Re: LPR question relating to stuffy nose and sinus issues
I've had major sinus and allergy problems my entire adult life. Allergy shots for my 28 worst allergies helped, but I still often ended up with about 4 sinus infections a year with each one lasting about 2 months.
In 2008, I had a Nissen Fundoplication because my acid reflux was causing me major breathing problems. Post-surgery, over time, I realized I wasn't having the same sinus problems that I'd had before surgery. In fact, I've had only about 3 infections since surgery and I got them all under control within a couple weeks. While I'd associated my reflux issues with my asthma and throat problems for years, I never realized how significantly my sinus issues were also related.
I don't have any easy answer for you. With symptoms that are the same for several issues, I really don't always know what is triggering my problems. I actually worked with an ENT/Allergist, Pulmonologist, Primary Care Physician and a Gastroentrologist to get things in balance. When I have flares, I usually end up seeing each of them at some point. The frustrating thing was that I had to figure a lot of this out on my own and put my own team of people together. I'm pleased with my current doctors though. My Pulmonologist actually commends me for asking tons of questions and not giving up when it could be so easy to.
I'm not sure if this has helped, but through my own personal experience I can confirm the LPR and sinus connection. It is hard for me to share individual treatment strategies because my acid reflux has been tested to be on the extremely severe side which is abnormal. Also, my issues tend to trigger cycles of each other so I have to find the balance each time I flare. For example, bad coughing from an asthma flare tends to trigger my acid reflux to get worse.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome