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LPR can take 3 months before it even begins to respond to omeprazole.
I would use pentoprazole, which in studies acts faster.
Yes this can be your problem.
The specialist is a gastroenterologist.
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Ok --in that case, this is likely caused by the teeth whitening process.
Will improve gradually.
However, if pain worsens, infection should be suspected.
Antibiotic course will be required in that case.
You wrote "...My symptoms change from being a raw sore throat, to feeling like my tonsils are swollen, to feeling like my throat is burning or stinging...."
When you have these symptoms, what does the doctor actually see? Is the throat red and are the tonsils actually swollen? Has anyone ever run a throat culture to see if there is some infection (very, very unlikely after 5 months)?
With negative throat cultures, there is no infection. The fact that there is no pain in the morning but it develops through the day also is consistent with no infection.
If it were post nasal drainage, the ENT would have seen it and treated that.
I suspect that it is muscular and may be caused by stress. You can discuss this with a speech language therapist (your primary can refer you to one) to help you consciously relax the muscles that are causing the problem. Other treatments for this are cognitive behavioral therapy. Some people benefit from medication for anxiety such as one of the SSRI drugs.
Please let me know if you have additional questions about this.