Hi there kman...
To answer your question, I have never had breathing problems due to GERD. I did though do some research, and here is what I found...
The vocal cords cover the
opening to the breathing tube. When swallowing, the vocal cords close to keep food and water out of the lungs. When breathing, the vocal cords
open to let air in and out of the lungs. If the vocal cords are damaged by acid, they do not
open and close at the right time. Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is the medical term for vocal cords that do no work properly. VCD can cause breathing problems like shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. If you already have breathing problems, like asthma, it can make your breathing worse.
As for the nasal passages...
The throat communicates with the nasal passages. In small children, two patches of lymph tissue, called the adenoids, are located where the upper part of the throat joins the nasal passages. The passages from the sinuses and the tubes from the middle ears (Eustachian tubes)
open into the rear of the nasal passages near the adenoids. Refluxed liquid that enters the upper throat can inflame the adenoids and cause them to swell. The swollen adenoids then can block the passages from the sinuses and the Eustachian tubes. When the sinuses and middle ears are closed off from the nasal passages by the swelling of the adenoids, fluid accumulates within them. This accumulation of fluid can lead to discomfort in the sinuses and ears. Since the adenoids are prominent in young children, and not in adults, this fluid accumulation in the sinuses and ears is seen in children and not adults.
I cannot give your 1st hand information, as I have not dealt with any of the above, but I wanted you to see that it is something that may come along with GERD in the event you are experiencing this...you are not alone.
Maybe some others will come along with their experiences.
Wishing you all the best!
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