Your story sounds familiar to me. I believe I had silent GERD for decades before anyone figured it out. I've had throat problems most my life (sore throats, mucus, throat clearing, etc.), which originally blamed on allergies (tried allergy shots), bacteria (had way too many atibiotics), and on my deviated septum. They "fixed" my nose, but it didn't help me a bit...was literally a pain for nothing. Years go by, I taught piano losing my voice and getting sore throats for decades. I didn't suspect GERD at first because lying down at night never bothered me, in fact it's the best part of my day....so it couldn't possibly be GERD, or so I thought.
Finally, In my 40's I really get bad with the voice loss, develop constant chest pain and tightness in chest, throat (strangling feeling), and my new GP tests for H. pylori (which was negative), sends me to GI who scopes me and does find a stomach ulcer but nothing cancerous or precancerous. I was very surprised to have an ulcer as I didn't really have any stomach trouble I was aware of, or I just thought it was my "normal". My GP also suspected gallbladder for the severe chest pains, several tests later she ended up being right, it was 0% functional. It's gone as are the severe chest pains, but the GERD remained. I still get some chest tightness, but nothing like the gallbladder pain.
Since I'd already tried diet for a year to help with the GERD issue (I really didn't want any drugs), I then tried various drugs (both PPI and non-PPI), some which were intolerable due to allergic reactions, and ended up with Aciphex for the ulcer, which was the only thing that ever helped me and I tolerated well. Some don't like the side effects (I have none) and possible long term use of a PPI, but I've found it's worth the risk because I have my life back, and have been sore throat free and with voice for 2 years now, without one single antibiotic prescribed to me for a "sore throat". I still have some GERD symptoms, but it's tolerable and I've got my life back. I also keep my exercise up, strength train, take supplements, etc. to hopefully counteract the side effects of the PPI.
The point of my story? I'd start with investigating the GERD possibility and rule that out prior to the deviated septum if it were me. I was in my 20's when I had my deviated septum fixed, and the ENT pushed me into surgery as a sure cure, and I hadn't even heard of GERD at that point. It may very well help some, but it did nothing for me.
Post Edited (88keys) : 8/14/2013 10:14:07 AM (GMT-6)