You said: "... I have had the Peptest spit test, and only 1 of 3 samples showed pepsin. Moreover it showed it when I was symptom-free, and a research paper I was given says this pepsin falls into the NORMAL RANGE that people reflux - up to 3 times a day in controlled subjects."
Where is this research paper you're referring to, cause I can't seem to find it on google. Contrary to your statement, pepsin does not belong in the throat, and is absent in normal control subjects;
If you tested positive for pepsin with the peptest, than you have it.
Unfortunately I can't find the paper; I think I remember finding it when I still had access to a jorunal portal at uni. All I rememebr is the paper saying some control subjects without LPR still had Pepsin in their throats. To be honest, I feel like I'm just deluding myself. I'm just trying to make myself believe I DON'T have LPR, because if I give up and simply 'accept it,' I think I'll push myself over the edge and try to seriously harm myself. Sounds pathetic, but I just can't live with such a horrid disease for perhaps 60 years or more, with the highly-likely prospect of it turning into something much worse. I'd sooner "cure" my illness myself. :(