LPR/ GLOBUS SENSATION

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let me give a bit of background info. I am a 24 year old very active and fit male, I lift 5-6 days a week and also play sports. I recently just got my masters in May, and thats when this started. I was eating steak, and it felt like it was stuck in my throat kind of freaked me out but it went a day the day after, well shortly after i had shoulder surgery at the end of may i started getting the globus sensation 24:7 to the point i was afraid to eat certain foods and lost a bit of weight as a result. I have terrible health anxiety which I got completely under control until this globus thing is there from when i go to bed until i wake up. My symptoms are only throat clearing, globus, sometimes feels like post nasal drip and sometimes phlegm that doesnt clear out. What ive tried are nasal sprays, antacids whenever i rarely have heartburn, PPI (which doesnt work for lpr bc you still will reflux just not acidic but pepsin is the culprit). Ive had ent visits the first he said my larynx looked beefy, but last time it looked good but still had symptoms? So im hyper focused on the sensation, I kind of want to try a course like 3-5 days of valium to see if that takes it away. I have had 3 endoscopies they only show Hiatal Hernia 1cm, and schatzi ring and i got dialated based on my request. Opinions?

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    Do you have anxiety issues besides the throat thing? Anxiety can cause this.

    I recommend avoiding benzos if you can; you can get addicted in a short amount of time. Ask me how I know.

    As long as you have seen the doctor and been checked for a tumor, I would try to relax and enjoy life. Does ice cream soothe it? Or something hot, like soup?

    I hope you get relief soon. Trust me, addictive drugs are not worth it.

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      my anxiety isnt even bad enough to use benzos and id only use them if i was in a bad spot, but no ive been offered lexapro and and kolonipin but I never took either. Its not that I have anxiety over it its that its a terrible feeling i cant even enjoy food anymore bc of the feeling, the feeling used to go away well now its here to stay. Going to try a muscle relaxer next.

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    I suffer with this too. I have mild reflux so I'm told its from that. But I also have health anxiety which makes it 10 times worse. I take Nexium which helps but I don't want to stay on it long term. I wish I had better answers for you, I'm looking for relief too. Wish you well.

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    I had a very similar issue almost 2 years ago. Looking back, I attribute about 30% of the issue to anxiety/stress and the rest to the way I was eating. I switched to a low carb (keto) diet and felt relief pretty quickly. I also adopted some "gut friendly" practices like intermittent fasting, eating more slowly, etc. I did also attempt to address stress/anxiety by praying, meditating, reading, cutting back on caffeine, etc. I felt about 70% better in a couple months and am nearing 100% with only occasional discomfort now after about 20 months. In that first year I also found some relief from elevating my upper body while sleeping (wedge pillow) and taking Gaviscon Advanced before bed to keep the acid down. It also helped when I was feeling nausea, but sounds like you don't struggle with that. Oh, and I did find that treating my throat very kindly (low acid foods, drinking high pH water, no strain, etc) helped with that end of things. BUt you're correct that keeping the reflux down is what will solve the issue in the long run. The above worked for me, but you mind find that another diet is better for you...or that your stress/anxiety is the main culprit and you don't have to change how you eat. Either way, know that if you take action you'll be getting better...so try not to stress too mcuh. Good luck!

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    I think when you become SO frightened that you DO need something to alleviate the anxiety. When you become so anxious that you can no longer conduct your life without feeling as if you are dying, anti-anxiety meds are necessary! The anxiety alone can become crippling! I've been battling this for years. It seems the only relief that I've had is to take a small dos of Xanax to help relieve the anxiety that Gerd/LPR causes. It won't cure you but at least you can go about your day feeling that you're not dying

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