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No, that doesn't mean you have to avoid acid drinks. Consider that the acid produced in your stomach is a strong acid (remember grade 11 chemistry?) It's hydrochloric acid, which typically has a pH of around 1. That's enough to burn a hole through a concrete floor. Citric acid, on the other hand, (which is what is found in things like orange juice,) is a weak organic acid with a pH much much closer to 7. You might find it to be more comfortable to avoid these acidic foods while you have throat irritation since they tend to make it hurt a little bit, but generally speaking they won't increase or decrease the time required to heal the scab, nor will they make it come back.

Avoiding spicy food is something of a touchy subject -- a little bit of spicy food with plenty of carbs or something to keep it from being straight-spices swimming around in your stomach will probably not hurt you, but the stuff that makes your eyes water will likely not be too great an idea. Olive oil and garlic are not things you should worry about, I wouldn't think.

Sleeping at an angle certainly couldn't hurt. Lifting the head of your bed 2-3 inches might make your mattress slide off the bottom -- if you sleep on your back or side if you can elevate yourself comfortably with pillows it would do just as good, and keep you from having to reposition your mattress. I don't think it's imperative if your doctor hasn't recommended it.

Being full after a meal is not necessarily the cause of reflux -- eating smaller meals certainly helps because it means the stomach empties faster, but if you try to not lay down for the half-hour after you eat it should help. Being full might aggravate reflux because it makes it easier for food to reflux past the cardiac sphincter.

Your vocal chords are actually located inside your trachea, which is right next to your esophagus. The acids can reflux up past your epiglottis, at the top of your esophagus, and make their way into your breathing tube. [url="http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/stutter.asp"]http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/stutter.asp[/url]
The picture at the top of this page gives you an idea as to how the trachea and the esophagus separate -- you can't see the whole esophagus but it's better than nothing for description. I could scan something out of my textbook but I'm not sure if they'll let me post my site up here.

Coughing up mucus after drinking thick liquids that coat your throat is a common thing -- mostly you're coughing up the coating the liquid has made inside your upper respiratory tract and swallowing it so that it doesn't have a chance to dribble down into your lungs.

Your ENT is right -- try to take care not to strain your voice. I had forgotten to mention that.

The vocal chord nodules are a rarish occurrence, but the more you purge the more likely you are to get them. I'm glad you're learning from someone else's mistake and that it took a relatively unserious medical condition to convince you that your ED wasn't worth it. For some people, it's the first time they're defibrillated when their heart stops.

Congratulations on having the courage to speak up and admit you have a problem, and taking steps to solve it. So many people lack your bravery, and you're setting an example for others in your situation. I will hope you'll speak for others who are too afraid to speak for themselves, and try to help.





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