I had the endoscopy! Preliminary results are negative, but haven't gotten biopsies back yet.
Just wanted you to see what the moderator posted a couple of years ago;
"With laryngopharyngeal reflux, you may not have the classic symptoms of GERD, such as a burning sensation in your lower chest (heartburn). That's why it can be hard to diagnose and is sometimes called silent reflux.
Dr. of choice - an ENT who may use the Laryngoscope to check out the vocal cords for reflux damage, nodules or lesions."
I have these symptoms of LPR, which is why I mentioned having an ENT check me out, not a gastro. I guess a gastro doc wouldn't check on the vocal cords, etc? But...it still all stems from the stomach, in the end, so I would imagine seeing a gastro--maybe in addition to an ENT?--is as necessary for LPR as it is for GERD..??
I've read a theory about
GERD/LPR in that the stomach is bloating (due to low acidity, bacteria, etc.) and 'pressing' the acid up the esophagus. That's what it feels like for me. Even though I have the 'silent' kind, no real 'heartburn', my stomach is constantly funky, especially when the reflux is happening. Does that imply that it's more of an issue with my stomach than with my LES, or is it both? Also, if you read about
low acidity (which is responsible for most reflux issues), it does cause poor digestion which, in turn, could cause the reflux. PPIs lower acidity even more, which is why they're not a good choice for long term solutions...
A little freaked out because, as I struggle to get this under control, I'm losing weight. And I'm already skinny!
Whew. sorry for the long-windedness. And all the acronyms. ;) I guess I'm thinking/questioning aloud, a bit..
Thanks for reading!