I have been suffering with whats been diagnosed as Acid reflux by an ENT doctor. Having tried all the usual over the counter medicines and taking my prescription of Omeprazole for several months, i find myself looking to the internet for help. So far on reading everyone's experiences and story's with Acid reflux i can't see how my symptoms truly relate to all the common signs of this health problem. I can go most of the day not experiencing any major problems with my Acid reflux, only as soon as i finish work and come home starting to wind down does it all flare up and cause major discomfort to me. In this case, not once have my symptoms caused me any pain as such other than the odd bit of heartburn which is very rare like once a month if ever. My main issue is my throat from what i can only imagine is a build up of Acid stuck to the back of my throat which causes major discomfort and difficulties when i lay down trying sleep. In layman's terms, the only other way i can describe the feeling in my throat is as if i had a chesty cough that was all built at the back of my throat and down the top end of my windpipe causing me to repetitively trying to clear or move the Mucus that is or isn't there only it it very stubborn and will not move. Swallowing becomes an issue, not when i eat, i have no problems there, its when I'm laying down in bed and i swallow, seems to feel like there is something blocked in my throat and when i swallow it has to go around it rather than push through it, whatever it is that's there. I do not suffer with any stomach pains, belching or sickness. I would add that my saliva seems to be very stringy at times and every morning i have a nose full of snot which is a very pale color almost like wall paper paste. I have had tonsillitis and throat infections before and the feeling i have in my throat is very similar to this but without any real soreness or pain.
Any thoughts or shared experiences like mine??
Thanks for reading.
The symptoms you describe are commonly found with reflux.
There are a few of us who can identify with the lump in the throat feeling (known as "globus hystericus"), the mucus, the blocked rear nasal passages which can provide post nasal drip and bad breath.
Not everyone who has acid reflux experiences heartburn which is sometimes termed "silent reflux".
The fact that you get this at night and when you relax after work indicates your lowers esophageal sphincter doesn't hold tight shut in its relaxed state.
The omeprazole will reduce the acid so the reflux will be less likely to do serious damage but it won't control the reflux (of bile, enzymes and chyme). You will have to concentrate on lifestyle changes to reduce this: lose weight, eat smaller portions more frequently, wear loose clothing, avoid exercise which constricts the stomach after eating, leave three hours between your last meal and going to bed.
Alcohol and smoking can also relax the LES so are best avoided.