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Swollen lymph nodes and acid reflux

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I suffer from heartburn and recently burnt my throat badly with acid Reflux. Soon after I developed lumps in my throat and chest cavity. That are painful but seemed to hurt more when it is cold or when I drink something cold. I do not have medical assistance so was wondering if this sounds severe enough for me to go to the ER and pay that large bil?

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replied September 16th, 2009
Acid Reflux Answer A7262
Given the details you sent in, It seems likely that the ‘lumps in my throat and chest cavity’ could be swollen lymph nodes. Also, since they are painful when exposed to cold temperature, they are likely to be lymph nodes. Local inflammation due to acid reflux could be the cause.

The treatment is to control the reflux by a combination of drugs and lifestyle changes. For treatment, you would need to consult a specialist or a PCP.

The life style changes you can make are: Avoid heavy meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, fried and spicy food, and drinks both alcoholic and non- alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Go to bed at least 2 hours after eating food. Needless to say, give up smoking.

However a confirmed diagnosis cannot be made on the internet. Yes, your condition requires treatment and if ER is the only option available to you then you will have to exercise that. Otherwise, a PCP can help you out.
Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Take care!

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