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sierra48
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   Posted 3/25/2011 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
First I wish to thank everyone on this forum.  I have been experiencing problems with laryngitis for 2 months, hard to swallow, plenty of nasal drip or phelgm.  Heartburn has stopped since I went on dexilant.  Have lost 20 pounds in 2 months but have yet to be officially diagnosed with LPR or Gerds.  My appt with ENT is on April 5th.  I was really scared until I started on this forum and found so many others like me.  You have educated me and at least when I go to the ENT I will know what he is talking about and will know what questions to ask.  Since my 20's I had problems with heartburn, ulcer and a hiatal hernia but as I got older the problems went away.  Last year, all stress related, did hearburn come back.  The doctor put me on xanax.  Never suggested taking tests or possibly I could have acid reflux but then I had no insurance.  I find when I try to drink diet coke, my throat burns so flavored water is now in the refrigerator.  Haven't had a piece of meat in 2 months, just won't go down.  Most of my spitting up phelgm is in the middle of the night.  Bought a wedge pillow yesterday.  I don't cough too much but when I do its like I am choking, deep cough.  The laryngitis is my biggest problem.  Some days I just can't speak at all and right now pollen is high in Florida so it is killing me.  I am afraid to take anything with the dexilant for allergies or even Musinex for the phelgm.  Again, any suggestions you have I am open to.  Again, many thanks for this forum. 

couchtater
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   Posted 3/25/2011 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Zyrtec is safe with anti-acids.
Instead of a wedge try lifting the head of your bed 6-8 inches. Wedges are prone to causing you to bend at the waist causing more reflux from the pressure.

I do understand the struggle with the acid cough. Acid is getting into your windpipe causing the nasty cough. I had it for three years before I had my surgery for my reflux.
Joy

shaeyne
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   Posted 3/25/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
i am living with LPR since two years, was wrongly diagnosed for almost half a year and i am paying a heavy price for it, all doctors said you have nothing, no need to worry, then my symptoms became worse, i trusted those fools. i had TIF post-op my symptoms are worse, so now i am considering of having LNF as i dont have any choice left, i am already on high dose of PPI"S which obviously not working, mt throat satys fried, almost no voice, now i feel heartburn too.

sierra48
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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Last year I went through a divorce so, of course, the doctors kept telling me the problems with my heartburn came from stress and to take zantac or prilosec. In December I lost my voice and I was told that I had upper respitory infection. Went on amoxin. I told this doctor at a walk in clinic about the heartburn and she gave me samples of dexilant which seemed to help. After 2 weeks my voice improved. Come January, lost my voice, phelgm, back up of food, can't swallow, etc. etc. etc. I was told I had a nasal drip and went on Z Pak. After a week I went back to the doctor and he told me to take musinex and gave me more samples of dexilant. Late February I went to another doctor and he started talking about gerds and sent me to a GI spec. He also thought I had LPR but said he could not do the test because of the heavy nasal drip. Now I am scheduled for Apr 5 to see a ENT. I will say I feel like the dexilant did help with the heartburn but I do not feel normal. Something is not right. My throat hurts and sometimes burns. Constantly clearing my throat and spitting up. Sometimes I just feel like staying in bed with the covers over my head but I need to work. The golden years. LOL

mock turtle
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   Posted 3/26/2011 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
sierra48

i have read that, distention (stomach sagging when full) is a significant contribution to reflux and acid secretion. i kept reducing and reducing the size of my meals until in noticed a reduction , (not elimination unfortunately), of reflux. and then stuck with very small meals... at one point my meal was two slices of tofu the size of a matchbox and two small florettes of broccoli. i ate a very small "meal" every two or three hours. i also gave up sleeping lying down...i sleep in a recliner chair that puts my torso at a 45 degree angle. i seem to be making progress. i had lpr bad for many many months but seems to be slowly (slowly!) healing. i take 20mg omeprazole x2 per day and supplements esp dgl and eat broccoli sprouts and lots of veggies, avoiding red meat. no booze, nor coffee and not Chocolate (ouch) and certainly dont smoke.

best wishes...hang in there

sierra48
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/27/2011 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so very much. I am hanging in there but wish my voice would be stronger. That is my biggest concern. I can handle the food and for the most part don't have a problem with sleeping except when the phelgm builds up and I wake up and spend a half hour clearing my throat. Where do you get dgl?

mock turtle
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   Posted 3/27/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
reason for hope..

heres an interesting link regarding lpr treatment

doctor j kaufman has been in the lead over many years in addressing lpr, and along with two other associates has applied for a patent regarding an applicator and small particles of methyl cellulose which when deposited in the upper airway and throat forms a gel and inhibits the destructive action of pepsin on the epithelium

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0021554.html
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