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Sometimes you can experience a feeling in your throat with none of the usual symptoms of GERD - heartburn, indigestion, and reflux. For example, you may complain only of hoarseness. Others may complain of coughing fits or a feeling of fullness, making them want to clear their throat. Then there are the others that are experiencing bouts of laryngospasm. Still others may just suffer from occasional or chronic sore throat when their LPRD acts up. These are the more difficult cases to diagnose because their symptoms are not classic textsite. Often, these people jump from physician to physician without finding relief. Unless the physician and the patient are spending the time to analyze the problem, it will continue to be misdiagnosed. This is the reason why it is so important for you to speak your doctor’s language.

Symptoms of LPRD

* Apnea - shortness of breath ■ Bad/bitter taste in mouth

■ Aspiration pneumonia (especially in morning)

* Asthma-like symptoms ■ Bad breath (halitosis)

Blockage of the breathing passage, laryngospasm Chronic cough Chronic nasal congestion Chronic throat irritation (sore throat)

Chronic throat clearing, excessive mucus Constant sensation of a lump in the throat Cracking voice Dental caries Difficulty singing, especially with high notes

Difficulty swallowing Ear pain

Excessive phlegm in the throat

Frequent laryngitis





Noisy breathing (stridor) Postnasal drip Regurgitation Weak voice Wheezing

Sinus Tips:
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