I have been reading posts on here since October 07 so I am new and decided to tell my story of LPR. It all started in September 07, I got a really bad sinus infection that started in my nasal sinuses. I live on the West Coast and traveled back east to see family and then to North Carolina. I was having stomach problems prior but did not think it was anything serious. So airline travel and swimming in the ocean are all part of this.
Here is the timeline. I turned 41 in May. June - I had a sore throat for 6 weeks, went to my primary doc in early July. She asked if I had stomach problems I said no. I was prescribed a Z-Pak (5 day antibiotic) for the sore throat. My stomach did not feel right, I did eat yogurt and all that. So now this is mid - July. I was watching tv about a week after finishing the Z-Pak and my throat started spasm, cinching up is the best way to describe it. I was really scared had no idea, went back to a different doctor in the practice, he gave me Aciphex. I tried it for 1 week and had a worse sore throat. Granted the doctor at this time did not say I had lpr, or communicate anything to me, I described my systems, gave me Aciphex and went on my way. So the then this is Mid-August and we started traveling. I had the Aciphex but did not like it, because I did not know and took Pepcid AC. Came home, mid September got the bad sinus infection, could not breath, taste, smell horrible, worst ever. Perscibed Cefuxime Axitel (antibiotic), 6 days into that my throat and ears swelled up, bad ear infection both ears, a childhood illness.
I did not mess around went to a young and new ENT was on Augmentin 875mg for 24 days tried Nasocort AQ and Afrin, actually I could not breath on these, seemed to make it worse. I do not like either one of these and did not find them effective, tried these for 4 weeks, no results. Finished that my stomach was on edge, I had lunch out, came home that evening and acid welled up into my throat. My ears have been popping and clicking everytime I swallow since mid-September, by the way.
Now this is early October, went back to ENT - had the nasal endoscopy and she said my laynx, red and swollen, she said the PPI would help my ears, but it would take a couple of months. I was shocked, never heard of this before she told me to take 1 Prevacid - in the morning, well my insurance would not pay for this so I struggled on the samples and then went to Prilosec for 1 week this was during the month of November.
Last week of November finally got into to see my Internist. He started a new approach 2 Protonix a day with or without food, and Allegra D 24 hour. The Allegra D worked great but not with my stomach, I became dizzy, nausea, headache. So I am staying with Protonix only 2 times a day and I just keep eating food, I did loose 10 pounds with all this. I have gained about 2 back, I am a small person and did not want to loose weight.
So it has only been 6 weeks on double Protonix. I am not sure if November on 1 PPI a day counts for anything in all this. I have also been working out at a club to reduce stress and keep my immune system up.
Every morning I wake up and hope to be better - not yet.
My symptoms today: Swollen larynx, popping and clicking in my ears, feeling of swollen under my chin. I have had blood tests chest, sinus x-ray and a CT sinus scan, they all normal, I get more results from the CT scan tomorrow.
When does the swollen larynx and ears go away? I feel like a loser and that I am the only one with this horrible feeling. I see my internist tomorrow, so if anyone has any advice and hope please do share, thank you...m41