Hi and welcome to the GERD forum.
Thank u for sharing ur story and info with us and I am sure it will be very helpful to those that stop here looking for help. This gives a different perspective to this condition.
Hi, and thanks for your comment. With strange desease like LPR it is important ot share stories, since finding patterns is very important. My symptoms come and go, and very hard to attribute to anything particular.
Share your stories, and let folks know what helps. On another site someone posted that DLG Chews work like a charm for acid reflux. I will try these next week to see if they help.
I did solve the problem you describe with surgery, but not everyone has the result I had.
A 'trigger' food I discovered was tuna fish, for whatever reason. I had identical symptoms as you describe, and little bits of water was my salvation to get past the moment. A visit with my Internist confirmed a hiatal hernia, caused by violent vomiting because of a bowel obstruction. I had a Nissen Fundoplication procedure which tightened the LES valve, and reversed a potential cancer situation.. Other symptoms were vocal cord erosion and also my teeth started turning black because of acid backup (it cost a small fortune to coat my teeth). My procedure was a complete success, no more issues with swallowing, acid reflux, etc., but it is an invasive surgery that requires great dietary restraints for a couple of months.
I had good luck prior to the surgery by taking very high doses of PPI's exactly as prescribed, raising the head of my bed, and avoiding any food for several hours before bedtime.
Since the surgery, I've had zero swallowing issues, and haven't taken a single med to relieve Gerd symptoms. I can eat anything, including broccoli, onions, tomatoes.
I wish you well.
HI Flycaster, thanks for posting. Verify interesting feedback. I overall notice that folks have very serious symptoms, nothing compared to mine which at this point I see more as inconvenience on most days. I read about NF, and see it as the last resort for situation with serious symptoms, similar to what you describe. It's good to know that it works as "advertised". Couple of questions for you
1. Did you have situations where you feel like you need to take a deep breath, but it only goes about half way? Not like choking or suffocating, but just feel like sighing.
2. How did you identify tuna fish as trigger food?
3. Did you have any complications immediately after surgery?
So here’s a theory that I have been pondering. If I have LPR or reflux I could never quite grasp I got it so suddenly. I never had any symptoms prior to incident one day in May (see my earlier posts).
In March we bought a new mattress. Our old mattress was 8 years old, and it sagged on my side. I kept getting back pains in the morning, and I could definitely feel that my mid-body would sag down more than my upper body, creating a sleeping angle where my upper body was a bit higher. The new mattress we got is extra firm. This has corrected the sleeping angle, and gravity was no longer preventing the reflux to start creeping into my throat.
It is a good theory as LPR is often referred to as Silent Reflux as the patient is not aware they have symptoms.
Raising the head of the new mattress may help get and keep those acids down where they belong while u still do not have a sag in ur bodies alignment.
You asked three questions, and #1, I really can't answer because of other medical problems I have that affect my breathing. #2, identifying tuna fish was easy, every time I would eat it I couldn't swallow. I should qualify that, I'm referring to canned tuna, any variety, water-packed. I eat fresh albacore bought off the boat with no difficulty. #3, no serious complications, I followed directions, but it is a two month healing process. After a Nissen Fundoplication the diet has be severely restricted for a few months, and overeating is a guarantee for failure. I'm a number of years past the surgery, and still don't eat much more than the size of my fist. I can't burp or vomit. The payoff is that my pre-cancer cells are fewer in my esophagus my vocal chords are healing somewhat and I have NO indigestion. I feel that the Nissen Fundoplication was a more difficult procedure to recover from than my open heart surgery, but it was worth it.
I read that you cannot burp or vomit after FN. How does that feel? I typically burp a few times after I eat or drink, so I am curious what happens to that trapped gas after FN.
I posted a thread about how I cured my LPR/GERD naturally. My symproms started as LPR. I could not swallow, had post nasal drip, mucus and phlegm everday. I treated it all naturally. It got better within 3 weeks with what I did. Noticable difference in three weeks. It's still improving everyday. I realize that sometimes I get mild heartburn here and there, but nothing like before. Please, refer back to my old posts.
I am approaching one year since I started having throat issues which later have been diagnosed as LPR. It has been a year of ups and downs, and I wanted to share some interesting observations.
> I have taken PPIs and Zantax for about 6 month. It takes very long time to get any type of consistent relief, so be patient (pun). I have not taken any medication in the past 2 month, and has been ok for most of the time.
> LPR will come and go. In my case the typical symptom is mucus in throat, and sometime difficulty to breath in fully. When I do get symptoms I typically can attribute them to some of the triggers below.
> When I have LPR I also get numbness in my hands at night during sleep. It seems to be a rare symptom. I read that it has to do with acid reflux occurring close to some nerve cluster in the chest.
> My workout regimen causes my LPR. My workouts are mostly cross-fit, so a lot of jumping, pulling, pushing. Almost guaranteed to cause reflux If done too soon after a meal (3-4 hours). As precaution I also take Gaviscon prior to workouts. Chew it and swallow the powdery mess to coat your esophagus, and prevent reflux.
> Overeating causes my LPR. I try to keep portions small.
> I have identified 1 trigger food - Craft Foods Wheat Thin Toasted Chips (Multigrain). Why - I have no idea. I eat other chips with similar ingridients without any issues.
> For relief from mucus I drink Throat Comfort tea, eat Manuca Honey. If I am getting LPR for few days in the row I also drink chamomile tea.
> When symptoms go away its very easy to forget that you have LPR, and go back to evil ways. Always be mindful.
> Finally, I have been traveling for 3 weeks prior to New Year. Lot of alcohol drinking, eating everything under the sun, binge eating late at night. Not a single symptom. Go figure.
I would say that I feel 90% better today than when my LPR started. It’s a manageable condition, and after I got it under control I do very little in terms of diet to prevent it from coming back. I generally eat what I want, but do try to eat smaller portions.
hi im 23 now....im having numbness,tingling,shaky hands, and body pain past 4 months...and most of the time im been worrying about my health.this symptom all started after i gt acid reflux. and i also got high blood cholestrol. my BP and diabetic are normal and most of the time i worried about my health and cant relax. i already do a anxiety test in online and the result come around 80% and its prove that i got anxiety , is this caused by anxiety or something else?? anyone can guide me??
Hi kaththi, I had the same thing the numbness and tingling I mean, its because I stopped eating calcium rich foods and stopped taking vitamins. Make sure your getting enough Calcium. Numbness and tingling is usually always caused by some type of vitamin deficiency. So look at what your eating and if your like me and cant take vitamins, try to get them all in with the food you eat, its very important! I have been struggling with this for almost a year now, I feel your pain and you are not alone!