Hi, I am a 28 year old female and a smoker. Off and on I get a feeling of something stuck in my throat when theres really nothing there. The doctor said I had anxiety but also scoped my throat last summer and said I do have acid reflux. I don't really get heartburn but I do get stabbing pains in my throat that spread to my chest and drinking water usually helps. For the last year or so, I have had problems with food getting stuck in my throat when I eat anything, even cottage cheese sometimes but bread and meat are the worst. It won't go down and hurts and I drink enough and it finally goes down. Sometimes I get hiccups when it's stuck. I am also a bit of a hypocondirac. My question is this: Are these all really symptoms of acid reflux because when I look these up online, it says that is a symptom of esophagus cancer and now I'm worried about it. I know I need to quit smoking so I'm going to try. I have no insurance to get another scope so do you think the last scope a little over a year ago wouldn't shown up if it was that? The doctor at the walk in clinic put me on aciphex but I ran out of sample and am now taking prilosec otc. Thanks!
Though the classic symptom of acid reflux is heartburn, it need not be present in all the patients. A few patients have symptoms like stickiness in the throat, swallowing difficulty, recurrent cough, hoarseness of voice etc.
Esophageal cancer can be easily made out by endoscopy and as per the details provided by you, you dont have any growth made out in endoscopy.
24 hours pH monitoring test is confirmatory for acid reflux.
PPI for 4-8 weeks and life style modifications can provide relief.
Life style modifications -
1. Head elevation while sleeping
2. Small frequent meals
3. Going to bed 2- 3 hours after food
4. Avoiding bed time snacks
5. Avoiding smoking and alcohol
6. Avoiding tight fitting clothes
7. Avoiding cola, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, spicy food
8. Weight reduction
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