Breathing issues and GERD

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   Posted 7/19/2014 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I woke up one December day feeling ill, I felt fine the days leading up to it and even the night before this all happened. When I woke up that day, I had blood in my mouth, which freaked me out. I figured I had a really bad sinus problem and brushed it off, which is what it seemed to be, since it was coming from my nose when I would blow it. Although, the taste of blood lasted for a good month or so and then finally disappeared, but then a chemical taste took its place.

For a few years now I have had a problem with what feels like a lump in the back of my throat, but I just kept ignoring it, since it wasn't disrupting my daily life or my eating habits. It just feels like everything has gotten worse since December though. I finally got insurance and saw a doctor in June, I told him all my symptoms and also told him that sometimes I still have a tiny bit of blood that seems to be coming from my throat once in a great while and that I have developed breathing problems a few months after this all started, which worries me, but he didn't seem to be alarmed at all about it. I also told him that my energy felt drained and that it's hard for me to work, because of no energy and backaches, plus I was having this weird neck pain, like my neck was bruised, but it wasn't. He right away diagnosed me with GERD, just because of all my symptoms. He prescribed me liquid Zantac (since I've always had a problem swallowing pills) and told me to take it twice a day for a month. I went back to see him a couple weeks later and he asked me if the Zantac was helping, I told him yes and that I feel 10 times better, the neck pain had subsided, my back felt better, and I could work like normal again, but sometimes I do still feel the acid creeping back up, but I definitely don't feel like I did before and my energy is back.

He told me that I should feel 100 times better and that the medication should have worked right away, even though I was only taking it for a week at that point and have suffered from acid reflux off and on for years, just not like this though. He read off the results of my blood test and everything came back great, but testing positive for the Epstein–Barr virus, which I already told him that I would test positive for, since I had mononucleosis when I was 16, but he tested for it anyway, because he thought it might be active since my energy was zapped, but it isn't active at this time. He then asked me if I ever become depressed in the winter and that maybe that's what zapped my energy and now that it's summer, I am getting my energy back. I looked at him like he was crazy and said that I have lived in Michigan all my life and that our winters do not make me depressed or get me feeling down. Of course my energy was going to feel drained if I'm always feeling sick every day since December.

He referred me to a surgeon to have a scope done, which I am going to see and talk to her on the 28th. What really bothers me is my breathing problems. I have never had problems breathing until a few months ago. I have noticed that it's mostly when I am lying down and I try to get up, it feels like my lungs are being sat on, so I have to take small breaths until my lungs feel normal again and I can actually breathe. When I have this happen and I am taking those small breaths, it feels like something is coming up into my throat and sometimes I get an acid/mucus taste. Not only that, but sometimes I get chest pains now, which I had in my early 20's also, but they oddly went away. Again, the doctor wasn't alarmed by it at all.

Has anyone with GERD developed breathing problems and chest pains?

Post Edited (BlueWaterGirl1988) : 7/19/2014 6:34:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/22/2014 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   

If you are having GERD, them the first thing you must do is change your diet. But one problem with Zantac and most H2 antagonist is that they become ineffective after long term use much quicker than PPI in general, and its a individual dependant to some degree. It could certainly explain your worsening condition. You could try switching to famotidine or cimetidine, they are acid blockers similar to Zantac or you could try Protein pump acid blockers, like omeprazole and so on. If you get similar type of relief on the ppi and H2 blockers then you have GERD affecting your breathing. I would discuss all of this with you doctor. You may also find that you may find one drug useless and another very effective. I personally can't tolerate any of them.

GERD candy cause chest pains and difficulty breathing. It certainly did for me, but you need to find the reason behind your GERD, ir gastritis, allergy related, food related, stress related, weight related or just loose Lower oesophageal sphincter muscle.

people with gastritis can suffer fron anaemia specially vegetarians because it can affect absorption of iron and those on acid reducing medical/tion have problem with absorption of non heme iron. I would check for folate and iron. Also vitamin A deficiency can cause anaemia, which could explain your tiredness but so could GERD or whole host of other things.

get endoscopy done and full test for helico bacteria, celiac, etc done.

Post Edited (James_a) : 7/22/2014 7:23:06 AM (GMT-6)

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