Throat feels tight/hard to breath all the time - worse after eating

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BrokenThroat
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   Posted 8/7/2013 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been having the feeling of something in my throat, throat clearing, and ear fullness for over a year now. Somehow this all seems to be isolated to my right ear and the right side of my throat (if that makes any sense).

In the last week or so it seems to have gotten much worse to the point where it feels like my throat is very tight and I can't breath. This gets a lot worse after eating, even after just taking one bite it get worse almost instantly and I feel like it's hard to swallow the rest of the food or even liquid. After a few hours it goes back to the way it was before eating but still feels tight and constricting. It wakes me up at night because I feel like I can't breath.

Any ideas what this could be? Is this typical of regular reflux or something else? It is there all the time even when I haven't eaten in hours.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/7/2013 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
BT-

This seems to be a fairly common complaint, but it seems the doctors don't always agree to what causes it. Whether it's regular GERD, LPR, or both.

Since it has gotten worse lately I would get into your doctor and discuss this with them.

Take care,
Bill
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BrokenThroat
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   Posted 8/14/2013 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a new ENT doctor and he did the fiber optic exam (which I have had probably 4 or 5 times already from 3 other ENT doctors). He said that it was a cut and dry case of LPR and he didn't know how anybody else had missed it for so long. He said I even have ulcers from clearing my throat so much.

He prescribed me Nexium in the morning and Zantac before bed and said to try those for 3 months and see if it helps.

It has been about a week and they seemed to be helping at first, but today my symptoms seem to be bad again where I have throat clearing after eating and after dinner tonight and for the last 2 hours or so I've had the really tight feeling in my throat like I can't breath again.

It seems like I can feel fine all day if I'm not eating, but then almost immediately after eating I get the symptoms really bad and feel like I can't breath/throat tight.

At least I now know from the exam that there is evidence of acid damage, but I'm wondering if I could also have some type of allergy or other problem on top of it, or if even with the medicine the symptoms are coming through somehow.

I don't know if taking Nexium and Zantac should be providing immediate relief or if the symptoms are actually cause by the previous acid damage so they won't go away until my throat has had a chance to heal. Any thoughts?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/14/2013 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
BT-

Yes to all. Unfortunately LPR is tough to get control of. It can be am allergic reaction or from a problem with the LES. The meds can also cause bad side effects. It seems people with LPR have a very tough time finding a med that works without having a side effect.
I had good results with plain 'ole pepsid and maylox chewables. I used the store brand and it wasn't expensive. Others have said Gaviscon has helped too.

We have several posts going about LPR, please stop by those threads and loin in on the discussion. They have a wealth of knowledge there.

Take care,
Bill
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