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Old 10-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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LPR and GERD. Newbie with questions... desperate

I have been stalking this site for a few weeks now and have found the information to be wonderful. I am have been suffering from what seems like esophagael spasms since July and had a barium swallow last week. I get my tests results tomorrow. My endoscopy in April showed nothing serious, maybe just slight acid reflux so I have no idea where the spasms came from. I do believe I am suffering from lpr.

I do take Ativan on a daily basis (.5) and was wondering if taking this regularly could have something to do with my spasms. perhaps my esophageal muscles have become to relaxed. Is there a connection between the two? Also who diagnoses LPR officially? An ENT or a Gastro? Any insight would be appreciated. I'll also keep searching the boards for relief suggestions. Thanks to all in advance.

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #2
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Re: LPR and GERD. Newbie with questions... desperate

Ativan is suspected in being an issue with GERD. However stress can be a big issue with GERD to so perhaps focus on the immediate issue of lifestyle changes, diet , sleeping on a wedge and get the reflux under control. Leave the concern about Ativan until later, if you do try to get off it do some research on the net and taper off it. It is a benzodiazepine which can have some withdrawl effects depending on how long you have been on it , dosage etc.. I have taken Clonazepam another benzodiazepine in the past but haven't for quite some time, oddly it actually helps my reflux but I understand it has something to do with blocking the nerve receptors that actually allow the esophageal sphincter to open in a random manner after a meal. I prefer to stay away from these drugs except for occasional really difficult situations in life. I use exercise to reduce stress, works for me.

I was getting some spasms in the spring when I first learned my issue was reflux and found all of those things I listed above were necessary to get it under control along with taking the PPI's. Took a couple of months to really see some results. My endoscopy also showed nothing serious but it didn't feel that way. I have been dealing with a GI doc not an ENT.

 
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