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sk55
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   Posted 12/10/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
hi guys,

i having a few strange new symptoms.

does any one know what are the symptoms of getting reflux in your lungs?

thanks

mock turtle
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   Posted 12/10/2011 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
been there...its awful

coughing up large quantities of mucous

there is such a thing as reflux induced pneumonia

but what you got could be any of a dozen things

i got a chest x ray and suggest you do too!

best wishes
mock turtle

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sk,
I had lung reaction to my GERD as well.  Since I already had allergy asthma, the reflux made my symptoms far worse.  I got to the point when I required high doses of steroids and daily nebulizer treatments.  I wheezed, and coughed up lots of mucous constantly. 
 
My PCP and asthma doctors knew that the reflux was making my lung issues far worse, but it took a long time for my GI doc to get onboard. After over four years of suffering with severe asthma symptoms, I finally was recommended to a surgeon for the Nissen surgery.
 
I took PPIs for nearly 20 years, and because my GERD got worse over that time, at the end the PPIs weren't doing it for me, and my lungs were suffering greatly. 
 
After the surgery it took two and a half months for my poor sick lungs to heal, and since then they have been great.
 
Good luck finding answers to your questions!
Hope you feel better soon.
Denise

sk55
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   Posted 12/12/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
mock turtle,

so does its still happen to you now?


dencha,

what did the doctor give u to alleviate? ppi?

dencha
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   Posted 12/12/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
sk,
Yes, I was on PPIs.  I started on 20mg Prilosec, switched to 40.  Then to Nexium 40mg, then to Nexium 40mg twice a day.  After being hospitalized with severe asthma related to reflux/gastritis, I was switched to 40mg Protonix twice a day. 
 
To cover me better at night, my PCP prescribed 300mg Ranitidine at bedtime in addition to the PPIs.  During a several year period, I was also on Reglan to speed up stomach emptying.  It really didn't do anything for me that I could see, so I gave it up.
 
In the beginning, my asthma was pretty well controlled using the PPIs and of course, inhaled steroids.  (I have severe environmental allergies as well, and they muddy the waters.)
 
As time went on my GERD must have worsened, and the PPIs no longer did the trick.  That's when I finally had to give in and have the Nissen surgery.  I really  had no choice, since my lungs were terribly sick and as my PCP said, it was a "life threatening situation.
 
Good luck with your issues. Just because mine progressed and got bad enough for surgery doesn't mean yours will.  Just be careful and follow up, since reflux in the lungs can create permanent damage if it's bad enough.
 
Take care,
Denise

sk55
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   Posted 12/12/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
i dont think is that bad...

seems like if it was i would be coughing, or be in more pain.


i will monitor, thanks for the feedback appreciated it.

dencha
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   Posted 12/12/2011 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
sk,
I'm sure it's not that bad...I was already asthmatic, and it was easy to get things going.
 
Hopefully you won't need anything at all.
Best wishes,
Denise
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