Hi and welcome to the GERD forum.
You may want to try more then 2 hrs b4 laying down after eating as well as keeping a journal of what you are eating as that could be the culprit as well.....food, bevs, and lifestyle all can trigger symptoms....and you do not need to have ALL symptoms of reflux to have it as you mentioned a friend has Silent reflux or LPR.....
Talk to your PCP about testing for this....and let us know what you find out.
Does it seem the 3 main symptoms I'm mentioning are consistent with GERD as I believe?
I started a very alkaline diet about 28 days ago and gave up all carbonated beverages 12 days ago. Does it take time for a new diet to positively effect symptoms?
Thank you for your response!
Yes. diet and meds can take time b4 you see benefits....keep in mind if you are stressed out that will be the same as continuing on with the wrong diet....
Keep a journal to see if any foods you are still eating contribute to your flares.
Thank you Selma. Would you agree that the 3 main symptoms I've mentioned are consistent with GERD ( cough with mucus, pain in chest especially beneath left breast, and elevated HR in am that lowers throughout day)?
I can't get in to see a specialist until late December!
Thank you for you input and time!
I should add that I can get a bit of an indigestion feeling below my sternum but I've never had the acid reflux feeling up into my throat.
Hi, not everyone with GERD will suffer those symptoms , but if the vagus nerve is compressed it is possible.
Many with GERD also have PND which would include a cough and mucus....so you may want to look into if you over produce histamines and or have allergies....as they with all the drainage will cause GERD.
The chest pain can be GERD related, but always look to your families medical history and have your heart checked to be safe......
Not all with reflux will experience the same symptoms...so it is possible to have reflux and not have an issue up into your throat...
Modify diet and lifestyle along with meds work best....and always work with your Dr.
Until you see your Dr...keep a journal of what you eat and how you feel...try to elevate the head of your bed to insure you do not have acids getting up into your throat....and do not lay down for 3 to 4 hrs after eating....eat 5 to 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones....a nd again modify your meals....avoid triggers....and try to relax as stress itself is a trigger.
If the mucus and cough is persistent....try an OTC antihistamine to help with that and let the Dr know if it helped any .
Good luck and keep us posted.