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Hello all, I was looking for a bit of advice about LPR/Gerd. It's a long story but I'll try to keep it as brief as I can! I went to my doctor in Scotland last summer as I was waking up in the night with a sore stomach. She prescribed me 20mg omeprazole for 4 weeks with a double dose for the first week. All good. Took them and felt fine with no pain. Then in November I began to burp all the time, even first thing in the morning, and it felt like I had a constant lump in my throat. I am travelling in Spain and at the moment I'm in Valencia so went to the doc here after 3 weeks of burping. She prescribed me Cinitaprida (a pro kinetic) for 16 days. I got a nasty cold and sinusitus over christmas too which hasn't helped :-( The lump in my throat and burping went after the cinitaprida but were replaced by a burning throat and a weird mouth, sort of burning too and I seemed to have a lot more saliva than usual. Couldn't get an appointment here over Chirstmas so I phoned my doc at home. She suggested I try 20 mg omeprazole again. Tried them for a month but didn't feel any better so went back to the doc in Spain last week. She has referred me to a specialist but that's not until May. She mentioned a hiatal hernia. Also she has prescribed pantoprazole 20mg once a day. It's been just over a week but I still feel rubbish. My throat gets sore a lot, especially in the evenings when it burns, usually about 3-4 hours after I have eaten. By the end of the day my voice feels really tired and strained. I've been following a diet for 2 months and given up coffee, alcohol, chocolate, cheese, fried food etc for 3 months. I've lost a bit of weight and now am about 8 and a half stone, if I don't eat some fat soon I'll waste away! Nothing seems to be helping. I'm thinking it's LPR/gerd from what I've read - the more I read the more I think I've had it for quite a while. I have avamys spray for allergies, ear blocked a lot, had a couple of chest pain situations a couple of years ago, excess mucous... Is there anything else I can do? I wondered about seeing the doc again and asking to up my pantoprazole dose to twice a day for a while to see if that might help? I don't think I can go on like this until May, I'm guessing that there will be a wait after I've seen the specialist to get any tests too. I'm wondering if I should go private because I'm in Spain - not sure how much stuff like this would cost though. Does anyone have any suggestions or have had similar symptoms? Did you ever feel better?! I don't feel like anything is helping and I'm miserable. Sorry for the massive post! Thanks in advance :-)
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