Is this LPR or somethig else?

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   Posted 4/8/2013 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, all:

I am new to this forum.

A few years ago I started getting short of breath. The Dr. said it's mild asthma, but the inhalers didn't help at all. Shortness of breath morphed into tightness in my throat. It kept getting more frequent. All-day tightness in my throat is now accompanied by this horrible pressure in my head and sinuses, a feeling of dizziness/"balloon-headedness", and overall weakness. It feels like there's a evil, poisonous fog trapped in my neck and head (when you're desperate you tend to get creative with your descriptions, lol!) . It's been really bad the past week. I've had an esophagram (negative), an MRI (negative), a barium swallow (showed acid), and most recently a Bravo PH implant. I have NO heartburn, NO post-nasal drip, no sore throat, no cough, and no scratchy voice, but the GI doctor thinks I have LPR - how could this be? I can't see how this dreadful neck/head feeling I have could be attributed to acid. I took Protonix for 8 weeks and it did nothing. I stopped taking it, thinking it caused my balloon-head/sinus symptoms, but instead it is worse! I'm desperate, miserable, afraid, and I want answers. Please help!

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   Posted 4/8/2013 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read LPR is called silent acid reflux, where you don't get the throat burning and the terrible heartburn.
If the barium swallow showed reflux then I'd assume the implant probably will as well, with my gerd if I reflux really bad it gets into my sinuses and makes them swell up which also makes the lump in my throat worse.

Try following some of the simple gerd things, like chewing your food really well, drink a small glass of water after meals instead of during to aid in pushing food through your digestive tract, not laying down, or bending over after eating, propping yourself up at night.
I'm pretty sure the remedies are about the same for both LPR and GERD even though the symptoms aren't.

To help with your sinuses try a sinus rinse kit, you can get them from your local drug store or even wal-mart, I have a battery powered one my wife bought me from wal-mart for $20 but you can get the little bottle ones for around $10.
You could probably ask to try different reflux drugs since they're not all the same while you wait for the results.
Also an icepack on the throat sometimes helps 5min on 10min off is what I do when it's really bad.

Post Edited (MikeMike86) : 4/8/2013 1:26:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/8/2013 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MikeMIke86, thank you for your reply and the advice. Do you have actual drainage from the sinuses? Because it doesn't feel like there's anything in there, just swelling, I could be wrong though. If a sinus rinse kit could help relieve my head pressure I am willing to try it.

I have followed all the GERD recommendations except for one: no eating before bedtime. On the rare occasion I can summon the willpower not to do this, I still do not notice a difference the next day. I thought I had had hit the nail on the head: the symptoms started about 2 years ago and I started snacking before bed...about 2 years ago. But hey, maybe you have to stick to it more than one night in a row, lol! Anyone here have a GERD/LPR problem that started with bedtime snacking? And how much of a difference does it make to cut it out?

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   Posted 4/9/2013 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I been wondering if my gerd has turned into LPR but from what you are saying I think you have LPR but I could be wrong because I am not doctor I think you might want to make an appointment with a ent but I was reading this book because of my new anxiety "on my lump of throat feeling" lately, and the book really explains more on LPR and how its caused by pepsin you might want to read on it and try the diet and see if your symptoms improve within two weeks after the diet. its called dropping the acid by dr. koufman

also doctors always will prescribe drugs and with me the drugs made everything worse get all these weird symptoms but that's just my opinion, also sometimes lpr can be caused by anxiety. I am going to talk to my ent about that as well. I think mine might be caused by anxiety, because I also have chest tightness but not the asthma part you described, and I might need prescription for it.

I have heartburn
Lump of throat
weird chest pressure
and redness in back of the mouth
my symptoms are combination of both LPR AND GERD because my last endoscopy showed irritation in my esophagus.

good luck :)

Post Edited (inpinkagony) : 4/9/2013 6:39:54 PM (GMT-6)

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