March 21, 2011

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

A more common term for Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The only difference is Laryngopharyngeal reflux describes the damage GERD does specifically to the ‘voice box’ or larynx.

When gastric acids slide up past the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) it enters the throat and can reach as high up as the mouth and sinuses, in fact even the lungs are susceptible to exposure.

Normally this gastric acid burns the mucus lining of the throat away over a period of time, because it refluxes, or regurgitates up and then drips down, usually not spending a lot of time there.

On the other hand, with Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) the gastric acid gets hung up on the vocal cords and doesn’t drip away as fast, the same goes for the sinus area.

The stomach acid is strong enough to eat glass, so if you get acid reflux up into your larynx repeatedly, you’re going to end up with Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR).

You can imagine what the symptoms would be easy enough. Hoarse voice, choking feeling and heartburn complain are sure signs that old stomach acid is erupting up into your voice box and dissolving your flesh.

As with GERD, Laryngopharyngeal reflux starts with a simple case of heartburn, but for one reason or another it becomes chronic.

If your heartburn keeps coming back you need to remedy the problem at the root level. Many people make their simple heartburn and acid indigestion issues into something worse than it should be by only treating the symptoms.

As with any dis-ease or health issue, if you fall for using gimmicks to just cover symptoms, the root cause will still fester.

If your Laryngopharyngeal reflux is caused from you over eating and then immediately lying down, taking antacids isn’t going to stop it from happening again and again.

Besides antacids are really bad for you, especially if you eat them all the time . . . they’re chocked full of heavy metals and other unwanted ingredients.

So if you suffer from Laryngopharyngeal reflux, change your diet and lifestyle habits and don’t expect some magical pill to make it all right.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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