Posted 8/3/2013 6:14 AM (GMT -7)
I'm so glad i found this forum again. and i don't mean i'm glad you all have this condition (i wouldn't wish it for anyone), just feel some hope or less alone i guess.
it's 5 in the morning and i haven't slept. i'm surprised i don't see many other reflux related symptoms like sleep apnea, which i have, or just poor sleep and insomnia.
I also have the shorness of breath from gerd, which is the most absolutely horrific thing you could ever have. it gave me panick attacks and trips to the ER everyday for a year round in 2008, when it started. Doctors also found no oxigen desaturations, even when i was having the episodes (just like that other poster told), so they all just told me it was anxiety and to go to a shrink.
i can't believe other poeple have this exact same thing. i've felt so alone and crazy with this. i don't know why i decided to google it again and came back here. i guess i'm desperate. i think i didn't find anything before or just didn't search the right way.
i don't understand how, when it seems to be so many of us suffering with this, it seems to be such an unexplored territory for medicine and doctors. i mean the link between gerd and breathing symptoms.
My guerd symptoms are
I also googled shortness of breath and gerd again because after the shortness of breath episodes passed from everyday severe, slowly to often, to occasionally and i just learned how to live with it, i'm sure like many of us here, now i'm in New York seeking holistic treatment for my whole digestive issue. But i just want a third opinion or support and research again, because i started to get the shortness of breath episodes again precisely here, after a long time of not having them.
i'm seeing a holistic doctor, a chiropractor who does applied kinesiology with nutritional response testing. I am from and live in south america, and after suffering with this for years and knowing i had sleep apnea, gerd, shortness of breath, gastritis, esophagitis, h pylori, and a hiatal hernia supposedly corrected by nissen fundoplication but still with symptoms, i decided to travel here several years ago and took some metabolic tests which showed a had the whole package: still the h pylori, systemic candidiasis (which causes gerd too), parasites, food intolerances/leeky gut, heavy metals, and chronic/adrenal fatigue. And did i mention i suffer also from severe sleep apnea too?
i'm always surprised why gerd patients in this forums don't mention all these metabolic tests and diagnosis from holistic medicine. i know conventional doctors don't believe in all this, but if we all haven't had success with them, and we are in the us, i would assume i would find that here. to me those can be the roots of our gerd. i'm not on omeprazol, it didn't work for me and i've read that medication's side effects long term can be bad. not to argue with all those that medication has worked for. i'm happy for you and i respect you. it's just my experience and opinion.
and talking about sleep apnea, where are all the people who have gerd and sleep apnea as well? my sleep apnea doctor says and studies have shown that a high percentage of people with sleep apnea and or asthma have gerd as well. why is gerd the only thing talked about here? what about sleep apnea and/or sleep? isn't anyone sleeping extremelly poorly like i am from gerd?
gerd alone can make you sleep poorly. sleep apnea alone can make you sleep poorly. it's been a chicken or egg question for years now for me. i watch my diet a lot, specially in this anti candida/pylori/parasites/food intolerances/leaky gut/chronic, adrenal fatigue/heavy metals treatment/diet im on now here in New York.
But it kills me to not know what is the main issue i have to address. the big root cause of everything. i'm desperate, man. i'm here in New York trying to keep this strict diet and supplements with this different holistic treatment that i have to put a lot of faith into, sleeping poorly, alone, and with the shortness or breath that came back after a long time of not having it.
it seems like the heat wave triggered, or something in the hot summer air. And believe me, i never had asthma before. i don't have asthma. it's all very reflux related. when i go out on the street and start to breath the hot summer street air, i have the difficulty breathing, when i'm lucky enough not to get it so bad that i get the shortness of breath. then i bloat and can feel the reflux in my throat, which closes down or something, like some of the members here said.
my main symptom with reflux and my whold digestive issue is the chronic bloating. it is so bad, that (like another member said), i feel like my gut, or stomach or whatever it is goes so up from the bloating that it presses up against my entire left lung and i feel difficulty breathing, all the time. for some reason, which i don't know why, sometimes it flares up and ii bloat so much that i even have bubbles (gurgling) and liquids pushing up against my left lung every time i breateh. with every breath i take. so it's hard to breathe cause i have to push all that pressure down.
i'm going crazy for a long time not knowing: is it my stomach (pylori)? is it my colon (candida and/or parasites)? is this holistic treatment enough or do i take the chance i'm here in NY look for medical doctors again? i've just been down that road unsuccessfully, but in my country. i just know that all conventional doctors are kind of the same everywhere.
Has anyone here had any symptoms like mine? Since this is a support group, what can you guys advise me? if there's anyone reading this old forum anyway. Does anyone know a good naturopathic doctor who treats this, or a good doctor or test that really examines what's going on inside the structure of the digestive system? sometimes i feel like i have my stomach up in my chest.
i supposedly erradicated pylori but my holistic doctor says i still have it. and it seems logical given my symptoms. i'm just out of my mind trying to answer all these questions that a good doctor should answer, but i'm so negative about finding one that will just not be good and won't get it.
thank you all. sorry for ranting. i'd appreciate any help or insights. i am with all of you who are suffering with this, my heart goes out to you.