Gerd = chest tightness and shortness of breath. Is that normal?

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Kbentley24
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   Posted 12/16/2012 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else get heart palps, shortness of breath and chest tightness from gerd. I've done every heart test there is and they have all come out fine. (I'm only a 21 year old male) I took a PFT and it wasn't the best. Although I did eat before it. I was given a peak flow meter that I blow in to see if my asthma is acting up. But surprisingly when I get the symptoms and blow I always blow in the 550-650 range which is good. Is this normal? And if so what are some thing that will help with the gerd. I was given nexium but refused to take it because the other meds (Prilosec OTC) I was given gave me bad heart palps. Anything would help as I'm not getting any sleep from the breathing setting off anxiety. Thanks

Post Edited (Kbentley24) : 12/16/2012 7:18:28 AM (GMT-7)


belljar1995
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   Posted 12/16/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear this. With my GERD/LPR I tend to get chest pressure along the sternum--it is quite noticeable to me and it worsens over the course of the day (best upon waking up). I too did every possible heart test and all were perfect, so it does seem in my case, it is GI related. Sometimes I will also feel slightly short of breath, but I think this is mostly due to worry. I also suffer from PVC (palps)--one doctor told me that it could be vagus nerve irritation which is implicated in breathing, heart and GI issues. My palps were documented on a holter monitor, but not on the stress test or ekgs.

Have you had any GI tests yet or seen a GI? That might be the next logical step--tell them about the normal cardiac workup and see what they say.

Kbentley24
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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/17/2012 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I to have PVC's. I went to a GI about 8 months ago and had H.Pylori. I'm I took the prev pack which was horrible. Ever since then my health has declined drastically. I'm going to change my lifestyle as far as food. I've noticed eating late ( which I love) is why I wake up out of breath.
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