Been having issues of late almost everyday and a timely blog post came across my feeds that reminded me of something that I had forgotten about this past year, REFLUX! You see the post was from the Dropping Acid Cookbook Blog and was the results of a poll on the most common symptoms of reflux sufferers. The result may surprise you that heartburn is not number 1, but quite further down on the list. The top ones are post nasal drip, chronic throat clearing, hoarseness, and lump in throat feeling. All symptoms of LPR which I had (have).
Lately these symptoms have been getting worse again after being dormant for a long time and I have been ignoring them. Not to say that I still dont have the anxiety issues, I know this cause once I start concentrating on the symptoms wondering whats going on I can feel it getting worse. Then I do the breathing exercises and talk to myself it comes back down. But one of the symptoms, the heaviness in the chest like I just ran a marathon may be from the LPR rather then totally from the anxiety (at least it starts that way)
You see I havent been taking the Prilosec for awhile maybe once in awhile if I remembered. Diet hasnt been the best for LPR and the wife took the wedge pillow for herself ages ago. Mornings of course have been the worse. I’d eat right before bed and go lay down flat to sleep. Classic scenario for night time refluxing making me wake up with the big ole lump in the throat, bad case of post nasal drip, and all the drip in my stomach making my stomach ill and not wanting to eat for quite awhile. As well as that acid (and/or Pepsin) in my upper respiratory giving me that feeling in the chest which has lead to anxiety as well. Seems all logical to me, now to fix it.
So I’m diligently taking the Prilosec twice a day (at least for a couple weeks) and going to call in a refill today in case I need the doctor to ok it. Back to a low/no acid diet as much as I can. The common thought now is that the main culprit to the damage is not really the acid but pepsin from the stomach. The pepsin comes up with everything else and bonds to the tissues. It does need acid to activate it but that can be from the stomach acid or acid from your foods. It takes about 2 weeks for the pepsin to disappear so the idea is to limit the acid in your foods to about zero as you can along with the meds and eating/sleeping habits to start the healing process. Meaning back to eating about 2 hours or more before bed and taking the wedge pillow back from the wife.
Ill try to keep up here on how it goes, even after one night on the wedge I seemed to feel a bit better upon wake up but that could just be in my head.