Re: Why does LPR cause breathing problems?
It all started with a terrible cold early last October.
So I of course just thought this was a cold that wouldn't go away with some really freaky new symptoms.
In October I got a pretty bad chronic cough that lasted for 2 weeks or so (just long enough that I thought it would never end). That went away, but I was left with this sense that my breathing was permanently damaged.
For a while, I thought I might have asthma. PS. It's a really bad idea to think that because it's complete horse @#$. You don't have asthma. But when you are anxious, you can convince yourself of everything. Especially when you have a poorly understood and barely treatment illness like PVVN.
When people are severely anxious, having a panic attack, even quitting smoking, they often get a sensation of shortness of breath. But it's just that. A sensation. A lot of people describe shortness of breath with this problem LPR/LSN, but it's usually after they've become anxious about it. I could be totally wrong, but my feeling is that that component, while feeling very real, was nothing more than a mind game.
It went away in November, to be replaced by other horrors, like much worse globus and throat clearing. By the way, I recommend you try some really strenuous exercise. That's where things got better with me. Also, this might sound crazy, but try drinking a lot of alcohol once in a while. I don't know why, but both those things really helped me emerge from that dark spot I was in (which sounds like what you are going through now).
For a while around Halloween, I was really wasting away, picking the goat cheese out of my salad. Once I totally just did whatever I wanted, things got better. None of the regimented lifestyle stuff and ppis did anything except make me feel 50 times worse. Stop caring, was my mantra, and in my case, it worked. But that's all I can speak about. My case. Maybe it will work for you too. I'm sure you'll be feeling better than you are now someday. Try to keep that in the back of your head, even if it's hard to believe. Because almost everyone gets at least a little better over time, as far as I can see.