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[QUOTE=Kis86;3230443]ok thanks...but what's LPR and PPI? Also how do these problems start? I really think it's from medicaiton I was taking before all this craziness could that be true...? I don't think it started by the way I was eating...

also so your saying my voice will come back to being normal again...meaning sounding the way it used to sound...[/QUOTE]

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) happens when food or stomach acid reaches all the way back up into the larynx (the voice box) or the pharynx (the throat). PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)are medications such as Prevacid and Nexium prescribed to reduce acid. I don't know how this disease starts; some think it's over use of certain medications like anti-biotics,over the counter or prescription pain meds. I've heard that it can start after experiencing a traumatic event in your life. I can't say for sure what caused mine. It seemed to start suddenly and has gradually progressed.

My dr. seems puzzled by my case. I've had the barium swallow done and a throat scope. He said I have inflammation in my throat but the PPIs he has prescribed haven't helped.

I hope you ( and all of us) find a solution to this someday soon! Good luck!
Hi Kis86,

Hope I can answer some of your questions. Aciphex is a prescription medication which is supposed to be very good for acid reflux. It is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and it decreases the amount of acid produced in your stomach. There are other prescription medications like this, Nexium is one(purple pill, you must have seen advertised on TV..) Zantac, Prilosex etc...

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. It is believed that H. pylori is responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers. It is usually found through the scope many of us have had. A biopsy is taken and sent to a lab for testing. I think it can also be found through bloodwork and a breath test, although in my case, it was through the biopsy during the scope. It is treated with heavy doses of antibiotics and double dosage of PPS's for a two week period.

LPR is short for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux. GERD is short for Gastroesphageal Reflux (GERD)

GERD occurs when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus.

With gastroesophageal reflux, the acidic stomach contents reflux all the way up the esophagus, beyond the upper esophageal sphincter (a ring of muscle at the top of the esophagus), and into the back of the throat and possibly the back of the nasal airway. This is LPR.

Aciphex, nexium, prilosec etcc are medications which should help. However, for many of us suffering with LPR, the medication has not helped, or not helped enough.

Did the Ear Nose and Throat dr prescribe medication for you when he diagnozed acid reflux?

Your symptoms sound like they are LPR. But none of us here can know that for sure, only your Dr. can.

From all the reading I've done, it seems each of our symptoms, although very similar, are somewhat different. Here are mine: Dry hacky cough. Loss of voice, changed voice (does not sound like me), phlegm, hoarse voice. Tickle in throat which feels like a drip (but is not, and causes me to keep clearing my throat) A lumpy feeling (not always), pain in my ear (not always) choking sensation (causing me to cough) breastbone pain (not always) chest pressure (not always). All the acid going into our throat, the constant coughing and throat clearing aggreviates the vocal chords and so we have these problems with the voice etc.

I just REALLY wish there were a GOOD medication for this.:confused:

Hope this helps.

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