Breathing hurts.help. Can GERD affect lungs?

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lilac7
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   Posted 3/6/2014 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, as i've posted before i'm suffering from GERD and constant burping from about 5 months now. I'm on lansoprazole, but not using it from few days. Previous few days were better as bleching reduced and GERD was also better. But now from a weak i'm facing heartburn again with severe shortness of breath and pain in the left side while breathing. Could it be some lung damage? Can gerd be causing this? Feeling of suffocation has increased, and bloating has also. I don't know bloating causing shortness of breath? But whenever i try to take a deep breath to get rid of suffocation, my left side, meaning chest and ribs hurt making it impossible to complete the breath. I feel pain in chest (i think it's the lung hurting ) occasionally in the day but more often at might specially while sleeping on left side.

lilac7
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   Posted 3/7/2014 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 3/7/2014 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My experience, confirmed by MRI. Inflamed intestines pushing on all surrounding structures. The reason I got the MRI was because I developed a kidney infection (left side, below waist, pain excruciating, urine cloudy) and they were looking for a kidney stone. They found that my intestines on the right side of my body were "inflamed", pushing everywhere, especially the left side of my body. It's important to know the underlying cause of your GERD on a genetic level. In my family (most "under diagnosed" with a myriad of clinical "symptom" diagnosis), my extreme symptoms lead me to seek out the underlying "triggered" change that took me from healthy to unhealthy, and the result of my 3year quest was porphyria (DNA test is required for confirmed diagnosis). Armed with the underlying cellular cause, we avoid all neurological/immune triggers, to the best of our ability. All have seen significant improvement.

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   Posted 3/7/2014 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi voice,

I'm not sure about your symptoms, but I can say with confidence that GERD can most definitely cause lung issues. I have asthma, and my lungs were extremely sensitive to even small amounts of reflux.

My lungs were in horrible condition as a result of GERD, and I waited far too long for surgery. Thankfully the surgery worked well, and my lungs improved 100%.

People with severe GERD/aspiration reflux can get very severe lung symptoms, even when they don't have asthma to begin with. Untreated, severe reflux can actually cause lung damage/COPD.

Again, I'm not suggesting that your breathing issues are caused by GERD, however in response to your question, my answer is absolutely, yes!

Hope you feel better soon!
Best wishes,
Denise

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lilac7
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   Posted 3/8/2014 4:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your responses.

lilac7
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   Posted 3/11/2014 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Had a lung x ray yesterday and my doctor said i don't have a lung problem. What other kind of tests are there for lungs? Just in care x ray didn't make things clear.

lilac7
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   Posted 3/11/2014 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm feeling suffocated from a couple of weeks
now, it's like i'm not getting oxygen. Shortness of
breath as well. gerd is not that severe so can't
blame it for these symptoms. From a few days
suffocation is getting worse, specially today, it's
like suffocating to death. I'm worried as i read bird flu can cause severe suffocation, how to get
tested? Dr says my heart and lungs are okay. I
can't take deep breath, chest hurts and even the
deep breathing feels empty, like oxygen is
missing.

arnel
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   Posted 3/12/2014 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Voice,

I suffer also GERD until this moment but getting better i think (almost 3 months). I have similar situation with you when i feel the wind pressure in my chest after eating 2-3 hours then constant burping. The air pressure affects your breathing problem then i notice that it became fast and short. Then i realised that i'm hyperventilating (too much oxygen, less Co2) resulting to feeling of not enough air or suffocation. One time i landed to ER due to panic attack from that suffocation. What i learn is just relax my self and breath deeply for 5 seconds, hold for 2 secnds and exhale for 5 seconds Deep breathing technique. It helps me a lot. Also i watch what i eat specially those foods that are hard to digest and produce lot of gas.

lilac7
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   Posted 3/12/2014 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you arnel. The suffocation is growing everyday. And my physician gave me this http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramadol
Looking at the awful side effects including breathing difficulty i'm not sure i'll be taking this.
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