How Many People Here Have Chronic Allergies & Nasal Drip in addition to GERD?

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Marburg
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   Posted 6/20/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The reason I am asking this, each time I've been in the doctors office for worsening GERD symtoms I have been found to have a corresponding sinus infection. 
 
She thinks my chronic allergies contribute to the nasal drip, which in turn results in sinus infections (about 7 times this year) which worsen my GERD.  She believes if my allergies can be controlled then the sinus infections will lessen and thus my GERD will improve.  This is a new doctor for me (I have had so many since my old doctor passed away last May, (3 temporaries until insurance could pick them up) then replacement doctor moved to another state so I now have a new doctor for the 5th time in a year). 
 
She is sending me back to the gastro-doctor because this time my GERD symptoms have changed a bit.  Previously they were always in the stomach with nausea, shortness of breath and chest pain.  This time around (so far lasting for about 6 weeks except for the 10 days I was on vacation when they disappeared) I had a sore throat, with feeling of somthing being stuck there, and acid taste in mouth and vomiting.
 
She also says that unrelenting stress over the past 3-4 years hasn't helped.
 
Any thoughts? 
Marburg

tazz1970
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/11/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
yes mar alot of thoughts.  If anyone knows sinuses and GERD and postnasal drip, and stress it is me.  I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis for about ten years now, and GERD since 2000 and stress since about the age of 18, and let me tell you stress can bring on the symptoms faster than the disease itself can be diagnosed.  Your allergies can be controlled with medications.  I use prescribed nasal sprays like flonase and an allergy pill like claritin, and saline solution to keep the nose clear.  I have alot of post nasal drip that runs down the back of my nose which i use mucinex for.  it hurts my GERD.  it makes me cough.  it makes my throat hoarse.  it makes my symptoms worse.  Want to know the real bigger problem?  I have severe asthma.  Then my asthma gets worse.  So all these symptoms are interacting with each other, so its not you.  They have alot to do with each other really.
 
I just had a procedure done with the gastro on monday called an gastro endoscopy with the tube down the throat cause i was having a hard time swallowing, regurgitation, hoarseness, coughing, they found absolutely nothing.  i have no hearburn.  he did get mucus down my esophagus and did sent away for a culture.  now im having something else done today which is called a ph manometry to see what is causing me to have difficulty swallowing.  It is all seasonal allergies.  I am on several antibiotics for sinus infections every year especially the fall.  so it is not you.  its something that goes with the territory.  i actually had to go to speech therapy to get my voice back when i lost in in 2004.  good thing i knew sign language.  just hang in there, because all of these things can be well managed.  its about getting on the right medication and most of all finding the right doctor is the key.
 
lisa

jermy
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/15/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
ive got the same thngs....gerd-been on protonix,nexium for 4 years and 2 egds.....constant sinus headache postnasal drip plus allergies and asthma......its always something.......just get bounced from the ent to the gi to the neulogist.....nobody has any answers except take these pills forever tht you cant afford.........i saw my general practitioner for the headaches that im having daily and she just wanted to give me antidepressants!!!!.....if i didnt have these problems i wouldnt be so bummed out.....i dont need another pill to add to my misery ........theres no end to this until the grave.....sorry to be so hopeless but that has been my experience.....buhbye
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