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   Posted 5/18/2012 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, several years ago I had issues with heartburn and stuff and after lots of testing was pronounced with gerd (along with anxiety) I seemed to get better then last year about this time I went in for severe anxiety and mentioned that I had the cough and lump again but not so much the heartburn (in fact I rarely get it). She threw me on lex for anxiety and on prilosec again for the reflux. This time I did more reading and changed my diet as well.

Here I am again cause you know when you feel better you tend to forget everything that got you there. Extreme anxiety again along with what I think is LPR symptoms again

- lump in throat.
- constant throat clearing with cough
- post nasal drip (worse in the morning)
- stomach always feeling 'liquidy' if that makes sense and never having an appetite

But that's it, no sore throat (we mild on occasions) no heartburn, no hoarseness

So sometimes I wonder if it is LPR or something else. For now this week I went back on the 2 a day prilosec, wedge pillow. And when I can eat its small and non acidic. Have a doctors appoint on monday to start everything over (new doc) and hope to find out what it is.

Anyone diagnosed with LPR have just these symptoms? Oh first round I had an endo and also told of of a hiatal hernia

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   Posted 5/18/2012 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
By lump in throat, does that make you want to swallow a lot or does it make it hard to swallow?

When not on PPIs I had strong throat tightness, lots of swallowing. When on PPIs, that tightness is much reduced but I have a sour taste and minor throat irritation and cough, not so much throat clearing anymore. I have been diagnosed with GERD, despite never having heartburn, my docs have not mentioned LPR though I think my symptoms are closest to that. The treatment is pretty much the same as far as I know, so whether it's GERD or LPR might not matter much.

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   Posted 5/18/2012 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a mix of symptoms of GERD and recently LPR. My most bothersome symptoms: lump in throat, chest pressure I could feel through my back, and upper abdominal pain all which were diagnosed as esophageal spasms from reflux. Rarely did I feel heartburn. I changed my diet, got a new doctor who put me on a high PPI dose for 8 weeks and those symptoms have decreased. That was the GERD stuff.

However, now I have a few LPR symptoms. Mild sore throat, chest pains (not preassure more like shooting pains), mild heartburn in the afternoon and at night and my voice, although not hoarse, feels strained after a work day which is full of talking. I have always had a post nasal drip but it is not constant. No cough, no sinus issues, no asthma, no throat clearing....

So you see, I am just as confused as you are about this. The symptoms tend to over lap and the treatment appears to be the same. I have some symptoms of GERD and a few of LPR now. Who knows. I do not know what the heck is going on anymore.

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   Posted 5/18/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The lump does make me swallow alot more and right afterwards I have to cough to clear the throat.

I do also have the like heavyness in the chest, makes me take deep breaths and feels like I just ran a marathon. Sometimes I think that is the anxiety but other times maybe is the acid/pepsin in the upper lungs.

The symptoms are always there, can not pinpoint a time when they are worse. I will say when I wake up my stomach is all quesy and I have. I appetite till tt least noon, lately though not until evening.

Been doing the ppi's since Tuesday and really haven't eaten much since. When I can it's been banana, rice or chicken. So far no real change.
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