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forum. This forum is for questions, discussions and support relating to
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD - Heartburn) and include Causes, Complications,
Diagnosis, Medical Treatments, Surgical Treatments, and Symptoms.
Shortness of breath can be a direct result of stomach
acid in the esophagus. As the stomach acid is regurgitated into the esophagus,
the acid stimulates the nerves in the lower end of the esophagus, causing
muscles to contract. This contraction in turn causes small airways to
constrict, which causes the feeling of breathlessness. The sensation worsens at
night because when the body is in a prone position, it is easier for stomach
acids to reflux into the esophagus. In some cases, an excess amount of acid in
the esophagus may spill into the lungs, leading to a tightening of the airways
and shortness of breath.
The stress and anxiety felt by people with acid reflux may also
contribute to shortness of breath.
I am glad to read you are going to make an appointment with your Gastro and please do let us know how you are doing.
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