There is a whole range of silent reflux symptoms. I went to a private hospital for tests under my medical insurance as my NHS GP couldn’t give me all the tests i wanted for peace of mind as i’m an extreme worrier and after Googling my symptoms i was in tears! So 2 weeks ago i had blood tests, allergy tests, a CT scan on my heart and lungs, a lung function test and an Echocardiogram. I had the results last week which thankfully shows my heart is absolutely fine but i have mildly inflamed airways in my lungs and the doctor advised the most likely cause is Acid Reflux and this is causing the breathless feeling. The doctor has advised i take Lanzoprasole 30mg daily and a steroid asthma inhaler to reduce the inflammation for 3 months.
To be honest, i’m concerned that this isn’t caused by acid only because most of the threads i have read on here are from people who only experience symptoms from food. As soon as i get out of bed and start walking around i start to get the pressure feeling in my chest and i’ve just had enough of it. Does anyone else have symptoms like me? I’m constantly thinking about what i could have wrong or if it is acid, what damage it is doing to me! I know it’s only been a couple of days on the medication so shouldn’t expect it to work straight away but can anyone tell me of any other self help medications that i could take to make it go away quicker? I’m really at my wits end and it’s all i think about.
You said you have a history of GERD – are you currently on a PPI? Which one? If you have LPR (where acid gets into your throat and sinuses) it could theoretically cause ear pain. While ear pain wasn’t exactly a symptom of mine, I had horrendous sinusitis caused by the acid before I was diagnosed. To see if acid reflux is indeed causing why not try these out the ear pain, why not just try the pharmaceutical regimen for LPR and diagnose it indirectly? LPR (the respiratory tract form of GERD) requires a dose of 2 PPIs per day. Not 1, but 2. If in the U.S. you choices are Nexium, Aciphex, Prevacid and Protonix, all by prescription. Skip the Prilosec OTC, it’s not very good for LPR.
An inflamed and painful throat is as common as laryngitis for LPR. Yes. Reflux that starts in the stomach can cause these and other symptoms you may not originally have considered were due to your reflux. Everything’s hitting you at once. Go talk to your doctor about the ear pain. You might have refluxed high enough to get some in your Eustachian Tube and are infected now. Also, other parts of our throat and airways are part of our voice. So even if our larynx is fine, other areas can cause trouble with speaking.