They say I have LPR

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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Should I be concerned? I am so sick of clearing my throat and the prilosec I've been taking hasn't helped at all.
 
Any advice?
 
I don't have it everyday but when I have it, it's extremely annoying! confused
 
Could it be something else?
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   Posted 7/12/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning notsosicklygirl
 
Welcome to the GERD forum.  May I ask who dx you with LPR ? 
 
IMHO, yes you should be concerned about LPR.  LPR  can lead to major challenges if left untreated. LPR is triggered by the backflow of stomach acids and food particles up via the esophagus  to the voice box or larynx/pharynx. LPR might not be associated with eating and may occur at any time of day or night.
 
The symptoms of LPR Reflux consist of chronic hoarseness, throat clearing and coughing. Lots of folks also describe the feeling of a continual lump or obstruction in their throat. A further symptom comes within the form of chronic nasal drainage in to the throat which causes a cough or continual throat clearing.
 
As I mentioned above, ignoring LPR can cause critical challenges. These consist of noisy breathing, choking episodes, breathing challenges like asthma or bronchitis also as cancer in the esophagus, voice box and throat.
 
Do follow up with your physician.  I would suggest a GI specialist if you have access to one.
 
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/12/2011 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My ENT diagnosed me Kitt. This just happened the other day but I didn't think much of it because I didn't realize how serious it was. I always thought this throat clearing was just a minor annoyance but it's gotten worse over time and more frequent. Really bothersome. I will ask my GI about it, I see her all the time for my UC but she's never mentioned that I have this problem. Do you know what the next step is? I am going to try Zantec and see if it helps but Prilosec doesn't help much at all. How do people typically get diagnosed? I didn't have any special procedure.
 
Thank you for your help!
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   Posted 7/12/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually they try medicine, zantac, prilosec, zegrid, nexium. If this doesn't help then they do testing to see if you have a hiatial hernia or weak LES.
Barium swallow, EGD, Manometry, pH test, and stomach emptying test comes next.
If it's found you have a HH and/or weak LES then surgery is a consideration.

Surgery helped my LPR when the medicines stopped working.
Joy

sk55
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   Posted 7/12/2011 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
hi notsosicklygirl,

I am about 4-5 months into LPR.

your symptoms seem minor at this point.

looking back at my experiences, you got the best chances to turn this around quickly if you go ALL OUT with initial treatment.

i suggest you go a therapeutic trial with 2x ppi one in am, one at night. (talk to doc obviously) for 2 weeks.

get a GERD Pamphlet from you GI doc and follow everything:

example: cut out coffee, no fat foods.


The problem with LPR is the symptoms start very minor, then a few weeks later TOTAL DISASTER... at a certain point your in it for the long haul (4+ months).


basically you really need to be aware of your symptoms, if they get worse, that mean your LPR is also exponentially get worse...


I wish i found this forum sooner. I would have realized how serious reflux can be specially when it affects the throat area.

You also should try to find out when and why the symptoms started, where you stressed, eating fatty foods, etc.


LPR PPI dose should be strong, basically if a tiny bit of acid hits your throat you have done damage. The esophagus can handle minor reflux better.

hope that helps.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/12/2011 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. This is a real downer for me because I am already dealing with enough problems. From reading this board, it does sound like my problem is LPR, I was thinking maybe it is something else but I guess throat clearning is a pretty typical symptom. It has gotten worse over time, much more frequent.

I am going to try some more medications and try to turn this around as you advise sk55. My ENT did mention doing what you said but I was in a bit of denial. :(

I hope I can stop it before it gets worse.
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KatherineG
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   Posted 7/12/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with LPR and my GI Dr. said it takes a long time to quiet down, he estimated anywhere between 3-9 months. It is a bummer for sure. I'm on protonix twice daily plus I supplement with Zantac and/or Gaviscon. I'm following GERD diet, sleeping with the head of my bed elevated, you name it. I wish it had been diagnosed sooner, it kept being treated as a cold/allergies so I lost some time there.

Best of luck to you!

KatherineG

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/12/2011 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too Katherine. I thought I had allergies and post-nasal drip for a long time. I am sorry you're dealing with this too.
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