Asthma, Neck Pain

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victoria21
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   Posted 5/7/2010 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I've posted before about problems I've been having with constant reflux (since June) and periodic vomiting (since January). And it made me feel better just to know there are people out there with similar things going on.

Anyway, the reflux is still there but I also started having trouble breathing in March and pain in my lungs, so my doctor says I have asthma brought on by hayfever and that the pain is from bruising my lung straining to breathe. Have both kinds of inhalers which are helping but the anti-histimines are not helping, also I have never had hayfever, breathing problems or allergies before. I know people on here have said that their asthma is made worse by acid, but can the acid actually give you asthma? will my doctor think I'm crazy if I mention this?
Sometimes I can't tell the difference between the tightness in my windpipe and the discomfort in my esophegus, it just feels so horrible and frightening. Does anyone else get this and have any tips on how to cope?

The other thing I wanted to ask if anyone has experienced is neck pain and pain behind and sometimes in my ears, this started a week ago just after I'd been to the docs so don't want to be going back pestering them about it already. Could this be linked with my sore throat as I know that sometimes makes your ears hurt? But its more sort of behind my ears and under my jaw that hurts.

I'm just finding all this so hard to cope with, I'm only 21 and I feel as though my body is just falling apart already. I'd love some support, I can't talk to my friends about it because they're all so healthy they wouldn't understand but I think they're sick of me being so tired and upset and withdrawn all the time.

Thank you

couchtater
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   Posted 5/7/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
my acid reflux affected my asthma. I wheezed and coughed from the constant irritation. my GI said doctors are just beginning to be recognize the connection between asthma and gerd.

joy

zeldagoblin
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   Posted 5/12/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh mate, I can sympathise and you can find support here. I absolutely understand about being upset and withdrawn. Once I get home from work, all done putting on a brave face, (because God knows they're all pretty sick of my sour face there lol) I am all out of energy and resources and my poor hubby and kids get the leftovers, which isn't much! You must feel awful, I am 35 and feel like my life is over, you must be so depressed.

I do get severe neck pain, it is my main and unmoving symptom, so I know how scary it is. I was in a bad way this last weekend, and couldn't stand it, I did break down this time, as strong as I have tried to be I couldn't handle it anymore. No one who hasn't had this can possibly understand the agony we are in. They think this is just a bit of heartburn.

I too get asthma when my acid is bad. I believe the trachea becomes irritated and that is why we wheeze, and also why the throat tightens up, to prevent acid going down the windpipe. It makes sense anyway.

Don't give up. We are strong, we can beat this!

Love Liz x

couchtater
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   Posted 5/12/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Liz,
How's your son doing with his gerd?

Joy

zeldagoblin
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   Posted 5/12/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy, thanks for asking, Jake is doing better but he has been backsliding a little and gone back to eating junk more and more. I think he will learn the causal relationship eventually, he is a sensible boy, I just really hope that by the time he is older there will be more effective ways of dealing with this. He has been much better since cutting out the tomato, our diet as a family was very very heavy on the tomatoes and tomato based food, i.e. bolognese, pizza, ketchup, baked beans, chilli, etc. He has been happier since the burn has calmed down so hopefully he can control the junk as he grows. I don't want him to go down this road!

couchtater
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   Posted 5/12/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
If he can control it he will not have to go down it.

Joy

simmonsm11
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   Posted 9/21/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
U are not alone, I had the burning throat for 3 continous months, and now that it has eased up a bit guess what i am getting neck, jaw, ear, pain and i think sometimes i even feel a pause or something around that area. I went to the emergency because it can freak me out so bad that the stress even makes it worse. The doctor sent me home with pain killers. I am going to see my GP because of my ear pain, the constant complaing is tiring every one however they do sympathise with me but just dont know what to do. I hope and pray and solution to all this. 

dencha
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   Posted 9/21/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria,
Yes, there are people who get asthma induced only by their acid reflux. When the reflux stops, so do the lung symptoms.
Good luck finding an answer soon!
Keep after those docs until they help you! If they can't--change docs!
Take care,
Denise

Alcie
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   Posted 9/21/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Victoria -
What sort of doctor did you see? It might be worthwhile to see a gastroenterologist, or if you did, to ask for some tests. A simple barium swallow can show if you are refluxing and how high it comes up. It can also show a hiatal hernia, if you have one, and how large it is and what type.

Les fun is getting a scope, aka endoscopy. But that one will show irritation or the stomach and esophagus.

Lots more advice on the topics at the top of the forum page.

Antacid medications, ppi's and such will reduce the burning and irritation. You don't need anything more unless there is something more serious than a little reflux going on.
Alcie
 
 
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