Could this be Acid Reflux???

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josey
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   Posted 8/9/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
(i posted this is asthma/allergy forum as well,i didnt know this forum was for acid reflux, but oh well:) )
 
 
Hi all, hope you all are doing well,
 
 
I have had asthma for about 3 years now, and althoe it is not that bad, sometimes it really keeps me up at night, and my inhailor doesnt work. Last night was different thoe, i rarely get this bad, and it wasnt the same as an asthma attack,
it started at about 3am (when i first went to bed).  I felt my asthma bothering me, like i couldnt breath in all the way, and so i took my inhailor, and it felt better, so i layed back down again, and
in a few minuites it came back again, but different, like a almost choaking feeling. like there was something in my throat, like mucus or flem or something, but different than usual.  And the really weird part, is when i sat up straight, it went away completely, but when i layed back down, it came right back.  This lasted about 4 hours, and i tryed sleeping in every position possible.  I was sooo tired thoe, that i would occasionally pass out for a minuite or 2, and then it would wake me up again, and as i said, this continued for 4 hours, until i eventually pased out, and woke up 5 hours later, when my alarm went off for me to get up, because i had a blood test to get.  I called me asthma specailist today, becasue it was so weird, i wanted to know what that was, and she asked if i had soar throats at all, and i have had some, the last about 1 day, or half a day, maybe 1 day a week or so.  And she suggested it might be acid reflux, which as well would be a trigger to my asthma from it being stressful and constricting my breathing slightly.  Which would explain why i couldnt breath in as deeply as usual during this time. (and just so you know, i also have Gallstones, and im currently waiting to get my galbladder taken out, so could that cause acid reflux or something like that?) as well, i think i should mention i am have gotten a few very serious attacks, where i get VERY SEVERE pain in my chest, in the middle, for about 45 minuites that i need to be hospitalised for, and they give me pain killers, morphine by iv, and it doesnt evan help the pain until it just goes away.  my doctors think it is a rare problem with my gallstones getting logged in the common bile duct, but it could be this? as well, the only way i can be anywhere near comfortable is wheni lay down, that makes it liveable, but doesnt really change much, just eases the pressure a bit, but keep in mind the pain was so bad, that i went into shock last time i had an attack, and ive only had 3.
 
So my question is, does anyone elce think this might be acid/reflux?  For people who have it, what is it like? and how is it diagnosed and treated????
and help would be really appreciated, i have 2 other VERY important doctor appointments soon, and i need my sleep.
thanks in advance all
 

Post Edited (josey) : 8/9/2006 4:42:52 PM (GMT-6)


bekster
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   Posted 8/9/2006 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Josey, Sounds like reflux. I suffer from asthma too, but yours is not the pattern I've had. The literature, however,  is full of cases like yours where it happens at night in the way you describe. Go to your appointments, but armed with a list of questions. See if you can get them to do an endoscopy to see if you have a visible irritation or any damage to your esophagus. But realize that in some people, the irritation does not show and they still have symptoms. Here's some things that have helped some of my friends with your type of GERD:
 
1. Sleep on an incline. Get a wedge pillow until you can find a way to tilt your bed.
2. Stop eating early enough so that the regurgitation does not keep you up at night.
3. Avoid foods that relax the valve in your esophagus.
 
They will give you a Proton Pump Inhibitor to stop the acid from damaging your esphagus, but not all of them work equally as well for everyone, so if the first one does not work, feel free to ask for another, do not sit at home suffering. Good luck with everything and keep posting so we can find out how it's going... :-)

josey
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   Posted 8/9/2006 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey bekster,
thanks soo much for the the info, i hope i dont have it, but if i do, im sure the info you gave me will be very helpful to me. So i have an appointment with my doctor on Friday, so i know you mentioned to bring a list of questions, what kind of questions should i ask? and i will ask about theendoscopy, but just so i can know, what is an endoscopi?
and my last question is what is a Proton Pump Inhibitor, and how does it work?
oh- and do you find that the reflux bothers your asthma, because my asthma specialist said that reflux can trigger an asthma attack, have you heard this?
thanks alot, hope to hear from you soon, take care

bekster
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 8/9/2006 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Josey,

Well, if I were you I would ask:

1. Is the asthma med I am currently taking causing the reflux, and if so, is there some other one I can switch to so I don't get the reflux?

2. Do you think my reflux is causing the asthma?

3. If the medication you give me for reflux does not work right away, what can I use to help me sleep?

4. I am interested in suffering as little as possible while you diagnose me. Will you use the step up or the step down approach?

Hope this is helpful. I am not a doctor, but I've been there.

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