Went to see local ENT today, who did throat scope. Found 'arytenoid edema' and 'mucus pooling in esophageal inlet'. So, nothing too serious i guess, damage-wise, at least not yet. I was diagnosed with LPR.
However, doc could NOT: Pronounce 'endoscopy' correctly (or know what it entails); tell me how PPIs work (I had to tell her) (even though she prescribed them); understand how we might aspirate mucus/acid/pepsin into our lungs, amongst other things.
Me: "Why should I go on a PPI, when it only treats the symptoms and are not good long-term"?
Her: "Well, I'm not sure how they work, but our patients only stay on them for a month, then we wean them off'.
Me: What's the point in doing it at all, then?
Her: Well, if they work, then we know you have LPR.
Me: But you already said I have it...?
If it were being prescribed due to damage to airways, fine. But what's the point, anyway, if one needs to get off them after a month? I know they're not safe long-term. My point is, after you go off them you'll have the same symptoms/issues with reflux, right? So what's the point in going on them at all??? Argh.
I will see another ENT at some point, but I'm going to work on diet right now. Maybe try to figure out the pepsin thing.