Patient education: Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in adults (Beyond the Basics) – UpToDate

“The reflux of stomach acid can adversely affect the vocal cords causing hoarseness or even be inhaled into the lungs (called aspiration).”

This is something that I have had to deal with on an off through the years. The worst ever even was on the night of Princess Diana’s funeral. I honestly thought I would die.

It happened again last night, for the first time in probably four years. I can tell you that it is incredibly painful, basically drowning in your own gastric acids. It leaves my throat burned raw and hurting as well as having crud coming out of my lungs for a couple of days after. It makes talking for a living a… well… living hell.

Prilosec has saved my life, and I have made many, many lifestyle changes to help. but every now and again there comes a story about some person who literally panicked and may have died from this. Reggie White comes to mind. There was also a Modesto Nuts player a few years back.

Anyway, I  am not feeling great today because of this nonsense, which is not the result of lifestyle or what I eat or anything other than a congenital defect that causes my lower esophageal sphincter to not properly close.

Lung and throat problems — Some people reflux acid into the throat, causing inflammation of the vocal cords, a sore throat, or a hoarse voice. The acid can be inhaled into the lungs and cause a type of pneumonia (aspiration pneumonia) or asthma symptoms. Chronic acid reflux into the lungs may eventually cause permanent lung damage, called pulmonary fibrosis or bronchiectasis.

Source: Patient education: Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in adults (Beyond the Basics) – UpToDate

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