New Member Intro....could this be GERD or LPR?

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abatchm
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, new member here.  So happy to find this forum!!!
 
I have been searching for a couple of weeks to try to figure what is ailing me, and I am thinking it may be LPR.  I am waiting to see my MD, but as you all know how these things go, I couldn't get an appt--I finally got one for next week.
 
Here is my story.  If anyone can help, please jump in!
 
Most recently, I have had 3 episodes of shortness of breath.  The first 2 were after drinking wine.  I had one glass, and then about half way into the second, I developed shortness of breath.  It wasn't this "oh my god I am going to die right now" kind of thing, but something that came on slowly and persisted overnight into the next day.  I also had a lot of fatigue with the shortness of breath and felt like I could sleep all day.  The fatigue and shortness of breath lasted into the following day, and then it was gone.  This has happened twice in the same way.  At first I thought it was some weird allergy to white wine, but I have always enjoyed wine/beer socially (not a binge type drinker, but definitely a few drinks a week socially) and nothing like this has ever happened to me.  I was pretty anxious about it as the shortness of breath went on so long.  Then it happened again yesterday, though not as badly, and unrelated to wine/beer.  I ate pretty crappy food yesterday--high fat and high sugar, and the shortness of breath started again.  It lasted into this morning and now it is pretty much gone.  In between these episodes I feel fine. 
 
I got diagnosed with asthma about 6 months ago, though I'm not completely convinced that it is asthma.  My asthma meds don't help much.  And even with the asthma I've never felt short of breath--just coughing and wheezing.  THis shortness of breath thing seems to come on after big meals (I think now maybe it wasn't just the wine, but maybe also the huge meal I was consuming). 
 
I'm female, 40ish, I have no chest pain or heart burn at all, but I constantly have this post-nasal drip even when I don't have a cold/allergies, lots of phlegm, a feeling like I have to cough up a fur ball all the time, but not a lot of burping, zero heartburn, or any of that.  The main thing is the shortness of breath.  I have a cough from time to time, but I wouldn't say it's a constant thing.  I've also had a lot of fatigue, difficult time falling asleep and then waking up really tired (though I feel like I've had that for years--I'm a mom with two small kids so that's just the way it is). 
 
I've been thinking lately that it is more GI related (rather than asthma related) because it seems to be better when I eat smaller healthier meals.  It also seems to improve when I keep myself well hydrated with water.
 
Any thoughts?  I'm a little puzzled by the fatigue thing.
 
Thanks much, and sorry so long.  I hope it is GERD or LPR because they seem like better diagnoses than all the other terminal/fatal ones running through my head!!!
 
Thanks
Anne

Canyonbabe711
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/28/2008 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
As someone with lung disease the worst thing you can do is eat a lot at one time. You only have so much room in your stomach and it presses on your lungs and can almost shut them down. When those of us with lung problems are out and about the last thing we do is eat because we cannot walk afterwards without getting SOB. Normally, I don't have a problem but sometimes I can barely walk to the car. Not always. It is overeating and gassy foods.

Bo Peep
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Anne. This is how my GERD started. I didn't have any heartburn or chest pains I was just short of breath and had a lump in my throat which felt like a lot of phlegm. I didn't think much of it  (was diagnosed with anxiety at the time!) but over the next couple of years it got progressively worse until I couldn't walk more than 25ft without being out of breath and very dizzy. I then got chest pains followed by heartburn and throat burn. I didn't have trouble going to sleep but I would wake up gasping for air when the acid came up my throat during the night.

I'm not sure about the fatigue. I can't say that was one of my symptoms (or that I remember).

If the asthma meds aren't helping I would go back to you doctor.

Forgot to say welcome to the forum! :-)


Elaine


stkitt
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   Posted 8/29/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Anne and welcome to the forum.  thisis a great place to meet members that are going through the same types of issues you are.

I have mild gerd and it is controlled with medication but my sx were severe heartburn first and then the reflux started.

I would have been here to welcome you sooner but I have had some major family illnesses so I have not been able to be here daily.

If there is anything you need please let me know.  My email is the blue envelope under my name.

Again on behalf of all the members of HealingWell, welcome.

Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 9/1/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Anne,

Some of what you describe is similar to how my LPR behaves. I don't have asthma nor any breathing problems that aren't due to LPR, though.

Do please let us know what your doctor determines. Good luck.

percycat
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