Infection in throat from GERD?

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PattyWI
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   Posted 12/27/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks!  I was diagnosed with GERD this past summer after having bronchial infections and throat infection.  I went through the 'scopes and complete pulmonary tests.
Acid was getting into my bronchial tubes.  Dr. prescribed Lansoprazole and all symptoms went away. 
I didn't even know I had GERD as I rarely had heartburn, but do have difficulty swallowing at times.
Gradually the infection in my throat has come back and I am still taking the Lanspoazole.  It is too far down to reach by gargling and I can only cough up stuff.
I did see an ENT at the time of the tests, but he wanted to start out with a sinus CT scan.  I know this isn't from my sinuses and I did have one of those seven years ago when I was having allergy problems.  I refused another one so he didn't check anything else.
Has anyone here experienced this throat infection and what can be done about it?  Thanks for any help you can give me.
Pat

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pat,
Welcome to Healing Well!  It sounds as if you're in the right place!  I've never had a throat infection caused by reflux, but I did have many lung infections.  I have had asthma all my life, but it became uncontrollable about 2003 or 2004.  I was on high doses of steroids, many antibiotics for infections, and was not healthy.  Finally after about 5-6 years of struggle, I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery in 2009, and my lung health finally improved.
 
You have LPR, which is atypical GERD...often it is accompanied by little or no actual heartburn.  While typical GERD includes lots of reflux and even food and acid in the mouth, most of the damage done to LPR sufferers is done without their knowledge-silently.
 
Actually, your sinuses can be affected by reflux as well.  It can even cause ear pain! You might be able to do some research and see if you can find what GI doc or ENTs in your area specialize in the treatment of LPR.  If you have an actual throat infection, an antibiotic is probably the key to getting it cleared up...however you can have lots of mucous caused by irritation as well.  The throat makes mucous to coat and protect itself.
 
There are lots of LPR sufferers on this forum, so I expect others will be by to share their experience with you as well.  If it's esophageal irritation that is bothering you, Carafate suspension can be very helpful.  It's a prescription drug that is very benign and doesn't really cause any side effects.  It coats the esophagus and stomach and aids in healing.  I have a reactive stomach and find it helpful...I always keep it on hand.
 
Good luck!  I hope you get feeling better soon! 
Best wishes,
Denise
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PattyWI
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   Posted 12/27/2012 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the welcome and reply, dencha!  I will do more research on LPR.......have never heard of that before.

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2012 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pat,
Here's a link to information that differentiates GERD and LPR.  Hey, I'm not a doctor, but from your description of symptoms, it sounds more like LPR than straight GERD.
Good luck!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

stacey77
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   Posted 12/27/2012 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes..sounds like lpr to me. I have lpr but I think i have gerd too...most people with lpr do not experience heartburn though. goodluck:)
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