How I Came to Learn that I Have Silent Reflux

Have you heard about acid reflux? That’s when you have that odd feeling of indigestion or heartburn after stuffing your face with a bit too much food.

For some people, it’s not a one-off thing. When it’s chronic, it’s called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). It’s a digestive disorder that affects the sphincter, the muscle between the esophagus and stomach. When the sphincter isn’t working properly, then the stomach’s acid and food ‘burp’ back into the esophagus.

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is similar to GERD in its cause. But the symptoms are not commonly affiliated to acid reflux. That’s why its other name is Silent Reflux, because many may not even know they have the condition. Like me.

My development of silent reflux was gradual and over several years. There were countless moments of anxiety from not knowing what I had. So I’m sharing my story in case it could spare someone else that same anxiety.  Continue reading