I had a nasty stomach virus a few months ago, and since then I've noticed a weird sensation occurring most days of the week. It's a feeling of tightness in what I'm assuming is my esophagus. The feeling can affect anywhere from the throat to the sternum. It usually comes on within a few hours of eating, and can last from minutes to hours. It's not painful, but it can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. I don't notice any breathing difficulty or chest pain when this happens, but sometimes I notice I have a slight discomfort in swallowing when this happens. I do have fairly frequent mild heartburn but it's not bad.
I've seen 2 doctors about this. One thought it might be allergies, but a combination of antihistamines and Singulair didn't do anything for it. Another though it was some form of reflux, but a barium swallow didn't show anything abnormal - no malformations, ulcers or reflux (though I wasn't experiencing the sensation at the time the study was done).
Anyone ever experience anything like this? I was thinking if it is a form of reflux (Like Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
) I could try a course of OTC Prilosec, has anyone had any adverse experiences with a PPI?
If it helps, I have had a thorough heart workup and a chest CT for unrelated medical issues that came up completely clean, and I've never had any signs of asthma or anything else that could explain chest tightness. I do suffer from mild seasonal and year round nasal allergies that are well controlled with Flonase and the occasional Claritin.
Just looking for more info, and some possible areas to explore, since the doctor's I've seen don't seem to know what the cause is, and don't seem to think it's worth the effort to track down a cause.