Hi, I haven't been on here much. I have been on the lupus and lyme forum. I am really searching for things. I was told I have asthma twenty years ago. I have been on a few different kinds of inhalers. I have been having problems with my throat and esophagus. I have a dilated esophagus, which I had an endo scope back in May, the gastro said nothing about this, which I think he would have seen looking down in. I also have acid reflux. My voice has been getting raspy for the last two years now and I also have an enlarged thyroid and cyst on the right side of that.
I guess my question (s), can the steriod in halers cause the esophagus to be dilated? I have to ask the gastro questions when I go in if the prevacid would cause this to be dilated maybe.
I did read somewhere that the inhalers can cause problems with the esophagus. The allergy/astham doctor didn't think it would cause what I have and the pulmonary doc didn't think so either. I tried the advair and it caused my stomach to be upset. I am on serevent and Quvar. They changed flovent to Quvar last year at this time. But I am having shortness of breath most of the time, can't walk up hill or stairs without being short of breath. I will be 50 in two months, but three years ago I started a new job and it required walking into the building about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. I was so happy that I was going to get excersize. about 1 1/2 years into my job, I started having shortness of breath and muslce fatique and weakness. I have been checked by a rheumy and have been to quite a few other doctors for things. But it's the shortness of breath that I wish they would take more seriously, it's been 1 1/2 years of suffering with this and no one seems to stick with it until they find a dx.
Have you found in your journey as a respiratory therapist that inhalers could cause this problem? It seems to me that it's like the theory of how antibiotics eventually make the bacteria resistant to them. I tried asking for a new inhaler to see if that would help. I also have a nebulzier at home and a portable one, but the treatments only help for maybe 15-30 minutes then I am back to being short of breath again.
I just would like to know why it takes doctor so long to try to find out what is going on and why they make people suffer so long these days. Shortness of breath is something one really needs to be able to function. Just like the heart.
And I did get my heart checked out as much as they wanted to. I think a bit of diggin may be in order for this dx. My sister and mother has heart disease. my sister had it in her forties and then early in her fifites she had a 5 bi pass. My mother was 70 and had a triple. Plus they both had strokes.
I would greatly appreciate any input. And I know it's only advice. I do research on what people tell me and only use what I think pertains to me. So don't be afraid to say anything.
back to square #1- off meds for now-dx with fibro. Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. lodine- possibly neurotin 300mg, (not sure about that yet) sublingual B-12 , Chronic shortness of breath, sinus infections. Asthma/COPD.