What does an LPR episode look like?

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   Posted 5/1/2017 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My only symptom is a mild soar/scratchy throat. However, it bothers me a lot because if it affects my speech. I can't talk for a long time unless I take lozenges and sometimes I teach classes for several days. I went to ENT about an year ago and this is the first time I heard about LPR. My gastroenterologist is convinced that it's not LPR because it's difficult for acid to get to my throat. He said that LPR is the craze of the day.

I'm 50-year old, thin, and exercise every day. I don't eat after 6, elevated my bed, and avoid the implicated foods. Usually, the throat gets worse during the day; it's OK when I wake up. Sometimes, I wake up at night but by the time I boot up, I can't realize what's the reason.

I can't imagine that that acid would get to my throat, bypassing two sphincters, traveling up the 10" esophagus, getting into my windpipe, without feeling anything. I also do yoga and I don't feel anything happening when doing inverted poses like headstands.

So, am I supposed to feel anything during an LPR episode? If, what does this feel like? I thought about getting pH monitoring but got scared by the 5K price tag.

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   Posted 5/2/2017 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed by my ENT who scoped me and saw it right away. It was just within the last few weeks, but I've been having symptoms for a while. Not everyone experiences all the symptoms.

For me, I occasionally get hoarse or cough. Most commonly I get out of breath doing nothing and feel a constant lump in the throat. The out of breath feeling is the worse symptom for me.

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   Posted 5/2/2017 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. But do you feel anything during the actual LPR reflux episode? Can you tell when the reflux is happening? Or, is it completely transparent?

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   Posted 5/2/2017 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't feel when I am having LPR in the sense that I do not have any burning sensation, but I feel like I need to clear my throat incessantly and I find it hard to talk. I got a PH study which showed I was having acid & non acid reflux, even though I could not feel the acid. I had a Nissen a couple months back, it has made a huge difference for my vocal chords, but I am still coughing at the moment.

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   Posted 5/2/2017 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
thracian -
Didn't your gastroenterologist do any tests, at least look down your throat? How did he come up with his diagnosis?
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