GERD (Acid Reflux) Expert Forum
A question about symptoms
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Acid Reflux with topics including: Causes, Constipation, Diagnosis, Diarrhea, Drugs and OTC medications, Living with GERD, Loss of Appetite, Preventing Flare-ups, Research, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Support, Surgery, Tests, Treatments.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

A question about symptoms

This is a follow-up to an earlier email.

A few weeks ago I was diagnosed by my doctor as having acid reflux. She recommended 20mg of Losec daily for one month and then to attempt to taper off the medication by taking it every other day when I started to feel better (she recommended trying after 1 month). After a week on the medication I felt great, had no symptoms and decided to taper off. The first day off was fine, but the next day was terrible and my reflux returned. Since then I decided to go back on the medication daily and will try again in a month or so to taper off (lesson learned!).

However, over the last three days since I’ve been back on the medication, I notice that about 12-15 hours after I take the medication, I start to have very mild symptoms which get progressively worse until a few hours after I take my next dose. Specifically, my throat becomes very tight, irritated and sore. I also get the feeling as though the back of my throat/nose is very dry. As you can imagine, these symptoms are very disconcerting! In addition, I continue to be extremely hoarse and dry in the morning when I wake up.

Are these symptoms something of immediate concern? How long should I continue on this path of discomfort before seeking medical treatment again? Until now I have just been treating the symptoms by sipping hot water with a bit of honey. The symptoms are manageable, but concerning.

I am a 37-year old, 115 pound, non-smoking female in excellent health (otherwise). I take no other medication. I exercise regularly. I eat extremely well, drink only water, no coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, pop. I avoid all acid producing foods (tomatoes, garlic, onions, etc.), eat almost no processed foods, eat only small meals, chew slowly and don’t lie down for at least 2 hours after a meal. From a lifestyle standpoint, I seem to be doing everything right.

Thanks for your time.
4610897_tn?1393869202
Thank you for your question.

If a patient reported symptoms you are describing I would consider the diagnosis of  laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). It is not uncommon for patients with GERD to also have LPR.

An ENT physican or speech pathologist can perform rhinolaryngoscopy (similar to an endoscopy, but fiber optic camera evaluates nose, throat. Patients with LPT may have vocal cord edema (swelling) and other characteristic changes.  In addition, you can ask your physician about referral to a gastroenterologist for an upper endoscopy (EGD) as your symptoms have progressed.

Patients who have GERD and LPR respond better to twice-daily dosing of proton-pump inhibitors (Losec) in the suppression of acid.

I recommend you ask your physician about the possibility of LPR and if you would benefit from Losec twice daily. You may also ask him about an EGD and/or rhinolarngoscopy to look for the changes I mentioned.

Hope this sheds a little more light.

Sincerely,
Dr. S
5 Comments
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Thank you very much.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
i had the same thing u have ......  gerd with hoarse voice from swollen larynx and vocal cords , dry hoarse cough , etc . ......  i did a course of aciphex for 3 mos ...... then was put on ranitadine (zantac) and slowly weened off that . my gerd cleared up , i healed up completely  and i felt great .....no side effects .   u should ask ur doc about aciphex .......  i tried everything and aciphex is the best .......

let me know what happens ....

mikey
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Thank you so much for the recommendation.
Blank
1455812_tn?1288103369
A related discussion, Acid Reflux with abdominal discomfort was started.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank