Hello dear readers.
I am a 58 yr old female living with GERD 10+ years (plus small hiatal hernia and "early" non-dysplasia BE. Several months ago I have begun to have a very strange, constant (almost daily), sensation of breathing through cotton and rib cage tightness (rubber band-like tightness, not pain). I don't gasp or feel like I will faint, but it just feels like my ribcage doesn't fully expand when I inhale/exhale like it used to and my breathing feels more shallow.
My family care dr. took a chest xray and EKG which were normal. I even had a pulmonary breathing test which didn't show any significant problem and family care dr. always says my lungs sound clear when she uses a stethoscope. I doubt it's allergies because I don't cough or cough up any stuff.
I resumed PPIs (GERD treatment protocol: diet, elevated bed, etc.) a few months ago, hoping this "sensation" was just GERD-related and would therefore heal or disappear with the meds, but it still lingers and is driving me crazy with worry, sleeplessness. It also saps my energy, makes me feel kind of fragile, like I am no longer able to be physically active. I think the docs think it's only stress/anxiety, but it came on suddenly when I was not stressed about anything.
Q: has anyone else with GERD ever had this weird "difficulty breathing" sensation? If so, what do your gastro drs. say/recommend?? The thought of having to "adjust" to this feeling as a permanent feature of GERD is very depressing.
Thanks for your feedback.