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Paul's Brother
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   Posted 4/27/2017 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, after having my heart and lungs checked extensively (echo, several ekg, ct scan, 2 chest xrays, blood work, spirometry). All normal. I finally had an endoscopy that showed bad acid reflux (gastritis and esophagitis).

I went back to the pulmonologist yesterday because I've been having shortness of breath (24/7 constantly need to take deep breaths and it feels hard sometimes to breathe in and out) and had another spirometer test.

The first test, my results were low in some areas. They said maybe I had COPD (I'm a 23 yr. old smoker), then I used an inhaler and my results went to acceptable areas and they said it couldnt be COPD. They said it was asthma and gave me a maintenance inhaler.

But this feeling has persisted for almost a year 24/7. This isn't an "asthma attack". It's constant which is why i thought maybe the acid reflux was damaging my lungs to the point of COPD.

I drink alcohol daily and smoke cigarettes regularly. Obviously this isn't a good idea if I'm concerned about acid reflux and breathing. I've always been very depressed and self-destructive in some ways.

My question is whether or not asthma could actually be present. Can it really last so long?

I'm losing my mind and will be quitting smoking and cutting back on drinking within a few weeks once I sign a new lease and start a new job.

straydog
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   Posted 4/28/2017 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Paul, I would be willing to bet your reflux is the culprit, that is a common symptom with reflux. Smoking & alcohol is also another trigger for reflux.

Take care.
Susie
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Paul's Brother
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   Posted 4/30/2017 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response.

I keep getting light-headed and my sternum and stomach always feel bad.

No idea how to fix this..

straydog
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   Posted 4/30/2017 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you go to the GERD forum here at Healing Well & do some reading. The forum is not real active, kind of sporadic at times. I think if you will go over there & read you will find many of those folks experience the same as you. The conditions the gi dr has given you can take a good deal of time to get over. What did the gi suggest you do for this?
Susie
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lovethismoment
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   Posted 6/30/2017 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, totally sounds like reflux (probably LPR).

Just as a starting point, you will really need to cut the smoking and drinking. I'd also get an allergy test as food allergies can cause reflux. Next steps will be to try a pretty severe diet and try to rebalance your gut bacteria.

fos4snt
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   Posted 7/27/2017 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Does the inhaler help you when you are having trouble breathing? If it does, I'm inclined to think it's not the reflux. I'm asthmatic and have Crohns (with reflux issues). I get flares of asthma that can last months at a time. Rescue inhalers help temporarily, but the best thing to get it under control is the maintenance meds like Pulmicort or something similar and high doses of vitamin D.

I would recommend seeing an allergist to figure out your triggers and highly recommend quitting smoking. (I smoked for over 30 years and it took walking pneumonia, three rounds of antibiotics and six months on a nebulizer to realize how much I like the luxury of breathing for the quitting to take - and it's been 7 years now).
Age 45 - Crohns/Colitis Dx 3/2017
Asthmatic w/food allergies and allergic to multiple meds (including steroids & cipro)
Currently taking Apriso/Rowasa
Prior meds: Lialda (extreme nausea), Uceris (increased symptoms and bleeding) and Canasa (did nothing)
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