Thanks for all the info @kanaazpereira. I did check out those other threads. I made two calls to the scheduling dept last week. On the second call, I was informed that if I book an appointment w a GI, he/she could treat THESE symptoms: esophogitis, LPR, difficulty swallowing), but NOT THESE symptoms: fatigued voice, mucous, sore throat, globus. If I wanted treatment for the latter, I’d need to see a different doctor. This seems REALLY bizarre to me, and counter to the whole point of trying to visit a place like Mayo-that the body should be viewed as a system, and not as a collection of separate pieces that obey the lines drawn by our medical specialty classifications.
I was also told in my first call (last Tues) that several specific doctors had appointments available in Dec. I researched the doctors and decided to book an apt w a Dr David Katska. When I called back the next morning (Wed), I was told the ONLY appointment in GI was in mid-Jan with the “Gonda continuity clinic” (????) and an unspecified doctor (????). This plus the extreme oddity of splitting up symptoms caused me to not move ahead with booking an appointment that day.
I haven’t asked docs about medications that could be making things worse. I do have Addison’s disease and take very low-dose steroids. All my doctors are aware that I’m on that and have never mentioned it as a concern. (For unrelated reasons) I also tried injectable steroids instead of oral for a couple months and it did not seem to help my throat symptoms. I agree it may be worth further investigation though. Thanks for raising that point.