Allergies or acid reflux?

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Red_34
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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had allergies all my life but was put on Prilosec about 3 years ago for acid reflux.  I have been having some annoying problems that I don't know if it's my allergies acting up or if my acid reflux is getting worse. 
 
In the evenings, my throat gets irritated and I feel the need to constantly clear it (it sort of feels "gunky"), my voice sometimes comes and goes especially when I do house or yard work and when I am sleeping, my nose has been getting stuffed up.  I am on Zyrtec and Singulair for my allergies and they do help a lot with my allergies but the stuffed up nose and throat clearing are the most annoying.  I want to try to elevate myself when I sleep but I have a waterbed so if I did elevate then I would have to get a wedge and lie on the wedge - would this work? And if so, would it bother back issues that you know of (I have osteoarthritis in my spine and hip, misaligned SI joint and scoliosis in my upper back)? 
 
I have an appointment with my GI in August so I plan on bringing it up to him then.
Is there anything else I can do to help if this is the acid reflux acting up?  Btw, I do not eat snacks before I go to bed because it bothers my acid reflux.
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speden
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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds more like post nasal drip than reflux to me. But if food makes it worse then perhaps it could be related to reflux. It would be a good experiment to elevate the head of your bed to see if it helps reduce the congestion. I don't think a wedge pillow works too well for that. If you have a bed in another bedroom maybe you could elevate that and sleep there for a week to see if it has an effect.

dencha
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   Posted 5/8/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have severe allergies, and it has always been difficult to determine which problem is causing my symptoms. Probably both are at work here. The pollen counts are very high right now, so any outdoor things you do can increase their effects. Have you tried wearing a mask when you're working outside? It could really help.

I have severe allergies that trigger asthma. My asthma was out of control, and my allergist and family docs started pushing me towards getting the Nissen surgery to get my reflux under control. My reflux wasn't all that bad according to the numbers, and it took several years to get to the point where a GI doc would even send me to a surgeon. I finally decided I needed to at least try, and had the surgery in February 2009. I am very glad I did. Although I still have allergies and my lungs kick up a bit from them, my lungs are 100% healthier than they were pre-surgery.

A cough and postnasal drip can also be related to reflux. The acid and fumes can be very irritating.

Here's a link to some information: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5007666_gerd-cause-phlegm.html

It is very difficult to pin down causes when you have multiple possibilities. My feeling is that it's a combination, and if you can eliminate one of the culprits it can really improve your symptoms. That's what happened with my asthma. Now, when I have allergy problems or a cold, my lungs aren't already at their limit from the reflux irritation, and they can handle the onslaught of pollen or viruses much better.

Best wishes getting to the bottom of your problem!
Take care,
Denise

Red_34
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   Posted 5/8/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Speden, the other night I was so plugged up that I had to go upstairs and sleep on the sofa sitting up. It helped but it wasn't the most comfortable position for me. I don't have any other beds available that I can use.

Denise, thanks for the link. It does feel like I have something in the back of my throat at times and I try to clear it but it doesn't seem to budge. So maybe I do have a combination of both allergies and AR.

Can you guys tell me if it's safe to up my Prilosec on my own or should I call the doc first?
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Alcie
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   Posted 5/8/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry

Take a look at some of my old posts on food allergy triggers. There's a recent one to lilitiger on the current forum page. You may just have seasonal allergies, in which case maybe allergy shots could help you. They did stop my seasonal allergies cold in their tracks. But if you happen to have food allergies/sensitivities/triggers. they could cause your rhinitis and also trigger your reflux symptoms.

Hardly any doctors seem to have ever heard of food allergies causing reflux, but my current allergist says she sees it all the time. She got me started on the food log and then the challenge testing, and it stopped my reflux symptoms.

I still needed PPIs because of a bad LES, and later surgery from an accident that shoved my stomach into my chest, but the refluxing (jumping around of the stomach causing regurgitation) stopped when I found my triggers. Since surgery I no longer need acid reducers, but I still have to watch the trigger foods because they cause my stomach to jump, although it can't get acid past the new "valve." The foods also cause me to have tachycardia, so I know it's a true allergy and has nothing to do with acid.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 5/8/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the constant phlegm and coughing for three years. My allergist was scratching his head for over a year trying to treat what he thought were allergies and asthma. He sent me to a pulmologist who tried for a year, who sent me to a GI. The GI did tests and said you have acid in your throat and lungs.
He doubled my medication over the year then said "surgery", when it didn't help.
The surgery helped me greatly.

I know the aggrevation of trying to prop up with a bad back. Did you know some PPIs can cause back pain to worsen? It did me. Since I've been off PPIs my back pains are almost gone.
The wedge will make your back hurt more, too.

Joy
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