Re: I know these two have to be related somehow!
Yup. You are correct. They can be related.
The acid can actually make it's way up into your sinuses and cause irritation. It is most often associated with "silent" reflux.
I had chronic sinus problems, allergies, asthma, and reflux. After reflux surgery in 2008, I saw a significant decrease in my reflux, asthma symptoms and sinus problems. I'd always blamed the sinus issues on the chronic allergies. Post reflux surgery, I went from having at least 4 sinus infections yearly to having less than one a year. Actually, I've had 2 minor sinus infections in the last 5 years. The way I figure it, per my norm, I should have had 20 infections in that same period. What a connection in my mind.
FYI. I work with an ENT, Gastroenterologist, Pulmonologist, and PCP to address my reflux issues since it impacts me in so many aspects.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement, Plantar Fasciitis