Is the back of your throat irritated by breathing through your mouth? Like sort of scratchy?
Yes, I have the symptoms you're describing. I also have gerd/lpr, a hiatus hernia and Schatzki ring. I have issues with acid coming up in my throat when I lay down, even with meds. Sometimes I wake up choking on it. Not a pleasant feeling.
In Feb I got pneumonia. Not from an infection. From aspirating the acid from my stomach. Since then I've been having shortness of breath. 10 months, 4 hospital in 2 cities and I can't even count how many tests and doctors I've had and still have. I can't keep track of how many are on my case. Let me just say that I have been completely miserable being unable to breathe. It was like the air was stale and I wasn't gettig enough oxygen in. It was so bad I wrote up a living will. Yes, I thought I was gonna be put on a respirator.
Anyway to make a long story short, the acid coming up laying in my esophagus and the back of my throat has damaged my vocal cords. In my case I have Paradoxical vocal fold movement. Basically anything.. cold, heat, humidity, smells, etc irritates my vocal cords and they close when they're supposed to open. Basically the cords don't like to touch each other because it's like they're "sunburnt". So they don't even close right.
If you have any questions I'll try to answer them for you, but this is a very LONG story and I'm just trying to cut it to the bare facts. lol
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