Been clearing my throat for 2 years now and it’s drivibg me mad!

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I started clearing my throat for no apparent reason just over 2 years ago now and it’s taken over my life. I’ve had an ENT appointment and nothing wrong I’ve had an endoscopy and they found a hietus hernia so that thought it was acid reflux so put me on omeprazole didn’t help. So had a PH menomentry tear to see if my acid levels were highs so they could operate. Acid levels fine. Had a barium swallow nothing irregular showed. The consultant said they don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’ve tried many sessions of hypnotherapy aa the consultant says it may be in my head but I can actually feel a tickle nearly every time I swallow which makes me clear my throat. I’ve been on sleeping tablets for 2 years as it keeps me awake at night I’ve even tried herbal remedies and nothing has helped. I’m getting referred again for an second opinion at ENT..I’m considering actupunxture. I would do anything to get rid of this as it’s ruining my life.gers so bad at night I don’t even like going out anymore I have no idea what to do..am I really alone in this? As it feels like it...

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    Hi Tasha,

    I have been going through this for years!! Haven’t had as much done as you, but 2 ENTs and an endocrinologist all keep telling me it’s gerd! I don’t have heartburn! They supposedly call this silent reflux! I know how you feel it is so annoying! Keep telling me nothing is wrong with me too!! So flusterating! 

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      I feel your pain! Its the most annoying thing ever...l;ike I said I am getting a second opinion at a different hospital for ENT and see what happens there...i am going to try acupuncture soon to so will let you know how that goes! Its not reflux as my acid levels arent high...will just have to keep going i guess...
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    Hi, unless you have a sore throat with it I highly doubt it’s reflux. I suffer with reflux which comes up into the throat, have done for 3 years. The earliest symptom that I can remember was a sore throat which kept coming and going. I’ve had numerous cameras down the throat and even an MRI scan and nothing untowards was detected. However it doesn’t mean I don’t get reflux, just not enough to cause any damage yet. What worked for me was to drink alkaline water, the moment I started my symptoms went away within a few days. Apparently this is because when you reflux, pepsin molecules remain within the throat and every time you eat something acidic they become active and start to try and break down the tissue in your throat, however they can’t survive at alkaline levels above 7.6. Plus if you drink lots you wash away excess acid. I would also raise your bed by 6 inches and don’t eat late at night. If it’s not acid, I would get tested for allergies

    I hope you find a solution. 

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      Thank you, they said its not reflux as my acid levels are normal, how do I get hold of alkaline water? I drink at least 2 litres of water each day anyway, i dont eat late at night either

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      They told me my acid levels were ok to, couldn’t find a thing, yet if I don’t take my daily PPI I get horrendous heartburn, whilst on them I still get sore throats but since drinking alkaline water they’ve stopped. You can get alkaline drops from amazon as well as the water. 

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      Danny, my ENT says there is a silent acid which means no symptoms such as sore throat etc. Even tho my throat occasionally does get sore whn acid is acting up but funny cause usually it's mostly on one side..

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    Tasha, try 2 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar in 1/2 cup water and drink every morning on empty stomach. It's mine gr8t. It may be low acid u have. Give it a week, and u will cut tht phglm..keep me posted..wink

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      OK thanks I will get some today, but they said my acid levels were normal? I don't think its a phlegm issue but will let you know if this has any affect.

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      Google explains it better than I can. All I can say is it works for me. My ENT says he agrees with holistic methods and he had no problem with me getting off my nexium and on the acv method. Soooo, whatever works I guess for ppl..smile
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      I will explain all this when I go back to ENT I’m going for acupuncture on Tuesday..sorry what is acv?
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      I got done of this today and it tastes disgusting! But am going to try it for a while and see if that helps, my throat is constantly sore because of all the clearing I’m on 2 packers of lozenges a day!
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      Acv is apple cider vinegar. Yes, it is awful. Rinse yr mouth afterward to protect teeth. But just try it each morning, u can flavor with honey as well and just c if it does help. It sure does mine and many others on these forums..
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