It is fairly common when people have LPR to have lung symptoms that mimic asthma.
LPR is a form of GERD.
Here is some information about LPR: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/laryngopharyngeal-reflux-lpr/hic_laryngopharyngeal_reflux_lpr.aspx
The reflux (even tiny amounts) gets into the airways and irritates them--creating symptoms that are like asthma, but not actually asthma. In this case, once the reflux is under control, this problem goes away.
There are times when people have mild, undiagnosed asthma, and reflux gets it going. While fixing reflux will improve the situation, asthma does not go away. It can, instead, be kept under control. Those people with mild, undiagnosed asthma will always have "asthma", but it may never have symptoms, as long as the reflux is controlled or eliminated.
Here is a rather technical article about non-asthma reflux lung issues. If you're willing to slog through some medical terminology, I think it may answer many of your questions:
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Post Edited (dencha) : 6/11/2013 11:05:20 AM (GMT-6)