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This is such an interesting thread. I think the best thing is knowing there are others out there with similar problems, and I'm not mad. I feel sorry for my darling husband as I do go on about it, mainly about research and what I can try next. He never says a word other than a supportive one, but must want to gag me at times.

Here's a couple of thoughts - does anyone else have TMJ or do a lot of jaw/teeth clenching .... yes... I do! Not as bad as I was but I also wonder if that has played a part in all of this.

You mention tomatoes - my reading tells me tomatoes become acidic only when cooked. But you say about them being a muscle relaxant?? Had me wondering. But then we're also told magensium can help, but that's also a muscle relaxant!

I take bendrofluazide for BP, and don't think that's a problem. BUt I also take statins for cholesterol and I suspect that could be an issue.

I'm thinking in the new year of going back to a herbalist I used to go to who has since moved. She was wonderful and is a clinical herbalist and nutritionalist, and her background is as a pharmacist. I'd travel to see her as i found her excellent, and I'm sure she'd do the Vit D blood test. It's Christmas holidays here, and lifes eems to go on shut down mode till mid january, apart from the shops.

I'm going to have a go at not talking next week and see if that makes any difference to the vocal chords. I can hear many people saying - yay a silent week - thanks for your input.

Hugs

Jude
Hi Kimberley,

LPR sure is an interesting subject. Part of me is surprised no doctor has researched the cause to come up with a reason, but on the other hand the drug companies make so much from LPR drugs, I can't imagine they'd every support that research project.

Desperation has us doing all sorts of thigns to try and find a cure for ourselves, and much of that involves spending a lot of money as well.

It was me who mentioned TMJ, and wondered if there was a connection. Does all the teeth clenching and jaw clenching make it worse.

We look at diets and supplements, but why does the UES sphincter weaken in the first place. Is it a Vit D deficiency? A lot of doctors won't test easily for that as it is expensive apparently. Is it from a wheat allergy that builds up? Is it an allergy to dairy that builds up as we age? Why do babies get it, teenagers, adults and the elderly? Is there a common link we're all missing somehwere? If only I had the answer.

I've thought trying gluten free, but then I'll have a not so bad day and I've had gluten. I've thought about dairy free, but I'm too lazy at the moment. I find dairy free harder than gluten free, but it is still in my thinking.

Interesting about you and having had a cold, as my LPR has got 90% worse since I had bronchitis back in July.

I was surprsied you kept going on the heavy drugs Dr kauffman put you on. Tramadol is hard on it's own without the other cocktail.

These boards are a godsend to know we're not alone.

Jude
[QUOTE=JudeNZ;4902708]Hi Kimberley,

LPR sure is an interesting subject. Part of me is surprised no doctor has researched the cause to come up with a reason, but on the other hand the drug companies make so much from LPR drugs, I can't imagine they'd every support that research project.

Desperation has us doing all sorts of thigns to try and find a cure for ourselves, and much of that involves spending a lot of money as well.

It was me who mentioned TMJ, and wondered if there was a connection. Does all the teeth clenching and jaw clenching make it worse.

We look at diets and supplements, but why does the UES sphincter weaken in the first place. Is it a Vit D deficiency? A lot of doctors won't test easily for that as it is expensive apparently. Is it from a wheat allergy that builds up? Is it an allergy to dairy that builds up as we age? Why do babies get it, teenagers, adults and the elderly? Is there a common link we're all missing somehwere? If only I had the answer.

I've thought trying gluten free, but then I'll have a not so bad day and I've had gluten. I've thought about dairy free, but I'm too lazy at the moment. I find dairy free harder than gluten free, but it is still in my thinking.

Interesting about you and having had a cold, as my LPR has got 90% worse since I had bronchitis back in July.

I was surprsied you kept going on the heavy drugs Dr kauffman put you on. Tramadol is hard on it's own without the other cocktail.

These boards are a godsend to know we're not alone.

Jude[/QUOTE]

Hi Jude, Kimberly and Brien: Back in Aug 2009 when my symptoms first presented themselves in severe head/neck/cheek/ear pain my first primary said it was allergies and also said I had TMJ. Since then, for me at least, it was all an incorrect guessing excercise by my Dr at that time. Time as proven that my LPR is not caused by TMJ. Sometimes when I think about how all the quackery of professional trained Drs goes on, it is so disheartening for the patient who spends their entire days, that go into months and years going down the wrong road. Its so discouraging for the patient. Sorry Jude you are suffering tonight. I'm here if you want to talk.
Hi everyone,

This is the first time I am posting, but I have been lurking on these boards for the last few weeks. My story is long, but I did want to ask a question before I forget- have any of you had your gallbladder removed? I did 10 years ago and I am curious to see if there is a connection.

6 Months ago I became very anemic and needed a blood transfusion- 2 units of packed red plasma. My doctor told me that I am missing a clotting factor and combined with I have been a vegetarian (not vegan, just no meat) for the past 18 years. I had an allergic reaction to the blood towards the end of the first unit, hives, shortness of breath, etc. Although my iron levels went to an 11.8 (I was a 6.7 when I went in), I did not lose the shortness of breath and was on Benadryl for the next 2 weeks and a Prednasone pack.

A month later, I began having burning pain in my stomach, no heartburn. I assumed with the stress I developed an ulcer. The shortness of breath remained (and still does) and I started to get a lot of headaches, dizziness and blurry vision. My GP, who does not like the words "blurry vision" immediately sent me over for an MRI. It showed that my sinus cavities are full (no air) and that I have sinusitis. After 3 different courses of antibiotics- nothing has seemed to help.

During this time, I went to get my hair highlighted and discovered that I have developed an allergy to hair dye (after 22 years). Back on Prednisone

6 weeks ago, I was eating popcorn :) A shell from a popcorn kernal got lodged in the back of my throat/tounge- it drove me INSANE for 2 1/2 days, i tried EVERYTHING to get this kernal out of my throat but couldn't. After 2 1/2 days- it seemed to have passed, however- I now have the crazy feeling that there is a hair on the back of my tounge (I scrape my teeth on my tounge all day). I went to an ENT, who confirmed my sinus problem and said - looks like silent reflux after a nasalscope, gave me a 20 day course of antibiotics, Dexilant and - you guessed it, more Prednisone. I had the antibitocs before and Prednisone, so I am guessing that the Dexilant did not agree with my stomach and I stopped taking it.

3 weeks ago, I started feeling like I am gagging on food- that a piece of whatever I eat gets stuck in my throat (adams apple area). I gag when I eat and stopped eatting most food, as it seems to not be worth the hacking and coughing for the next 2 hours that I have after. I am only drinking water, apple juice, soup and yogurt now. I am chewing a lot of gum. I have gone from 140 pounds to 123 pounds in the last 6 weeks.

I am going to a GI Dr for the first time tomorrow and my fear is that he is going to do an endoscope and my anxiety and potential for a panic attack is not approving that. I am absolutely terrified, depressed, helpless and feel very alone as my family is wonderful, but they do not understand and just tell me to eat something.

I just wanted to share and say thank you for all of the great posts/tips you are all providing, people like me really take comfort in it and I will be going to the Healthfood market tomorrow for the D3!

Thank you again,
Chris





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