It's like I'm allergic to water

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Daxter
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   Posted 3/23/2014 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not kidding, I'm continuing to worsen, and with no doctor appointment/tests in sight for a long time, I simply can't cope. On top of all my usual "LPR-like" symptoms, which include post nasal drip, burning throat, a lump in the throat, nausea and belching, I find I'm really having trouble breathing of late, both through my mouth and nose. I've been examining my activities and diet for patterns. It's not allergies or a sinus infection, in fact it's brought on by drinking water! It doesn't matter what temperature the water is, when I drink it, or whether I've had food or not. As soon as I swallow it, mucus pools in my throat and I feel it and my nose close over. I can exhale fine, but as I inhale my breathing stops short due to the tight throat. This of course leads me to hyperventilate out of necessity, and me desperately clearing my throat to unblock it.

I've tried ignoring it, but my body forces me to take a deep breath after a while, and it's accompanied by lightheaded'ness, left arm pain, ear pressure and a feeling of tiredness. And of course, drinking more water only makes it worse too, as does burping.

I'm really frightened. Why can't I drink water without this happening? And if my LPR symptoms are this bad, why wouldn't my spit-tests show up any Pepsin as the cause? Sorry to sound in a flap, but I can't very well go without water..!

EDIT: Gaviscon Advance can make it worse too. -_-

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 3/23/2014 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you looked at the pH of the water? I discovered filtering my tap water was making it acidic with a pH of 5! You could try alkaline water or coconut milk, just to see if it is the liquid and reflux or whether it is a separate effect of the chemistry of the water?

MMM
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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

petittarte
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   Posted 3/23/2014 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Water allergy is a real thing, just like cold allergies. They are rare but real.

Daxter
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   Posted 3/23/2014 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
mudmagnetmum said...
Have you looked at the pH of the water? I discovered filtering my tap water was making it acidic with a pH of 5! You could try alkaline water or coconut milk, just to see if it is the liquid and reflux or whether it is a separate effect of the chemistry of the water?

MMM


It does seem to just be the water. Milk didn't effect me, but it apparantly has a similar pH to tap water at it's lowest range. Alkaline Water is a bit hit and miss as to whether it makes me better or worse, and as I mentionned, Gaviscon Advance worsens it too. I don't apply a filter to my tap water unless I specifically pour it into my alkaline jug filter, so it's just bog-standard, nationwide water.

I'm not so sure pH is the problem, since I'm worse with water than, say a potato waffle or fish. It's probably not liquid reflux-based either, since it's an immediate reaction only seconds after I swallow.

lobstahguy
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   Posted 3/23/2014 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Daxter, i have the same thing only not quite as bad but very similar to what you describe. I hate drinking water because of it. And mine is getting worse too. Ive told a couple of doctors this and they just look at me. Im going to try and explain this to my surgeon on April 1st. I will let you know what she says. I feel for you. What other symptoms do you have?? How is your voice and throat pain?? Are you developing problems with your sinuses like me??

lobstahguy
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   Posted 3/23/2014 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Daxter, send me an email if you like.

Daxter
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   Posted 3/23/2014 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
lobstahguy said...
Daxter, i have the same thing only not quite as bad but very similar to what you describe. I hate drinking water because of it. And mine is getting worse too. Ive told a couple of doctors this and they just look at me. Im going to try and explain this to my surgeon on April 1st. I will let you know what she says. I feel for you. What other symptoms do you have?? How is your voice and throat pain?? Are you developing problems with your sinuses like me??


Yes, I am developing sinus problems, ever since stopping Mirtazapine. My voice isn't croaky, and my throat burns less often, but the mucus-! There's never been so much in my life; I'm pretty sure that's what is blocking my throat as I type. I wish I could've just stopped the medicine and been free of LPR, but that'll never happen will it? shakehead

EDIT: Every Google search I do says "LPR." I'm desperate for it not to be. Isn't there anything else it could be?

lobstahguy
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   Posted 3/23/2014 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering the same thing. Ive asked my ENT and he has no answer. I really wish i knew for both of us. I cant even go outside in the cold air now. Even the sunlight makes me sneeze and my throat fills with mucus. I am on ativan which is a horrible drug that messes up the central nervous system. I will let you know if i find out anything that helps. Sometimes i take a benadryl but it doesnt help much either. What are your sinus symptoms?
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