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throat swelling


  For about three months, I've had this swelling in my throat.  The throat isn't sore, but when I swallow, I can feel inflamation (inflammation) just below the adam's apple.  I also feel the food or liquid I eat moving down to my stomach (as if the swelling exists all the way down; like swallowing a pill without water).  When I laugh or breath hard, I have a slight weeze.  I'm conscious of my breathing, because it is inhibited in the slightest way.  The doctor gave me antibiotics....nothing.  Throat culture....nothing.
  I get temporary relief from prolonged exersise, and eating (for about five minutes).  When I sit, I fell like I'm burping about every two minutes, but the burp only comes half way up.  I don't have much heartburn, but maybe stomach acid is somehow causing the irritation?  I've also tried drinking a lot of water, in case it was dehydration....nothing.
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Dear Scott,
the symptoms that you describe could result from esophageal reflux or an esophageal motor abnormality i.e. impairment of normal coordinated esophageal contractions.  A trial of over-the-counter H2 receptor antagonists would be an initial step.  If your symptoms persist, then you need to see a doctor for other medications and possibly additional testing.
This information is presented for educational purposes only.  Ask specific questions to your personal physician.
HFHSM.D.-rf
*keywords; esophageal reflux.
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