I have had tests on my lungs and heart and throat that revealed no abnormalities, blood work for anemia and thyroid issues (nothing), and an upper endoscopy that finally revealed some inflammation of my esophagus, or esophagitis. My GI said this was GERD.
For almost a year, I have felt the following symptoms:
a) Suffocating shortness of breath (difficulty getting it in and out)
b) Entire torso discomfort, from headaches and tensions, to strange pressures and pains (particularly on left side and in sternum and throat)
c) Extreme anxiety
"My" gastroenterologist said he wasn't "100% sure" that the inflammation was responsible. If my lungs and heart are fine and my throat has no obstructions, HOW ARE THESE DOCTORS NOT 100%.
I was put on pantoprazole and have been taking it twice daily for about
4 days now, with no noticeable change.
I'm 23, I smoke cigarettes and drink a few beers daily (obviously this isn't healthy but there are millions who do this without my symptoms), and about
ready to end my life because it's already over anyway it feels like.
I can't exercise, I can't hold a job, I don't even feel human anymore.
I'm posting this to ask the following questions, based on others' experiences:
1. Can esophagitis cause legitimate shortness of breath? I have googled this but it refers to it as a "psuedo-dyspnea", which is just insulting.
2. Has anyone seen any improvement using proton pump inhibitors, and how long did it take? These types of medications seem dangerous and ineffective to me. Yes, reflux involves either too much or too little stomach acid, but that doesn't mean that it should be in my throat. That seems like a surgical issue even though my GI didn't mention a hiatal hernia or polyps or anything.
Post Edited (Paul's Brother) : 12/18/2016 6:38:35 PM (GMT-7)