Thanks in advance.
I am a 20 yr old male, non-smoker / non-drinker.
For almost 2 months ago I had a mild nose cold that went away fairly quickly, but it left me constantly spitting out mucous, a symptom that continues even today. To be clear: my nose has not been runny or congested for several weeks, but I keep producing thick secretions (either clear or only slightly yellow) and my throat's become increasingly irritated. It's not necessarily very painful, but it does feel dried out and swollen (but not the kind of swollen one would experience with Strep throat, if that makes sense). There's also an on-and-off lump-in-the-throat feeling. Sometimes when I am swallowing food I get a feeling of slight pressure in my throat, but when that happens I can still breathe normally and nothing seems to get caught on the way down. Could that be gas?
I have been given a trial of Nexium which is about to run out, and I've also been taking Claritin so see if that helps the drainage. I don't experience 'belching up food' more than once a month, tops. Could I still have GERD if I'm not getting that kind of reflux?
It should be noted that I've had anxiety all my life, specifically related to health.
I've got a Gastroenterologist appointment in a month, but I'm hoping to get some relief sooner.
Thanks very much.