Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is caused when the acid in the stomach travel up to the throat and create a burning feeling in the chest. The symptoms are heartburn, bad breath, sore throat, hoarse voice, bloating, etc. It can be caused by consuming spicy and fatty food or due to obesity, stress, anxiety, pregnancy, smoking, etc.

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Kindly suggest some tests to diagnose IBS.

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme upper abdominal pain or pressure feeling after eating. It causes nausea and vomiting within minutes after eating or drinking anything, including water sometimes. I have had several CAT scans, barium x-ray, two endoscopies, an EKG, a CAT scan of my brain and tons of blood w...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. After going through your query, it seems to me that you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) associated with acid reflux disease. Pain in the abdomen with normal investigations is a consistent feature of IBS, as is true in your case. ...  Read Full »

What causes a bitter taste, upset stomach, dizziness, and a rise in lymphocytes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a bitter taste, upset stomach, dizziness for about a month. A month ago, I got lab tests done. Everything was within the normal range. My lymphocyte percentage was at 54% a week ago. I have the same symptoms, and lymphocyte is at 56%. I was told that it is anxiety. Is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your lymphocyte percentage is not that significant to worry about. Still, it will be more informative if you can upload the full CBC panel for better analysis. Your symptoms could be acid reflux-induced gastritis or due to a stone in the gall bladder. We need to inves...  Read Full »

What do the bumps on my uvula indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed some small bumps or swellings around the base of my uvula. I have attached the pictures, and I am very scared that this may be cancer, or is it lymphoid tissue? I do have a postnasal drip. I suffer from anxiety and dealing with my father's death, so at the moment, my an...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay S Bhat

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your throat shows significant congestion and dilatation of blood vessels around the uvula and tonsils (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is significant swelling of the uvula too. There is an enlargement of lymphatic tissue (pharyngeal l...  Read Full »

Can constipation, depression, and sleeplessness be due to Crohn's disease?

Query: Hi doctor, My 12-years-old daughter has gained 20 lbs in three months. She has dealt with acid reflux and constipation for a very long time, maybe even since birth. She is dealing with depression and cannot sleep at night. A few months back, they did a full blood panel to find out if she had Crohn&...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Constipation can be associated with Crohn's disease. But depression and destructive sleep can be due to increased thyroid. As you mentioned earlier, her TSH level was 8.2, which suggests hypothyroidism, but after ta...  Read Full »

What can cause the feeling of a lump in the throat with some swallowing problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sensation of a lump in my throat with occasional nausea and difficulty in swallowing. I am having this issue for three months.   Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send a picture of your throat. Please mention whether you have reflux in the form of a burning sensation in the chest or stomach. Please mention whether you have a bitter taste in your throat while waking up in the morning. I need to see your reports of the inves...  Read Full »

What can cause nausea and belly gurgling on fasting?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a fasting blood sugar test which was 6.4 mmol, because I have been experiencing nausea after a couple of hours of not eating now, then did a three-month blood sugar test which they said was normal. I do not know precisely what the results were. However, I am still exper...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushant

Diabetologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello,Welcome to appears you have symptoms of gastritis as fasting blood sugar increases causing nausea. I would like to know any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have. Also would like to know about any medications that you are taking.  Read Full »

Please help me get rid of sore throat, tonsil pain, and postnasal drip.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 47-year-old male suffering from acute sore throat, swelling, and ear heaviness for three weeks. In the first week, I took Cefixime for six days. Then I took Pulmocef 500 mg with Winolap and Dolonex for seven days. This week, I have a sore throat, tonsil pain, swelling in the throat,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether the throat pain is severe or tolerable. Please mention whether you have a fever, muscle pain, and weakness along with it. Please mention whether you feel better after taking a different course of antibiotics or do you feel the same. Please men...  Read Full »

Is there a home remedy to relieve severe upper abdominal pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe pain in my upper abdomen due to acid reflux and I am unable to sleep. After eating, I have sudden pain in my upper abdomen or more specifically in my epigastric region. Even though I do not have any problems in digesting milk or dairy products, I developed lactose intoleran...  Read Full »

Dr. Nancy Wespetal

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is helpful to the doctor to give you a diagnosis if you provide a detailed history regarding your initial starting of symptoms, duration of your symptoms, location, and severity. Please mention whether you have any other symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. P...  Read Full »

Kindly help me get relief from upper abdominal pain.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old male. My height is 5'9", and weight is 220 lbs. I am a smoker and not on any medication. Over the past seven months or so, I have been experiencing on and off severe upper abdominal pain (center), and that radiates through to my back. At times, the pain may just be som...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Most likely it is acidity and reflux disease. You will need endoscopy to confirm the diagnosis and rule out ulcer. The common cause for this is Helicobacter pylori and for which you should have urease breath test, which if positive or even otherwise empirically you can...  Read Full »

What is the cause of the pill-stuck sensation in my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, For about five days now, I have this sensation of a pill stuck in the throat right below Adam's apple. There is no pain at all. It is not there in the morning but will show up throughout the day. I can eat and swallow without any problem, and it seems to go away when I eat. It is not qui...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The foreign body sensation in your throat is basically due to acid reflux. It is irritating the throat as acid raises high up to cause stickiness. Along with all the medicines you are taking, I would add few lifestyle measures. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and at least mov...  Read Full »

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