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
The information provided is for patients’ education only and is not a medical advice. Always consult your personal physician for complete evaluation of your health problem.
- Ratnakar Kini M.D.