I am a 31-year-old female who has suffered from difficulty swallowing for three years now. I visited my general physician, who referred me to a gastroenterologist. The gastroenterologist diagnosed me with acid reflux. The test ordered was an endoscopy, which discovered a hiatal hernia. The hiatal hernia was the size of a golf ball. The acid reflux symptoms persisted while I was on a treatment of Prilosec 40mg, 2x a day. I had my gallbladder removed, which the doctor discovered was mildly infected without any stones. This all occurred in July of 2011 and I stopped visiting the gastroenterologist as well as stopped the Prilosec treatment. However, the surgeon who performed the gallbladder surgery warned me that surgery might not alleviate my symptoms. He was correct. About two months later, I suffered from an episode where I blacked out and went missing for an entire day. When my family found me, I could not remember what happened at all that day, only the night before. Once again, I went to see my general physician, who referred me to a neurologist. I was diagnosed with Basilar Migraines. I am now taking Topamax to prevent the migraines, which has this problem under complete control. However, I still am problems with the acid reflux. This entire time I have to stay away from certain foods because it will trigger an attack. As time passes, I am starting to notice that the issue with swallowing is starting to reoccur once again just as it did a year ago before the gallbladder surgery. However, I noticed that it does not go away when I try OTC Prilosec. The swallowing issue is getting so bad that I have lost around 25 pounds from 2010 to 2013. I am 5'2 and started out weighing 132 in 2010 and now I weigh 100 lbs. and cannot swallow liquids and solids. I can barely swallow liquids to take my migraine medicine, which I have to crush to mix into applesauce or pudding to take. Someone please help me find out what is wrong! I went back to see my original gastroenterologist after visiting an ENT specialist. The ENT specialist felt the gastroenterologist did something wrong the first time, because when the ENT ordered a barium swallow, it showed a narrowing or stricture of the esophagus. My gastroenterologist ordered another endoscopy, except this time decided to take a biopsy as well from three different areas within my esophagus. I am awaiting the results; however, I am losing hope that anyone medically licensed can help me. View Thread
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