How do you know if your throat is burned?

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   Posted 4/2/2014 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

Unfortunately, I've been suffering from severe laryngopharyngeal reflux, post-viral vagal neuropathy, and bilateral vocal fold paresis for the past year-and-a-half.

The worst and most prevalent symptom is the odnyophonia, or pain when speaking, but other symptoms are or have included dysphagia (discomfort when swallowing), morning sore throats, heartburn, inflammed nostrils, and burned tongue. I've been on zantac, Gaviscon Advance, neurontin, lyrica, (both on the highest dosages), elavil, and 40 mg of Nexium/protonix. (I was on 80 mg of PPI but I recently have tried to switch to 80 now that the dysphagia is under control; however, with the recent morning sore throats, I might have to return to 80.)

My question is this: how do you know if your throat has been burned? Occasionally, when I breathe in, I feel a strange sore of "cooling" or "fanning" of my throat, similar to the sensation of consuming a menthol lozenge, for example. Is this evidence of a burned throat?

Two additional things:

1. Can anyone share success stories of the Nissen surgery and recovering from LPR?

2. Regarding the pain when speaking, what's the plan B when neurontin/lyrica/elavil don't work? I'm starting to conclude that that symptom will be with me forever.

Thank you.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/2/2014 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Ouch, you are having a very hard time and I am sorry to read that.  RE your question about your throat being burned I suspect an ENT or PCP could visualize your throat and be able to tell you if it appears burned.
Links with tons of info for you:
Denise's Nissen Recovery Journal
My Forum Journal

Bill's Nissen Recovery Journal
Hope these links answer lots of your questions.

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