I have had a nagging little cough for years. i have never had heartburn or any of the other symptoms of GERD, with the exception of the coughing. My primary care (and pulmonologist) both thought it could be gerd. They prescribed Protonix and my cough has been virtually eliminated.
However, I now have a very weird feeling in my esophagus. I call it a bubbling or gurgling sensation. No burning sensation at all, just this weird bubbling that I feel going on, whether I'm prone or sitting. It doesn't cause me to burp. I never seems to come all the way up, it's just this weird sensation like bubbles in my esophagus. A very weird feeling. Any thoughts on what this could be?
Gurgling feeling in the esophagus could be due to a diverticulum. A carefully done endoscopy may reveal it. Barium swallow is another option to diagnose it.
Sometimes it could be due to GERD itself. Though heartburn is the classic symptom of GERD, certain individuals may not compalin of the typical heartburn. In case of doubt, 24 hours pH monitoring may be done to diagnose and confirm GERD.
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