Many cases of asthma do not present with the typical recognizable symptoms. So you may not initially think asthma. You might think you have allergies or some other exposure to a substance or product in the environment, at home or in the work place, that’s instigating symptoms. You may also not think it’s asthma because the symptoms present at peculiar times and you don’t respond to traditional asthma therapy when it’s dispensed. You or your doctor, in that case, may even decide to increase dosages or add medications, and yet, you still don’t respond. What gives?
The more you look at external causes, the farther you may get from diagnosing the real inner cause: gastric reflux. It’s probably hard to imagine that acid produced by the stomach can cause shortness of breath. The fact is that gastric reflux is one of the most common causes of chronic cough.
How Acid Reflux works
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The hallmark GERD symptom is heartburn. This symptom of acid reflux involves a burning sensation in the mid-sternum area, thus the name heartburn. Another acid reflux disease symptom is regurgitation. Regurgitation is the spontaneous, effortless reflux of digestive enzymes and gastric contents into the esophagus or mouth. Patients with regurgitation will report an "acidic taste" in their mouth. Symptoms of acid reflux will often occur after a meal, especially after exercise or lying down. A small group of patients have "upright GERD." In upright GERD, GERD symptoms happen while the patient is upright and is associated with excessive burping and belching. Difficulty swallowing or "dysphagia" is an acid reflux disease symptom that occurs in up to 30% of GERD patients and may be due to esophageal inflammation, stricture, malignancy, or mechanical dysfunction of the esophagus. Less common GERD symptoms include water brash (a sudden copious secret...
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
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