Ask the Reflux Mom: Loud Gurgling in My Throat

by Jan Gambino Patient Expert

I am a teen with a terrible problem. Often I have a loud gurgling sound in my throat after I eat. It is loud enough for someone standing next to me to hear it. How embarrassing is that? It can happen right after I eat or even an hour after eating. Sometimes I have a bad taste in my mouth or vomit in my throat when this is happening. The doctor gave me Prevacid (a Proton Pump Inhibitor) medication. That helps a bit but I cannot get rid of it. I have had plenty of testing: an endoscopy, a pH probe, gastric emptying test and an upper GI/Swallow study. This problem has been going on for over a year and it is so annoying. Any ideas?


I am sure you are so frustrated after all of the testing and still no clear answers. The symptoms you are describing are not typical of reflux. With reflux, food and acid may come up as far as the throat and may result in a wet burp or vomit. However, it doesn't sound like you are having the sensation of food come up your throat. Since the upper GI test was normal, it isn't likely you have a pocket, pouch or narrowing of your esophagus. I wonder if you have consulted an otolaryngologist or Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor. Another idea is to see a laryngologist or speech language pathologist for evaluation of your symptoms.

I have found through my own experience with my children that often it takes multiple trips to the doctors, consultation with many specialists and lots of research to figure out what is going on. It really helps to share your story and network with others in the same situation. I hope that someone will see your question and give you some ideas of possible reasons for the symptoms as well as the treatments that worked for them. If you have had a similar problem, please let us know the diagnosis and the treatments that worked for you.

Jan Gambino
Meet Our Writer
Jan Gambino

Jan wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Acid Reflux.