@ Neptunian - Dont know what type of reflux I have yet. My ENT is big on the "3 month trial of double dose ppis" method before running any tests. Had a scope, with no sign of esophagus damage, but positive for gastritis. I was put on Dexilant about
2.5 months ago. I dont know if the Dexilant is helping or not, as my throat is better than it was at its worst, but I would say at or slightly worse than it was before I ever started the PPIs. One thing that I do know is that I did not have gastritis, or traditional heartburn (recent develpment) before the PPIs. I have my 3 month follow-up at the end of the month, and im gonna start putting the full court press on my ENT. There have been plenty of studies that show PPIs do nothing for LPR.
I totally agree with what you are saying about
the whole throat damage thing. I should have been more clear, but what I was saying is that the majority of people with throat cancer had tissue bonded pepsin, which basically means they had LPR. The good news for non smokers is that the majority of people who got throat cancer also smoked.
We def need to find a way to get this under control, because we are at higher risk for all sorts of medical complications, not to mention a severley depleted quality of life. Here is hoping LINX works out for us. In the mean time, I am trying to use a little science in my own treatment. I do lots of gargles at high PHs. I believe Pepsin is killed in a PH environment of 7, so I gargle with baking soda water (ph 8). I find that too much baking soda water can dry out my throat, so I also sometimes chew up a tums (ph 10) and take a swig of water and gargle with that (usually spit the gargle out afterward). I have found that this has drastically improved my LPR (starting to think it is more effective than the ppis). Anyways, I hope we can all get this figured out sooner rather than later.
Post Edited (Chuck T) : 6/13/2011 8:46:02 AM (GMT-6)