I am a 22 year old Asian/Caucasian female with decent health. For about two years I've had this strange problem that, at first wasn't too bad and handled with OTCs, but now it's starting to happen a lot more often.
I was told it was GERD, but this feeling of something slowly crawling back up my throat doesn't hurt or burn. There is no nausea or chest pain, and happens only when I go to bed or lay down for more than a couple of hours. I was able to 'stop' it by propping myself up when sleeping, but when that stopped working I used Pepto, which worked for a while. Now that also has stopped being effective, and even if I never fully lay down, if I am not completely upright I feel like something gross (but not acidic or burning) is coming up my throat.
Now it doesn't ALWAYS happen when I lay down. Some nights I never feel it, and sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night. But I'm not sure if this is just a less severe version of GERD or something else.
Forgot to add: this happens regardless of food/drink consumption. Whether or not I eat/drink or however long its been, this occurs. I've tried to drink milk to push whatever it is back down, but it has no effect.
I had a similar sensation. Acid reflux doesn't always cause physical pain, at least it didn't in my case. However, the acid eroded my vocal cords permanently, and ate the enamel off my teeth requiring having to have my teeth capped. I had the Nissen Fundoplication surgery which fixed the problem, but the acids can do a lot of damage very quickly. I'd have it checked out also.
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