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The extreme use of speed has led to an unusually awesome case of acid reflux, which is causing your symptoms. The chest pain is obvious in this matter, but the subtle clue is the sensation of "lump in throat". This is a hallmark of laryngopharyngeal reflux, in which the acid backflows even higher up the esophogous into the throat area (larynx/pharynx). When the acid gets this high, people tend to develop either the hallmark "lump in throat" sensation or a chronic cough, or both.

What has happened is that the esophogeal spinchter muscles have weakened over time due to the speed use or even just age, possibly. They can no longer keep all the acid where it belongs (in the stomach). The only treatment for this is a Proton Pump Inhibitor, by prescription. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) patients must take a double dosage of a PPI as their symptoms are more severe. Only patients with occasional heartburn (GERD) get the single dose.

You can choose between the following PPIs and I'm suggesting that you try them in this order:
nexium
aciphex
Prevacid
Prilosec (brand by prescription - not OTC)
Protonix

You will need to take 2 pills at the same time each morning. Get the maximum strength dosage in each pill. For instance, Nexium is available in 20 mg and 40 mg sizes. Get the 40 mg size and take a total of 80 mg.

The PPIs will significantly reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. Although it's treating the symptoms and not the cause, the lowering of acid levels means that far less acid will escape your lower esophogeal spinchter muscle (which is weak).

You're going to need to do research on both chronic Gastro-esophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) to have a better understanding of what is happening.


But since your father died so young and had so many heart attacks, please be careful.