Could GERDcause shortness of breath?

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   Posted 8/1/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
This is my first post on this site, and I was hoping I could get some advice/feedback.  Could GERD cause shortness of breath and some dizziness, accompanied with a feeling of fullness/pressure high in my abdomen (for the mom's out there, it's similar to the sensation after eating while being 9 months pregnant, with the exception of the dizziness).  It literally just started yesterday, at the beach w/my family. I thought I might have been overcome by the heat while unpacking the beach bags/laying out towels, etc (yes a lot of bending).  Or that I was having an allergy/asthma attack.  But it lasted about 2 hours.  My m-i-l said it sounds like gerd.  But I felt better after relaxing in the ac, so thought nothing of it.  Then it's happening again today at home in the ac, after doing the laundry (again bending over).  I definitely did not overeat on either occasion (in fact, I feel too full to eat).  Also, not sure if it's relevant, have hypothyroidism and take synthroid daily, along with advair for reactive airway issues.  On both days I was close going to ER, thinking I had a heart issue, but thinking I'm too young for that (36).  Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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   Posted 8/1/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, gerd can cause that feeling. You need to talk with a doctor or gastroenterologist about this. You could be having gastritis or have H. Pyloria.

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   Posted 8/1/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks joy!

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   Posted 8/1/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jrzgrl,

Yes I had the exact same symptoms. Felt the fullness/pressure in my abdomen particurlarly under my left side ribs. Would refer to it as my 'phantom baby' because it would come & go so often & I always had trouble eating because I got very full very quickly. I went to my GP about being short of breath all the time (I also had chest pains) & she referred me to a cardiologist who could find nothing wrong. I was given inhalers for 'adult onset asthma'. After a referral to a gastroenterologist who did all the tests & found as well as GERD I had a Hiatus Hernia.

I had an open Nissen fundoplication 5 weeks ago & have not had any of these symptoms since. The first thing I noticed after surgery was how easily I could breathe, deeply & effortlessly & I haven't used the inhalers since the morning of my surgery.

Please make an appointment with your doctor so you can get the answers that you need.

Take care


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   Posted 8/1/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Lynda. Just calls my nerves to hear other people w same symptoms before I see my doc.
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