Periodically and recurrently I get an illness with the following symptoms:
- When my illness starts, I get an irritated feeling at the upper back of my
mouth/throat,where there’s a connection to the nose.
Then later I get other symptoms:
- I feel warm, especially the face, like a fever
- upper nose irritated feeling
- eyes feel warm
- my sinus area, upper head area feels ‘tight’, irritated
- I get a sore throat
- I feel tired, lack my normal energy
- nose runs a small bit sometimes, nose is a bit stuffy
- sometimes a slight upset stomach
- these symptoms have been recurrent for years
- symptoms are there a few days, then I get better for a few days to a
week or two,then the symptoms come back again
- sometimes it’s like a constantly recurring mild sinus cold
- Many times when I eat, some food seems to go up through the passage at the
back of my mouth instead of down my throat, causing irritation in the
upper, back of my mouth and throat.
It seems to almost get sucked up the upper, back of my mouth
(i.e. opening leading to my nose).
This is often the start of my symptoms.
- I get inflammation of my nose and mouth/throat
- sometimes food seems to get stuck in my throat
Does anyone know what might be causing my recurring symptoms?
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The symptoms could be exacerbation of the GERD. It could also be hiatal hernia. Treatment is a combination of drugs to reduce the acid and lifestyle changes. You will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals for complete relief. Possibility of H pylori infection too should be looked into by a carbon urea breath test and a combination antibiotic tried. Many a times a persisting H pylori infection can be the cause behind acidity not responding to treatment. Also H pylori causes heat sensation in face.
Life style changes that will help include: Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Maybe these tips will help you.
If these tips do not help, then liver function test, pancreatic enzymes, and HIDA scan for gall bladder should be done. Food intolerance and inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, celiac etc should be considered. Log in what you eat and see if there is a correlation between a certain food type and the symptoms.
You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this. Take care!
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