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I recently replied to a member in the Hypothyroidism forum who said that since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and starting treatment their symptoms of constant throat clearing and cough have reduced. This got me thinking yesterday about whether LPR sufferers have other health conditions in common. It is is true that an underactive thyroid can cause many symptoms and can affect the mouth and throat mentioned are enlarged scalloped tongue and choking fits. Of course not everyone gets all symptoms. I would like to know if other LPR sufferers have any of the following which I suffer/or have suffered from.
1. As mentioned hypothyroidism. Those with this condition might know that often patients go undiagnosed for ages or are undertreated as GP's tend to go by TSH blood test alone not how the patient feels. So many but not all even though diagnosed and being treated still don't feel well.
2. Anxiety and Stress. This is a big one I think that although it is thought that anxiety does not cause illness it can certainly make it worse. I wonder if can bring on things you are prone to.
3. IBS Another condition make worse by stress.
4. Rosacea. I suffered from this for many years butit has calmed down since the menopause. It is interesting that triggers for this skin condition which can also affect the eyes(blepharitis which I also have) include stress chocolate,tomatoes.cheese,citrus fruit and and caffeine drinks. The same things you told to avoid with both normal reflux and LPR.
5. Migraine I suffered with bad headaches and migraines especially around the time of the menopause. Once again triggers are the same as for rosacea. Coffee which is know to bring on migraines as well. I stopped drinking coffee years ago as I could take it or leave it. I know lots of people love their coffee.
This had me thinking that as most consultants and gps don't seem to know much about LPR and just give pp's which don't always work and cause side effects (I got IBS flareups) that although dealing with anxiety and stress and diet are important for LPR as well as general health there must be another factor that cause some people to get this problem whlist others don't. In America it seems that it is very common and has been put down to western processed diet and way of life. Is it that some of us have more of a chance than others of getting LPR as you get older
Sorry to have gone on a bit, but would love to hear from anyone who like me has these conditions I think there may be a link. Maybe better treatment of the conditions I mentioned might help. I hope that one day doctors will treat the whole body and the person not just send them around to different specialists. If you don't agree or have stated the obvious then my apologies. My throat is much better and I went back to my choir this morning for the first time since Sept. I am now off omeprazole and just take the odd gaviscon advance and watch my diet although not as strict as I should be. Unfortunately having stomach problems due to anitbiotics over Christmas and nystan for oral thrush caused by antibiotics. Have completed these now so hopefully will see it clear up in the next week or so. I am now waiting for an ENT app to have me throat looked at. Good luck to everyone on the forum.
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