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   Posted 7/17/2014 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   

It started about 4 and half months ago. Wake up one morning and throat was burning, it lasted for a little while (a week or 2), and the burning went away. What's left was a discomfort on the right side of my voice box. There is constant mucus clearing. And when I drink, even water (or even just swallowing), I can feel something there, it's not pain. If I drink soda, it gets worst, not the whole throat, just the part to the right of my voice box. I went to 2 ENTs, both looked at my throat using laryngoscopy and both stated there was inflammation and it was caused by acid reflux (that was 2 months ago). I took Dexilant oral for about 2 months and it didnt really help. There are some days were I feel I am totally fine and then the discomfort will come back.

I do have a history of bad acid reflux, but never something like this (throat) and lasted this long. I am thinking of waiting another month or so to see if it goes away, if not, I will go for MRI\CT of the neck.. I am just a little worry. I guess my question is if this is throat damaged by 1 or 2 acid reflux during my sleep, does the healing take this long? I mean what is the normal healing time for throat inflammation caused by acid reflux.

I just got a acid reflux pillow last week and been on it for 2 days. so far I didnt see any improvement.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

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   Posted 7/17/2014 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Unsure if this is helpful, but since you clearly have reflux, you can try certain things to help:
1. Elevate your bed.
2. Don't bend or lie down 2-3 hours after eating.
3. Avoid the sodas, chocolate, fatty foods, tomato, peppermint, alcohol...
4. Dexilant may not be for you. There are others.
5, Don't eat late.
6, Eat slowly.

My esophagitis cleared up by avoiding the aforementioned foods.
LapNissen Fundoplication, 8/9/13
GERD, Anxiety, Depression

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   Posted 7/17/2014 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks and I will do that.

I just brought a acid reflux pillow (raise up to 7 inches) but it's only been 2 days so too early to tell. I have heavy reflux during day time. Even with drink of water, I get reflux right away, but with those I can actually control it and not let it get to my throat. The only thing I am unsure of is during night time, which I have no idea if acid goes up all the way to my throat, again hopefully the pillow will help.

I am worry since it's been almost 5 months and my throat is sill not cured. I know with laryngoscopy (twice), I can say 90% is not something sinister, but without CT\MRI, I can't be sure for 100%. I was hoping to see if anyone had similar experience where it takes that long to heal.. Thanks again.

Linda Sue
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   Posted 7/19/2014 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Silver99, are you still taking regular doses of PPI's?

I've had voice and throat issues ever since I started taking these drugs. I'm weaning off of them, but it will take weeks if not months for the Nexium to be gone from my system, so I am still suffering but must get through it to find out for sure if the Nexium is causing all this trouble.

That is the only way I will know because these drugs are obviously not working if there is acid going UP INTO MY THROAT! The acid reducers are supposed to prevent that!

Maybe your body can't tolerate these drugs. I've been sleeping elevated for over a year and it has NOT helped. Still another reason to blame these drugs....

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   Posted 7/19/2014 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Linda. I stopped taking PPI about a month ago. I really dont like taking them long term.

I don't really have much of voice issue, just tons of burping and acid coming up. I know the acid is not going up to my throat during day time because I can control it. But I am not so sure during night time. I only had the pillow for about a week so too early to tell. For all I know, acid could have been up to my throat during nighttime the last 4 and half month.

If it normally takes 3 months for a throat to heal when it is damaged by acid, then I am way past that, that means I should get MRI/CT ASAP to see what is wrong.

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   Posted 7/25/2014 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the bump, but anyone here that had throat issue lasting more then 4 months after acid damage? Thanks.
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