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Burning, soreness in throat with GERD. Treatment?

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I am very nervous. I have had a soar throat since Monday. Started feeling like it was burned. I got off a three week trial of Nexium and about four days off it was like all of sudden I really had GERD. My primary doc put me on nexium saying I prob had too much stomach acid after having my baby (had burning in my tummy from six weeks post partum and now 8 months post partum). Gastro doc said I probably had gerd too although I didn't have symptoms really in my throat. SO I assumed my tummy backfired all that tummy acid I took out. I modified my diet, saw an accupunturist who did a great pinpointed treatment on tummy and cut out gluten for this week. On Friday I thought wow I am doing better...oh and I added in Pepcid OTC because that had worked for me years ago. Yesterday I woke up and felt like I had a canker soar deep down in my throat (like in the esophagus side). my right gland started to swell. Then I noticed I started running a mild increase in temp 99.2 all week (I am normally 97.8) so it felt warm for me. Well today glands on both sides of my neck are like gum balls, I felt a little gaggy today and like there was cotton in my throat when I talked. Tonight I noticed the back sides of my tongue (if I stick it out as far as I can stretch it all is inflammed like when I had tonsiliis ...I googled and I think these are the lingual tonsils? I had the big ones in my throat taken out many years ago.

Should I worry about suffocating? I have 100 degree fever tonight. The back of my throat looks red and I cannot tell if I have white spots or if its just food particles but boy the back of my tongue looks like thick fatty flesh that grew back there on the back sides of the tongue. It freaked me out!!!! Should I jump to cancer or is it likely it is GERD that got infected in the area?

How will a doc know? Anything to ease my worry. I am home alone with baby and 7 year old...hubby out town.

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You are suffering from sore throat, burning sensation.
since yesterday you have neck swelling(neck nodes) throat pain and mild fever,throat foreign body
sensation and you posterior pharyngeal wall congested now. Your tonsils already removed.
Most likely you are suffering form throat infection now for 2 days and burning sensation in throat for
a week may be feature of GERD only.

Now you need treatment of throat infection which you can start after consulting local ent specialist or
physician. You can start following medicines
Cap- amoxicillin 500MG two times daily for 5 days.
Tab. Levocetirizine 5mg once in night for 5days.
GERD can be treated with nexium and lifestyle changes.
These symptoms does not match with any cancer or malignancy so you needn't worry about it.
Once this episode of throat infection improves an endoscopy of throat and larynx can be done by ent
specialist to confirm GERD and it will rule out other posibilites.

Hope this helps
Best regards

Dr. Sunil Jalan
Category: ENT Specialist
DAA (Diploma in asthma and allergy) : Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2012
D.N.B (ENT), 2011
Residency - M.S. (Master post graduate degree in otorhinolaryngology),  Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2009
D.L.O. (Diploma in otorhinolaryngology) - Christian Medical College, Vellore, 2007
Medical School - M.B.B.S, S.P. Medical college, Bikaner, 2004
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