A lot of people are affected by acid reflux like GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) but is it more uncommon for the acid to reflux all the way up and into the throat though it is possible. For someone who is predominantly affected by throat problems that are caused by acid reflux this problem is more accurately deemed as LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux). Also, it is sometimes called silent reflux because typically someone who suffers from it doesn’t have the typical reflux symptoms like heartburn.
The main reason I want to highlight this is because someone who has lump in their throat feeling could be suffering from LPR (silent reflux).
Understanding Lump In Throat Feeling Acid Reflux
As you might have imagined if you have acid coming up into your throat this can lead to inflammation and will make the throat irritated. This inflammation can lead to your throat feeling like it has a lump. Though in the vast majority of situations this “lump” isn’t really a lump at all – it is just a feeling that has been caused by the inflammation in the throat due to the acid or most importantly a thing contained within the acid called pepsin.
If you didn’t know pepsin is a digestive enzyme that is produced in the stomach to help break down proteins. The problem with this pepsin is that when it refluxes up along with the acid it basically tries to digest the throat – this is what causes this inflammation or any other sore throat feelings etc.
How to Get Relief
The best way to get relief from a lump in throat feeling is from diet changes. You must avoid foods that can induce acid reflux and ones that can further irritate your throat when it is already damaged. If you are being affected by this lump in the throat feeling this could be a sign of LPR and those following the same advice that would help LPR would also help stop and heal your lump in the throat – in that case I would recommend you check out my complete LPR guide where I talk about the causes, symptoms and treatment. Also, for starting diet suggestions check out my LPR Diet article or for a complete Diet Plan check out the Wipeout Diet Plan (created for people with LPR/acid reflux).
In terms of medicine the only choice I would recommend is taking Gaviscon advance the UK version. The reason why I suggest the UK version is because it has a much higher amount of the important active ingredient that is called alginate. Alginate is an extract from seaweed – when you take it, it helps create a barrier on top of the stomach contents which greatly helps prevent reflux and thus should lower the chance of acid refluxing and any throat irritation. For more information on Gaviscon advance I recommend you check out my article on Gaviscon advance.
On a final note I want to mention that for some people they may only need to make a few diet changes to get back to normal whereas for others they may need to be stricter with the diet to get the best effect. Also, for people taking the Gaviscon advance it is more there to be used until things have settled and once your throat is back to normal you should stop it and rely more on your diet changes to prevent it from happening again.
Luckily for the vast majority of people that do these changes the throat will heal and the lump in the throat feeling will fade away!