5 Signs You May be Suffering from Silent Reflux

Silent reflux is also called laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR for short. It is more commonly known as silent reflux because the typical sufferer doesn’t have the typical acid reflux symptoms like heartburn which makes it “silent” and harder to diagnose and treat properly.

Silent reflux or LPR is a disease where the stomach acid refluxes all the way up the esophagus and into the throat. The main symptoms are usually problems with the throat along with a few other things which I will cover below. The main problem with silent reflux is that most people simply don’t even know that they are suffering from it. Some people may have frequent and minor throat issues, and this could in fact be the first signs of LPR.

#1 Hoarseness/Sore Throat

For a lot of people, they may have some minor throat issues that they may assume is related to something else like allergies or something or the like. The truth be told this hoarseness and generally a sore throat could be related to acid reflux.

This is because the acid that has refluxed up enters the area of the voice box with can inflame and generally irritate the vocal cords and cause a sore throat sensation. Issues with the throat are the primary symptoms for someone with silent reflux and usually where issues start to arise.

#2 Frequent Coughing

Someone who is constantly coughing with no clear reason could be in fact be suffering from silent reflux. This is someone who has had a cough that lasts for over a month making it a somewhat chronic cough that is not going away.

The main problem with this is if you visit your local doctor and complain about a constant cough that you have it will be hard for them to know what the root cause could be. In fact, as most doctors are not well versed in silent reflux sometimes it may not even cross their mind. This can lead to difficulty diagnosing the root cause in the first place.

#3 Shortness of Breath

Believe it or not silent reflux can cause shortness of breath. This is because of the inflammation of the airways and nose area caused by the acid damage.

The clear thing that must be mentioned is that someone with silent reflux could have trouble breathing in. But if you have difficulty breathing out that would be a sign of asthma. It’s important to know the difference so you can more accurately understand your problem.

#4 Ear Pain

Surprisingly acid reflux can cause ear pain. The acid can cause general pain in the ear which can even lead to infection. You might be asking how this is even possible. Well if you didn’t know there is a tube which connects the throat and ears together – this tube is called the eustachian tube. Once the acid comes up the throat it can then pass along this tube and into the ears which brings on the ear pain in the first place.

#5 Constant Belching

Someone who constantly has a lot of gas and burps a lot could be a sign of silent reflux. This is because most of the acid damage that is done is from reflux that passes up the esophagus and throat and is usually in gaseous form. So, someone who burps quite often would be more likely and more prone to having silent reflux. If you have these throat symptoms alongside constant belching, there could likely be a relation between the two.

Conclusion

LPR (silent reflux) is a problem that can be hard to diagnose but these are some common signs that it could be affecting you. For more information I would recommend you check out my blog at Wipeout Reflux where everything you need to know about silent reflux is covered in detail.

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