Choking on Stomach Acid

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Magikaltears
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   Posted 12/17/2013 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease, Gerd, and Anxiety Disorder awhile ago. Didn't have major problems until like 2 days ago.

I was sitting at my computer..felt perfectly fine and then next thing I knew, I had either swallowed stomach acid or it got into my airways somehow...it made me unable to breath. Last night, I was afraid it would happen again.

The doctors think I have Gerd induced Asthma? He gave me Abuterol for it. I'm afraid to use it though, I've had like trouble breathing for about six years now..but it's gotten so bad, even a benzo doesn't seem to help...which is why he probably thinks it's GERD related.

Doctor right now has me on 20 mg Prilosec. And I'm starting to take a TUMS antacid whenever I feel it creeping up my throat, but are there any other things I can do besides the not eating for three hours before I go to bed or the elevating my bed thing? Antacid helped abit..sipping water seemed to help abit too...Any people have any good ideas on how to keep it from getting up that high in my throat? Going to try to arrange an Endoscopy for the first time..but I was really scared after that happened, and then my throat was all raw and sore till I woke up, like hours after and was real sensitive.

Any advice would be appreciated, thank you. Trying to stay away from "Dr. Google." >.<

lajenner
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   Posted 12/17/2013 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
My asthma was mis-diagnosed as caused by allergies, years ago. The truth was it was caused by inhaling stomach acid. 80 mg of prilosec a day didn't stop it. It took a nissen fundoplication to halt it. I inhaled it while I slept (sleep apnea related).
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

Magikaltears
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   Posted 12/17/2013 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh eesh, sorry to hear that. It doesn't seem to bother me while I sleep, mine is usually around 6 or 7, about an hour after dinner. I just wish they could be perfectly sure so I can figure out what to do about it. But it also takes so long to get any tests done.

Can I ask how they found out it was because of stomach acid, did an Endoscopy show that, Jenner?

lajenner
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   Posted 12/17/2013 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a bronchoscopy done by a pulmonologist. I could see the acid in my lungs, as well as the damage it had done.

If your condition is always after you eat, you could try Gaviscon or the better form Gaviscon Advance (available in the UK, but available in the US ordered thru Amazon). It creates a layer that prevents the acid from coming up, temporarily.
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

Magikaltears
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   Posted 12/17/2013 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I looked it up and my local store does sell the Gaviscon. So I shall try that if it gets out of hand, thank you. :)

Tomorrow I get to go to the hospital and get a chest xray because I've had a cough for a week. Lucky me, but at least those don't hurt.

I"ll have to look up and see how they do Bronchoscopies. They always do the stethoscope thing and tell me to breath deeply or hold it and they said they sounded fine, but who knows... Thanks again
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