt like I just ate a Halls. When I drink water or eat, it's icy cold or burns. A month after the first occurrence, l broke out with what looked like tonsilitis, but had no pain. Since then (Oct. 7), about every two weeks I get severe throat tightness and strain as if I've been talking for hours. And most times those white spots come back again. I have been tested for strep and mono, but nothing... Could this be a severe consequence of the GERD/purging and is a referral required for an ENT? Thanks in advance for your help.
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The symptoms that you describe suggest severe GERD and gastro-esophageal acid reflux causing the mucus to form in throat and give you the symptoms. Consider visiting an ENT surgeon to rule out pharyngeal, laryngeal and tonsil infections. Consider taking a consultation with a gastroenterology specialist and go ahead with an endoscopy to see the extent of the problem. You might need change of medications to more potent and higher acid suppressors along with diet and lifestyle changes. Keep your diet simple and bland (as far as possible avoid oil and junk food). Drink plenty of water. Reduce your caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Avoid citrus fruits and juices. Avoid taking potato, cabbage, cauliflower, they are known to aggravate the symptoms. Do not leave stomach empty for more than 3 hours (except when you are sleeping). Try having chilled milk twice a day, it should help in relieving your symptoms.
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