What the heck is wrong with me, - ack

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   Posted 1/24/2014 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
To start I have always been 98 pounds. about three years ago I started gaining weight up to 115 and I got bronchitis, I was the sickest I have ever been, it lasted 8 months, I had breathing issues, and just terrible coughing, heartburn. So my doctor put me on ratidine twice a day and a rescue inhaler. Was better for the rest of the year. Then again I got sick, same thing coughing, ect, we stayed on top of it and better faster but the shortness of breath never stopped. and I stopped being active.

Now recently I am up to 135lbs. Ive been on the following meds for about 9 years Zoloft (for anxiety) , Xanax (Anxiety) Birth Control, Ratidine (heartburn). I got a cold and everything started again, but this time was worst. I cough all the time, shortness of breath no mater what I do, I am tired and started sleeping all day long, my heart burn is constant no mater what I eat.

I started seeing a Pulmonologist he gave me the breathing test, in the box and it came back that I am having some sort of asthma problems but now have been on three meds and nothing has helped. Recently I have had three episodes when I am sleeping and I wake up aspirating on my stomach acid, unable to breath , coughing for 20 mins at a time. After I eat the breathing and coughing seems worst, sort of like a feeling that I didnt swallow everything all the way down. I was born with a small hiatal hernia which used to be visible just above my stomach but now that i have gained some weight you can no longer see it.

I have been referred to a Gastroenterology dr to see if its related. I just feels sick all the time. I either have a headache, a stomach ache, body pains, coughing, heart burn , shortness of breath. am I crazy? Do I have lots of things wrong. Anyone experience this.

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   Posted 1/24/2014 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stacey,

Welcome to Healing Well! Your experience is actually similar to mine. One difference is that I had asthma my entire life. Still, it was in control. My PCP discovered that my reflux was causing my asthma to become worse. That was at least 15 years ago. Gradually, my reflux became a bigger problem, and so did my asthma.

Whatever doctor treated you first did you no favors. If you were having asthma symptoms, you needed more than a rescue inhaler. That just treats the symptoms, no the underlying cause, which is inflammation. You needed to be on a steroid inhaler as well. (like Advair)

I'm glad you went to a Pulmonologist, but actually think you might be better served by an asthma specialist. In my experience, asthma doctors seem much more in tune with how reflux creates lung issues/asthma.

The reflux is causing your lungs to become increasingly inflamed. Then when you get a cold, they become even more inflamed, which is why you become so sick and have so much trouble. The more inflammation you have before you get the virus, the more severe the inflammation caused by the virus.

You are definitely NOT crazy. After six years of having extremely sick lungs, I was finally referred to a surgeon, and had the Nissen fundoplication surgery five years ago. My PCP said that my lungs were life-threatening, and pushed hard to get me the surgery. My GI doc didn't think my reflux was severe enough to be causing my asthma problems, but my PCP was certain it was. It was hard to get my GI doc to refer me, but finally, he did.

I had the surgery 5 years ago, and I just wish I'd had it sooner. After two or three months post op, my lungs improved 100%, and I continue to do very well. From what you are saying, surgery would be a lifesaver for you.

Until then, be sure to follow the medication directions from your pulmonologist, and be very compliant. The reason the medications don't seem to work is that the reflux is continually assaulting your lungs. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory action can't get ahead of the reflux effects. Still, it's important to use the inhalers regularly. Be sure to rinse your mouth after taking the steroid inhaler.

Glad you've joined the forum. You're definitely in the right place!
Best wishes,

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   Posted 1/24/2014 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats good to hear I swear I feel like a whinny person. I never had any asthma I ran track all through high school. I left an abusive relationship and married a high school friend thatd when I started gaining weight lol happy weight. That year is the first time I got real sick. I started getting heartburn something I only had when I was prego 10 years ago. I got bronchitis and really lasted 8 months. I was wheezing, coughing non stop. Pcp did steriods, hycodan cough suryup and rescure inhailer. I finally recovered. Then I got a cold the next year and called her the same day so I recovered fast but noticed if I did any thing physical I couldnt breath non stop coughing. Ive been out of breath since then ans pcp thinking I just want cough meds. I took the step to see pulmologist I have lost my motivation to do anuthing I nap which ive never done. Test showed a little asthma he thought. I was already on heartburn meds . And now on advair he also gave me a step down dose of steroids starting with 40mg that was the only time I felt normal and had energy. Then when I aspirated stomach acid and have thrown up becuase of heartburn I heard gerd and got ib contact with my mom to learn more about a herina I was born with. My guess is the added weight which has stopped gaining everywhere and straight to my belly. I actually gained 10 pounds in a week last week. I just want my life back. I used to be super mom. Run my oen business from hom, cook from scratch ect.... sad

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   Posted 1/24/2014 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The weird thing I noticed is hot showers make it worst most times when heartburn is back will bring it right up. I read most feel better with hot shower.

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   Posted 1/26/2014 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Well just home from er they think the stomach acid has gotten into my lungs I have a terrible cough. Weird I woke up with no voice for the first 4 hours it came back and then the cough started. Zpack, cough meds, and omeprazole
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