Need some help - think I've had LPR for many years now feel like I have GERD

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Faraan
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   Posted 8/21/2014 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 28 now. When I was in highschool and college I use to notice problems with my voice and slight burning in the throat, but thought nothing of it.... These symptoms were always off and on. Looking back at today, for the past few months I have been getting severe voice changes constantly, throat clearing, pitch red throat, waking up with weird stuff in my mouth, shortness of breathe, pain/fullness in ears.... However, very recently I also started getting bad heartburn at night, and a lot of spasms in my esophogus. Last week i was so bloated that i went to the dr and they put me on Omeprezele.. It's now been a week and i 'm still bloated and have this burning feeling in my breastbone area... i also have other weird aches (chest, lower left abdominal, back), and food feels like its being stuck near my breastbone and not digesting properly.. also feeling very fatigued (which might be linked to anxiety though)

I got a referral to a GI specialist, which I will be seeing in a couple weeks. I'm just really worried that I might have developed something worse like Barrett's since i didn't get it looked after for so long.. :(

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Nissen_Journey
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   Posted 8/22/2014 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
It takes a week or so for the omeprazole to really kick in. In the meantime, avoid foods that make you gassy or feel "stuck". A food diary can help you pinpoint the culprits. Glad you'll be able to get in to see the GI soon! And don't worry about Barrett's, it's not as common as we think.

Don't be surprised if the GI doc wants to do an endoscopy, that's really how they figure out what's going on. Endoscopy is an easy test, literally no prep (nothing to eat after midnight) and you won't remember a thing about it.

Faraan
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   Posted 8/26/2014 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, i'm having my endoscopy done on Friday.
Still having lots of heartburn symptoms, tight neck feeling, as if my eso has been tightened.
They switched my drug to Nexium which i will start today. I also still feel like food is not going all the way down, I'm scared and hope its not cancer :(

5grn9
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   Posted 8/29/2014 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered from LPR for many years and only just recently started having the classic gerd symptoms. I also have asthma and get chronic sinus infections. The LPR symptoms I would have is constantly clearing my throat, always coughing to help clear my throat, feeling like I had a ton of mucous sitting on top of my vocal cords, voice changes which was starting to affect my quality of life - every day people would say "you sound like your getting sick" "you sound hoarse" "you sound horrible" over and over I would have to repeat myself because people couldn't understand what I was saying. Usually I would just say "yeah, its my allergies" but I got so fed up that last week someone said " you sound hoarse" and I said "well thats my voice, thats how I always sound" She was so apologetic that she said anything to me. Lately I would get the heartburn, have the feeling of chronic lump in my throat and when I would eat/drink anything it felt like it was stuck. I have been on many PPI's and currently take nexium twice a day. I finally went to a surgeon to discuss the nissen procedure - she wanted to do an upper endoscopy herself to take a look at things - my vocal cords were red and inflamed, my LES basically doesn't function. So she thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery and I told her in all honesty it really is my voice issue that made me make my decision to go for it in hopes it will help my voice. I know it won't help right away because of all the yrs my vocal cords put up with the acid but I pray it helps. I just had the lab Nissen Fundo surgery this past Tuesday. Luckily I have no signs of Barrets so I thought it best to do the surgery now instead of waiting. Im 40yrs old - I was diagnosed with LPR about 8 years ago and it has just gotten worse. Good luck with your endoscopy - I think you had it today? Let me know how it goes. I feel like the voice problem isn't that common in GERD patients so when I saw your story I figured I would share mine.

gtothep82
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   Posted 8/30/2014 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope your endoscopy went well. I've had LPR for about 9-10 years. I used to rarely ever get the typical heartburn, but lately it's been more and more pronounced. I now sleep at an incline because sleeping flat will cause me to wake up with a nauseous feeling in my throat due to the heartburn at night. I'd honestly trade "regular" GERD for LPR any day. Regular GERD also responds better to surgical treatments than does pure LPR. So...that might be a good thing actually. Good luck!
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