My endoscopy yesterday showed "significant esophagitis" and the doctor said it's from reflux. Unless I forgot to take my Zantac (maybe twice) I never felt any heartburn or anything.
I have been taking Carafate liquid which helps my pills go down smoother. Hopefully with the Prilosec added and the Carafate my esophagus will calm down.
Sometimes you won't feel it as much as wake up in the morning with a sour taste in your mouth and a slight sore throat. Everyone is different and it depends on when it hits. I've changed PPI 3 times and they stop working sometimes. I've added in tums or other over the counter meds when the acid has broken through. I DO feel it...bad chest pain. Be grateful you don't ;)
I'm not suggesting you take other meds...just telling you my experience. Thankfully it's treatable!
Yep what Kekosmom said, I've had it evidently for a long time with my band but never felt it. Until recently when it got just horrid, then I felt it but up until then not one sign of it. It is called silent GERD because it doesn't present any symptoms. I feel for you, it isn't fun!
I have reflux also and started Prilosec about one month ago. I didn't know I had it either. After starting the medication I was shocked to start feeling different. There were things I felt that I had not idea where related. In general, as I said to my doctor, my stomach now just feels kind of "mellow"...happy. I didn't realize before that it didn't!! Also, a few things that I know recognize were the reflux was a tightness in my lower throat area (duh...esophagus!) and pain/discomfort in my upper back. I would also occasionally have trouble swallowing. In fact, it sounds like I was doing something similar to what everyone here calls "slimeys" or "foamies". The doctor said this is because the acid irritates your esophagus and makes the muscles dysfunction, therefore the occasional inability to swallow properly. Amazing. I hope you better quick with the addition of the Prilosec! Best wishes. -Jen