I've recently been diagnosed with GERD though I am convinced I actually have LPR - laryngopharyngeal reflux and, thinking about
it, I've probably had it for almost a year. I thought it was an URI or food allergies but the more I read about
GERD, the more I am convinced I've had LPR. I've had the wheezy cough, throat clearing, glob feeling, mucous, etc. about
an hour after eating for almost a year, as I can recall. I'm not sure I really paid that much attention. Only in the last month or so have I had an incident of intense burning in my throat. I tried Prilosec on my own for the 14 days and it did the trick. After taking it for about
a week, I remember saying to myself "hey, my cough is gone". I didn't realize at the time a wheezy cough is a GERD symptom. Once the throat burning started, I figured it was heartburn. So, I've been to my doc, whom I like, but I admit she can be a little 'you need this test and this test' crazy. She put me on Nexium and scheduled me for an endoscopy. Well, I got bad tummy pains and diarrhea from the Nexium so went back on Prilosec which helps immensely with no side effects. My cough and throat clearing are ALMOST gone though I still have an episode here and there. I am hoping that after a few weeks, these will disappear completely. I have also been reading everything I can about
GERD and that's why I think I actually have the LPR. I have no actual heartburn and I don't have problems at night.
Even though I have insurance, I learned that the endoscopy, as an out patient procedure, would cost me a minimum of $1000 so I asked my doc if I really, really needed one; especially since the Prilosec seems to be working well for me. She agreed that I can wait. I am going to continue the meds and the lifestyle changes and keep a food diary and am going to see her again in about 4 weeks.
So, I wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions:
1)Does anyone else use Prilosec successfully?
2)Has anyone been diagnosed with LPR? It looks to me as if an endoscopy doesn't really help diagnose LPR and that the ambulating PH test is actually the most accurate.
3)If am don't have any stomach pains or swallowing problems do I really need that endoscopy?
I admit to being a chicken when it comes to medical procedures but I know several people who have had the endoscopy and say that it's really an easy test.
Any response is appreciated.