LPR and throat tightening anyone?

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   Posted 4/7/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new here, and a very scary tightening of my throat seems to be the worst symptom of my reflux.  It's not allergy related -- I've been tested like crazy.  Heart and lung function seem fine too, according to tests.  For the longest time, docs told me it must be just anxiety, but I read that it's a common symptom of LPR reflux.
Anyone else suffer with the same issue?  Any advice?

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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to let you know I hear you.  I have never had that problem.  Maybe someone will come along who can share some information with you.  In the mean time, I hope this problem eases up for you.
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Percycat! Yes I suffer from that symptom. It feels like I am being strangled! I thought it would never ease but increasing the dosage of my PPI helped. Also you may find some PPIs work better than others. I have tried them all! :-)

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   Posted 4/11/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has this and he was diagnosed with LPR two days ago. He says he has lots of trouble swallowing and feels like he is being strangled. he went to his GI dr and he just put him on a PPI which made things much worse (now he uses it in a spoonfull of applesauce and it's much better) but he wasn't getting better. He went to the ENT the other day and he stuck a thin tube down his nose to look at his throat. Pulled it out and said it's LPR. Never heard of it before, now that we know it's exactly how he is, it's not like typical GERD, it's up in the throat, he was worried since it didn't seem like GERD. Glad he went to the ENT and got this taken care of!

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   Posted 4/13/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Percycat,
I know EXACTLY what you're talking about!. I'm 58 and am in menopause, but during perimenopause it was absolutely horrible. In fact, I had to sleep upright in a chair for 7 months, until the symptoms subsided. A PPI and a beta blocker ended up helping alot.........but after 5 years on PPI (aciphex), I discovered that it had caused me 5 years of horrible headaches too! I've been off both of those for several years, and was doing fine. But lately, my ovaries started hurting again, and sure enough, I'm feeling strangled again! Last night was really scary. I feel full in my chest, neck and head. I'm going for allergy testing this week, but I'm sure they will be negative.
Now I'm totally believing that for alot of us women, our hormones might be the culprit.
I can't take any pepcid either, because of the allergy testing coming up.
Isn't it a bizarre feeling? I'm feeling like all my clothing close to my neck is strangling me. Its really bad when I lay down for bed. It definitely helps to avoid eating alot and avoiding certain types of foods. I just can't figure out if the problem is in the stomach, esophagus or where.
As long as I know it isn't something horrible (like a tumor), I can deal with i t. And thinking that its hormone-related, it gives me encouragement that it will pass. Hang in there!
P.S. I've also noticed it can be made worse by my working in the yard, leaning over, which made me wonder about a sliding hiatal hernia.
I also notice when I feel it so bad in my neck, I also feel very bloated. Its like my entire GI tract is swollen. :(

Post Edited (CathyA) : 4/13/2008 10:56:58 AM (GMT-6)

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