Hi JPT. I agree his take on the "LINX" was weird, but to add more detail. I was picking his brain and asked (in the fairly quick language used during visits) about the LINX surgery and I said "the magnets". He immediately reacted "No".. and mentioned something about them being absorbed or eating through the esophagus, it could kill me.
The reason I said "the magnets" was because the last Dr. I asked about LINX, who happened to be an expert surgeon and robotic surgeon, had not heard of it or at least didn't recognize "LINX". I then mentioned it was a magnetic band, and he then acted like he knew what it was (I still didn't think he was all too familiar with it). For instance he didn't know that it had been approved by the FDA in April 2012. So when I was asking the ENT about it, having had a good visit so far, I didn't want to seem like I was "testing" him by just saying "LINX", so I mentioned the magnets. Anyways, all this is to say, combined with what I think is his "weird" response that it could be deadly, he might not be familiar with LINX specifically. He might have been thinking of that Angelchik thing, who knows. But yes I did find it a strange reaction.
Otherwise I think the visit went well. The burning tongue seems to have come on only in the past few weeks during which time I was trying the Koufman diet and had abandoned yogurt. I also changed from a toothpaste containing triclosan (antibacterial) to regular. So there were definitely changes in things that could affect candida in my mouth. Another strange occurrence, was the 1st day after I ever took a PPI in my life (after having been prescribed one for tight throat), the next day I had a heavy white coating over the tongue. The coating eventually went away, but apparently is still at the back of my tongue. Don't know what this means.
The thing on my vocal cord was some sort of inflammation/enlargement, he didn't use the word nodule and it didn't look like a nodule.
But as far as his recommendations. He is really one of the foremost LPR experts, and he developed both the RSI (questionnaire) and RFS (scoring system for the appearance of throat structures) specifically for LPR. He also has written a paper on Fundo for LPR. So I am putting my trust in him, and will jump through whatever hoops he wants. I think it could end up in surgery if the sour taste symptom doesn't go away, but there is no way he'll recommend that unless I at least try this other stuff first. In the past I have really questioned my docs and their recommendations, which has delayed my getting to this point, which is probably as good as I've been in years. If I had done what they said from the beginning I'd probably be a few months ahead of where I am now. Of all docs I could put trust in, I think this particular guy is one of the best in the world.