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Old 12-26-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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LPR worse after bronchitis -sore throat and palate - burning sensation and acid taste

This winter I've struggled with my health, minor things, but so annoying. I had 2 head colds one after the other, the second being particularly nasty, and requiring a lot of throat clearing from excess mucous.

By July I had developed bronchitis, which decided to take a trip to my lungs and chest, resulting in a nasty infection. I took antibiotics as I knew I needed to get it cleared. The worst part of the bronchitis for me was severe coughing for a few days before it was diagnosed, then all the mucous that ettled in my lungs. Everyone told me I needed to clear it, and I coughed and forced it constantly for days on end. It was disgusting, but I thought I was doing what needed to be done. I really gave my throat an incredibly hard time.

The bronchitis settled, thank goodness the cough didn't linger, but suddenly I had a sore throat and soft palate that would come and go. By now it was September and I'd have the sore throat for a few days then it'd go, then return. Back to the Dr and both my throat and palate looked fine, so it was a virus. By October it was no better, and I'd started noticing that everytime I did a tutoring session, the sore throat would return. I began to think was the use of my voice causing the throat and palate problem. Back to the Dr, to be told once again everything looked fine, and maybe it was laryngitis as a result of the bronchitis. Rest my voice for 2 weeks. Not so easy as I teach, but I cleared 2 weeks in my diary, but unfortunately had a family crisis right in the middle and had to use my voice.

November went away to the beach with my daughter, and guess what. all relaxed and no LPR until the night before I rturned home. Now was this my emotional state knowing I was coming back to hard work, or was it the fact I was with my daughter and we talked quite a bit? This time to a different doctor by my office, and guess what. Ohh that throat is very inflamed, it's not laryngitis so use your voice all you like, it's LPR. Back to work and more tutoring, and I was given 2 weeks of PPI's (Ompaerazole) which made very little difference. The Dr told me if they worked then we'd know for certain it was LPR. Well from what I've read, I'd say that Losec rarely helps silent reflux sufferers, and certainly not in 2 weeks.

Where to from here? I will ring and get a referral to an ENT specialist, but I already don't have a lot of faith in that avenue, but at least I'll know what I'm dealing with.

I"m starting to think that my vocal chords were damaged from the extremely violent and excessive throat clearing from the bronchitis. So maybe resting my voice as much as possible might help. I wondered if anyone esle had this pattern? if they did, what did they find worked for them to ease it. I've asked each doctor this same question, and they all seems to ignore it.

It's all so much ifs and buts with this darned complaint.

Jude

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: LPR worse after bronchitis -sore throat and palate - burning sensation and acid t

I have reflux and work with my voice, and in recent years I've found that a cold will produce a lasting and painful sore throat.

About all that fixes it is to rest the voice as much as possible, avoid reflux triggers, and possibly gargle with something. My GI doctor recommended a mixture of Listerine and hydrogen peroxide, and it seemed to help.

It's true, the reflux drugs do not treat the "silent" symptoms as well as they do the GI symptoms. But avoiding trigger foods such as coffee and mint, eating small meals and elevating the head of the bed can help for all types of reflux.

 
Old 12-27-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
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Re: LPR worse after bronchitis -sore throat and palate - burning sensation and acid t

I am going through something very similar and I'm at my wits' end.

I had a bad bout of bronchitis in April (actually started a month earlier and had to do 2 rounds of antibiotics and a course of steroids).

The lungs took a long time to feel pretty much normal again, but after having the bronchitis, I developed throat problems. Minor irritation, dryness, scratchy. Sometimes my voice sounds broken. I have tried everything to get rid of the problem: nasal irrigation, dry mouth gum, and GERD medications like Prevacid and Zantac. Nothing really helps.

When the throat feels bad, I also get mild wheezing.

I don't know if this issue is from acid reflux or bad sinus and allergy problems (my allergies are just horrible, and I had to have sinus surgery in 2004).

But the worst part of this is how it affects my voice and speaking!

 
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