Hello, new to this board, but not LPR. I have lived with LPR for almost 2 years now. It started as some minor to moderate chest pains and lots of excess gas; no issues with the throat at the time. Went to family doctor who subscribed me Dexilant. After a month I felt much better, so the doctor took me off the Dexilant and put me on Ranitidine (not as strong as Dexilant).
On the second day is when the pressure on my throat was so intense, I had a hard time breathing. The acid in my stomach had been suppressed for a month, and was now released. The doctor put me back on Dexilant and sent me to a Gastroenterologist, who did an upper GI scope and found some irritation of the stomach lining, but nothing else. The Gastroenterologist put me on carafate liquid for three months, but I only lasted 2 months; it caused too much gas. So I was subscribed Dexilant again.
At this point my main symptoms were pressure on the throat, excessive mucus, and gas. The Dexilant was not treating these issues, so I started hitting the internet for relief. I tried ACV, which did help a little, many other PPIs, and even parasite cleanse, but not much relief. I had a hard time figuring out what foods and drinks made the issues worse, it really did not seem to matter much.
Like many of the posts I have seen on LPR, I had my good days and bad days; more bad then good. I had anxiety issues and depression thinking I would have to live with this forever. Then I came across a post on this website about two months ago that has made a big difference in my lpr.
The post talked about a doctor named Chris Kresser and his theory on GERD/Heartburn, and how it had really helped with his LPR. His website is chriskresser.com. I will not go into detail about his theory, go to his site and check it out; it is worth the read. Since he believes the issue is too little acid in the stomach, he believes years of PPIs can cause damage. This is what I believe caused my issues; reducing the acid in my stomach for over a year. He has four recommendations to get our stomachs working properly again.
First, start a very low carb diet. This actually made the most difference for me, I could tell a big difference after two days. Next take HCL with pepsin. Actually, I did this for about two weeks and stated getting a sore throat; I stopped the HCL and now the throat feels better, I guess I have enough acid in my stomach now. Also, take probiotics, he suggests kefir. I drink kefir I buy at store and yogurt. Lastly, take DGL sugarless tablets.
After about 2 months on this program, I am 90 to 95% better. I wish I could say I was 100% better, but I still notice some throat pressure and mucus several times a day, but not nearly as bad as before. I feel like it does not totally run my life now and I am not always thinking about it. Hopefully,
I will continue to improve and can report that at a later date.