LPR + Bowel Issues

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After having a persistant runny nose, chronic coughing, excess phlegm in chest, followed by a very sore throat and ulcers, I recently was diagnosed with LPR a few weeks ago.

I've been placed on Nexium for 6 weeks (twice a day) and the generic GERD diet. My ulcers cleared quite quickly after 2 weeks of the nexium, andolex rinse, and a steroid ulcer ointment.

Despite being extremely strict with following the diet and taking my PPI 30 minutes before meals, my symptoms of excess mucus, runny nose, breathing issues and chronic cough have not subsided. I make sure to try and finish my dinner earlier in the day, and I have recently began drinking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp of honey in warm water before my meals. 

I am beginning to worry as despite the throat ulcers being gone, my other symptoms are raging just as bad as they were before i was diagnosed and changed my diet/ started taking nexium. Additionally to these symptoms I have begun to develop a hoarseness in my voice and bowel issues.

my ENT has referred me to a Gastro specialist next week but I'm curious to see if anyone else with LPR has had a correlation to bowel or gut issues and if so... how you resolved it?

Any additional advice for me would be greatly appreciated! I seem to be struggling to fight this awfully depressing condition and could use any small tips from anyone.

Thanks in advance.

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    I've read that it can take up to six months for some of the symptoms of reflux to clear up and go away. My breathing issue cleared up quickly but I still have the chronic sinusitis, cough, and allergy symptoms. 

    Bowel issues can be a side-effect of the medications. I can't take Gaviscon for more than a couple of days. sad

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      I've been told that too. I am trying my best to be patient sad .. As for the bowel issues, I don't think they are a side-effect of the medication as I was having them prior to being diagnosed. I have read some articles and forums connecting SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) as being a possible contributor to the development of LPR. I wanted to see some more opinions on this prior to seeing the Gastro specialist.

      Thanks for your response though! I've thought of taking Gaviscon but I might switch to Benedryl to see if that helps with the airway/sinus issues. 

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    4 months after I was told by GI that I had GERD and Barretts esophagus (plus gastritis and esophagitis) I was diagnosed with SS...on a follow up by GI , he told me that all my digestive issues were probably caused by SS. So this GI believes there is a link between the 2   

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