breathing problem, GERD?

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KisekiShiawase
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   Posted 8/22/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Can GERD caused difficulty breathing all day?
Ive been searching for the cause of my breathing problem for years. Did chest x-ray when i want to try hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the doctor said my lung seems fine, but during my hyperbaric oxygen therapy i feel very breathless and it was a really bad experience, but the other people felt ok. I've gone to cardiologist but he said its not my heart and sent me to a gastroenterologis. I went to the gastroenterologis and the doctor just gave me drugs. Anyway, im not really sure if my gastro problem that bad. I often feel lots of gas in my stomach and heart racing after meal. (but when my breathing problem doesnt occur, lots of times i didnt feel difficulty breathing when having lots of gas in my stomach) My question was, can GERD caused difficulty breathing all day? (This usually happens when i dont get good quality of sleep but a couple of times happens for unknown reason) And what i mean by all day is, as in, from when i was sleeping untill waking up then untill go back to sleep again and try to sleep and it happens even when not after eating meal. My breathing problem feels worse when i was in a relax position (even sitting and try to relax) so when i move around it get better a little while but when i try to relax again like when i was trying to sleep it got worse, could it be muscle problem maybe? I do have sleep apnea but they happens randomly and not often. But sleep apnea only occurs when sleeping not when im awake. Anyway, i know i should go to a doctor to get this checked but i feel kind of lost since i already went to cardiologist, gastroenterologis, and get chest x-ray, i dont know what test should i get to find the cause. So, i was hoping if anyone could give me some input or maybe knows some information that could help me or maybe experience it too or similiar or knows someone who experience it, let me know cause i will truly appreciate it, please help, thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/22/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 
I just posted to your thread in the Heart Forum.  You appear to have a very complicated history that includes tachycardia and palpitation for years, GERD, sleep apnea, spasmophilia, insomnia, and respiratory problems.
 
I suspect you have some Health Anxiety too as I read you search the internet and find the information conflicting  which causes you to be confused and upset. Health Anxiety is a chronic psychological condition. The common behavior of constantly monitoring  health and symptoms can be a hard habit to break and may need to be countered with other activities such as exercise and other ways of promoting health.  This shifts the focus from disease to health.
 
I am sure you will be hearing from other members of our forum so please know we are here to support you.
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you sleep with a CPAP?
If you have sleep apnea this is a constant thing not a once and awhile thing.
You need to sleep with the machine all the time. Otherwise it puts stress on your heart.
Joy

hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, glaucoma, allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic, leg edema, OA in my back

dencha
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   Posted 8/22/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, GERD can cause breathing problems. If you suspect GERD is causing you trouble, be sure to take the meds your GI doctor gave you. Also, you could try elevating the head of your bed with risers under the legs. You can buy bed risers or use bricks or blocks of wood.

Reflux can cause you to have lung problems, but your symptoms including palpatations or heart racing is a symptom I've heard from others who suffer from GERD. I didn't not personally experience any of those things, but it's not the first time I've heard them described.

Good luck finding an answer to your questions.
Kitt has a good point, though. Be sure to monitor yourself, and look at whether or not you are becoming obsessed with worry about your health. If you are, try to give it a rest--get busy, think about other things, etc. You may find relief before you know it.
We're here for you. If we can help, we'll try.
Denise

KisekiShiawase
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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the people replying here. :)

To Kitt,
yes, i know ive replied to you also although it seems so empty quite there.

to Joy,
no i dont sleep with it because my sleep apnea appears randomly and not often, i hope they dissapeared and wont come back. Ive been to a sleep lab once but they didnt detect it. I did the sleep lab because of my insomnia but it still hasnt been cured, the doctor just gave me sleeping pills.


to Denise,
yes i also heard that a lot that GERD related to heart racing and breathing problem, but i guess my heart problem not only because of GERD but it worsened it. And also about my breathing, i dont know if its only GERD or theres another cause too.

Anyway, about the health anxiety and information conflicting, i do search on the internet sometimes to find information and i did find something conflicting so i thought i post a question, perhaps someone knows and can give me some input. And yes i do know i have to monitor myself and i do have other things to do. Thanks for the advice though. :)

dencha
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   Posted 8/26/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KisekiShiawase,

I wish I could be of more help to you. It is obvious that your situation is very distressing. I truly hope that you find a doctor who can answer your questions, so you can get on with your life happily.
Take care and feel better,
Denise

martinm
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   Posted 8/30/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,  your symptoms sound very similar to my own.
 
Difficulty breathing all day..
The only health problems found have been  stomach ulcerations.
 
So far the doctors have all been no help at all. This is the one time in my life i've needed
these people to know what they are doing and they have failed.
At least in this area of study..
 

Stormienite
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   Posted 9/2/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, gerd can cause shortness of breath. Acid reflux can come up in your throat (whether you realize it or not) and literally burn your vocal cords. Your cords will then not open and close correctly because they're damaged. It feels like you're trying to breathe through a straw or have your head in a plastic bag. Like you're trying to breathe stale air and there's not enough.

If this sounds like you, then you should be referred to an ENT. The only way to confirm is to have them take a live look at your cords and how they're functioning. If this is the case, it's very easy to fix. It can come back if you keep getting the reflux, but reviewing the exercises will keep it at bay.

KisekiShiawase
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   Posted 9/3/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
To Denise,
thank you for your support :)

To martinm,
what kind of tests have you done so far?
Sorry to hear it, i kind of feel the same way. Although hopefully we'll get a way to beat this problem. :)


To Stormienite,
so if my breathing problem caused by GERD the ENT will notice it? Bu if its okay it means that its not because of GERD?

martinm
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   Posted 9/3/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kiseki,

yes they've done stress test, blood tests, endoscopy, CT scan of chest area, xrays of chest area
Only thing found was ulcerations in stomach (endoscopy).

I firmly believe they just dont know what the problem is, and if that is the case it is classified as
anxiety.

I am sure we will find a way through it.

Martiun

Stormienite
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   Posted 9/3/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
KisekiShiawase. yes, the ENT will be able to tell immediately if your vocal cords are damaged and eroded.  They will numb your throat and put a small camera in the back to look at the vocal cords.  You'll make humming noises at different pitches to see how your cords open and close.  Also they can see erosion on the edges of your cords.  The cure is unbelievably simple.  about 6 sessions with a speech therapist will get you breathing normally again.  However, if you still have the reflux it will come back.  You just need to keep up with the exercises.
 
I just have a sneaking suspision that's what it is.  It's the last thing that's thought of and I had to go to a big city teaching hospital with a top pulmonologist to suspect it.
 
One more idea would be a nasal problem, but I have no information on that.

KisekiShiawase
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   Posted 9/12/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
To: Stormienite

That sounds scary confused lol
do they have to numb my throat so i dont feel hurt when they put the camera?

i do have nassal problem but thats not the cause of my breathing problem that im talking about because i try to breath through my mouth but still feel difficult.

To: Martiun

Yes unfortunately, thats what they usually say when they cant find the problem.
Maybe check your lung or heart, there are the other possibilities that can caused breathing problem. confused

Stormienite
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   Posted 9/13/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
KisekiShiawase:  Yes, they do numb your throat.  Not because it's painful at all, but to get rid of your gag reflex.  It just goes in the back of your throat, not down. :)

purplemonkey
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow sounds like me exactly , did the heart test and chest x rays and everything came up negative. have a stress test to do still . It consumes me day and night now. My dr took me off my acid pills for a few days and in those few days I couldnt eat. I lost 4 pds in 2 days cause Im afraid to eat, it seems as though everything triggers my GERD being very careful right now. Was in hospital for chest pain shortness of breath every symptom of a heart attack but they monitored me and nothing came up. The nights are miserable also cause now Im chokcing practically if I lie flat ,its never ending Gosh! I mean how can you not be afraid when its having such a huge impact on your breathing? Its down right scarey is what it is. Searching for answers on the web doesnt help ,Ive come to the conclusion that Im dying and I have a new disease every week, lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease etc every disease imaginable I have had. I was diagnosed with having asthma 3 years ago maybe even 2 1/2 I thought it was 4 but went back and found out it hasnt been qiute that long yet. I was given inhalers and even put on prednisone when nothing worked the dr said I didnt have asthma after all "What the Heck!?'Im very upset by this now that Im off the asthma meds I can tell my GERD probably hasnt been under any control in a long time meanwhile taking the meds has made evrything worse especially my breathing. My new thing is to relax stay calm and try and get thru this without getting worse Im eating very very very small meals I think I take in about 300 calories(if even that) for now until I can get my GERD under control, no more choco. anything fatty or acidic lets just say the only thing I do eat is fruit and veggies and sometimes I will have a piece of bread(if Im feeling ok)my pariet isnt working for me at least i dont think so but we'll see I hope it does.
Anyways, Hope you find some relief soon:)

stkitt
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   Posted 9/23/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
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