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Sounds like laryngopharyngeal relfux also known as laryngealpharyngeal reflux, and abbreviated as "LPR". The problem is acid from your stomach getting out of your esophogous and into your throat, and your throat not being able to properly clear it. You have the typical symptoms. Other symptoms include chronic cough, the sensation of something being stuck in the throat, and hoarseness.

For some reason, many people simultaneously experience a sensation of post-nasal drip. It's a chicken and the egg question, and noone knows the answer.

LPR is best treated with anti-reflux medication called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs_. People with LPR typically need 2 doses per day, not the one dose used by people with typical "heartburn".

Nexium and Aciphex are the best PPIs for LPR. In addition, there is Protonix, Prevacid and Prilosec.

For a diagnosis, visit an ENT in a major city who sees a lot of voice patients, just use a search engine to search for "voice disorders" and the name of your city. The ENT will use a laryngoscope to observe your larynx. If red and inflamed, it's a pretty good confirmation of LPR. However, LPR is such a menace that most doctors will prescribe PPIs anyway and a positive response to PPIs is usually an indirect diagnosis.

Don't bother with trying PPIs at the one a day dosage. If it's LPR, start with 2 doses immediately - you can always try cutting down to 1 if it's working. Also, you can visit the acid reflux message board.