Gastro or ENT Specialist? Who should I see first?

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sierra48
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   Posted 3/12/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Who should I see first a Gastro or ENT Specialist?  Which tests should I initially get?  It looks like I have LPR since my problem is mainly with phelgm in my throat and I lost my voice 6 weeks ago.  Since I am new to this I figured you could help me on the right path.  Many thanks.

dencha
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   Posted 3/12/2011 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sierra,

With those symptoms, an ENT makes sense. Not just any ENT, though. Make some calls to find the one most respected, and knowledgeable in reflux symptoms. You might check with your PCP to see if he/she recommends someone.

A good ENT will be able to look at your vocal chords and make a diagnosis of LPR.

With those symptoms, that seems the most likely first step. He/she will most likely suggest you see a GI doc after that, if it looks like reflux is the culprit. Otherwise, you're in the right place to get advice to help you with whatever else might be creating your hoarseness.

Good luck!
Denise

Post Edited (dencha) : 3/13/2011 8:55:19 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 3/13/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I would vote for ENT physician first and if he does not seem to be able to dx you then move on to a really good GI Physician.
 
Let us know how it goes for you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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