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Hiatal Hernia, tightness in throat
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Hiatal Hernia, tightness in throat

Hi,
I have been experiencing tightness in my throat for almost a month now. It almost feels as if someone is pressing down on the right side of my throat. At other times it feels like there's a lump in my throat. I have been seeing an ENT and had a barium swallow done and they concluded that I had acid reflux. I've been on protonix for about 2 weeks now. I'm just curious is this feeling of tightness in the neck common with GERD? I can't help but feel like its something else. I had a scan of my thyroid done and there was nothing seen there. The thyroid tests also show everything within "normal range". Thanks in advance
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Yes, GERD can cause tightness in the throat.
Continue taking protonix.
Lifestyle changes are also important -

Lifestyle 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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