For at least the last 2 months, I've been waking up with a sour stomach, heart burn and coughing up thick mucus. Every morning I would try to clear my lungs
and constantly rinse my mouth and it seemed like more often than not, it would do the trick. If the discomfort didn't subside, 300mg Zantac did the trick.
In addition, I've been experiencing bad sinus issues which may or may not be related. I can breath through my nose and it rarely runs yet I often feel awful pressure and hear air bubble popping from within my nose. When I can blow my nose, the snot is also very thick. I went to my primary 7 times within a 6 month period and each time I was treated for a sinus infection and bronchitis. My doctor eventually ordered CAT scans of my sinuses and lungs. The chest scan needed a some sort of necessity preauthorization which I was told by the doctors office they don't do because they can take over an hour. The scan of my sinuses showed extensive sinusitis
, primarily with a considerable amount of mucosal thickening in my frontal, maxillary, ethmoid and some thickening in the sphenoid. In addition to a slight septal deviation, it showed opacification of the infundibula ostiomeatal complexes. My doctor didn't mention it when I saw him but had seen an ENT a month prior and also diagnosed me with a sinus infection.
The one thing that concerns me about my sinuses though is that I will have episodes where if I lean forward, a salty like water substances pours and drips out of my nose. If this doesn't happen, then I always feel my sinuses burn when I lean forward, like when you're swimming and breath in water through your nose. I mention the sinus problems because I almost feel as if my sinuses are draining into my throat which I'm inhaling and/or swallowing and so may be related.
So this week I have not been able to get relief from the stomach pain. As it intensifies, the pain resembles hunger pangs. The pain is felt as high as you can feel before hitting the bridge of the rib cage. On Tuesday, it was really bad and I was also very bloated. I wasn't able to have a BM until this morning and while it didn't resemble diarrhea, the sense of urgency/uncontrolled feeling that comes with it was there. My stools are often fatty or dull grey. Lastly, if I press lightly in the area, the left is a bit tender.
The only other symptom I have is my throat looks and feels very swollen, like food is stuck in the back. In fact, if I gargle water hours after eating, there seems to be more food debris than normal.
I'm a 33 year old female, 5'7" and 130lbs. Any advice on what this might be would be greatly appreciated! This was typed from my phone so I apologize for any spelling, autocorrect or grammar errors. Thank you!