Hello and welcome to HW,
Reflux refers to the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus and/or throat.
When stomach contents reflux into the esophagus in an excessive manner, causing tissue injury and symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation, it is called GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
When stomach contents reflux into the throat causing tissue injury and symptoms like hoarseness, throat clearing. increased phlegm and cough, it is called LaryngoPharyngeal Reflux (LPR).
Classic GERD symptoms are: Heartburn; regurgitation.
LPR Symptoms are: Hoarseness; frequent throat clearing; increased phlegm; post-nasal drip; chronic cough; difficulty swallowing (dysphagia); lump-like sensation in throat; choking sensation.
The reflux pattern in the typical GERD patient is a supine, nocturnal reflux (patient refluxing while lying flat at night) while the LPR patient generally refluxes while upright during the day. Remember these are classic symptoms however many of us do not present with classic sx.
People with GERD may experience symptoms such as heartburn, a sour, burning sensation in the back of the throat, chronic cough, laryngitis, and nausea. Because there are often no specific symptoms associated with Barrett's esophagus, it can only be diagnosed with an upper endoscopy and biopsy. I hope they have your biopsy report sooner than the first part of November as I know waiting for results is stressful for most of us.
Remember what I mentioned above, many of us do not present with the common symptoms.
I hope you stick with us and know we are here to support you through this difficult time. Be your own best advocate.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."