Allergy? Silent reflux???

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   Posted 2/11/2014 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi people it's been almost 6 months now since I started having LPR-like symptoms but the more I investigate and tried different methods to elevate or eliminate the symptoms the more I am confuse on what I really have:

-This started after having a cold/flu for almost 2 weeks in late June, then one night I woke up in cold sweat not able to breath! I had to go into the garden to get more air. Since then I also started to loose my usual physical strength and desire to do things I loved to do.
- I have had laryngoscopy but the doctor did not think it looked like reflux.

- I tried allergy nose sprays and anti histamine but didn't seem to work? (how long do they take to work if this is allergy?)

- Higher-than normal total IgE (1680)

- Barium swallow did not show any amount of reflux.

- Strangely enough I do not cough or clear my throat nor feel any real pain/discomfort in my throat, I do have stuffy nose and sometimes plugged right ear.

- The sticky clear phlegm usual happens after I eat.

- Really cold hands and feet, inside of my nose and throat sometimes feel that way too.

- Most difficult symptom is the loss of breath -I have not been able to breath without having to think or try to get a full breath, but when I am almost at the top my breath just stops and won't go any further, and give out this really strange vibrating/rubbing sound from under the Crinoid cartilage. I am really loosing my strength and will to do things from not able to breath normally.

- I have never had noticeable reflux/heartburn at all

- Have not had 24-hr Ph reading nor manometry yet, I will however get the Pepstest to see if I have any amount of Pepsin in the saliva, which usually indicates LPR diagnosis.

Please guys I need your help, are there other kinds of disease/conditions that would cause my symptoms? Also should I maybe try drugs like Elavil or Neurotin to see if this is really caused by irritated vagus nerves perhaps from the cold/flu?

Thanks for your help....

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   Posted 2/11/2014 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum liang.

It sounds like you have a good gastroenterologist who's helping you. You should ask him/her about the drugs, but I wouldn't treat before there is a diagnosis.

What makes you think you have an irritated vagus nerve?

If you think you may be having a reaction to certain foods, you should keep a food journal and see an allergist. I'd ask him about the sticky phlegm. Does that happen after all foods?

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   Posted 2/12/2014 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replying - My nasal passages a lot of time feel closed up and the ENT comment they did look a bit swollen. Interestingly nose drops like Otrivine works well at this (contains xylometazoline which restrict blood flow to calm swelling).

Sometimes I would even spit out pink saliva or phlegm, which makes me think all this is either inflammation from LPR irritation or some sort of chronic low grade inflammation in the ENT areas (but my ANA/CRP are negative though).

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   Posted 2/20/2014 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Could be a chronic fungal sinus infection. Most chronic sinus issues are fungal (per research done by an ENT at Mayo Clinic).

Post-nasal drip may go into your airway, irritating and inflaming it and causing difficulty breathing, especially if the drip contains fungus...

Have you tried a saline nasal wash?

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