54 yr old male, had 3 weeks of hoarseness in early July, went to an ENT doc who scoped me and told me I had classic LPR symptoms, namely inflammation in the back of my throat. She asked me to double my Pantaloc (PPI) and to expect a long recovery...at least 4 months. Preceding the voice changes, I had several night wake-ups from acid in my throat, quite a scary way to be awakened. Within a couple f weeks, the symptoms improved as measured by stronger voice. I then had a relapse and had another episode of nighttime acid in my throat. Since then, I have had on 3 recurrences a painful swallowing sensation, right above the clavicle on the right side. It hurst even when I swallow. Some days are better than others. It has gone away for a week or so and then it comes back. I have an appointment with ENT but only in 6 weeks...
So my questions are 1) If I was scoped in late July, can I feel confident that the new pain is not a cancer? 2) Can LPR manifest itself as painful swallowing particularly lower in the throat? 3) Can LPR have varying symptoms meaning one can have voice changes and then something new adds on top of that even while being medicated with Pantaloc?