The full form of GERD is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This disease affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the ring of muscle connecting your esophagus and stomach, causing the acid to flow back to the throat from the stomach. The symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, chronic cough, and difficulty swallowing.

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I feel something in my throat while swallowing. Is it a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a feeling of mucus or something in my throat for the last three weeks. For a week I had a feeling of swallowing issues, where I felt not all of it was sticking to my throat. Now that sensation has more or less gone away, I still do feel like grain in my throat after finishing t...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you are experiencing classically fit into globus pharyngeus. Manometric studies, endoscopy being normal, organic causes are ruled out. Hypo or hypomotility disorders would present in a typical manner and manometric studies would have shown something. Ne...  Read Full »

I have tonsil stones, sore throat, and swollen gums, with dry cough. Should I worry about oral cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tonsil stones, sore throat, swollen gums, and dry cough. Is this the symptoms of oral or throat cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A recurrent sore throat can occur in a number of pathologies. Most often it is as a result of some local pathology like Rhinosinusitis, nasopharyngitis, tonsillitis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). Rather than relapsing and rec...  Read Full »

Why am I having hair in throat sensation?

Query: Hello doctor,For the last five months, I have had problems with my throat, left side. I have a hair-in-throat feeling that will not go away. I have been to two ENT already. The first one did not do any tests and just prescribed Penicillin, assuming strep. Later on I did develop an infection, which c...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not know whether this satisfies you but there is nothing to suggest that you have any growth. It is either LPR, GERD, chronic pharyngitis due to other causes that may be causing these symptoms. At times it can just be globus pharyngeus.  Read Full »

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