Extraesophageal reflux (laryngofaryngeal reflux) refers to the situation when stomach acid easily reaches the upper esophagus and thus the larynx. It affects vocal fold vibrations and destructs the speaking or singing voice. EER is a common cause of voice disorders such as hyperkinetic dysphonia. It damages mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It often causes lengthy illnesses such as recurrent or permanent cough, coughing, sensation of mucus in the throat, pressure and sensations of a lump in the throat. In is not exceptional that gastoesophageal and extraesophageal reflux can cause coughing attacks that can be mistaken for bronchial asthma.
Individuals that need to interrupt their speech continually by a sound characteristic for the movement of mucus (hmmm, hmmm) most probably suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or its special form – extraesophageal reflux.
If you want to know whether your coughing, pain and pressure in the throat are caused by acidity changes in the respiratory mucosa due to reflux disease please fill in the following table.
If your score is more than 10 you probably suffer from gastrointestinal or extraesophageal reflux.
|Did you have any of the following problems in the last months?
Circle the most suitable answer
|0 = no problem
5 = the biggest problem
|Hoarseness or a problem with your voice||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Clearing your throat||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Excess throat mucus or postnasal drip||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Difficulty swallowing food, liquids or pills||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Coughing after you ate or after lying down||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Breathing difficulties or choking episodes||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Troublesome or annoying cough||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Sensations of something sticking in your throat or a lump in your throat||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|Heartburn, chest pain, indigestion or stomach acid coming up||0||1||2||3||4||5|