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?
asked byJane_B_ (0)
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on April 30, 2013
at 06:49 PM
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.
PS - and practicing what I preach, I also had thyroid blood tests done.
on April 30, 2013
at 06:14 PM
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.