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marthamae
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   Posted 4/18/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely cough up and have gunk in my throat with GERD. It comes and goes. It also goes hand in hand with hoarseness and a wheezing cough. Sounds like we all have the same thing!

Di62854
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   Posted 4/22/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have phlegm that is clear and thick. I cough constantly. But I have asthma as well. The doctor says that most of this will go away when I have the Lap Nissan on Monday. I am tired of clearing my throat and it still won't go away. I don't drink carbinated drinks because that makes it much worse. I have been taking omeprazole 80 mg twice a day which hasn't helped me a bit.

Good luck with your problems. Di

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I never new there two types of gerds, maybe i am in betweeen the two, I have a hiatal hernia, which the gastro is not concerned about, I do have the phlem, I figured it was becasue of the allegire like someoen said awhile back in the thread, but it is clear, I do clear my throught alot my voice goes hourse alot. Since getting on different meds I havent had a lot of trouble with foodss coming back up latley, which is good, becasue i have the gastroparesis, where if it comes back its coming all the way back and up and out. for ahwile evrything I ate did this lost 40 lbs, bu now that i feel better I put all the weight back on. Bummer, I needed it off eyes . I fighting right now with a phelmy throat scool ..
 
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percycat
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheryl,

According to my ENTs, the throat clearing, throat phlegm, and hoarseness are all consistent with LPR: reflux in your throat. The treatment's pretty similar, just a little more aggressive on the dosages. If you continue to have problems, an ENT second opinion might be a good idea. My GI not only didn't see my reflux, but he told me I looked so good inside that I didn't need to take Nexium any more. Less than two weeks later, my ENT saw issues with my throat and put me right back on it, plus Zantac.

percycat

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/24/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Percycat, is that all your on is zantac, what does the ent see that the gastro dosent see? I know also when i eat and drink I almost immediatley start hiccuping too
 
as you see my signature i am on I pretty good bit of stuff, protonix, reglan, erthomyicn to move the stomach, and I do take and added zantac daily to all that. What more can I do?
 
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percycat
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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheryl,

I'm on 40 mg of Nexium before dinner and 300 mg of Zantac before bed. The ENT scope of my throat shows thickening of the tissues forming the back back of my larynx, above the vocal cords, and also a "trough" in that wall that's allowing acid to get in. My symptoms of shortness of breath, choking/gasping awake at night, and throat tightness are all consistent with GERD as well, according to the ENT. The GI doc's scope doesn't start looking at things until it's in the esophagus, or so he told me once, so he doesn't see the larynx area.

It seems like my phlegm is a little more pronounced now than before the Nexium, but I'll gladly trade that right now for not being scared to death that I'll choke and not be able to breathe.

I don't have a hernia, so maybe that's complicating your situation. I'm afraid I don't have any good advice.

percycat

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Percy, makes me wonder whats going on. Probabaly should see an ENT, another doctor eyes
Thanks :-) ...
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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Pooh Bear
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have same problem as PATO, always feel like I have phlem at back of throat.  Sometimes I feel like i will choke.  If anyone has this problem and has it solved, please share with us others who have the same problem.

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/19/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Pooh Bear, I dont have it solved, still not even sure if its allergies or the gerds. I do take a lot of meds, which can dry your throat a bit,,so that may be it. I really cant affrod to see ENT right now, our co-pays are so high. i am on everythng anyway. but i still deal witht the hourseness, phlegm sometimes, but i dont wake up at night choking, but i do choke sometimes when i eat, even drink. I have alot of hiccups, reglan helps with that.
I really dont know if there is a way to get rid of the phelmy throat, like i said im on everything there is to be on for gerds, and I still have it,
but i dont choke at night which is good.
Good luck finding a curem if you find one let me know......
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


percycat
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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Pooh Bear and sheryl,

I didn't have a lot of the throat phlegm with my LPR initially. Now that I'm on my ENT's treatment, though, all my symptoms are gone (except for when I cheat on the trigger foods - shame on me). Earlier in the thread, I described her recommendations.

Good luck!
percycat

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Percycat :-)
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


TreeTree
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   Posted 7/6/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this website, but feel reassured after reading so many posts that I am not the only one suffering throat symptoms related to gerd.  I have a constant feeling that I have a lump in my throat and sometimes can clear a little phlegm, but usually not.  It's a horrible feeling that won't go away and I wondered if anyone had home remedies or over the counter medicines that helped.  I have no health insurance.
 

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 7/7/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I like to suck on sugar free candies, or chew on sugar free gum, oit its me some, i dont like the mint though.
 
I havehad a problem with a sore throat this week adn having a problem swallowing, anything, including water!
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
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 Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan, loratab, zanaflex  marrried 2 children, 1 with mild autism, Bipolar(8),  Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Plz help HW to help others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/


ScarlettW
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
 
I am in a similar situation to you all; I started getting acid reflux and indigestion about a year ago. I ignored it and took Rennie. Eventually it got really bad and then my voice went. It is still low, gravelly and very difficult to speak. The worse thing is that I'm a singing teacher. Singing all day is impossible and I worry that I will lose my house if I cannot work.
 
It turns out I have a hiatus hernia. I know that this is what is causing the acid problems and my loss of voice.
 
I also have the feeling of phlegm constantly in my throat, which I try not to clear as I know it is bad for your throat. I didn't get on with Omeprazole, so I have been taking just Gaviscon and have eliminated wheat and dairy from my diet.
 
My quandry is - should I have the operation. I need to lose about 4 stone before they will even consider me for it. Has anyone here had the fundoplication operation, and has it made things better or worse? Do you think my voice would be better if I had it? I have seen an ENT and he is not interested in me since I have no scarring or evidence of anything wrong with my throat. He sent me to a speech therapist- waste of time. I wake up with gak in my throat and my voice is always croaky, until I speak or sing for some time, and then it improves, and then it gets much worse afterwards.
 
I'd be really grateful for any thoughts!

mary Love
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Pato, this might be nothing which would help you, but I was recently diagnosed with GERD and felt some phelm in my throat, so I started using a vaporizor at night. It worked, the phlem is gone now.  I think I was having sinus draining.  Tis the time of year for the ragweed and all those other fall weeds.  mad
 
Hope you find some relief. :-)

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   Posted 10/11/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Scarlett,

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well,  There are many thread on the forum about the surgery so please do read through some. 

The vaporizor is a good idea and yes tis the season for allergies to rear their ugly heads....

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Jalil
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   Posted 10/13/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had same simptoms for at least 6 years that I can remember, plus my neck was unusually swolen and the feeling of something stuck in my throat was permanent. Doctor gave me the same diagnostic, acid reflux do to a hernia and pills to lessen the acid, but of coarse no cure. To make the story short, a month ago I stopped taking the Pepsid because it seemed to be getting less effective with time. And started using a natural pill that someone recomended me (side issue). At the same time I started taking a supplement of "Sea Kelp" a natural source of Iodine, I take 300mg a day. I have no idea why it worked but my throat is not swolen anymore and has almost cleared completly. Good luck all. I though I pass it on.
 
forgive my english have no thime to fix spelling sorry

couchtater
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   Posted 10/13/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Scarlet,
I suffer from the phelm buildup, too. I'm a first grade teacher so my voice is important, too.
The throat lozenges help temporary, but my doctor said my LES is defective and I need surgery. I'm going to try to have the EsophyX TIF. My doctor isn't too worried about my weight (BMI 41) for that surgery.

Joy

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   Posted 10/13/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi All,

You have picked a great forum for your questions.  There are lots of us out there who have been through this problem.

I had Gerd and a hernia.  I never had heartburn but a chronic cough.  My cough got so bad that my blood pressure went through the roof.  My GI doctor didn't think that it was gerd causing the cough because I didn't have heartburn.  Finally I told him something had to be done and saw a bariatric surgeon.  Then my GI doctor ordered all the tests, 24-hour ph, swallow test and stomach empting etc.  The 24-hour ph showed that i coughed when I had reflux.

I would cough so hard that I would spit up and loose my breath, wake up at night and have to sit in a chair.

I had the Nissen done in Oct of 2008.  I read everything I could on the surgery and followed instructions completely.  Like only eating a 1/2 cup at a time and liquids (oatmeal is considered liquid, but not clear liquid)  I ate every 2 hours and sometimes even every hour but made sure I didn't eat over 1/2 cup.  The one time I ate a cup I had all the classic complaints of pain in the stomach and shoulder. 

Because I did not eat anything but liquids for the first 2 weeks I never felt like something was stuck.  Also, no cabinated drinks for at least 8 weeks after surgery and don't drink through a straw for that long. 

I still have an allergy cough but it is 100% better and I never through up or loose my breath.

I do think I will have allergy testing next.

My advice if you go that route is to find a bariatric surgeon that does laproscopy.  But most important for this surgery find a bariatric specialist.

Best of luck to all of you

Jayne

 

 


villasouschef
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   Posted 12/31/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea i've been forwarded to all these random sites from google after "googling my symptoms" wow what a nightmare. This is how mine all began. I remember getting a minor cold and a sore throat, but it was a weird sore throat where it hurt on the right side and then that went away and then it hurt on the left side. When it went to the left side it was a really sharp pain when I swallowed food and then my left ear hurt at the same time when i swallowed food. Then that kind of went away, but a few days later I woke up hacking a ridiculous amount of clear phlegm all day long and it was driving me nuts. I've always been one to hack phlegm and clear my throat all my life but this was just outrageous. I mean like 75 times in one day. I can understand 20 but 75-100 come on. So I'm sitting there for a few days doing this and then all of a sudden i get the dreaded lump in my throat feeling. It was very irritating. So ever since then I started clearing my throat like seriously 500 times a day, no joke. When i clear my throat it's cuz there's always a bit of clear phlegm stuck down by my adam's apple, and it helps to cough cuz it brings it up with more force. Everytime I cough it sounds REALLY hoarse.

The ENT stuck the scope thru my nose down my throat and said my throat's irritated and I told him that I thought I might have laryngopharyngeal reflux, but he told me that in order for him to diagnose me with that he'd have to do more tests, instead he put me on 40 mg nexium. The nexium pretty much got rid of the lump feeling in my throat but it gives me horrible swamp ass!!!! So if I slam a coffee or an energy drink at work for a quick pick me up, then I get to run to the bathroom and wipe 5 minutes later. IT SUCKS! I know it sounds ridiculous too. So anyways... my nexium prescription is gone and I went back to ENT and he changed mine to prevacid 20 mg twice daily. I read that it causes dizziness and I can't fathom beging nautious so I think i'm just going to stop taking the pills. I haven't even had one prevacid. Now I'm just working on not clearing my throat so much and worrying so darn much. It's very difficult to do. I find that if I don't clear my throat randomly i'll lose my voice for like 1 minute or i'll crackle and have a puberty-style voice crack on occasion. It's just the phlegm will NOT go away it's terribly annoying. Any advice would be really welcome thank you!!

dencha
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   Posted 1/1/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Villasouschef,
I suggest that you re-post your question as a new thread to get the most responses. This is an old thread, and your post is buried, so many people who might be able to give you information and support will be likely to miss it.

I had a lifetime of postnasal drip, and it got progressively worse. Honestly, I never connected it with GERD, because I have severe allergies, and always attributed it to them. Actually, my allergies still cause me lots of mucous--I'm working on that with my allergy/asthma doc. Hopefully I can get them into control.

As far as getting hoarse from coughing...I have the same problem, although not GERD related. I haven't been able to sing for the past year due to so much allergic coughing, although I'm a teacher and need to sing with my kids daily.

Also...I'm not sure you have to worry so much about your GERD medicines...many of us have been on them for a long time without problems. Try not to overreact to perceived symptoms. No problem switching to one you feel more comfortable, but any of these PPI's take a couple of weeks to work, so try to be patient.

I'm sure you'll find others who've experienced what you're experiencing, so be sure to post a new thread.
Best wishes with finding an answer to your problems.

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couchtater
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   Posted 1/1/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Villasouschef,
I too was clearing my throat constantly. My GI called it silent GERD. I caved into my pulmologist and GI and had the surgery 12 days ago. I'm feeling great. My medication has been reduced to one pill a day and soon will be none. I can swallow fine. I can burp. There is very little discomfort.
My cough is fading away.

Joy

Rose47
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   Posted 7/16/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Couchtater,

Just read your post regarding surgery. I have been suffering with clear thick chronic throat mucus for two years. Have been to numerous ENTs and and two gastro doctors. Have had 24 hour ph probes and two endoscopies. I have mild acid reflux. PPIs have not helped. One renowned ENT is pushing for me to have Nissen surgery, other ENTs say this is ridiculous. Again the only symptom I have is this 24/7 clear mucus. It is driving me crazy. Walk around with tissues all day as I try to clear throat which never is cleared. Did you have any other symptoms besides the mucus? By the way I was a second grade teacher in New York.

Rosemarie

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   Posted 7/16/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
The mucus was mostly my main symptom. I'd have a small burn once in awhile, but it was few and far between. I'm feeling great now, no more coughing.
Have you had the manometry test yet? This is vital in determining the type of wrap you need.
They decided to do a partial wrap on me due to my terciary (sp?) movement I had in my esophagus. You also need a barium swallow to see what happens when you swallow.

Joy
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