I've been reading through the GERD threads, and I've seen a few people who have had some issues with asthma as well. I was just wondering what you have done for treatment.
I didn't begin having asthma symptoms until I was nearly 21. I went to the doctor, they did a breathing test on me and diagnosed me with "moderate" asthma. I was put on a very expensive inhaler, as well as Singulaire, and a rescue inhaler. Now, 5 years later, my asthma is worse than ever. I have always had problems eating anything acidic- tomato sauce, orange juice, etc. For quite some time I was using over the counter antacids every single day, but I didn't suspect anything. Finally, this year, things have hit critical mass. I have been to the hospital once, and urgent care a half dozen times. I was vomiting at random, couldn't keep any food down, was weak, lethargic, my blood pressure and temperature were low, and it went on for nearly a month. I was given blood and urine tests, a CT scan, and although the ER doctor suspected appendicitis, they found nothing. For almost a month I took phenergran to help with the constant nausea. Finally, after an urgent care visit (after I started experiencing bloody stool), I was referred to a Gastroenurologist. After I had a scope done, I was told that I had a hialtial hernia, and an ulcer that had perforated. I was put on 40mg Prilosec for a month, and the stomach symptoms seemed to subside. My asthma, however, has continued to be horrible. It is so bad that I have not slept an entire night in probably a year due to constant coughing. I have tried everything. Breathing treatments, inhalers, steroids, cough medicines, sinus medicines, changing my diet, and nothing has worked. I cough all day long, and it only gets worse at night. As soon as I lay flat, the most sleep I can get it 2 hrs at a time, and I'm up wheezing. After yet another urgent care visit, the doctor told me that she thought I had a chest infection from the scope, so I tried another round of steroids (which made me put on 10lbs of water weight), and a antibiotic specific to chest infections. They temporarily worked, but now things are back to normal.
I've seen that people have said that as soon as their stomach symptoms were cured, their asthma improved. Other than medication, and changing your diet, what have you done that has helped both sets of symptoms? I am desperate to cure this. I am tired of not being able to sleep, of spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars at the doctor and pharmacy. At this rate, I'm willing to try anything. I just ordered a special pillow online, which elevates your upper body 7" and is supposed to help with nighttime symptoms. I also have been taking Apple Cider Vinegar with a little honey, which has been helping with asthma attacks, but not preventing them. I have an appointment with a new doctor in the first week of October, so I'm hoping she can help with this. Right now, I'm a little skeptical that she will be able to. Most doctors just want to throw a medication at you for the symptom you're having, and don't seem to be that concerned with recurrence, or finding the root problem. I had no idea that GERD and asthma were even related until I was surfing forums and stumbled upon it.
Any advice would be so, so SO welcome. Thanks!