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    Old 01-22-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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    LPR vs. GERD

    I am trying to figure this whole thing out... The difference between the two, because I swear sometimes I feel I have both..
    If you have GERD do you not clear your throat? If you have GERD, would your voicebox never be red or irritated when they look--with the little camera thing that goes up your nose and down the throat...

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    Old 01-22-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    I believe it's possible to have both. My understanding was
    that GERD usually signifies lower-esophageal symptoms (chest
    symptoms mostly), while LPRD signifies symptoms higher up
    (throat, voice, sinus). I think the name just explains the
    symptoms; the cause of the two conditions is the same: weak
    lower-esophageal sphincter. The three doctors I've seen so
    so far just call it all GERD.

    It seems to me that a lot of people get heartburn but never
    get throat, voice or sinus involvement. Likewise, it seems
    a lot of people who get throat, voice and sinus symptoms
    never get heartburn, which seems kindof strange that it
    would go all the way up to your throat and still not cause
    heartburn, but I'm in that category -- I don't get heartburn.

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    Old 01-22-2008, 03:24 PM   #3
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    All my symptoms are in my throat , ears and sinuses. I never get heartburn and indigestion. I was surprised to learn that LPR is a form of acid reflux.

     
    Old 01-22-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    Do any of you with LPR or GERD - feel mucous in your throat while or right after eating? Do you cough up mucous while or right after eating? Do you ever get a tight feeling in your upper chest and throat - like a pulling/tuggin sensation?

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    Old 01-22-2008, 06:04 PM   #5
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    Sometime after eating (not during), I feel like my voice is
    hoarse. If I clear my throat the mucus tastes sour. If this
    goes on for a while I eventually get a tightness in the
    lower part of my throat. My esophagus is actually swelling
    down there -- the swelling showed up on the barium swallow
    X-rays. If that goes on for long enough I get a pressure in
    the center of my chest like someone is pressing on my sternum.
    Acid reducers don't seem to help with this. All I can do is
    take little sips of liquid antacid every once in a while to
    try to keep my esophagus clear so that it doesn't swell.

    It's better if I eat very small meals and try not to eat much
    later in the day. Actually, I get this sour mucus every evening
    even if I haven't eaten anything since mid-afternoon.

    Vanessa, I assume your mucus tastes sour? Acid has a sour
    taste.

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    Old 01-23-2008, 03:06 AM   #6
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    I have excess mucous and post nasal drip almost constantly. While I am eating it does seem to be worse. Sometimes my saliva is sour even if I haven't eaten anything sour or acidic. Mornings are awful for me in this area.

     
    Old 01-23-2008, 04:07 AM   #7
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    Actually I'm still trying to figure out 'what is happening' to me - seems eac day brings a new symptom.

    Lately I have been getting a stuffy nose out of nowhere and a feeling as if I breathed in some sort of chemical in through my nose (even though I have not) - the 'chemical' taste sits in my nose and the back of my throat making me mucousy and difficult to breath??? Not sure what that is at all....

    And the mucous while eating - also the tight chest feeling. SCARY stuff this......

     
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    Vanessa, do you just smell the chemical or TASTE it as well? I taste mine in my throat/mouth and always thought it's from the meds being digested in the stomach. Come to think of it, that does not take all day though. This sensation does not happen within any specific time frame after I take the medication so perhaps is NOT medication related. I noticed that strong chemical odors now send me into coughing spasm while they never used to before. Just another addition to my already long list of symptoms..?

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    Old 01-23-2008, 11:04 AM   #9
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    Yes - I taste it too - in the back of my throat. It is scary stuff because I start to feel all congested and have a hard time breathing. It never happens in a 'predictable' type of pattern. It lasts a long time - hard to breath and its awful. Was wondering if its related to GERD or maybe its something else?

     
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    Re: LPR vs. GERD

    I think the sour taste is indicative of acidity. If you have
    mucus without the acid taste maybe that's something else.
    Feeling like your throat is closing up is a common allergic
    reaction (hives is the other common allergic reaction). The
    allergic throat tightening is called anaphylaxis.

    Funny tastes or smells when there aren't any funny tasting or
    smelling substances around are usually neurological side effects
    of medications.

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