How long before hoarseness and throat pain becomes serious?

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   Posted 7/10/2014 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys.

So after using ppis for 4 years I finally got of them two weeks ago. I have had major issues with hearthburn, and so far I'm controlling that really well. The problem is that I've gotten a new symptom. I'm experiencing hoarseness in my throat and my voice is slightly altered when i speak. My throat feels the same a when I've got a cold. I'm pretty sure this is releted to my GERD.

The throat symptoms are manageable, and I really don't want to get back on the ppi again. Should I be worried about this, and continue to try to manage without the ppis? How long does it take before this can become a serious problem? Does anyone out there with similar symptoms have any tips for the throat?

I know i should consult my doctor, but he is on vacation for 3 more weeks, and frankly I have more trust in you guys!

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   Posted 7/10/2014 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gewarn,
It sounds like you have LPR (throatburn reflux) but I am no doctor, I have LPR and it sure sounds to me like that is what you have. People mistakenly think that heartburn is the only thing that happens with acid reflux, and it is not, not everyone gets heartburn and not everyone gets throatburn, but I have both, and it sounds like you may have as well. Throatburn is when your UES (upper esoph sphyncter) doesn't close properly (from years of too much acid food) so that acid that makes it all the way to your throat can sit on top of your vocal cords. A FEEST test can be performed to determine if you have LPR, so try to find an ENT who performs the FEEST test and then you will have your answer. In the meantime stay away from all caffeine, all chocolate, all tomato, good luck!

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   Posted 7/10/2014 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi can you please tell me what a feest test is please?

Thank you
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