CAN GERD MAKE ME DEVELOP ASTHMA??????????????????????

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   Posted 3/6/2014 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Every night lately I've been getting bouts of chest tightness and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. It seems to have to do with acid reflux but I'm not entirely sure...

I really do not want to develop asthma (or any other health problems). How can I stop it?

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Wendy Workout
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   Posted 3/14/2014 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi worrywart87. I developed asthma at age 24. I only learned I developed it last year due to GERD so yes it can. GERD plays havoc on your lungs. I coughed so bad for 10 weeks a year ago. They sent me to an internal medicine dr finally. They thought I had whooping cough. They doubled my PPI's and cough cleared almost immediately. All my coughing, asthma, horse throat, mucous production, I blame on GERD. GERD wreaks havoc on a body and people just don't know that.

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   Posted 3/15/2014 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
worrywort87, I experience this and I have found several others that do too. I have a hard time inhaling and the restriction comes from the chest and/or throat area. It feels like it's impossible to fully inhale. There are several people who have had surgery, both Nissen and Linx and this has resolved. I personally have had a lot of testing done and mine is not asthma. When you have asthma you typically have problems exhaling.

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   Posted 3/21/2014 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I realize this is an older post but jsut wanted to add that most of the time the "asthma" you are experiencing with GERD isn't really asthma. This tends to be stomach acid finding its way into your lungs and irritating them, making it hard to breathe. The solution is to reduce the acid - not use an inhaler.

I have been treated for asthma since I was quite young - mostly needed an inhaler for sports (basketball, running, etc) and very cold weather. Living in Wisconsin, I developed bronchitis twice a year every year from it and found myself in the emergency room every time. Since surgery in November, I am able to run again (3-5 miles a few times a week) without an inhaler and even the -50F wind chills this year didn't cause any problems for me.

Good luck!
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   Posted 3/22/2014 3:08 PM (GMT -6)


I'm sure Denise will pick up on this thread and comment - GERD certainly can trigger asthma symptoms as you can see from the above article.

There can be a two way thing however; the reliever inhalers, especially the long acting ones, relax the LES and can add to reflux. My asthma predates my reflux by about 40 years, but since getting reflux I have to be cautious with my inhalers which can make the reflux worse!

You kind of have to find the middle ground and compromise - I treat my asthma just enough not to annoy my GERD, but most people would have to treat their GERD adequately enough not to trigger asthma!

GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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