MT, I can't thank you enough for your helfulness. I am not ready to double my medication without trying other strategies. I don't experience heartburn, so I can't tell when I am refluxing, but now I have the sore throat indicator, so of. I think an esophagus and stomach can be damaged quickly by acid, but take a long time to heal. My thought regarding the title of this thread is that I am eating a little more since my stomach is feeling better, but that leaves more in my stomach at night to reflux and damage my throat.
In addition to singing, I also may need to give up my monthly talks on gardening at my local library. I just have one talk scheduled in the fall, but maybe my voice will be a little better by February, when my spring series begins. I imagine the amount of time I spend gardening contributes to my condition, but the season is winding down.
Today I am going shopping for an adjustable bed. I can probably get that to a higher incline than the wedge.
I am moving the time of my medication to late afternoon, so more will be in my stomach at night. I will be sure to wait at least an hour before eating, I had been waiting only 1/2 hour after taking it in the morning.
I have already started disolving my calcium in applesauce. It is a large pill that I started cutting in 1/2 a couple of weeks ago, then even those smaller pieces were getting stuck in my throat, probably contributing to the damage.
Since the sore throat started, I have been much more careful to chew my food thoroughly.
I've been eating a lot of almonds because I'm told they are alkaline, but I think they are too hard on my throat.
Maybe this is the link to the UC Davis info you mentioned. It came up when I put LPR in Google: http://www.ucdvoice.org/lpr.html
It was interesting that they mentioned Gaviscon. The first time I saw my GI doc, he mentioned that some people alternate this product with a PPI over a two week cycle. I will probably try this sometime, to reduce my PPI intake.
I welcome additional suggestions from you and anyone else.
Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 9/3/2011 9:55:51 AM (GMT-6)