Breathing problems

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nickypoo
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   Posted 12/21/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi , I wanted to know if Gred or acid reflux has ever been known to cause breathing problems? I went to my doctor with a prolonged breathing problem. This is not panicky or hyperventilating. I am able to function normally with it but it does feel uncomfortable.If I don't tell anyone that I am having a breathing problem no one knows. When I bend over or sit and slouch over myself sometimes I feel as if I can't breathe. I have horrible acid reflux. Thanks in advance for any response.

dencha
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   Posted 12/21/2011 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickypoo,
Yes, GERD can definitely cause breathing problems.  I have asthma, and GERD created extremely unhealthy lungs. 
 
Have you ever had any tests for GERD?  I'm no doctor and nobody here can diagnose what your problem is.  However, if you have more trouble when you sit or slouch, you could be refluxing, or you could have a hiatus hernia that is taking up space in the chest cavity.
 
My lungs were extremely bad from reflux.  Are you coughing up a lot of phlegm, or is it more a feeling of tightness?
 
I urge you to follow up with a doctor about your concerns.
Let us know what you find out!
Denise

nickypoo
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   Posted 12/21/2011 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Thanks for you quick response. No I have never been tested for Gerd but I was told to. When I have coughing bouts I do cough uo phlegm. My chest feels tight sometimes but not all the times. I also have allergies and my nose tend to feel dry and stuffy all the time. I am scheduled to see a doc soon.

dencha
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   Posted 12/22/2011 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicky,
Glad to hear you have an appointment to see your doctor.  If you're having lung issues, it is important that you follow through on GERD testing. 
 
When you have allergies and GERD, it can sometimes be challenging to differentiate which one is causing the problem.  I also have both, and asthma to boot, so it took quite a while to get things sorted out. 
 
Good luck!
Denise

Jesper A
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   Posted 12/22/2011 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicky,
As Denise tells you; Yes you can have breathing problems when you suffer from GERD and LPR. I had a lot of problems and had weekly panic attacks due to this. It seems your symptoms are slightly better than mine or at least better controlled.

It could be quite a few other things too, and if you are not pushy it can take a long time to diagnose. For me it took a year before I was prescribed PPI's twice daily which eased the symptoms enough for me to not having the panic attack.

nickypoo
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   Posted 12/22/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jesper, thank you for your response. Can u please explain to me LPR and PPI'S. I am new to the forum and not familiar with the terms. What kind of breathing did u suffer with your panic attacks?

nickypoo
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   Posted 12/22/2011 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dencha, thanks for the reply. I hope it will be soon sorted out too as I am really bothered by it now.

Jesper A
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   Posted 12/23/2011 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure I understand your question on the breathing. But the feeling I had was mostly like an asthma attack. Also mucus was building up and I really felt like I was choking.

LPR is a version of GERD or Reflux where you often get symptoms in your throat. You will often be able to hear it as well since you will be hoarse.
I think most people here have symptoms that are LPR related and a lot of us have had Nissen Fundoplication to try to relieve us from the those symptoms.

PPI’s are a kind of medication that is also used if you have stomach ulcer. It will reduce the amount of acid produced in your stomach and give your esophagus time to heal. People with LPR and breathing problems due to Reflux will not always be symptom free with this med., since they may be oversensitive and will also react on non-acidy reflux

nickypoo
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   Posted 12/28/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response Jesper :).

Frederica
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   Posted 12/29/2012 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
 
Just wanted to chip in and share my experiences with GERD and breathing issues as I have had these for 30 years - on and off an hope that what I share can help.
 
I get really bad reflux at times particularly at night.  When this happens, apparently the inflammation from the stomach and the esophagus spreads to the diaphram as well as the lungs themselves.  So all of a sudden you get spasms in the diaphram which makes you feel like you need to keep taking a breath even though you know you must be breathing OK because you haven't collapsed.  Often this is worse at night simply because the acid is creeping up due to your prone position although you may not necessarily actually feel this.  Then the lungs themselves can cause this "air hunger" because the little lung sacs tighten up particularly if you have breathed in some of the reflux acid and this causes that horrid breathless feeling.  Sometimes the severity of the feeling of breathlessnes can be quite scary and as a result you can then feel anxious - this of course will make the feeling of breathlessnes even worse like a vicious circle.
 
GERD is not necessarily all that easy to manage and you need to be proactive about it.  I tend to manage mine with diet and a raised bed head and sleep on my left side (the right side or on your back can make the reflux worse) because the various medications available all seem to give me side effects and I am allergic to anesthesia so surgery to fix the hiatus hernia is not exactly an option for me.  Also I avoid bending or lifting anything heavy and watch my posture and sitting postition - any time you "squish" your stomach you will be pressing together inflammed tissues that will hurt plus you will squeeze the acid upwards which is the last thing you want.
 
In terms of the breathlessness - many years ago a friend gave me an "incentive spirometer" which is a plastic thing with three balls where you have to suck air throught the tubes to raise the balls.  Normally these are given to patients after surgery to improve their lung function.  I find that if I am starting to get anxious about my breathing I use the spirometer to "prove" to myself that I can breath and my lungs are OK and the anxiety dissipates.  This might be a useful tool to help.
 
Just in terms of the GERD - when I have a particularly bad case - I use the cabbage juice cure which works a treat and is better than taking nasty drugs.  Just google "cabbage juice GERD" and you should come up with a heap of info on it.
 
Also the other thing that I find that helps is breathing exercises.  I do QiGung breathing exercies which give me a fairly instant positive response - however there are all sorts out there - just google "GERD breathing exercises".
 
Remember that everyone who has acid reflux (or GERD if it is chronic) will have a different set of ancilliary symptoms and some of these can potentially be quite serious.  So it is important to get your reflux under control plus avoid the unpleasant pain and discomfort that comes with the territory.
 
Good luck....Frederica
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