LPR Remedies

| Modified on Aug 15, 2021

Multiple Remedies
Posted by CindyC (Arizona) on 06/22/2021
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I believe I have diagnosed myself with LPR due to the anxiety attacks I was getting from the symptoms. My recommendation is to not overload on too many "so called cures" that you see on these boards and to start with one cure at a time to see what works. I noticed eating bland whole foods has already helped me after two days. I noticed that drinking Chamomile Tea with raw or Manuka honey relaxes me and soothes the symptoms. I sometimes ad 1/2 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in with the tea, it really has helped. If it doesn't work for you in the tea, try adding a capful of ACV in a glass of water. Don't use too much. I see where some people add two teaspoons full, that's too much. Make sure the vinegar is "Braggs" organic ACV with the mother it's the best. Don't use regular vinegar.

LPR is not caused by acid, but stomach enzymes - namely called "Pepsin" which causes respiratory symptoms and inflammation. Google "Pepsin and LPR" and you will better understand what LPR is. It's not the same as Gerd and acid reflux.

I am currently researching "Alkaline" water of at least 9.0 is best. Drink a glass in the morning and an hour after a meal and NOT during meals. This is important. "Essentia Ionized water" is best. Drink regular water throughout the day. Remember, too much of anything is not good. When eating foods, keep a journal. Write down everything you eat that makes you feel bad or good. Eventually you will get it right. Don't get discouraged, know that you are not alone in this. :0)

Try this:

1. Eat bland, research low acidic foods and low fat foods. Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. Research LPR safe foods. There are lots of foods you actually can eat.

2. Put a cap full of ACV in a glass of water and drink after a meal, or 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a glass of water and drink after a meal.

3. Try the brand "Essentia Ionized water" (Alkaline water), in the morning 30 minutes before a meal and drink a glass before you go to bed. Don't make it your main water source, drink regular water throughout the day. DON'T DRINK THE ALKALINE WATER WHILE EATING.

4.) Research 500 mg of Magnesium supplement for LPR (without calcium). Heard good things about this. I'm going to check with my doctor first.

5.) Don't drink just any teas. Try Chamomile tea, the reason it is great is because it has anti-inflammatory properties which can be soothing for your throat and digestive tract. The other tea is Marshmallow root tea.

Good luck to all.


Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Sara (NJ) on 03/27/2021

Tums is not natural -- it's very bad for you and should never be taken! It will literally cause malnabsorption and ultimately malnutrition and dysbiosis.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sara (NJ) on 03/27/2021

How are you doing now?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Evelina (Wisconsin) on 03/13/2021

Can you explain when and how often you took each remedy please?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jonathan (Shelburne MA) on 10/16/2019
5 out of 5 stars

EarthClinic helped me diagnose my LPR and then I confirmed it with an ENT endoscopy. It was manifesting as masked asthma; constant throat clearing; a persistent cough that would wake me up in the middle of the night; and sinusitis/post nasal drip issues.

After four years, below is what has helped the most:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar ~ 1 TBSP/cup of water w 1 TBSP honey or maple syrup

2. Baking Soda ~ 1/2 tsp per cup of water morning and before bed

3. Borax ~ 1/4 tsp/liter of water (men) 1/8 tsp/liter of water (women)

4. Hydrogen Peroxide ~ 10 drops in a cup of water morning and before bed 4. Fulvic-Humic Acid for trace minerals 1-2 oz daily

5. Fractionally Distilled Liquid from Aloe Vera Leaves ~ 1/4 cup daily

6. Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice tablets as needed on an acute basis

7. Slanted sleeping by raising header bedposts about 4-6 inches

8. Stopped eating chocolate (sniff, sniff!)

9. Stopped coffee; reduced caffeine to morning only ~ Yerba Mate

10. Stopped eating 2-3 hours before bed

11. Reduced tomato sauce (fresh tomatoes seem ok)

12. Reduced dairy

13. Mastic Gum tablets seemed to help

14. Reducing/watching my meal portions I recently had a second endoscopy which showed only mild tissue inflammation in my esophagus and above stomach. I'm nearly symptom-free and/or it's under control quickly if I indulge any of the above.

Extremely grateful to EarthClinic!

Antacids + Hemp Oil
Posted by Anonymous (San Diego) on 08/13/2019
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Hello all! I've taken quite a bit of time to identify my LPR as such. But I've found a simple remedy which is to chew up small amounts of antacid tablets like Tums quite often over the course of the day. That combined with vaping hemp oil for its expectorant and bronchial dilation and anti inflammatory effects has allowed me to breathe and feel normal again. If this helps anyone, it will make my efforts worth it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Leslie (Colorado) on 10/15/2020
1 out of 5 stars

I do not believe the ACV is good for LPR. I have had major issues (worsened issues) as time has gone by in the 4 years I've been using ACV. I was such a believer that it was eventually going to help. Then I read this article today, and Koufman is one of the writers so I have a lot of faith in what she says. I encourage anyone that believes they have LPR or have been diagnosed with it, to read this before you start on a regime of drinking ACV. Just 1 tbsp a day for me with water, but I do not recommend it and am stopping as of today. I will come back and tell you of any results I might see in my condition.

Https://www.refluxgate.com/apple-cider-vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Pat (Caribbean) on 08/21/2020

Hi,

Can you tell me exactly how you take it together and how many times per day? I have been suffering from LPR for about 5 years now and the coughing has me exhausted. Somehow it comes on every evening and I cough till I throw up. Any information you can give me will be much appreciated.. thanks


Black Seed Oil
Posted by Mary Alice (Marquette) on 12/25/2018

Hello!

Are you still doing well? What were your LPR symptoms? I have sore throat.

Thank you!


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Denise (Us) on 12/18/2018 53 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Had the worse case of the dreaded lump in the throat. I've had LPR for a couple of years now. Fixed it pretty much but dry cough is still there, and flare ups if I eat or drink the wrong thing.

Today I was almost at my wits end and saw Sasha from New York's 2010 post on ACV and BS. Never ever tried the two together, until today. It worked, omygosh, such a relief and the lump is just barely there now. Thanks to everyone who posts these wonderful remedies I usually have right in my cupboards.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Tasha (Los Angeles) on 12/07/2018

Hi Deborah,

How is it going? Are you still off dairy?

I've had LPR for years. Recently, I've begun to suspect that dairy might be one of my triggers. The other might be sugar.

I'm curious to hear about your experience a few months on.

Thanks, Tasha


Dietary Changes
Posted by Deborah (Mendocino County, Ca) on 10/18/2018
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I started having LPR issues about a week ago. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and I know how important diet is for relief of symptoms. I completely stopped all dairy, and my LPR is completely gone. I just thought this might help someone else.

Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Denise (Crescent City, Ca) on 10/09/2018 130 posts

Hello Bill!! Thank you so much for your reply. I do use SeaSalt, normally, but the last salt I bought was Pink Himilayan. Probably not the same. But I use salt now, after not for a time, but last 3 years, I do, but only SeaSalt, until for some reason I wanted the Pink stuff. I'll get the real deal when I shop, which will be soon as I just have a bit left now.

Do you think I could get rid of this glue-like stuff in my throat by following what you said with the ACV. I just would love so much to be rid of it, and I do know it is coming up from the stomach. I read a lot about "too much acid" to "not enough acid" and have been confused. But my remedies I mentioned above have improved things.

I have other issues that may be contributing to every "smaller" thing I have going on. I was diagnosed through bloodtests to have a hypothyroid. Should be 4point something and mine is 6 point something. Anyway, I'm never with out good ACV in the fridge, so I will try what you said before I eat. 2 tbsp hey?? That's a lot, the most I've taken is 1 tbsp. I'm 65,5'2" and at 136 lbs.

I'll list my other "ailments" I'm dealing with as well, just so you know:

Thyroid/hypo (but I believe mine is prone to fluctuating)

Tinnitus

LR

Acid Reflux

Essential Tremor

enlarged spleen (just started about 3 months ago and it just feels like a sort of small balloon in there, with some discomfort, and pain when I woke up laying sort of on it I guess)

Anyway, I am so pooped out tonight, and the Theanine Serene w Relora I am trying out has made me really tired so probably half a dose tomorrow. Denise:) Thank you again Bill, I'll be around for sure, good talking to you:)


Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Bill (The Philippines) on 10/09/2018

Hi Denise...The root cause of your Laryngopharyngal Reflux (LR) problem is probably low stomach acid. To test if this is the case, your should try taking 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar(or any vinegar) just before you eat your meals. If your LR disappears then the cause of your LR is lack of stomach acid in your stomach. Taking ACV will just treat the symptoms of LR but it will not cure it. All ACV does is increase the gastric acidity to proper levels again. This prevents LR from occurring.

The Oesophageal Sphincter(OS) at the top of your stomach should always be closed when you eat. Whenever food comes down the oesophagus the OS automatically opens. That's the way it should work. But the opening and closing of the OS is hormonally regulated by the pH of your stomach acid. So if your gastric acid is at the correct acid pH then the OS operates correctly with no reflux. But if the stomach acid is lacking or the pH is too high(too alkaline) then the OS will remain open -- causing the OS problem.

To cure your LR problem try taking the protocol shown here.

To help generate proper levels stomach acid on a daily basis you should always use sea salt with your food. I use alot of sea salt with every meal. I'm 68 y o and my blood pressure has been rock steady at 110/70 for the last 12 years(ever since I started using sea salt). Supplementing sea salt or magnesium chloride helps the stomach epithelial cells generate the correct amount of stomach acid(hydrochloric acid) every day.

Alot of people nowadays are avoiding salt because drugs research has decreed that it's bad for the heart and blood. I'm afraid that's bunk. Sea salt(not refined salt) is essential for proper digestion, proper functioning of your immune system and much more.

A while back, I remember reading an article about the history of trading in pre-biblical times. In Ethiopa, the camel traders would trade sea salt or rock salt for it's equivalent weight in gold. These traders really knew the true value of natural salt.

In the 1800s there were no refrigerators -- so how did people preserve their food?? They preserved fish, meat and vegetables in sea salt, sea salt/vinegar solutions and as jerky using herbs/sea salt. And during this period, did people have logarithmic levels of heart disease, high blood pressure etc?? No they didn't -- they were very healthy people.


Possible Causes of LPR
Posted by Denise (Crescent City, Ca) on 10/05/2018 130 posts

8 to 9 years later, I am replying to this post. I have LPR, and what is working for me is eliminating the foods that cause my Acid Reflux, drinking my water (usually 48 ounces but trying to get up to 64 a day)and not eating for at least 4 hours before I lie down at night.

For "attacks" of the dreaded phlegm, I will take about 5 sips of a tsp of baking soda in just a few ounces of water. I will also do a sinus irrigation with sea-salt and warm water.

I can't say I am 100% sure my LPR is caused from food/reflux except an upper-GI indicated I was indeed, refluxing. Had to gag down that barium drink and let them take pictures. Thing is, there isn't enough medical care in my area, so my doc is just running in circles trying to help as many people as possible. I prefer natural remedies so I get online to find out what I can do for myself.

If anyone else deals with similar, I'll be around to talk with you. Not that I have the answers, but at least we know we aren't alone in our struggles with health issues. My quality of life is improving with everything I've found in natural remedies. Also eliminating those things that may be effecting me. I have to do a lot of trial and error stuff but it's worth it. Sometimes I can then eat some of those things in moderation, and be fine too though;) Denise


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gypsy (Oh) on 08/22/2018

Ok thanks! I will try that.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 08/18/2018

Yeah... Don't eat them if it is worsening your symptoms. But if it is just fresh fruit you are eating that is acidic maybe just drink water with a bit of baking soda (not baking powder) in it with the fruit to balance the acid. Like a pink of soda per glass of water per fruit meal.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gypsy (Oh) on 08/15/2018

Thanks for your information. Since my acid is going up to my throat causing lots of irritation is it still ok to eat the fruit/vegetables that are acidic? I noticed when I ate strawberries and peaches it irritated my throat. All organic as well. What's your take on that? I have gastritis as well and the reflux and I'm wondering if it's due to taking ibprofen allot in my life from migraines etc. but I know I have to heal my gut but not sure about the acidic foods?? Thanks!


Black Seed Oil
Posted by Shanti (In) on 05/20/2018
5 out of 5 stars

1 teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in honey. I had silent reflux for over a year and black seed oil stopped the mucus and sore throat in less than a week. It has also tighten skin pores. I apply only a little to my face at night and also where I have dry skin like bottoms of feet.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Tori (Regina, Sk Canada) on 02/22/2018

How are you feeling now? Any new remedies or meds? What seems to work best for you?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 11/13/2017

Hi Anthony...The problem you have is probably caused by low stomach acid. You are currently taking Omeprazole(Prilosec?) and Zantec which is really the direct opposite of what you should be doing to resolve your problems. Both of these drugs are proton pump inhibitors that are quite unhealthy to take. PPI's don't just lower your stomach acid a little bit -- taking them will completely stop acid production in your stomach -- this is very dangerous because one of the major reasons you have stomach acid is to kill all dangerous pathogens incoming with the food you eat. So no stomach acid means no protection and more illness for you down the line.

As I've said, the reflux problem you have is probably due to low stomach acid production in the stomach. If you want verification then you should ask your doc for the Heidelberg Test. This simple test will tell you if your stomach acid is low or not. I would urge you to take this test and get yourself off those PPI's otherwise you will be helping all sorts of pathogens into your intestines which may later result in further problems or illness for you.

Try typing this in Google search: "Reflux low stomach acid" and read what you find. It will surprise you.

If your stomach acid is low then you should also read and follow the protocol in this link to resolve your reflux problem.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anthony (Manhattan Beach) on 11/11/2017

It took about two years and several mis-diagnosis by ENT's to finally confirm that I have LPR. I'm taking Omeprazole in the AM and Zantec before bed. I've seen some improvement, but I don't know if it's because of the medication or my change in diet. I have stopped eating or drinking anything that is acidic. Does anyone know of a natural remedy? I'm concerned about the long term affects of Zantec and Omeprazole.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Denise (California) on 10/29/2017 130 posts

I'm frightened all my symptoms/issues could lead to damage of my esophagus, and/or Cancer. No history that I know of in my family. I have had asthma since I was a little girl, I am now 64. It went away in my early teens. Always had what I was told were "environmental allergies" so I took meds (mostly over the counter) for really bad times.

Only in the past, two years have I had almost unbearable problems. I also have esophageal spasms, diagnosed by my cardio doc. I have had a 3rd degree AV Node block since 97, and on my 3rd pacemaker. So I thought I was having a heart attack when I first had one in or around 2011. I was given barium swallow and diagnosed with ESpasms.

The doc gave me nitro glycerin to stop the spasms and it worked but gave me the typical headache. I read online of a lady that had those spasms several times a day, omg:( She learned drinking a glass of cool water cured it, and guess what? It works for me!! I will get woke up with one, about 3 or 4 times a year, and the water always works within seconds of feeling it coming on.

Anyway, your symptoms and mine are a bit different, but I really appreciated your post. I am searching for answers, and do believe I have the LPR. I realized I can't leave it all to the doctors, and have to search out what I can, try other things besides drugs, they scare me worse than the conditions, but I have to say I do believe in conventional medicine as I may have died without the pacemaker. No meds with that thank God.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 09/20/2017

I know one thing. When stressed and producing cortisol the flap from the gut to the throat stays open. Eric Berg you tube.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Gail (Kingston, Ny) on 09/20/2017 10 posts

REMEDY NEEDED FOR LARYNGEAL GERD; I have in the past treated naturally stomach ulcer, kidney stone, cholecystectomy, and, although I take a very low does of Nexium (20)mg. I have no symptoms of GERD or acidity anywhere. I also use bicarbonate and Aloe Vera Gel: yet for two years have had debilitating sore throats constant with difficulty swallowing, changes in voice; and been diagnosed with acidity in the tissues of the larynx? Don't know why it is there, I am careful with diet, sitting after meals, etc, as a nurse I know all the recommended; yet the problem continues continually: PLEASE, an ENT gives me no answers: DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW ANYTHING I CAN DO? Thank you very much, Gail

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Suparas (Hyderabad) on 08/07/2017

Which alkaline water drops u use I am from India and suffering from LPR for almost 4 years


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stacey (Los Angeles) on 05/31/2017
5 out of 5 stars

ACV, helping so far!

I have been dealing with this (likely) LPR issue for 4 months. It started when I would wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating chest tightness, but no asthma. It felt crushing to attempt breathing (inhaling specifically). It happened with full body aches, especially lower back pain. I had a lump in my throat feeling 24/7 also (actually I've had that lump feeling off and on for over 15 years). I went to the ER &, they said it was reactive airway disease and sent me home with albuterol. It worked well enough for 2 weeks, then the same middle of the night chest tightness again. I went to my Dr and she did bloodwork and a chest xray. Everything was normal, so sure sent me home with qvar and said to keep taking my allergy meds. Fast forward, my symptoms worsened and I ended up with what felt like very thick post nasal drip and constant coughing, mucus in my throat (stuck feeling), more chest pain that feels like asthma (but no wheezing), and overall weakness. I was most recently given flonaze and scheduled to see an allergist (I have always dealt with severe seasonal allergies).

I am a speech pathologist, so I have some understanding about the esophagus and the upper and lower esophageal sphincters (from 13 years ago when I was doing barium swallow studies). I also have had 2 close relatives die from esophageal cancer. I suspected a hiatal hernia and was doing some "exercises" to help with that (from youtube). In a way I'm relieved my Dr didn't suspect reflux because I haven't been sent down the PPI path.

About 10 days ago this constant thick congestion (stuck in my throat feeling) was too unbearable. I went on a strict detox and have only eaten very simple, plain, whole foods. I added probiotics, digestive enzymes, slippery elm, vitamin B 50 complex, and others (per the recommendations of people here). The most obvious changes took a week and included a reduction in my congestion. Unfortunately though my coughing increased and my lung pain was occuring every night (vs every 10 or so days). I changed my sleeping pattern to elevated and on the left side only (that can supposedly help the LES).

My understanding is that reflux can cause confestion because your body will produce more in order to coat a burning esophagus. I do feel the diet changes at least thinned my secretions. I also read that for some people, the reflux at night will aspirate into thier lungs and can cause lung spasms (not asthma). This made sense to me because my chest/lungs were so tight around 3am after I'd been having reflux while laying down for several hours (of stomach secretions backing up into my lungs). This caused the horrible coughing and need for the inhalers...which was getting worse (2x/night) last night in fact!

Yesterday I finally tried the ACV. Initially I took it with baking soda & water with meals. I didn't notice too much immediately. I took it right before bed (without baking soda) since night is when my symptoms are worst. This is the first night in awhile where I have not coughed at all and have zero chest tightness. I still had some secretions, but I took the ACV with BS again in the middle of the night and it seems to be the must helpful thing so far. I also had this weird gurguling between my stomach and neck with the sensation of needing to burp constantly. That is much much mess and the "lump" feeling is noticeably smaller.

I can't say I'm cured or out of the woods yet. I finally feel a small sense of hope though. I also made a consult appointment with an LPR expert at USC. I can't see him regularly for tests and f/u, but I just want to get his opinion given my family hx of esophageal cancer. I feel like my Dr will begin to take this more seriously if I pay privately for the insight of an expert. It is heart wrenching to read that all these people basically had to solve this problem for themselves or even undo the PPI damage their Drs caused!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stacey (Los Angeles) on 05/30/2017

David - I'd love to have the name of the ENT you recommend? I'm in L.A. and willing to drive. My GP keeps giving me lung and nasal steroids (I've had 4 appointments and cannot get her to send me to an ENT, but I will pay privately for someone good). I have every LPR symptom for 4 months of agony now.

EC: Sorry, David's post in from 2006 and he is unlikely to see it!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by John Keefe (Red Bank Nj) on 04/17/2017

All of the things you mentioned must have reached its tipping point. With me the voice is the most distressing. Now that it's been some time since your post and I have taken far too long to get to this diagnosis. What do you say to someone at the front end of this journey?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Donna (Ct) on 01/31/2017

If you use DGL ..deglycyrrhizinated licorice it will not harm blood pressure. My Naturapath just told me this yesterday.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/27/2016

Bella, how about starting with h2o2 inhalations?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bella F Ali (Melbourne, Aus) on 12/24/2016

Hi Mark, I don't know if you still following this thread. I was diagnosed with helico, gastritis and bleeding in stomach through Endoscopy. I took antibiotics in Sep 2016. Went through a horrible period of anxiety panic attacks after thst..felt bit better in nov 2016 and now in December 2016 anxiety is back..unable to sleep...have LPR...fumes like hot air comes in my nose...some very stubborn thick phlegm stuck in throat which doesn't go away. Breathing feel tight difficult..post nasal drip. I started seeing naturopath couple months ago ... she got me on probiotics...gastro aid...zinc etc...she thinks phlegm in throat is my body detoxing cleansing itself...I drink 3 l water a day... anyway I m.miserable...very bad anxiety keep thinking about my health...my stuffy tight throat..my breathing..I am miserable. Please help! I hope you are out there reading this post and will get back to me soon. Thank you.


Betaine HCL
Posted by Lisa (Nj) on 10/12/2016

I had been taking Betaine for what I believed was low stomach acid. After taking it daily with lunch & dinner for about 3 months, I seemed to have developed LPR - and also Burning Tongue Syndrome (although it doesn't really burn- more like the sensation of having burned your tongue on food the day before - you know - that weird feeling). I stopped the Betaine today and am going to eat more carefully - sort of like a FODMAP diet and see how I do.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Crystal (California) on 10/06/2016

Has this bettered you significantly? How long does it go away for? I am in desperate need. I sneeze and have tingles in my scalp and forehead too.


Vitamin D
Posted by Ojay (Philippines) on 09/30/2016

What do u mean 1000mg? Do you mean 1,000 iu?

EC: Hi Ojay,

No, the poster is referring to Magnesium supplements.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Karen (Leesburg Vs) on 08/03/2016

Did you have an inflammed throat from the acid? That is what I have and it is causing the lump in throat sensation for 2 months! I am a vegetarin and can no longer eat salads or raw veggies everything has to be cooked. I am miserable depressed always are great fresh organic foods and this all happened after a upper endoscopy to find nothing! I am about to give up!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Karen (New Zealand ) on 07/09/2016

Hi Mark. All I can say is thank you so much. I too was adamant my PND was not allergies or sinus problems as I never had a stuffy nose or blocked sinuses. My Dr didn't believe me that ibuprofen would be the cause. She prescribed so many pills, sprays, liquids to dry me up, just made it worse. In desperation I trolled the internet looking for validation. I have always been a clean eater and regular exerciser so changing my diet to just fruit, veges, eggs, fish and chicken with a probiotic, enzyme tablets was not a hard ask, and another item which no one has mentioned Kawakawa tea, my symptons have almost gone, I am hoping another week and I will be symptom free. Anyone wanting to know about the tea should google it, it is from the kawakawa tree, also known as the pepper tree. NZ Maori have used it for many years for digestive problems, coughs, bronchial and mucus problems. My first cup and that night my throat was not tight and swollen and not so much thick mucus. Anything that helps has got to be a good thing, right? Karen.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lucy (Biloxi, Ms) on 07/04/2016

I'm interested in knowing if LINX decreased the severity of your acid reflux symptoms at all?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Maddie (Florida) on 07/03/2016

Same here with the ibuprofen. I had a sinus infection which turned into a cough. It affected my lower back (pain and stiffness) I started taking large doses of ibuprofen for the back pain and once the cold was over I noticed that I was having a dry cough that was accompanied with throat mucus, which I have never experienced before. After much reading I concluded that it was LPR probably due to the ibuprofen. I'm following some of the recommendations on this site. Coconut oil, baking soda gargling, digestive digestives enzymes and licorice root. Will give up coffee, chocolate and dairy for a while.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Maddie (Florida) on 07/03/2016

I have the strips but how do I use them? What should I be looking for?


Marshmallow Root
Posted by Karen (Canada) on 06/10/2016

Hi Becky, did you end up having any luck with any of the natural remedies you tried for your LPR? I too am a singer and I seem to have gotten my GERD under control with diet and exercise after going off the PPIs, but the LPR just keeps on coming back. I found a lot of similarities in our stories so I though I'd post and ask how you're doing, 4 years on. Thanks so much!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Pari (San Jose, Ca) on 05/17/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I wanted to thank you everyone on this LPR page for sharing their experience. Its truly a help. They day I was reading your comments I was so desperate and sad that its been 2 years that I am sick and I have not been able to do anything. Every morning I wake up with lots of mucus and cough. LPR and Sinus infection and 2 surgery so far!!! I am sure with your help I won't have the third surgery :)

I wanted to share with everyone things that has helped me instantly and I have seen improvement within just a few days.

1) Apple cider vinegar. It just works right away and stops my cough

2) probiotics - could see the difference within just 3 days

3) barley leaves powder. which does has iodine in it as well. You will see the difference within 2 days. I bought this one

4 ) Black seed oil. I have not seen much change within a few days, it might help longer time

5) Aloe vera. I just took the plant and put it in blender with honey and water and take 2 spoon a day. I can't say that it has been working as strong as barley leave and probiotics.

I have started these 5 items one by one and now I am taking them all together. It has just been a week but I see the difference.

Of course I have changed my diet completely. I have removed oil and red meat from my diet. I ate dinner at restaurant couple of times and it made my symptoms worse, even the vegetarian sushi! So I avoid eating outside. I think their stuff is old and not fresh. Even vegetarian food with no toping or sauce. Avoid eating outside for a while.

I recommend taking these lab works to see if you have any bacteria: Candida and Pylori. they both can cause LPR symptoms.

I am also taking the PPI pill once a day, 40ml. I have been taking the pill for a month now, did not see any changes until I added these 5 items to my diet.

If you have any other recommendations, please let me know. I hope everyone gets better soon! I know how hard dealing with this disease can be.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Myway (Usa) on 05/04/2016

Stephanie - I would suggest you follow Dr. Carolyn Dean on her blog very carefully. Be sure your magnesium RBC (red blood cells) are checked. Be cautious of ANY medications you are given. Do your research. Live a healthy lifestyle. If mucous is a problem, I take black seed oil (nigella sativa). 1 tsp in the am, 1 tsp in the pm. Very safe oil (used for cooking in many countries). It can be purchased online or at "The Vitamin Shoppe".

You Got This!

Myway :D


Aloe Vera
Posted by Stephanie (North Carolina) on 05/03/2016

Hey all, I just got out of a two day hospital stay for chest tightness and pressure. Had a myriad of tests for heart attack, calcium and potassium are great. I am thinking it might be the silent reflux..i have some mucus that I cannot swallow down. Going to try the aloe...anybody else AND I have a heart monitor on for the next 30 days...


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Joy (Irvine) on 04/20/2016

Your message is very helpful. thank you for sharing. I have just been diagnosed with LPR. My doctor had me take omeprazole and I had an allergic reaction to it. The doctor now told me to take zantac. My question to you is how long did it take for your globus to go away? This is what is most uncomfortable for me right now.


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Posted by Jacob (Hawaii) on 02/28/2016
4 out of 5 stars

Hey all. Diet, like others are talking is hugely important for recovery. For me, sleeping inclined it even more important. I would be a mess without doing that. I got the LINX about 1.5 years ago and it greatly helped. I had GERD and LPR. GERD is gone completely (at least the sensation of heartburn), but enough still comes up that it hits the throat. This is where inclined sleep helps, and diet is the other part of the solution. Also, High pH water helps deactivate any acid/pepsin (stomach enzyme) in your throat. This happens above about 8-8.5 pH. I use alkaline water drops, found online. Wish you all the best.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Richama (Miami, Fl) on 01/18/2016

How long did it take you to heal from LPR? I was so inspired by your determination to heal yourself. You are so lucky that you have all that time to experiment with different things.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anupa (London) on 12/17/2015

Hello Mark,

The whole thread has been very informative. Thanks. But a bit confusing cause we talking about many diseases besides reflux. I have a lot of throat mucus (too much) . I believe that I need friendly bacteria which are all destroyed whilst on antibiotics ( 3 courses after an operation) please correct me if I am wrong So basically I should be having?

1) lots enzyme contain fruits. 2) probiotics . 3) honey. 4) fresh vegetables. Avoid all artificial foods. Shelf cooked foods.

Should I stop having milk ? which is also described by many as bad for mucus. And what else would you suggest ? And what about carbohydrates and protein which is necessary for the body. I am quite a vegetarian. And sometimes eat chicken and fish but have gone off realising that all our meat comes from China. And we don't know how it's produced. What do u suggest?

God bless you!!! You are better than any doctor. Regards Anupa.


Vitamins D3 and B12
Posted by Hdwrguy (Central Florida) on 12/11/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from LPR for about 3 months now. It all started after a upper respiratory infection. Suffered tremendously and lots of 'globus' in my throat. No help from ENT or GP docs. Finally read about the UES and LES. These are muscles that control the openings in our esophagus. They get weak from lack of Vitamin D3 and B12. I started a 10000 IU regimen of vitamin D3 and also a regular dose of B12 about a month ago.

My symptoms still come up once in awhile, but it is SO much better. Just search for LES and Vitamin D3 and see that many doctors have began to study this issue. When that muscle gets weak, it can allow pepsin and acid in to the esophagus. I am also overweight, so working on getting fit. But the vitamins have definitely helped me.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Hopeful (Va) on 12/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Coconut Oil for LPR

Today is Dec 1, 2015. I am on my 8th day of taking a spoonful of pure coconut oil (cold-pressed). Since day 1 I have had great results. I am able to sleep at night. Last night I decided to eat 2 hours before bed just to see what would happened and to my surprise I had the best sleep in 8 days. I am taking 1 zantac 175mg first thing in the am (I purchased) cause the omeprazole that were prescribed to me caused me to have cough and gag.

I take my coconut oil 1 in the am and 1 in the pm or whenever I just feel like it. I will probably take the zantacs for 2-3 more weeks and see what happens without it. I would like to know what are some you guys triggers. I notice that when I eat chocolate (instantly), hotdogs, and red meat it goes wild. I have removed a lot of foods from my diet and I try to stick to veggies, fruits, and fish and chicken. For breakfast I normally eat turkey bacon and eggs. I do not drink milk at all. I drink water and green tea only. I tried my first key lime yogurt about 2 hours ago so I'll wait and see how that goes.

I think this site is awesome and hope that everyone will keep updating their journey to this annoying parasite.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tammy (Ny) on 11/20/2015

I have been to an ENT and GI doctor.... Waste of money , neither found my problem. ENT would not even do a scope. I have problem breathing, feels like something is stuck in my nose and can't get it's out.clearing throat. I do have acid reflux but I figured it out myself about having silent reflux.. Now I have a different diet and drink more water. Starting to feel better but ENT could of helped me ( went 3 times to see him)


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Candy (Spokane) on 11/05/2015

Actually the ENT's were useless, it was my GP that diagnosed LPR. I am a singer and have lost my voice. this happened 18 yrs ago and now after a terrible smoke filled summer with fires It has happened again. Any correlation between LPR and Smoke Allergies?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pavan (Charlotte) on 10/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Mark,

I think we are on same page. I have the same symptoms which you are suffering from. I'm 26 and I have been suffering from LPR since from last 1+ year. I been visiting different Allergy and Asthma Clinics they just suggesting me some inhaler but didn't really help me. Recently I visited an ENT doctor and he confirmed after the test that I have LPR. Do you have any suggestions and home remedies to get rid of LPR bit quicker?

I'm taking 2 spoons of unfiltered ACV with a glass of water for some relief. Please let me know if you have any better suggestions as home remedies.

Thanks!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Alfonso (Upland, Ca) on 10/28/2015
5 out of 5 stars

How are you doing now? I need help, I'm going crazy.


Black Seed Oil
Posted by Brina (South Carolina ) on 10/02/2015

Did the black seed oil help?


Lemon
Posted by Jenifer (San Francisco) on 08/10/2015

Susan, it is easy enough to undo any damage you think you may be doing to your throat by taking apple cider vinegar or other acidic drinks. Just gargle with baking soda or other alkaline substance. I gargle with turmeric in water with a pinch of salt. Works great. Also if you take HCL/pepsin in capsules, how can it hurt?


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Lynn (Cary, Nc) on 07/01/2015

Question for Nina London, On, Canada: What do you mean by loose tubes?

Lynn


Vitamin D
Posted by Josie (Santa Barbara, Ca) on 05/22/2015

I recently was diagnosed with LPR and advised to take Zantac every morning and night. How do I find out if I have high or low stomach acid? I have implemented all recommended dietary changes and am taking DGL. Should I use organic apple cider vinegar each morning? Should I take the Zantac? Should I elevate the head of my bed? I have read differing statements regarding this. Many thanks, Josie


Vitamin D
Posted by Jenifer (San Francisco, CA) on 05/22/2015

I will remember that about making lovely Lassi. :) And I agree, meditation is very healing, thanks for the reminder.


Treatment Protocol
Posted by Jenifer (San Francisco, CA) on 05/22/2015

Thank you for sharing, sounds like you are on the right track! I'll try what you are doing with the HCL pills during dinner. Some things I'm using: diatomaceous earth, apple cider vinegar, N-acetyl cysteine, and glutamine powder. I am eating way less, but feeling good. Very low carb, but I read that jasmine white rice is OK, yay!


Lemon
Posted by Susan (Doylestown Pa) on 04/27/2015

The most frustrating thing about LPR is that the GIs don't even know much about it! I have been researching like crazy since I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis after being on the PPI drugs for 8 years! Don't stay on them! I have read a lot and the best book I have found so far about LPR is called "Killing me softly from the inside" By Dr. Jonathan Aviv, an ENT from NYC.

Lpr is treated differently from GERD, lemon juice and ACV are NO NOs because they will immediately trigger the pepsin molecules in your throat and cause LPR. For GERD, lemon and vinegar are good, because they become alkaline when metabolized and the best thing for any reflux sufferers is an alkaline diet. I also have low stomach acid, probably due to the PPIs I took for so long, but I can't seem to find a straight answer about taking them if you have LPR. I have been for the last 3 mos or so, noticed my voice has become even more hoarse. I am going to stop the HCL for a little while and see if my voice gets better. I have been to several GI specialists, one from a prominent Phila hospital, plus ENT, they are all wearing blinders! "Just take your PPIs and we'll rescope in 5 years!!


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kim Lambert (Cincinnati Ohio) on 03/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I am new to this site but just wanted to tell you that I am anxious to try your remedy as I have been dealing with LPR undiagnosed for years thinking it was all allergy/sinus related. I have had sinus infections for years and had sinus surgery in 2012. I also am a chronic ibuprofen user. Chocolate and caffeine have been my heroes for years until now. They are the culprit and part of why I got into this mess. Thanks for all the advice, I look forward to healing:)


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Amy (Oklahoma, US) on 03/20/2015

Sasha, Most natural health food stores should carry pH testing strips, and they're relatively cheap. I know Sprouts carries them, if you have one near you. Or, you might try Whole Foods, or another natural foods store.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 03/15/2015

Dear Bonnie: I have this problem myself. At times I feel like I am drowning in my own mucus or whatever these fluid are called. I just go through it and keep coughing up said fluids.

For temporary relief: CODEINE does work for me. But it must be used ONLY when you can not take it any more. Chronic use of CODEINE can make this problem even worse.

But when you are drowning in your own fluids, temporary relief is worth a lot.

In conclusion: Codeine does work in the short term ONLY....Oscar


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bill (San Fernando) on 03/11/2015

Hi Bonnie...If you want to reduce your nocturnal reflux problems then just take 1/2 to 1 tsp of sodium bicarbonate(baking soda -- Arm & Hammer brand) in a full glass of water one hour before you go to bed. Then you should have a peaceful nights sleep.

And if you want to actually cure your reflux problems then just take this remedy. All explanations are in the link.

Your problem is low stomach acid not high stomach acid. But taking Prilosec will reduce your stomach acid to zero which means that all manner of pathogens -- including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungus -- will have a free pass to infect your intestines and create even more autoimmune hell for you. Stop taking the Prilosec!!

And if I were you I would take the FULL GERD protocol in the link above -- don't just take the pancreatin and betaine HCL. Both the iodine and the sea salt in the remedy should also help to greatly reduce your mucus problems.


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Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 03/11/2015

Hello Bonnie;

Re your Reflux nightmare.

You have suffered greatly. I too had reflux and cured mine. Here is what I did and maybe something I say will help you.

First; I had never been told that Reflux can be greatly agitated by diet. I cut WAY back on acidic foods. No red meat after 1pm. No coffee.

No large meals after 5 pm. Better if only fruit after 7pm. Also I'd take three tablespoons of high quality Aloe Vera daily on an empty stomach and two tablets of DGL (licorice extract). Those last two can help chronic acidic burn problems.

Second; I found that twice a day am and pm if I'd take two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water and add one third teaspoon of baking soda, that that drink would help the digestive process.

Third; I guessed that there might be a gastric upset similar to an ulcer...maybe bacterial or viral. So I took two tablespoons of Colloidal Silver twice daily on an empty stomach to kill such invaders assuming a gastro type infection just might be at work.

But mainly I attacked the problem on the level of diet and ACV.

I'd eat lots of vegetables and get off wheat products because you may have a gluten problem.

NO chocolate (an irritant)...NO milk.....NO carbonated drinks. NO cheeses....

And add probiotics daily....digestive enzymes.

That's what I did.


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Posted by Bonnie (Pittsburgh) on 03/11/2015

I have been suffering with LPR for 2 years and was never diagnosed. I have thought of suicide many times. I have been to the Er 4 times and given viscous lidocaine with Maalox. I have seen a gastroenterologist twice and had 2 endoscopies done. No findings. I saw 2 different allergists and they both thought allergies not bad enough to treat after 100s of needle pokes. I have seen 4 different ent doctors. I had a radio active dye swallow test done, a video strobe test I have had flexible tubes put down my throat on 3 occasions. Just last week I saw another ent Dr. This time I took a video along with me of me throwing up copious amounts of mucus, almost chocking to death. Unable to breathe mucus all over my fingers from trying to pull it out of my throat. It has been 2 years of this. The doctor put another flexible scope down my throat but this time into the larynx. She saw the mucus in my larynx. She said I have LPR. She put me on 40 mg of Prilosec and 300 mg of ranitidine. Said come back in 2 months that was 1 week ago, no better yet. This has been hell, many times I think I won't make it through the night. That I will stop breathing. This is cruel and unusual treatment that I have been getting from these doctors for 2 years. They are doctors and should have known what I have long ago. Perhaps I will get better this time. If I remain alive long enough for this current medications begins to work. Thanks for listening.


Lemon
Posted by Patty (Massachusetts, US) on 02/23/2015

Check into Dr. Norm Robillard's Fast Tract Digestion for Heartburn book. Although it says Heartburn in the title, it's about both GERD and LPR. His findings are very interesting, and make a lot more sense than the prevalent medical advice. He recommends a total diet approach, and it's quite different than what most doctor's recommend. Look up the book on Amazon or his website (I think it's called Digestive Health Associates) in Massachusetts. Read what people are saying in the comments sections.


Treatment Protocol
Posted by Catherine (New Hampshire, US) on 02/22/2015

I have been waking up in the morning with a lump in my throat. My first cup of tea would mone the lump down and I would get on with my day. I would also notice that in bed when I would sleep on my right side that I would feel the lump even before getting out of bed.

Early part of December, I had major surgery and when they were wheeling me out, as groggy as I was, I looked up at the nurse complaining that I have to burp and I can't. She ignormed me and all that day I struggled whereby having to sit up and a small air would escape. By that evening when my surgeon made the rounds I started experiencing painful stomach cramps.

What then ensued in the following weeks as I was healing was this constant sensation of something coming up my throat, constantly clearing my throat, with little phlem, but still it was. Instant and at the same time my nose would start running, as well intermittent spells of dry coughing.

i got on the internet and started reading (that's how I found this wonderful website) and I knew I had the classic symptoms of LPR.

I started on OTC Nexium, took it for three days....nothing. Meanwhile began reading about the long term damage all these proton inhibitors do to us and I knew this was not an option.

I took one and a half of fresh lemon, squeezed it in a qt. Mason jar, topped it up with good water. To this I added a 1/4 tsp. of good salt-Himalayan pink fine crystals and stirred well, and drank 6 oz. 1/2 hour before lunch and dinner. Make sure you stir well or shake jar as the salt settles on the bottom.

Breakfast: in a blender one frozen ripe banana, some salad greens, chunk of peeled ginger, a Granny Smith Apple, or pear, a couple of stalks of Celery, ground up flaxseed and added all my vitamins (the hard ones I would grind in the same grinder with the Flaxseed, the soft ones and my oil pills right in the blender, added nondairy milk ann good water.Also to this I added protein powder. (Garden of Life organic raw protein powder). Blended and drank half at breakfast and half with lunch.

Lunch: three days ago I stopped eating bread and at lunch had wild salmon (the kind that comes in packets, Chicken of the Sea) with 8-10 black cured Greek Calamata olives along with some salad greens.

Dinner: Making sure I have this meal at least three/four hours before turning in. I now make an effort to keep my carbs down as they can ferment in your stomach and augment the symptoms.

Three/four bites into the meal I take Now Betaine HCL - 648 mg. with 150 mg of Pepsin. I then take the remaining two during the meal with the last one toward the end. Finally my last pill is a VegetArian Pancreatin -475 mg. I have nothing else to eat until my morning smoothie.

I read, cover to cover Dr. Jonathan Wright's book "Why stomach acid is good for You" and it has influenced me quite a bit. Two morning in a row I did the baking soda burp test and there wasn't a burp anywhere in site. I knew I had low stomach acid.

Please take the time and do your research...inasmuch as the Internet can be a wasteland of sorts, there still is some valuable information out there.

I can't say for sure that I'm out of the woods, however after such a long time not experiencing any if the classic symptoms gives me some hope. I even dared to have a cup of weak tea which I always looked forward to in the mornings.

Sorry for being so verbose, but I wanted to make sure I left nothing out.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Catherine (New Hampshire) on 02/20/2015

The home test I think is to use 1/4 tsp of baking soda in 6 oz. of water and drink it down. If you burn within 3 min, then you have ample stomach acid. If you go beyond 5 minutes, you have none.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Rose (Aurora, Co) on 01/27/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I pretty much diagnosed myself before I went to see ENT, GI doc and my primary doc. After doing a lot of research, reading and understanding what I feel. I have Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and it was not fun. I experienced itchy throat, coughing especially when I am in bed, belching like over 50 times all day, feeling full when I eat a small amount of food or drinking water, regurgitate after eating, and tenderness in my stomach. I thought I had stomach cancer.

My ENT doesn't have any answers for me, but after several visits she gave me Omeprazole 40 mg which I didn't take. My GI doc did a procedure, endoscopy, but I was told to go back to my ENT. My primary doc doesn't have an answer to all my woes so I decided to do my own.

I have experimented several ways, I.e., I took the omeprazole 40 mg first thing in the morning like 6 am with a full glass of water (for 14 days only), then at 7 am I take digestive enzyme with a full glass of water, then I prep my juice consisting of cucumber, celery, green apple, 1/2 banana and half of beets. Then after two hours, I will have a small portion of oatmeal with the 1/2 banana and this will be my lunch. By 2 or 3 pm, I will make a veggies like lentils with cauliflower (I will chop the cauliflower into small pieces just like the lentils), kale chopped into small just like lentils (I used a small chopper), seasoned with salt and a little lemon. I eat the vegges also at dinner time like around 5 pm (remember very small portion like 1/2 cup) and drink water as much as I can which was very difficult because I feel so full and I feel my stomach was tender and swollen.

By 8 pm I took Probiotic 30 billion strain. I stopped taking omeprazole after two weeks. Somehow I was having problem. I have bad palpitation. I thought my heart wouldn't stop pounding, so I stopped the enzyme and probiotic bills. And I started drinking Kombucha and I feel like I'm drunk and the palpitation is even worse. I went to see my cardiologist and he told me my PVC is giving me a problem and to stop taking Kombucha and the herb pills.

One night I couldn't sleep and I start reading side effects and I forgot that I was taking Ambiene 1/3 to help me sleep and one side effect is heart palpitation so I decided not to take it that night and I must have fallen asleep at 3 am and woke up around 10 am without the sleeping pill. I continue my routine drinking the juice and this time I added 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and a few slices of pineapple (I wild blend the pineapple and mix it to the juice) and adding a 3 tablespoon of the Good Belly probiotic drink and eating veggies like I usually do in small portions and to my surprise my palpitation is gone. So I guess it was from my sleeping pills, not from the enzyme and probiotic pills.

I don't eat chocs anymore, I quit my coffee, no acidic fruits like oranges and grapefruit, no junk foods, just clean eating. I just woke up one day that my problem is almost gone. I feel better. I don't feel my stomach is swollen, I don't regurgitate and I feel like almost normal. The only thing I am feeling right now is the mucous in my throat and the globus is gone. I an doing a gluten free diet and no ice cream and cakes and all that stuff. I am so glad. I feel 95% better. I am very careful on what I eat now. Hope this will help.

Silent Reflux (LPR) Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 01/26/2015

Catherine, it does sound like it.


Silent Reflux (LPR) Remedies
Posted by Catherine (New Hampshire, US) on 01/25/2015

Regarding pH strips; I am a Vegan and I notice that my pH always show up as dark green - too alkaline; I take first am urine sample and second urine sample as well as sample after first meal.

I juice very a.m. and alternate with fruit/green leafy smoothies. Am I too alkaline and thus causing LPR?


Betaine HCL
Posted by Gratitude (Northeast, Usa) on 01/23/2015

Hi Grace,

How long after your supper did you take the caps? Not sure but that might have something to do with it since Betaine HCL is supposed to be taken Before and With your meal but not immediately after. I made that mistake once and it was terrible. Now take it before or during meal and it helps so much with digestion.


Betaine HCL
Posted by Grace (London) on 01/22/2015

Hi For 2 years I thought I had Gerd and was taking Betaine HCL with pepsin. Can Gerd change to LPR? Anyway during this month I have discovered I have LPR. The last two days I stopped taking the Betaine and feel much better. I was only taking one or two caps at night after my supper. Just as well. I have researched LPR on the internet and will radically change my diet. LPR is such a sneaky disease, no wonder it is called silent reflux. Hope this is helpful

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Torch (Big Island, Hawaii) on 01/05/2015

I've had this problem since 2008, so about 6 years. It's been very difficult to pinpoint and I've tried many different things. At the moment I'm seeing an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist that is cleaning up my diet. She is very confident that it will work so hopefully it does and if so will keep others posted.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Katerose (Minnesota, US) on 12/20/2014

I too have Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. I went to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist about 4-5 years ago due to the fact that I was losing my voice. Constant dripping of the nose and coughing all the time. Nexium seemed to work, but lately I am coughing more. I found out in the spring that I have sleep apnea too. Doing research, I found that the LPR can cause the apnea. I was waking up in the middle of the night having coughing fits. Finally went to a doctor who sent me in for a sleep study and now sleep peacefully!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mark (Toledo, Ohio) on 10/14/2014

Bottom line; LPR is no fun. It took months before I was finally diagnosed with LPR, and honestly, I figured it out mostly on my own through a lot of reading and research. My old ENT doctor finally confirmed it after and Endoscope and put me on script dosages of Prilosec and Zantac. That was about 6 months ago.

I feel somewhat better, but not great. The coughing, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and breathing difficulty is very disconcerting. I was also put on antidepressants but the side effects that made matters worse. My sleep is still disturbed and I wake up several times a night, sometimes in a panic, feeling like I can't breathe.

I had a multitude of money-sucking tests, all of which resulted in negative or clear results. I am 53 years old and used to run triathlons, but LPR has practically debilitated me. I will try some of the listed suggestions for help.

I bounce back and forth between weight loss and weight gain. I realize diet and weight management are important aspects of successfully battling LPR, but it is difficult to maintain ideal weight and fitness when symptoms are uncomfortable or severe. I'll keep on trying.



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