Breathing problems

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/23/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Recently I have begun to experience severe bloating after eating accompanied by difficulty breathing. Thr breathing problem got so bad recently i had to use a albuterol puffer from a friend in order to breath. Has anyone else hade this problem. Can a stomach problem affect your breathing?
Please help me- this morning I thought I would suffocate until the friend made me use his puffer

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   Posted 11/23/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Bloating and eating too much can definetly affect breathing though it is unusual in someone that has not lung problems. It is caused because your stomach is pushing on the diaphragm which is causing your lungs and airways to be restricted.. I have Emphysema and this is a major problem for most people with E. Try to eat smaller meals and try to stay away from things that will bloat you like carbonated drink, fried food, caffeine or whatevet bothers you.

I never eat when I am out shopping till the very end because I may not be able to walk back to the car without my oxygen getting severely decreased. If you are overweight that will make it worse.

Like I said it is fairly unusual to hear someone without lung disease mention it so if I were you, next time you are at the Doctors you might ask for a simple Spirometry test to see if you might be starting with lungs problems.


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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having stomach problems for almost a year and last month when everything seemed to calm down I started having the same thing happen- I had a horrible time breathing after meals it felt like my chest was tightening up on me- I was afraid it was my heart so I went to the ER and they told me I had acid reflux so they gave me pepcid and sure enough they stopped for a few weeks. I have that sensation when I have a gallbladder attack . I never have had a problem with acid washing up in my throat but have a gallstone that I just found out about and it has been causing me wicked problems- I think my acid problems are related to it. Your symptoms could be related to acid reflux or gallbladder problems, which are both really common- it might not be connected to your lungs at all.
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