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Tummytuck
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 99
   Posted 1/20/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  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.
 
 
 
 

helen77
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 1/20/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   

i had the throat clearing proplem too but mine was not only after i ate but it was all the time till i get tired .so anyways i took prilosec for about a year and it really helped me a lot i even forgot that i had that problem .But now after a year even the prilosec is not helping me it is so discouraging . they gave me nexium but no difference for me , may be i am thinking now if they can give me prevacid or any of the other ppi 's anywas too bad .regarding endoscopy the doctor i saw told me that there is no point in having the endoscopy done b/c almost half of the people whith our symptom may not show anything on the scope so no point ,plus even if they see some inflammation there was nothing he will do for me he would make me take the same medications i am taking now .It is only for very severe cases that they do the surgery and they outcome is not that great too .

God help us


friendlygal
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 722
   Posted 1/20/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Tummytuck

Welcome to healingwell...

You're lucky that you seem to be doing fine.

I have a really bad case, so it seems...

about the endoscopy, I was given an anasthetic so I don't even remember it.  And I was fine when it was over.  It was breezy...


Tummytuck
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 99
   Posted 1/22/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   

helen 77 and friendlygal,

Thanks for your responses.  I'm hoping the Prilosec keeps doing the trick for me.  I have a friend who has been using it for about 6 years with good results.  She says she still gets heartburn every once in awhile but takes an additional antacid and is fine.  I know this will never go away but I am just trying to manage it as well as I can.  In regards to the endoscopy . . . when my doc and I thought my insurance was going to cover pretty much all of it, we figured . . . "might as well see what's going on" . . . but as you say, all they are going to tell me is that I have GERD, which I already know, and that I will need to take meds.  Since the meds are working for me, I really don't see any point in spending the nearly $1000 out of pocket it will cost me and neither did my doc.  If, however, I am not able to control it and the meds become ineffective, then I can see where an endoscopy could provide some valuable info.

Anyway, thanks for your responses.  I look forward to further conversations with you all.

 

Tummytuck yeah

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