hi, hope all goes better for all. I landed on this page because I also got some GERD symptoms :
- hard to take deep breath
It got pretty bad suddenly on November 2016. I had really hard time to take deep breathes and I was burping. As I believe I am healthy, I took the assumptions it was either a small change in my diet or/and an inconscious increase of stress / anxiety. At that time it was easy for me to detect and observe changes within myself as I was doing every day mindfullness meditation for over a year : yoga posture 15 minutes in the morning - great to fix the bodyaches and detect irritants in the body; and 30-45 minutes in the evening - great to just calm done and wrap-up the day. That helped me a lot to "keep control", even at 4am when having a hard time to just breath deeply.
Where I want to go with this post is that I got to detect where this was coming in my case :
- lactose, from milk products, like milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, milk chocolate, name it. I stopped all.
- coffee and tea
- very oily food, like fried stuff
- alcohol, red wine and beer
Stopping milk based product was the most obvious. Coffee/tea, oily food and red wine/ beer effects seem more subtle. i.e. I feel like coffee effect would act two days after, but that still does not make sense to me. But drinking coffee is one of my tool to test and trigger on / off my breathing difficulties.
As per stress & anxiety, well, I am, for sure, but since I am a kid. And now with the meditation, less and less. So to me this is not what triggers that hard breathing issue. It does not help but not the trigger. Lactose allergy is at 90% responsible in my case, I can tell you. As for every day life and diet, we find food without milk and we adapt. And when I know I eat something that has a chance to trigger (chocolate, cake, beer, etc), I try to drink some perrier or other bubbly water, to help me burp, I observe what's going on, and if I feel hard breathing/burping starts, well, I know it will pass ! I am still alive today ;) !
Post Edited (soleil) : 4/8/2017 8:12:06 PM (GMT-6)