For the past week or so I have had this weird irritated scratchy throat. I've also expiercened a lot of heart burn, belching, and mild chest pain. What could be causing this? I'm not on any medications, I don't smoke, I'm not overweight, I eat the correct foods. Everything is moving smoothly. I haven't had any type of cold, runny nose, fever etc.
It's rather strange but I can think of one possibility.
You may be having reflux while you sleep.
The acidic gastric contents actually comes up your esophagus and possibly your throat. It would cause a scratchy or burning feeling.
- It can be dangerous for a few reasons...
It can cause aspiration pneumonia. The stomach contents come up high enough in your esophagus. You are sleeping so your cough reflux is decreased and it may not wake you up. It goes into your larynx and into the lungs causing pneumonia.
- It can also cause chronic irritation which as you know can cause problems that I don't want to mention except it starts with a C.
You could try using a bunch of pillows (I find difficult because they scatter) or a wedge that keeps you sitting half way up when you sleep. You can get them in medical supply stores.
You should not eat less than 3 hours before sleep. Try to limit your fluid intake an hour before. Mind you, there are still gastric juices that naturally occur. You could try Prilosec or one of the other OTC's...
The rationale is to block the acid from forming.
If you think this may be what is going on you should have your doctor do some specific studies. It's a life long problem because it doesn't go away so you need to follow your doctor's orders. It's not a bad thing to have in the grand scheme of life. Lol... your scratchiness should go away if this is the true problem.
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