Anyone with breathing issues related to GERD? New to this site..

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alovene
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2006 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
My first time on this forum. Its so great to be able to read all your postings and comiserate/encourage others who are going through the same things.
My friends and family who have not had this issue, seem to think "its all in my head".  The IT being my symptoms of GERD.
 
I am scheduled for an endoscopy on Thursday and am a bit worried, but not overly so.  I need to get beyond trying to figure out what is going on inside me.  I had a barium swallow last week and they saw nothing untoward other than a "spasm" in my esophagus.  I was told to double my nexium and wait for the endoscopy.
 
My main question today is why would GERD affect my breathing, especially in the evening... Was wondering if anyone had symptoms like this.  It feels like Pneumonia or Asthma.  I get short of breath if I try to eat anything substantial.  I've been able to have only liquids since Aug 15th. 
 
Lost approx 35lbs in 6 weeks.  Which I did need to lose, but not like this.
 
Any advice/thoughts?

Joan M
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   Posted 9/4/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
pandacrazy knows more about this than I do. It would seem that the acid can aspirate into your lung area. I would keep eating what I can...the liquids and rest. Be sure to take the nexium at night on an empty stomach.
 
my throat has been so sore that I have made soup with fresh veggies and blended it and milk or juice blended with fresh fruit.  If you can tolerate that...it would probably do you good.  Please be sure to take a multi-vitamin now as you are probably not eating enough healthy stuff.  hope you feel better.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 9/4/2006 11:10:00 AM (GMT-6)


ttwarrior1
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   Posted 9/4/2006 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
yes im having trouble before going to bed, like i need to suck in oxygen, also yawning alot and also . Its almost like ashtma in a way, like im going uhhh and breathing in and out.

Joan M
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   Posted 9/8/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
You could have asthma also and there are meds for that. You need to see a good doctor to get the correct diagnosis.

Take care.

Ducky
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   Posted 9/12/2006 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi alovene... has anyone said anything to you about maybe having a Hiatal or Hiatus Hernia? I suffer from this, and I know that I have a hard time at night breathing sometimes when I get those "attacks". To me, I almost feel as if I am having a heart attack because the pressure in my chest radiates to my shoulders and up my neck... and I get very short of breath. The first time this happened to me, I went to the ER, because I thought I was indeed having a heart attack. And they told me it was just GERD. A couple of months later, I did a barium swallow and that is when I got diagnosed with a Hiatus Hernia. How are you? Please let us know how your appt turns out on Thursday... Duck
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

Gonzy
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   Posted 9/15/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had gerd for about 4 yrs have been taking nexium for most of that time. I started having trouble breathing and I assumed it was the gerd just getting worse as I had had some troubles breathing before going on nexium. It got so bad I would wake up gasping in the morning and had to go to the er once. They put me on general asthma medicine and that helped some but still had many difficult breathing episodes. It turned out that I had a bacterial infection triggered by the gerd as I never had any cold symptoms, once I took the antibiotics it cleared up in a few days. I still had minor difficulties due to the gerd but nothing like I had with the infection. I'm guessing that the gerd somehow allowed something to enter my lungs causing the infection. I've since had the nissen fundoplication operation and nearly all of my gerd symptoms are gone and no more meds.

Sonia96
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   Posted 9/15/2006 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I also am a newbie to this group. I have suffered from GERD for like 4 years. With it I have developed asthma (severe), hoarseness (severe), chronic cough (which has led to bladder control problems from coughing all the time), fatigue, dysmotility (chronic constipation), feelings of stuck food in my throat constantly, food regurgitation, dental problems, gained 30 pounds due to not being able to exercise from shortness of breath, severe sinus problems, you name it, I probably have it. The ONLY med that helps me is Prevacid 30 mg 2xs a day for like 2 months to heal the erosions, then drop down to 30 mg 1x a day to maintain the remission. Problem is my hubby has became disabled this year and we have had to go on Medicaid for the time being. They do not pay for Prevacid simply because they DON'T prefer it. Does anyone know how I can get free Prevacid for a few months? I am training to become a medical transcriptionist to support us so we can get off government help, but it could be months before I get certified to do it.

Ducky
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   Posted 9/16/2006 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sonia... welcome to Healing Well.. sorry to hear of your situation.. It is frustrating when insurance companies "prefer" one med over the other isn't it? Have you talked to your doctor and explained the situation? A lot of times doctors have samples that they can hand out to get you by... good luck to you and please keep us posted...
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

Sonia96
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/16/2006 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
mad  My doctor has told me that when you have severe GERD, when you lie down at night the stomach acid backs up not only in your throat increasing risks of throat cancers, but also into your mouth, lungs, and sinuses. The acid is like a car battery's acid and those areas are not lined to withstand the acid like your stomach is. Thus, it damages the delicate linings in the mouth, lungs, and sinus passages causing mouth sores, dental problems, asthma or lung cirrhosis in some cases, and sinus infections. GERD is NOT something to take lightly. I just wonder why only some people suffer from it when everyone has it. (STOMACH ACID that is.)
Makes for a rough life.
 
Can GERD also cause Chronic fatigue syndrome and depression? I have developed them lately. Just wondered if anyone else has with GERD and if they are related maybe?

YankeeRose
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/23/2006 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
HI...Im new to this site also. What i have noticed as far as breathing issues is that I feel that I am having small hiccups. It feels as if my diaphragm is twitching a bit and makes me feel as if I am having a small hiccup. Now, I do not know if this is related to the gerds, or if it due to nerves, as I do tend to worry myself sick over things!!.........anyone else have this same sensation?

Joan M
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   Posted 9/25/2006 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have belching too and I believe that is GERD or indigestion. I am tired of the whole thing!!!!!!!!!! Sonia, try RXexpress. Goggle the medicine you want and check out the results. Good luck.

elcamino
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   Posted 9/25/2006 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   

I have had GERD for several years now, treated with PPIs combined with zantac.  GI doctor explained to me once upon a time that acid reflux does most of its damage at night when I lay down; he didn't really explain what kind of damage, though.  I recently visited a pulmonologist, who told me that  my chronic cough is most likely related to GERD, and that if acid routinely aspirates to the lungs, it can cause interstitial lung disease.  This is not something you want to have, as it normally has a fairly poor prognosis.  It seems to me that if PPIs and OTC medications (e.g., zantac) don't completely take care of the reflux, then the nissen fundoplication surgery is the next best option.  If my lungs, through future testing, show evidence of reflux damage, surgery is something I will actively pursue with my doctors. 

A couple of strategies that have helped me in the past with nighttime reflux:   I always take 300 mg of zantac before going to bed; this usually takes care of residual acid after the PPIs (which I take in the morning) have done their job.  When I was first dx with GERD, GI doctor started me on reglan twice a day before meals.  Reglan, I guess, acts a lot like propulsid (if some of you have been on that drug), but does not have the same potentially severe side effects as propulsid.  Reglan forces the LES to contract correctly, thus preventing acid from traveling up the esophagus.  I found it to be a very helpful drug.

One thing I've found in my personal research on acid reflux and lung disease is that acid does not always aspirate to the lungs via the esophagus.  It can also "cross-over" lower in the GI tract somewhere.  Hence, you can be aspirating and not know it.  Not sure how they test for this.

 

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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