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Hi all, I have read this forum with interest, thank you all for your openness and willingness to help others.
I am a late 50's male and have suffered from LPR type symptoms for a year or two (hoarseness after eating meals or drinking hot coffee). My condition worsened a few months ago. At the same time as I caught a cold I developed a persistent cough , which has lasted several months. I also experienced a tickle in my throat or a slight feeling of wheezing which provoked the cough. Symptoms would always get worse later in the day although I never coughed overnight.
My cough has now settled down a bit (but not disappeared) but I still have the tickle and wheezy feeling occasionally . I have severe mucus and am clearing my throat all day, hoarseness has also got worse and I am hoarse most of the day due to the mucus. If that was it , then I'd be absolutely convinced I was suffering from LPR. (My doctor seems to be). However I have also seen some blood in my saliva occasionally, just a slither or two every couple of weeks (for the last 5 weeks).
Could this be caused by the reflux ? I am freaking out it may be something more sinister as google persistent cough and blood in mucus and we all know where that leads.
I have never smoked and have had a chest x-ray which thankfully was clear. I am awaiting an ENT appointment but that may take a couple of months to come through - meantime I am filled with catastrophic thinking.
I am currently taking 40mg of Omeprazole and Gaviscon Advanced.
From reading this forum I appear to have a diet that is not helpful for LPR ( I tend not to eat in the morning, and eat two larger meals - one mid-afternoon and one just before I got to bed ). Although I eat a low fat diet, I eat a lot of tomatoes and spicy food. Some dairy and processed food too so I realise that if this is LPR then I need to change my eating habits.
Although I realise no-one hear can make a diagnosis I am hoping you can help since I can't stop dwelling on the worst case scenarios.
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