Newbie with Questions about LPR/GERD?

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t331
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 50
   Posted 7/8/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everybody,

I have been reading your forum and agree with a lot of what I am reading!
My situation is kinda of weird, I went to a ENT after thinking something was stuck in my throat(3 months ago). ENT diagnosed me with GERD but did not tell me. Told me that I had allegories and needed to be tested. It was a bad allergy season in GA so believed my Doc. Tested positive for everything in south GA so started the allergy shots(2 months) but then the bad forest fires set in. My throat and lungs hurt just like all my coworkers. Doctors thought that the wood burning was drying me out so told me to use saline solution. After the fires went away, throat still raw, voice felt strained, and had what I thought was constant sinus pain on the right side of my neck. While driving home one day, I started tasting blood in my month and went immediately to ER. They diagnosed me with GERD and sent me to a second ENT doc that confirmed that I have GERD/LPR. They think my reflux was intensified by the forest fires. Three weeks later, I still have the lump in my throat, have the sour test in my month after meals, dry throat, voice still feels strained when talking, but as long as I drink plenty of liquids can swallow fine. I know what caused this was stress. I was promoted, started a new job, our baby came a month early, was awarded a huge award but when I got sick got depressed because I couldn't perform like before. Lastly, the more I worried about my throat the worse it got! I am on anxiety meds(really helped) and nexium(40mgs)(for three weeks). My reflux seems to have calmed down some. I am not overweight(190 and 5 9) and 35 years old. Never had any serious medical problems or emotional issues before.
Sorry for being long winded.
My questions:
Is the sour taste always going to be there, even if the acid is not that strong?
Is there any secret to help with the dry throat?
The biggest question, is I want to beat this and want to know if other people with my same symptoms that have?
I have a beautiful three month old little girl that I promised to heal up for and I am not breaking it!
Thanks, T331

Raghu
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 7/9/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

I had similar problems for 3 months. I went to a ENT and he said I had LPRD and that the acid was coming up in to my throat which is causing sore throat, hoarsfleness etc. I got rid of it by following these very strictly

 

1. Check which medicine is working - Nexium, Aciphex etc. You need take them for a month and see if they r working. Also try to increase the dose.

2. Be careful on what you eat and when you eat. You can get lot of info on the net about what to and what not to eat.

3. Sleep on a slanted bed, raise ur bed by 6 inches.

4. NO SMOKING.

5. NO COFFEE.

6. NO CHOCOLATE.

7. Relax and do some stress relieve excercise.

 

RAy

Dont try but just make sure you follow every one the above and you will do ok.


t331
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 50
   Posted 7/10/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Ray!!!
I don't smoke. I haven't had chocolate for a month(when diagnosed). I don't drink anything but water right now. I have tried Priolosec but it really wasn't working. I have been on 40mg of Nexium once a day for three weeks. It seems to have helped. My throat does not feel inflammed or swollen just very dry. I raised my bed as soon as I was diagnosed. I pretty much eat the same thing everyday. Breakfast: Oatmeal with bananas/watermelon/apples and a couple slices of toast or fig newtons. Lunch and Dinner: Turkey, Grilled or baked chicken, very lean hamburger, steak, potatoes or rice, and corn/broccoli, no seasoning. My doctor gave me Carafate to protect my throat but it just made it too dry. My docotor said I could try 2 doses of Nexium. One before breakfast and one before dinner? Is anyone currently taking two doses? Any side effects?

Raghu
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 7/10/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 40 mg Nexium twice a day, one before breakfast and the other before dinner. No side affects at all. Try to make sure you take the tablets at same time everyday. Also give atleast 30 min interval between your Nexium dose and meals. If you can maintain a dairy and write down when did u take the medicine, what did u eat and how did u feel. That helpd you to sort out the foods that are actually causing reflux. Somethings which cause reflux may not cause reflux for others.
 
It has been only two weeks since my symptoms have gone but I want to go on like this for some time like 6 months and then try to get off from Nexium and see how things go.
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