Chemical sensitivity affecting throat/chest

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Hi, I am a regular on here as some of  you will know.  I am still battling, esophagitis/gerd/hh/reflux which was diagnosed by scope earlier this year.  I refused PPI and doc gave me 150mg Zantac to take am and pm.  I also take mastic gum and seemed to be getting better.  I also cut out spices, way down on alcohol, onions, garlic, fizzy drinks, citrus, most meat and anything that hurt my tum.  I feel better for weeks then something sets me off again and I start again.

However, I have developed a sensitivity to smells like: perfume, after shave, deodorant, toilet cleansers, diesel and even the normally lovely smell of passing a log fire if it is smoking.  This is making my life a nightmare (we have a log fire at home).  Within seconds my throat and chest start burning and can last for hours.  I have had this for the last couple of months and my hubs scratches his head and can't understand why I won't let him use body cologne any more.

No one has heard of it just says - you are weird!!!!!!!

Before I go back to my doc with this and no doubt she will say she has never heard of it, can I have any thoughts from you guys.  I actually think you will know more than my doc anyway.  Other than that, I will google all day tomorrow to find something or someone who has this flippin  horrible complaint. 

Thanks to you all.

G.

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    I've been diagnosed with LPR / Silent Reflux and Oesohagitis back in July and I was really suffering with strong smells - like petrol (my husband has to fill my car up). I couldn't stand the smell of cleaning products, especially dishwasher tablets. I've also had to tell my teenage son he couldn't use his deodorant spray. It's eased a bit, but was really troubling me for a while.

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      Oh my, you are the first person to say the same as me.  Yes petrol is a nightmare.  We have both petrol and diesel and both kill me.  Also exhaust fumes.  And now the log fire - when will this stop.  I find people don't believe me.  Did you talk to your doc about it?

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      I've joined the LPR / Silent Reflux Facebook support group, and seems this has happened to other sufferers. Maybe due to acid reflux or vapours going as high up as the nostrils, and perhaps causing damage to the smell receptors. I've also had problems with the roof of my mouth and ear pain, plus sinus problems, thick mucus, hoarseness and  tightness round throat.

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      Sensitivity to smells is very bad for me, the worse my acid reflux symptoms are the worse it bothers me to smell things. I was in a parking lot and had to leave as I was feeling like I was going to throw up because of this, so I went on home. My sensitivity to smells is extreme. I can smell cigarette smoke in a passing car at 70 mph. Mine is off the charts, I stay away from everything that smells. You are not alone on this one!
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      Hi Penny, I would join but don't wish to let my friends know.  Do your friends see your posts also or can you arrange that they don't.  I would really like to join.  Thanks G.

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      Well Chery I sure thought I was.  My hubs does not believe me I am sure.  I clean the loo with a mask on.  Laquer/perfume/after shave is out.  But now the fumes from our log fire.  I was also out shopping the other day and a lady in front of me had perfume on and I had to get the hell out of the shop. 

      I have  not spoken to my doc about this new symptom as I don't really know what she can do for me.  I refused PPI's but my Zantac is not reducing the reflux nor the Mastic Gum.  Diet is well toned down.  How long have you  had this and do you think you can ever get shut of it? I cannot imagine life like this.  I am turning down having a get together with my mates in the early evening for a catch up because I am worried about their perfume, not to mention what I can and can't eat or drink and will it get stuck with reflux and I need to go to the loo to get it up.

      Any hints appreciated......................Hate this so much...............G.

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      I don't like taking medications because of side effects, however, in this case, I will gladly take them if they will help and they do help me. I just can't imagine feeling nauseous the rest of my life. That is the only solution I have found for this miserable affliction. When I feel better the smells don't bother me as much. But there have been times especially if someone decides to smoke even if they are outside I just have to leave it affects me so severely. 

      Are you nauseous all the time? 

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      You can create a secondary Facebook account and keep your primary account for your friends and family. That's what my husband set up for me, as I also didn't want to share. I access my secondary account through my iPad and my primary through my iPhone, but expect it's possible to switch to your different accounts on the same device. Do a Google search on how to set up a secondary Facebook account. And then search for the LPR and GERD Support Group, requesting to become a member.

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      Hi there, no I am not at all nauseous this time.  A few years ago when I had gastritis this was my main problem but not this time round.  I can get a fleeting sick feeling when I am cleaning though.
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      Or just send your hubs to me lol lol - I'm a bid of a nerd on computers.  It's a flippin wonder I found this site - but very glad I did.

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      Yes I have same prob.

      Can't deal with any smells.

      And wander why they promote perfumes etc

      Cleaning supplies yes Petri etc

      And the worst cannibus smoke

      And never know when a smell

      Body odors on buses etc

      Food smells OK so far

      Thanks

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