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Hi, I hope this is in the correct section, as I'm new to this forum!
So...I was diagnosed with LPR a while back and have had symptoms for about 7 months. I cleared most of them up by changing my diet for three months, in which I finally got rid of the chronic cough and cleared my throat up a little. However, the diet changes made me really ill and I was having constant nausea while eating animal products - mainly fish without additional products as I don't eat beef/chicken/etc for ethical reasons and I had to go back to eating a regular diet, which made my stomach feel better, and I no longer experience nausea eating fish as long as it is drenched in something like sauce - which is acidic, but the LPR symptoms are still there, just not as bad as they used to be, but slowly getting worse.
Before I had LPR, I developed atypical anorexia. I cut down my calories, became obsessed with eating 'clean' and after having a stressful and emotional binge over being almost underweight (I wasn't even hungry at the time) had heartburn once and may have refluxed pepsin into my throat (as LPR isn't really caused by acid, but pepsin) My throat symptoms are definitely LPR related, but my stomach symptoms are more based around having low stomach acid, as my holistic nutritionist has said based on the way I react to animal proteins and feeling better with them drenched in acidic sauces. Overeating or stress has been said to cause low stomach acid, as well as eating disorders or vegetarian diets (I cut out all animal protein except eggs and milk), which I engaged in for a year.
PPIs and blockers like Ranitidine didn't help at all and gave me really bad stomach pains like how you'd get if you were extremely starving, and I wasn't actually hungry when I had those pains, and sometimes they'd get so bad that I'd drink a large amount of water to get rid of them when I'd already drank enough during the day.
I'm not really sure which path to take, as it's very confusing. Dietry changes makes me feel ill, yet clears up the LPR. A regular diet doesn't make me feel ill, yet aggravates my LPR symptoms.
If anyone has any advice, I would be really grateful as this is extremely confusing. I'm sorry this is all so long!
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