Hi! My name is Lisa and I am new to this website.
I about fell out of my chair when I read this forum topic. I have been experiencing shortness of breath for 4 years now. I have been diagnosed with everything under the sun but nothing was correct. I would go to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack because my chest would be heavy and I would have trouble breathing. I was always sent home with 100% oxygen saturation levels and a barium swallow to lessen the esophageal spasms I thought were heart palpitations.
Since March of this year it has become so bad my quality of life has greatly diminished. I can not exercise, do strenuous activities, talk for long periods of time or enjoy life in general. I have been to the ER 3 times in 4 months.
Finally after an endoscopy, a pH Bravo test & many a visit with the GI we discovered I am refluxing all the way up into my bronchi and vocal chords. This does cause shortness of breath. To talk feels heavy so I do not do it often. I get a very deep voice but I do not lose my voice. However I have had bronchitis many times this past year. All this is due to the reflux.
On November 30th I will have the Nissen Fundoplication procedure and I am very scared. However if I do not do it my problems will keep getting worse. The sphincter that connects the esophagus to the stomach is not working properly and is too weak. Therefore it is allowing all my stomach content to creep up and do continuous damage. I also have a hiatal hernia. All of this will be corrected.
I am only 29 years old and often wonder why it is like this for me. I was told you are born with these factors and over time they can weaken.
Just to make sure I went to a Pulmonoligist and a Cardiologist and was given a clean bill of health. I do not have asthma so the reflux is really the only thing that makes sense. And you can reflux more than acid. People often reflux bile or other stomach content as well.
I also have a burning sensation in my nose a lot. I sometimes can feel it going all the way to my eyes and they will water all day long. I was told you can reflux that high.