Are these symptoms of LPR?

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Brad P
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 9/24/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I suspect I have LPR. I saw my family doc back in June for phlegm in my throat that interfered with talking. He said it was likely LPR. I am not experiencing the heartburn that comes with regular reflux and he said that was not surprising. He told me to up my Nexium from 40 to 80mg a day but it didn't seem to make much difference.

Early August I had a bad cold that lasted 2 weeks and was given ampicillin for a possible sinus infection. Once I seemed to gotten past it, my throat phlegm was still there as well as a lump in my throat and my throat/neck sometimes felt like I had been crying for hours. Now in the past 2 weeks (since early September), those symptoms have gotten worse. I went into a walk-in clinic 10 days ago and was told my sinus infection didn't seem to go away and I was given Cipro. That seemed to have made a difference but in the past 3-4 days my symptoms have gotten much worse, like my head cold has returned. I find it hard to breathe, my head feels funny, my neck is weak, muscle aches, post-nasal drip, excess saliva, etc. I don't have a runny nose but my nasal passages are semi-blocked. I tried saline flush but nothing comes out. I started taking Equate for Colds and it seems to give me some relief.

My question is if cold-like symptoms can be caused by LPR? where the the excess mucus builds up in your head as a result of the reflux in the throat.

I know my immune system is weak being on imuran and entocort but my senses tell me something is up. Given in the past 3 years I had a battle with small bowel cancer and another surgery for Crohn's, anything now concerns me.

Luckily I see my GI on Monday so I hope to get some answers or get scheduled for tests.

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