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Any GERD sufferers have trouble discerning when full?

Commented on May 01, 2013
Created April 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I started dealing with GERD about 2 years ago. Although both my parents have dealt with digestion problems, I'd have to admit that I set the course for trouble by eating and then exercising strenuously right afterwards or overeating while wearing skinny jeans (yep, silly and so not worth it).

Other than actual heartburn, the most annoying symptom was constant globus, or that sensation of a lump in my throat. It's generally harder to talk. I have to clear my throat almost constantly and my voice gets fatigued very quickly so that I am hoarse after only ~5 minutes of talking. Globus also seems to affect my ability to detect when I've eaten my fill.

Thankfully I eventually found my way to the paleo diet and the long-term perspective for gut healing. Despite the fact that I don't deal with heartburn as much anymore, globus, though less intense, is still present and correspondingly still preventing me from sensing satiety at point before I've hit the mark of overeating.

Has anyone else dealt with something like this? If so, would it go away when my gut heals completely?

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Good! That warrants a second opinion.

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I recently went to a PCP to get blood work done just so that I can see if my recent increase of stress and insomnia episodes over the past year has impacted my hormone levels. I haven't gotten the results back but I will be going back once I've seen the gastroenterologist. My PCP might very well refer me to an endocrinologist because I did complain about my energy levels really bottoming out some, if not most, days. I'm guessing age and insomnia episodes are partially to blame but my peers don't seem to deal with similarly intense fatigue issues.

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I did see a gastro doctor before who did an endoscopy and found nothing physically wrong with my esophagus. He just prescribed PPI inhibitors and sent me on my way. I am scheduled to see a different gastro doctor this week to see if anything has changed for the worse/better.

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I have suffered with GERD and I have suffered from a burning "lump" in my throat. But the symptom only showed up an hour after I ate and it did not affect my ability to sense satiety.

To be safe, I would recommend you see a doctor to examine your throat. Thyroid growths can often cause issues with swallowing. Your doctor should feel around your throat for palpable growths and have you take the standard suite of thyroid-related blood tests. He/she may want you to see an endocrinologist. No need for panic, it's just a precaution. Should your thyroid be the culprit (or contributing factor) it's best to deal with it before matters get ugly.

_Lazza

PS - and practicing what I preach, I also had thyroid blood tests done.

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on April 30, 2013
at 07:26 PM

I recently went to a PCP to get blood work done just so that I can see if my recent increase of stress and insomnia episodes over the past year has impacted my hormone levels. I haven't gotten the results back but I will be going back once I've seen the gastroenterologist. My PCP might very well refer me to an endocrinologist because I did complain about my energy levels really bottoming out some, if not most, days. I'm guessing age and insomnia episodes are partially to blame but my peers don't seem to deal with similarly intense fatigue issues.

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I want to make sure you've seen a gastroenterologist for this. Esophageal stricture could cause those symptoms as well as other serious things. A history of GERD is a history of esophageal erosion, and there can be damage that diet alone may not heal.

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on May 01, 2013
at 05:00 AM

Good! That warrants a second opinion.

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on April 30, 2013
at 07:16 PM

I did see a gastro doctor before who did an endoscopy and found nothing physically wrong with my esophagus. He just prescribed PPI inhibitors and sent me on my way. I am scheduled to see a different gastro doctor this week to see if anything has changed for the worse/better.

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