I know for sure that neither my UES or LES were working, because I was able to see the barium refluxing when I had the upper GI x-ray. But, since I was on prilosec at the time, I had no pain or coughing. That was the very moment when I decided I had to get off prilosec and deal with the real problem (although I didn't know what it was at that time), not the symptoms. I know you're not supposed to quit it cold turkey, but I did. I did a complete 180, and tried apple cider vinegar, on the theory that reflux is caused by too little acid, not too much. I also came to believe, even then, that the more I tried to 'doctor' this problem away, the worse I would get. The symptoms returned, but never as bad as when I first got them. I've come to believe that there's nothing structurally wrong with my "valves" - my brain caused it to be dysfunctional as a response to psychological factors.
Diet - generally I have a very healthy, balanced diet. I have eaten mostly organic food for nearly ten years. I've never been into really spicy food, but do enjoy a good pizza. I try to eat as low fat as I can, but, as I said, when the emotional eating kicks in I'll finish off three bowls of ice cream in a row. Diet causing LPR? I don't know. I don't think the doctors have a clue why it happens, to tell you the truth! Just treating the symptoms.....
I'll be very interested to hear what you think of Sarno's book. When you talk about
the sharp pain in your throat, it makes me think of some of the things he writes about
pain in general, that it is the result of the brain depriving that part of the body of oxygen. I had mentioned in my first post that I am running again after getting tendonitis a year and a half ago. That kind of pain, he theorizes, is the result of oxygen deprivation.
You had asked me earlier if I had communicated to my husband my misgivings about
the move. It was a completely mutual decision, and although I knew it would be hard, I also knew that he had stayed in a job he wasn't happy with for a number of years so our kids could get through high school and I could finish my MA. I truly feel it's his turn, but it's still very difficult. I think they emotions related to this are fear and loss, not anger.
Let me know how it's going. I hoping for the best for you.
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