Constant mucous in my throat

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my main symptom with LPR is the awful mucousy throat. Does anyone know when this starts to disappear, during the course of my  ppi treatment? Can a phlegmy throat be caused by intolerances? I only seem to get the sore throat when I'm talking a lot or stressed and sometimes in the morning if I've slipped off my pillow in the night. Can someone please help, it's just awful, making me feel very sick. 

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    Phlegm in the throat is one of the most frequently reported symptoms of extra-oesophageal reflux affecting 64% of patients and second only to hoarseness affecting 70%.

    Your PPI may not have any effect on it. PPIs are required to reduce acid so the reflux is less harmful.

    You will need to manage the reflux with all the standard ifestle changes but principally not over-filling your stomach, leaving at least 3 hours between your last meal and retiring and raising the bedhead by 6 to 8 inches.

    See the chapter on extra-oesophageal reflux in the free www DownWithAcid org uk book / website.

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    PPIs did not help me.  Like others have mentioned, they only reduce acid, but they do not eliminate the acid.

    Here are the three things that helped me, but I still get a little mucos once in awhile.  I have had a Endoscopy, which showed my throat has complete healed, dispite getting the mucos.  I believe the mucos is simply your throats reaction to protecting itself from the acid/irritation.  Anyway, back to my list.

    1) Reduce your stress.  Read, preferrable 30 minutes before bed.  

    2) Drop the acidic foods.  No alchohol, unless it's Miller 64, Bud 55, or any other super light beer, and only have on a fairly empty stomach.  No citrus fruits; oranges, tomatoes, etc.  Lemons are super good for you, so I suggest mixing in some with a PH balanced smoothy (8oz almond milk, banana, little bit of bluebeeries, lots of spinach and kale, chai seed is my favorite.)  The more you stay away from acidic foods, the less acidic your stomach will be.  Don't look at the foods as losing your favorite foods, instead try to view foods as getting healthy.  I do feel a lot better since switching to a healthier diet.  If you focus on "losing" foods, it only increases stress (and reflux).

    3) Meditate at least 10 minutes each day.  Use Breathing excersices, such as belly breathing.

    Since you may still get stomach juices on your throat, the healing process is longer than you may expect.  Hence why keeping stress under control is important, but also very difficult.

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      I have got a much healthier diet but being extremely skinny anyway I'm losing so much weight and I look ill, hence why I'm having the odd steak or chocolate bar. I don't mind having the mucous as long as I know it doesn't mean I'm really ill still. Got an endoscopy at the end of next month. Will try meditation and stress reducing things. Thanks 
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      I can't believe I forgot this.  My faith and prayer has helped me a lot.  Find something you've always wanted to do, and do it.  I joined a men's prayer group, started working on finishing my basement, and did some cross country skiing.  All of these things helped reduce my stress, helped me heal, and got me back out in the world.
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      This is a very reassuring for me .I do all the right things but still seem to have acid in the throat and my throat is sore most of the time with blood streaks in mucosa from time to time . It is such a relief when I have a good day with no acid.I gargelll 5 or 6 times a day with salted water which helps .I'm wondering if I should increase my Omaprazole from 20 to 40mg day . Any advice ? Thanks
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      If you're seeing blood, I would see a doctor.

      Only other advise I have is to keep stress down, and sip on alkaline water. Gargling only helps neutralize acid in the back of the mouth. You need to neutralize all the way down the throat.

      I sip on water with a little baking soda, 1/8tsp per cup. One cup lasts a day. Gurgle, then swallow.

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    OH, one more thing.  I too had gotten irritation from talking.  I found that since I had the irritated throat, I had unintentionally changed how I spoke.  Whenever I was speaking to someone, I was tense, as was my throat.  When you're speaking, try to keep your throat muscles relaxed, and take a slow deep breaths while talking.  Speak slowly, and stay relaxed as much as possible.
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      When I speak fast, I have hoarse voice. Is it because my vocal become damage by acid reflux? It never happend before. I now try not too exciting when it comes to my favourite subject. I have referal but dr told me that my hoarseness may be coming from seasonal allegy but he still gave me referal to ENT just in case. So I confuse now.
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      I too have noticed a slight change in my voice .. it probably is due to acid ..we need to keep acid under control with medication and lifestyle changes . The throat is the first place to react when put under stress .The ENT special will put a camera down your nose to the back of the throat to check for damage .. You're doing the right thing getting everything checked . Hope your good days soon outnumber the bad

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    Now if I could only get rid of the horrible burping every 15 minutes.  I have no idea where this is coming from.  I never used to have it, until after I started PPIs.  I quit the PPIs after 10 days, but the burping never went away.  My theory is that it reduced the stomach acid so much, which allowed bacteria to overpopulate my small intestines.  I believe when I eat, the overpopulation of bacteria is pushing gas back up into my stomach.  If I could get rid of the burping, I believe I would be cured.  I am no longer on PPIs, so I'm pretty sure I have enough acid in my stomach now, and the food seems to move out of my stomach in a timely manner.
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      Yes I think the burping is one of my main issues and if I didn't do that I wouldn't get much reflux because every time I burp I feel food come back up which isn't good for my vocal chords etc
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    Hi Relly! Stay off milk and milk chocolate. It's very bad for making mucus. For the sore throat, gargle with cold black tea or salt water. I find sipping neat blackcurrant juice such as Ribena, helps a lot. To keep the body's production of mucus down, make an infusion of thistle roots by chopping the cleaned and peeled roots into small pieces and boiling them up for several minutes while crushing them. Let it cool and drink slowly. half a cup should be enough, and it is almost tasteless. I used to get very bad and painful  blockages from a hernia at the bottom of the oespophagus and have had complete relief for many years using these techniques. No guarantees, of course, as we are all different and what works for me may not work for you, but worth a try and next to no cost involved. Can't do any harm! Good luck with it.
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      Hi thi20955. You don't buy them. You dig them ouit of the ground. If you're in the U.K. they grow on the roadside and anywhere where there is normal soil, usually in ploughed fields where they are easy to see. Sod's law says that the best ones, which are flat as opposed to the tall ones, will appear in the middle of a nice lawn! It's a bit early in the year, as they die off in the winter, but the dead tops of the tall ones can be found easily in the roadside verges. Keep a garden fork or spade in the car. 
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      Thanks Chris, I live in Australia and even dont know what it looks like. I hope I will find it in herbal store. 
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      Hi thi20955. As you live in Australia, you are probably a rugby fan. If not, you should be! The thistle is the emblem on the shirts of the Scottish rugby team and the emblem of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. It surprises me that you don't have thistles in Australia. If you don't send me your mailing address and I will find some thistles and dig them out and send you some of the roots so you can make your own infusion. If it works, it works. It may take time to find some thistles, as I said before, due to the time of year, but the roots are still in the ground and I'll do my best. Can't do more than your best! If you can find some over there, let me know. Going to bed now as it's past my bedtime!
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      Hi Chris,

      Sorry for long delay to reply you. Thanks indeed for your advice. I like soccer but not Rugby. To me soccer more skill while Rugby is more physical push. I have found it in one of herbal store in Sydney. So that is the reason I delay replying you. I also found every I eat bread or have a big bite that is when the reflux starts. I am using Beano and wonder if anyone use it. 

       

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      Wheat/gluten may cause your reflux to be worse like mine! I've cut it out wheat but not all gluten and feel better for it!
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