LPR- How do you know when you are "refluxing"

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/30/2014 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! My LPR started about a month ago. Started having numerous ulcers on tongue, then sensation of lump in throat, post nasal drip, funny sensation in sinuses, sore throat, more ulcers on tongue. Doctor prescribed PPi pantoprazole 20mg once a day. No life style recommendation. Thank god I did my research! I did MAJOR life style changes, small meals, no more coffee, tomatoes, onions, citrus, actually, nothing under ph 5 for 2 weeks, elevated bed head, you know the drill (lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks...I was 120lbs, so I'm quite skinny now)
All symptoms were pretty much gone after 10 days, I decided to quit the medicine. Slight rebound effect but was expecting it. Have been treated by old indian lady, doing major acupressure work on my feet, encouraging me to clean my digestive track.
It's been more than a week now since I quit the meds and I seem to be having some symptoms back: post nasal drip morning and evening, occasional hoarseness and sore throat, and mostly, many small burps, or bubbles that come up my esophagus...Never had that before.
But no real feeling of reflux.

How does it feel when you reflux? Can you feel it? Taste it? How long after a reflux would you start feeling a burning sensation in the throat if any?

Please let me know how it feels for you and how you can tell whether what you've eaten has caused you to reflux.

Many thanks!!

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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 5/30/2014 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have often wondered this, too. Only once in my life have I awoken in the middle of the night to a bitter/sour taste in the back of my throat. That phenomenon has got to be reflux, and it happened during my first and worst episode. That time the main symptom was lots of almost uncontrollable hiccuping. I have since been diagnosed with GERD, but I almost never feel heartburn. Occasionally I quietly "burp" a few times after eating something. It's not the same thing as belching. You can barely hear it. Maybe this is what they call "silent reflux."

Lifestyle changes have helped me more than drugs like omeprazole. I think alcohol is my worst trigger, unfortunately. Sometimes just eating too much or eating very fatty or rich foods have given me a "lump in the throat" sensation. But does that mean that I am "refluxing" at that moment? I don't know. I am not sure how reflux can be "silent," since I think having stomach acid shoot up your esophagus would create a feeling you can't ignore.
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