Well, I went to the ENT - who did a "direct" scope!
- and he doesn't see much of anything but slight "reflux changes". No redness, nodules, growths, anything. Boring. He is culturing it to be sure there's not some infection (including the odd MRS-type infections my dog had).
What was really weird was he had to pull out this ugly large black glob of wax from my right ear (same side I mostly have trouble with). I wonder if that's caused alot of my pointed pain on the right side.
Basically it sounds like I'm just at a different stage of LPR - more trouble with my throat than I used to have. I told him all about my past "stabbings" for 9 months and everything. He said I can come back soon if I have more trouble.
Maybe we've become the unlucky(?) LPR people who have major symptoms with it. Wonderful!