Re: GERD/LPR Having a Really Hard Time Need Input
You do won't believe how similar to my situation yours is.
I also have health anxieties and used to smoke from the age of 21 and stopped smoking 15months ago(38 now)
But I know for fact that I am not crazy since I have really bad pains, and I am sure it is due to digestive problems.
Unfortunately the key is to find a doctor that understands.
My symptoms started a year ago and like you I was convinced I had LPR, from the research that I had done on my symptoms and it was just last month that I saw an ENT who is also an expert in LPR, who as soon as scoped me(the camera which goes in through the nose), diagnosed me with LPR.
However my problems started with stomach burning, and have had 3 endoscopies, 2 which showed gastritis and erosive duodenitis, and third since I was on medication showed nothing.
As for feeling of lump in the throat, I mentioned it to my ENT, and it is one of the symptoms of LPR, also excess mucus, hoarsness of voice etc.
But for LPR they usually put you on higher dosage of PPI, one in the morning and one in the evening, one PPI a day usually doesn't help.
I am on nexium 40mg twice a day, I have to say that LPR and feeling of lump in the throat is improving, but my stomach sypmtoms are very bad.
Please try not to worry about horrible diseases what you need is an understanding ENT, or GI who understands LPR, and GERD well.
I know how scary those tgoughts can be, and how they can affect you.
Hope this helped a little bit, try to see a GI, and an ENT who understand.
Do a search on the acid reflux forum, you will see that lump feeling in the throat is very common with LPR.
Good luck, and take care.