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GERD and nasal drip

hey all,,just wondering someting it makes me nervous but i thought i'd ask..i've been feeling the sensations of post nasal drip and constant swallowing but also feel a bit gasy and tight in the chest..has anyone heard of that likfe gerd giving you the sensations of drip casue my mouth seems to fill up with saliva i think it's salvia...thanks any help would be awesome
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I've been doing some research on GERD, being newly diagnosed, and have read a number of articles indicating that Post-Nasal Drip is an aspect of GERD.  I experience that symptom, myself, mostly at night and first thing in the morning.
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I have been seeing an allergy and asthma specialist. She just had me tested for relfux because I have had severe congestion andpost nasal drip and allergy test were negitive. she told me reflux can cause nasal congestion. I had the test and the doctor who performed the test said he saw reflux. I see the specialist in two week to see how we conitnue treatments. I recommend seeing a specialist being tests for allergies and reflux. I hope this helps.
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I too have been diagnosed with gerd...But I've never been able to figure out what triggers it to act up for weeks and months at a time...Or if my accompanying post nasal drip and bronchial conditions are somehow connected. Becaus I am a singer both issues affect my vocals and it is very frustrating having to worry that I'll get one of these episodes when I have to do a show.
I get what feels like water dripping down into the back of my throat that usually comes with the ger d when its acting up....(or maybe the drip comes first then causes the the gerd to acts up from all the drip into my stomach???). Which also causes me to feel bronchial irritation/congestion a tightness in center chest and upper back discomfort as well. Sometimes its worse than others. Other times it goes away comletely for weks and months.
I can't blow my nose since the dripping occurs from the back of nasal/ear passages into my throat then down into my esoughogus and swallowed. I also do not ever expell phlem, or mucus if and when I cough. However I do belch alot even after drinking just water when I have this going on.
I get so worried because i think mabe I have lung desease or cancer because of the chest and back discomfort...but then again I get better and sometime the symtoms (symptoms) dissapear for a time. Can you relate to any of these symtoms (symptoms)?
Thanks, New York, NY
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Hey, I also am a singer with this problem. It ***** that our God given instrument has to be comprimized from this condition. I after years finally am understanding that what  I thought was post nasel drip was GERD. I really am desperate to get this under control. Let me know how you are doing
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i recently  went to an allergy doctor to find out what i was allergic to..turns out just after the doctor looked up my nose he told me about gerd.acid reflux.somehow allergies and gerd are connected..i never had allergies before this..i belch alot too and i get this vomit taste in the back of my throat..i was prescribed nexium..it really works..i was getting stomach pain,chest pain,shortness of breath, my voice gets hoarse at times..my doctor said all those are symptoms of gerd
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Winds, you can share this with all of those who wrote on the same page:  go to an ENT and be tested for LPR.  you can go to google and put in LPR and read about that:  I am seeing an ENT in a couple of weeks for the same symptoms:
Here is some info on that:
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux ( LPR )

SILENT REFLUX
Silent Reflux Can Cause:
*A feeling of a lump in your throat
*Too much throat mucus
*Excessive throat clearing
*Chronic cough
*Trouble swallowing
*Hoarseness
*Heartburn

What Is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) ?
The acid that is normally produced in your stomach is usually prevented from coming back up or from refluxing into your esophagus all the way into your throat or larynx (voice box)  by a band of muscle at the entrance of the stomach that is known as the lower esphageal sphincter.  When this band is not functioning well, you may have a backflow of acid that can travel all the way up into your throat.  When this occurs, this is called laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR.  LPR can occur even when you haven’t eaten and it can occur at any time day or night.

How Do I know If I Have LPR?
The symptoms of LPR can consist of frequent throat clearing, chronic hoarseness, cough, a feeling of a lump in your throat or difficulty swallowing.  Heartburn can also be associated with LPR.  The hoarseness that some people have may be intermittent which means that it comes and goes.  Other people may have a problem with too much nose and throat drainage “postnasal drip.”  If you have any of these symptoms, and especially if you smoke, you should ask your doctor about LPR.  The specialist who most often treats people with LPR is an Otolaryngologist otherwise known as an Ear, Nose and Throat physician.
If your doctor thinks that you have LPR, they will take a detailed history of your symptoms and perform an examination of your throat.  The doctor will use an instrument called a Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscope.  This is a thin flexible fiberoptic scope that will be inserted through one of your nostrils and gently passed down the back of your nose to your throat allowing the doctor to have a good look at your voice box and throat.  If this area looks red or swollen you could have LPR.  After your exam, your doctor may order some other tests or recommend a specific treatment.
Hope this helps someone.  
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I am a singer also and have symptoms of post nasal drip and acid reflux. I tried many OTC medicines and nothing worked. Now I am finally finding something that helps: natural remedies. First, watch your diet... don't eat close to bedtime and avoid spicy, acidic, fatty foods. With every meal, take a dietary supplement that has HCl, digestive enzymes, and perhaps ginger root to help you digest the food. I also take a shot of pure aloe vera juice with every meal.  You can find these things at natural food stores/Whole Foods. ALSO it is very important to stay relaxed and calm. Stress is a number one trigger for acid reflux. Try meditation.  If you wake up in the morning with that terrible sore throat, try taking slippery elm bark powder mixed with black cherry concentrate. It soothes your throat/stomach and helps protect it from further damage.
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