My ENT thinks I have LPR. He saw swollen/red areas around the vocal cords when scoped. That, along with my terrible sore throat, throat clearing and hoarseness, supports this diagnosis. He put me on Prilosec 40mg 2x/day and tums. I also had a GI endoscopy done to rule anything else out. Results were fine except he saw very minor reflux in the lower esophagus from the biopsy.
So here I am, 2 1/2 months later. The throat clearing and hoarseness are practically gone but I can get rid of this sore throat. It feels like it's burning at times but mostly it is just really sore. I also have feelings of my neck being "full", if that makes any sense, and sometimes food gets caught when swallowing. We did try a round of steroids to see if that would calm the inflammation and make my throat feel better but it did not help. The GI guy wants to switch my proton pump inhibitor but I have read that they are all relatively similar in efficacy.
Does anyone have advice on what I can do for symptomatic relief of the sore throat or what their doctor has suggested? Has anyone else experienced this? I think LPR takes a while to treat, but I just can't stand not having a minute of relief from the sore throat. BTW, I am doing diet modification to remove acidic foods from my diet. I have become progressively more aggressive on this.
Is that something that's routinely tested for in a bloodtest? I had blood work done when I first started having issues, curious if I could just ask my doc to look over those results again or if I need to be tested again.
For inflammation of the throat, I had 2 rounds of antibiotics and it didn't help. And anti biotics trigger off the reflux. So i tried chinese antibiotics called "pian zai huang" which i got it from a reputable medicine hall.. I took once in the morning and once at night, my sore throat is gone within 5 days.
I get that awful sore throat too. I notice mine is worse after eating something fatty and especially almonds. This has been going on for over twenty years and the only thing that helps me is stopping the almonds or fatty foods. I hope this helps somewhat.
I'm just wondering if Vaca78 found resolution for the sore throat. I'm going through the same thing - it's been 16 weeks of hell. I'm now off work because I can't talk without pain (no good when you're a teacher). I've been on Losec x40 twice a day for ten weeks (along with Gaviscon and Mylanta) and it did nothing. I would love to hear a happy ending story.
Hopefully someone can help those with the sore throat issue. It is awful. I lose my voice all the time too - it was really bad when I used to teach classes and I could barely talk at all There were about 4 weeks when the problem of my voice problem was much better (not 100% but much better) - it was when I did a gluten free diet in addition to stopping almonds and cashews or other fatty nuts. Once I stopped the gluten free it all came back. Milk bothers it tool. Hopefully someone has some other information to help.