Jay - you could have silent reflux? It doesn't cause the typical acid like pains that normal reflux causes. I was diagnosed with LPR (silent reflux) after the ENT saw red irritation with the scope as well. As for you going to the hospital, I would suggest holding up. I've ran to the hospital before and ended up leaving without them giving me the test I wanted them to give me because I thought I needed it. Haha. I know it's hard to wait, but this is way more likely caused by a virus, irritation from silent reflux, etc. then anything sinister.