The Trials and Tribulations of a Silent Reflux Sufferer

The Trials and Tribulations of a Silent Reflux Sufferer

I still have episodes of silent reflux off and on.

It is not as bad as it has been in years, and most people have it a lot worse than I do. I am thankful I am better.

Since I suffered from LERD, I am very passionate about spreading awareness of the disease. Most doctors know about GERD, but very few have any idea about silent reflux.

I guess it makes since, the disease has a very poorly understood pathology and its symptoms mimic any other disease. Just look at these symptoms:

  • Coughing, hoarseness, tachycardia after eating, esophageal spasms, post-nasal drip, sore throat, lump in the throat feeling (globus pharyngitis,) hoarseness, dry mouth, bad taste in mouth, bad breath, loss of smell and nose function, ear infections, hearing problems, and asthma.

At my worst, my throat was sore all the time, I had trouble breathing, and could barely speak. Some people even have to be hospitalized because their throat closes from the reflux.

My reflux is not that bad anymore. Transnasal endoscopy shows that my larynx barely has any inflammation, and my esophagus looks fine. I very rarely clear my throat anymore, but I still become hoarse if I talk for a long time.

I believe I have permanently lost most of my sense of smell from it. I have no clue if the tinnitus I suffer from on occasion is from it or ear damage from listening to music too loud from an SOD2 mutation caused by taking Accutane as a teenager.

So what is the cause of my silent reflux?

I have some speculation that it is from an implanted hernia mesh that was put in when I had abdominal surgery as a teenager. Part of it has embedded itself into the top part of my stomach and LES. I believe it causes LES and UES weakness by causing excessive unequal pressure creating an imbalance. I believe this is why I can never achieve permanent relief without surgery, which may damage my stomach.

I am glad however that I have helped many people with this condition through coaching though. I would never wish for anyone to suffer from this debilitating condition. Years ago it made my life hell.

So what worked for me?

  • Low acid diet
  • Zinc carnosine
  • Alkaline water
  • Low FODMAP on occasion
  • Increasing thyroid function
  • Magnesium supplementation
  • Treat my Tinea versicolor and yeast overload
  • Stress reduction

I will start blogging on silent reflux more to try to help as many people as I can and explain what I believe may be the true pathology of the disease. If anyone is suffering from it I am here for you.

8 Comments
  1. Do you describe somewhere your approach for treating Tinea Versicolor? I have tried many different anti-fungals (external and internal), and cannot seem to kick it.

  2. My holistic Doctor recently prescribed high dose Vitamin C for joint pain I was experiencing. Within a couple of days I came down with what I thought was a severe cold…sore throat, post nasal drip, productive cough, fatigue. After about 2 1/2 weeks of this I kept thinking this can’t be a cold and that it all started after I began the vitamin C protocol. I was also taking betaine HCL with pepsin for about a year. I started researching on the internet and came across Dr Koufman’s article on Dr. Oz’s website and I knew instantly that I had silent reflux. I think I had it previous to the vitamin C protocol and that just took it to the next level. I immediately stopped everything with citric acid in it as Dr. Koufman suggested and I am better but still clear my throat, cough up mucus and experience a sore throat after eating sometimes. I found your website and really appreciate all of the articles and tips you have shared. I have an appointment with an ENT to hopefully get a TNE.

  3. What magnesium supplement did you use and did you try betaine hcl

    • Pure Encapsultions Magnesium Glycinate. Betaine hcl can make silent reflux worse, especially if it has pepsin.

  4. Wow, accutane was the reason I got on this website to fix my gut. I noticed I had some symptoms of silent reflux (lump in throat starting a couple hours after eating, sore throat if I didn’t chew gum every 20 minutes, post nasal drip, ear ringing, heart rate increase after eating ANYTHING) before accutane but i developed many gut issues including bloating, internal hemorrhoids and confidence destroying stomach gurgling after accutane. There’s definitely a bacterial/fungal/pathogenic link as it destroys the immune system. What really helped was balancing my diet, elixa probiotic (500billion per day for like 12 days), bubbies sauerkraut and pickles, and resistant starch (cooked and cooled potatoes and rice and potato starch and psyillium husk, dandelion greens, and high orac green powder a la animal pharm/free the animal. I feel like most of the problems i attributed to accutane were just extensions of gut infections/overgrowths/dysbiosis which probably caused my acne to begin with. Idk where I’m going with this but yeah, cool to know you took accutane and took your health into your own hands like I’m currently doing.

    • Accutane has destroyed a lot of lives and has harmed the health of a lot of people including myself. I will write about it extensively, I have coached a lot of people with the same issues.

      • Could you please start writing on it as soon as possible? There are MANY people suffering right now. I am one of them. It’s ruined my health. Thanks for your amazing work!

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