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GERD / Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) causing mucus in sinuses?

Hi there,

I am a 23 year old male and have been dealing with mucus in my sinuses for a few years now and can't figure out how to get rid of it. The mucus is thick, green, and chunky (sorry for the gross detail) and I have to spit it out of my mouth a few times a day. If I look in the back of my throat it comes down from the sinuses into my mouth. I wake up with a sore throat and occasionally the back of my throat is coated in sticky green mucus that I have to remove with a q-tip. I get stomach aches that sometimes put me in so much pain that I can't move.

I have seen coutless specialists (ENT's, Infectious disease specialist, Gastroenterologist, allergist) and nobody seems to be able to pinpoint the root cause.

The ENT that I went to scoped me many times and eventually suspected that the mucus was generating from my adenoids. I had an adenoidectomy and nothing changed. I have tried basically every nasal spray, allergy medicine, and antibiotic you can think of and nothing can get rid of the problem. I was on Bactrim for a whole month and it didn't knock it out.

I finally had an upper endoscopy (EGD) and the Gastro told me that I have GERD and that the mucus was occurring because of this. I have since been on a low fat diet, removed caffeine and alcohol from my diet completely, no acidic foods, no spicy foods, elevated the back of my bed, and not eating within 4 hours of laying down for bed. I have only been doing this for a week now and I haven't seen any improvement just yet (not that I expect to yet). My stomach aches aren't as bad or as prevalent but I still experience quite a bit of uncomfortable gas from time to time. The mucus has not changed since starting this diet and lifestyle change.

I guess I am just looking to see if anyone has experienced anything similar and if anything helped them. The past year of my life has been countless doctor's visits and I am starting to lose hope, but I am willing to do anything to fix this. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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replied July 7th, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !


I went through your query and i understand your concern.Your history of GERD is the likely cause of this mucus and post nasal dripping is attributed to it. Modify diet lifestyles and treat GERD. Visit our GERD health center for further guidance.



Take care


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