ongoing problem 3+ years, not sure what this is, please help!

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   Posted 2/25/2013 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone,

i have horrible mucus or stomach acid every day. generally not much or none at all at first, but soon as I eat any food or drink, it flares up. I cough it up, its also in my nose. Feels like a wet cough, but I don't believe its in my lungs. i do smoke 4-6 cigarettes/day, but my doctor said my lungs are fine. the mucus/acid is usually clear I've seen many ENTs, they don't know what it is. I even got NAET treatments, but nothing. I thought it was allergy based, but now I am suspicious it is acid reflux. I've tried so many things- candida diet (thought it could be that), nettipot, bromelain, various other natural remedies. I do find some relief from kombucha- which makes me think this could be stomach acid related.

A few things about me:
23 yr old male
I make juice every morning from some or all of the following: carrots, oranges, asparagus, kale, ginger, lemon, celery.
I drink coffee (1-2 cups per day) and am often a slow sipper, constantly working on a cup throughout the day. Drink with almond milk.
Drink 1-2 beers every night or every other night
I tried cutting dairy and sugar to see if symptoms would clear. Can't really tell if its helped or not.
exercise 3-4 times per week

Any solutions? Anyone experienced this? It's very unpleasant, and I feel stuck. Especially since I'm still pretty young, and feel so crummy. I'm anti-pharmacuedicals because of many bad experiences in the past, and also because I feel Western medicine often doesn't actually cure the underlying causes, just alleviates the symptoms.

Thank you for your help- I really hope you can help me find a solution!
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   Posted 2/25/2013 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Read my post alkaline diet seems to be the way,....

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   Posted 2/25/2013 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like reflux. My advice is to stop smoking, see a GI, eliminate acidic foods as well as coffee and decrease alcohol intake. Chew non mint gum that seems to help.
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   Posted 2/25/2013 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
@Alexxx thanks for your response- ready your post and feel a sense of hope. I'll give it a shot. Do you have any updates on how you are feeling? Were you producing a lot of stomach acid/mucus? Has it diminished? How long does it take to get balanced again?

@ericapeace2000 seeing a GI is a good idea. hadn't thought of that- I've always assumed I should see a ENT or an allergist, but they've been stumped. I do sometimes notice coffee (especially the super strong kind I drink) makes things a bit worse. Alcohol and tobacco don't really seem to effect it much. I know smoking is bad for you in general, but just curious- how does it effect reflux?

Thanks again, both of you, for your help. Much appreciated. If you or anyone else have any further advice, I'd love to hear.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 2/25/2013 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Smoking injures the esophagus and throat making them more susceptible to damage from acid.

Smoking weakens the LES . Want this to close to help prevent reflux.

Smoking stimulates production of acid.

Smoking slows saliva and you do need some saliva to protect the esophagus and it neutralizes acid too.

Smoking slows digestion and then it takes the stomach longer to empty, making it easier for reflux to go up.

Please try to give up coffee,-- if you can't then give up the sipping and promise that you will have only one mild cup a day with a low acid meal with nothing spicy, hot, peppery, tomatey,. The "slow sipper" of coffee produces acid with each sip. Maybe just stopping that would give you some relief. Want you to feel better real soon. We are not giving medical advice but we sure want to help so much.
It is best that you see your GI doctor and discuss what is going on .

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   Posted 2/25/2013 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
@Pat Fill

Thanks for the information! I will try to cut down on smoking, and I will definitely moderate my coffee intake. A few months ago I purchased a bag of low-acidity coffee from Whole Foods. I think I'll get back on that- I highly recommend it to anyone with sensitivities to coffee/acidic food/drinks. And I will consult with a GI!

Also- another question- I sometimes notice a little flakey sensation in the back of my throat, almost like food is caught there. Is this related? I was getting a lot of tonsil stones, which I assume are from the stomach acid. I got rid of them using this NutriBiotic nasal spray w/ grapefruit seed extract. I do still get the sensation that something else is in my throat, though...

Thanks again!!
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