This is a long, ongoing problem but I'll try and keep it short. A few years ago I started having trouble swallowing. I don't choke on food or drinks and I don't have trouble getting food down. The only way I can explain it is that it feels almost too "gooey" to swallow my own spit. When just having a normal swallowing reflex I feel as though I can't. I feel as though I'm drowning or suffocating in phlegm. I went to the Dr. and before they even examined me they said I had heartburn and referred me to a digestive health specialist. Now, I have two children and with both pregnancies I had severe heartburn so I know what it feels like and I don't have heartburn. They performed an upper GI and said I have "massive reflux and a possible ulcer and started me on Omeprezol twice a day. while taking this medicine they tried other tests such as Pylori and lactose, endoscopy... but never found anything. In the meantime the medicine never solved my mysterious swallowing problem so the Dr. said I had Globus and that it was all in my head. So I stopped the Omprezol which subsequently caused me to now have heartburn. I called and without even seeing me prescribed me yet another acid reducer. I stopped taking any medicine, convinced that it was only making the problem worse. That was over the course of about a year and a half. Recently the swallowing issue had become so bad that it was making me gag and sometimes vomit so I went back to my PCP who referred me to a new digestive health specialist. I have a procedure scheduled to swallow some tube to test my throat pressure in December. Multiple times I have said that I do not think it has anything to do with my digestion/stomach/throat/esophagus etc. I am convinced that I have something wrong with my sinuses but no one will listen to me. Along with my swallowing issue which to me feels like thick mucus, I also have an over production of earwax which smells funny, a weird smell similar to my earwax IN my nose, a bad taste and smell coming from the back of my mouth, and really bad dizzy spells. Call me crazy but I'm no Doctor and all those signs point to sinuses. Am I wrong? Another thing to add which may or may not be related is that I quit smoking about three years ago I also have two impacted wisdom teeth coming in... I don't know. I'm at a loss and feel helpless. I hope someone can help.
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replied October 22nd, 2014
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Hi.

Your problems sound like extra-esophageal reflux which is sometimes called Laryngo-Pharyngeal Reflux (LPR) or silent reflux.

I, and many others, have experienced most of the symptoms you are describing.

Heartburn is associated with acid refluxing at the lower esophageal sphincter. Your omeprazole will reduce the acid but not the reflux. Non Erosive Reflux can still cause damage but not as much as the acidic kind. Do keep taking the acid suppressant medication to ensure no permanent damage is doen to your esophagus. (ie Barrett's Esophagus which can lead to cancer.)

Your reflux is due to a malfunctioning Lower Esophageal Sphincter but once breached, refluxate may travel up the esophagus and breach the upper sphincter, too whence it may be aspirated into the airways, chest, mouth, nose and even ears and eyes.

A recent survey of sufferers revealed the prevalence of the following symptoms of this aspiration of upper esophageal reflux:
"70% reported experiencing Hoarseness, 64% constant throat clearing, 58% post nasal drip, 58% Asthma-like symptoms (shortness of breath), 53% simusitis, 53% bad taste in mouth, 50% Globus (lump in throat), 42% chronic cough, 41% tooth decay or sharp edges to teeth, 35% Catarrhal symptoms (blocked nose), 35% Loss of voice, 35% dry or gritty eyes, 30% nocturnal ear waxing (particularly right ear {reflux being more common when lying on the right side})
In other responses, the following indicators were highly indicated: Bad breath, Tinnitus, Hyposmia (poor sense of smell), Sore throat."
And sinus problems are known to be caused by this.

Follow all the advice regarding reducing reflux: lose weight if necessary, avoid tight clothing, avoid exercises after food that will compress the stomach, leave at least 3 hours between your last meal and going to bed, raise the head of the bed 6 to 8 inches on blocks and sleep on your left side.

Good luck with your manometry tests. They are often combined with a 24hr pH test to measure your acidity levels.
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