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Saturday, May 10, 2008 Ann Walker, Community Member, asks

Q: Is shortness of breath a symptom of acid reflux?

I have all the classic symptoms of acid reflux described on line. I have been diagnosed with it and am taking protonix. Recently (within the last week), I have noticed that my stomach is bloated and I have difficulty breathing. Always difficult to get a doctor's appointment (have to call at least a week ahead) and I don't want to go to the hospital, so I'm hoping to figure out the cause and possible treatment myself.

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Vicki M, Community Member
5/10/08 4:08pm

Hello Ann Walker,

 

Shortness of breath is not a typical symptom of the acid reflux. In a posting by Dr Eisner, bloating is never a symptom of acid reflux or a side effect of the medication (Nexium in this case) You can read the entire posting here. There is another posting here that might be more closely related to what you are asking. In this posting, Dr Eisner says "Bloating, difficulty breathing, right arm pain and sensitivity to smell are not typically associated with GERD"

 

Hope this helps. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.


Vicki M

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vswan, Community Member
7/17/12 7:53am

Shortness of breath certainly is a typical symptom of acid reflux as the lungs are attempting to aspirate any acid that might find its way into them.  Also, a tender, inflamed stomach affects the diaphram.  Many people with acid reflux/gerd have shortness of breath and asthma symptoms.  Deep breathing helps.

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Yolz, Community Member
5/24/13 10:46am
Sorry u are wrong..shortness of breath is a sign of silent relfux...doctors confuse it with athsma ...if u find it hard to inhale then its from gerd...if its hard to exhale then its athsma ...i have done alot of research as i am a suffer of silent reflux. Reply
Jessica, Community Member
5/12/08 11:12pm

Before I knew that I had acid reflux I thought that I had asthma. I was having an attack at least once a day. It was not until I got an appointment with an asthma specialist that I realized that I did not have asthma. I don't throw up and the stomach pains I have are not that bad but they are daily even though I am on the medicine now. So short of breath or even severe attacks can mean you have acid reflux.

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christina, Community Member
9/19/11 12:14am

how about me? I already meet a ENT physician and he noticed that i have a reflux so he gave a medication and advice to avoid acidic foods but then my voice still sounds so breathy and it breaks my career. I always feel uncomfortable, and concious with my voice so i always failed my interview. But before it was happened 1 and half years ago, i got acute tonsilitis but it was healed but then my voice started to change.. had someone of you experiencing like this? I been wondering if it was still cause of acid or complication when i had a acute tonsilitis because i dont back from the physician after 4 days when i take his prescribe anti-bactertial..

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Rhonda, Community Member
2/ 7/12 7:41pm

I have been diagnosed with GERDS or Acid Reflux which ever you want to call it.  I do have shortness of breath when I have an attack.  It feels like I have LOTS AND LOTS of air on my stomach.  I also pass GAS A LOT.  When I start to pass the gas the shortness of breath goes away.  My Gastro Doctor told me that air was under my Diaphram causing the shortness of breath.  Try using Gas-X or some brand of symithecone for gas.  Hope things get better for you.

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Rhonda, Community Member
2/ 7/12 7:41pm

I have been diagnosed with GERDS or Acid Reflux which ever you want to call it.  I do have shortness of breath when I have an attack.  It feels like I have LOTS AND LOTS of air on my stomach.  I also pass GAS A LOT.  When I start to pass the gas the shortness of breath goes away.  My Gastro Doctor told me that air was under my Diaphram causing the shortness of breath.  Try using Gas-X or some brand of symithecone for gas.  Hope things get better for you.

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alex, Community Member
2/18/14 7:55am

 

i get shortness of breath and it feels bad. can sleep. so i should tell my doctor about a gas med.

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stripes_may_move, Community Member
6/ 2/08 3:53pm

I'd agree with Jessica.. I had the same

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Jeff, Community Member
7/ 5/08 7:19pm

Ann,

I have the same problem- When taking acid reflux meds. my stomach would expland and it felt like i was having difficult breathing and then it would go away about 30min after I took the meds or antacid. did you find out what was wrong.

 

Jeff

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jess21, Community Member
4/ 6/09 8:46am

YES IT CAN..........I have recently been diagnosed with Gerd myself. About 3 days after i had my first symptom i had the feeling of bloating (it fells like i am just full of gas) and i have been short of breath since then (as well as a few other symptoms). it has been over a month since this started and for the first few days i couldnt eat or drink anything, for the next 3 weeks a could eat nothing. i have been on ranitidine for 3 weeks and it is working..... slowly. i am not always short of breath and i can eat some selected things as long as it isnt too much. i still have good and bad days. today being a bad one. but before my medication started working i went to so many doctors and the emergancy room heaps before i found someone who would listern to me and help me sort this out.  i still have to have a camera down my throat to have a look. but the amount of times i had a doc tell me it was depression or anxity was ridiculous. but i have read online that it can be controlled and the symptoms only re-apear occasionally. good luck ann hope you can get it sorted out soon

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PAM, Community Member
4/ 7/10 11:51pm

I HAVE REFLUX, BUT ONLY SYMPTOMS OF IT, LIKE AIR TRAPPED IN THROAT, CONSTANT CLUCKING, BURBING. BEEN ON NEXIUM , 2 OTHERS & BACK TO NEXIUM FOR 8 YRS. 

YEARS LATER I STARTING HAVING ANXIETY ATTACKS. ALL BECAME RELATED.

 

     I WAS SELF MEDICATING FOR A FEW YEARS NOT REALIZING I HAD ANXIETY, ONTIL IT GOT SO BAD, IT LANDED ME IN THE E.R. TWICE WITH PANIC ATTACKS.  

WAS VERY SICK, CONSTIPATED, COULDN'T EVEN DRINK MILK, DROPPED 30 LBS. FAST. LIVING ON YOGURT & JELLO. WENT TO MY UPPER GI. HE SAID " YOU NEED TO GET YOUR ANXIETY IN CONTROL NOW"!!!

   YIKES, ALWAYS HAD A NORMAL LIFE JUST LIKE THE NEXT PERSON. THEN WAMOO...

    GOT SO BAD, COULDN'T DRIVE (DIZZY)FREAKED OUT, COULD'NT EAT, SHAKING, CRYING, PANIC ATTACKS, ONE RIGHT ON TOP THE OTHER.

   DRUGS, XANAX & CLONASAPAM WHERE MY TREATMENTS ONTIL THE PAXIL MEDICINE KICKED IN, THAT TAKES 3 WEEKS AT LEAST.

  3 WEEKS LATER, NORMAL LIFE, REFLUX IN CONTROL, TOOK SUPER STRONG ACCIDOFILLUS (ONLINE FROM MY GI DR.) TO GET MY INTESTINES BACK INTO SHAPE & WORKING PROPERLY AFTER BEING OUT OF WHACK FOR SO LONG (3 MONTHS).

   ANXIETY TAKES OVER YOUR BRAIN, PANIC SETS IN, THEN YOUR BRAIN IS SO  POWERFUL, IT TAKES OVER, LEAVING YOU PRETTY OUT OF CONTROL.

 

    TOOK ME 2 1/2 YRS. WENT OFF PAXIL TWICE, BEFORE I WAS FINALLY CURED OF FEELING ANXIETY. YA KNOW, I REALLY THINK I HAD ANXIETY YEARS AGO, I REMEMBER MY 1ST WIERD FEELING, LIKE I HAD SOMETHING STUCK IN MY THROAT AS I WAS DRIVING(A BIT TENSE) I TURNED AROUND & WENT BACK TO THE HOUSE FOR A WATER JUG, THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO CHOKE I GUESS. THEY CALL THE TRAPPED AIR FEELING IN THE THRAOAT (GLOBUS PHNOMINEN). YES THERE IS SUCH A THING!

 

THEN I HAD A CHOCKING SPELL IN A MOVIE, FREAKED MY OUT, AGAIN NERVES & VERY TIERD FROM A LATE NIGHT BEFORE. SO AS I KEPT GETTING ALL THIS STUFF, LOOKING BACK NOW IT ALL MAKES SENSE.

 

I UNKNOWINGLY HAD ANXIETY 1ST, CAUSING GLOBUS, CAUSING REFLEX

CAUSING PANIC ATTACKS, CONSTIPATION, GERD, WEIGHT LOSS FROM NOT EATING, ANXIETY WENT OFF THE CHARTS.

NOW I'M LIVING A NORMAL LIFE, STILL TAKE NEXIUM DAILY, SO FAR SO GOOD, NO ANXIETY! CAN THROW IN PERI MENOPAUSE NOW.

 

IF PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, I'D RATHER BE ON ANXIETY MEDS THAN HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY.

SO BEEN OFF FOR  3 1/2 WEEKS NOW. SEE MY DR. IN 5 DAYS TO EVALUATE. I THINK I'M ON THE RIGHT PATH. JUST RETRAINING MY BRAIN NOW, TO DO ALL THE THINKING ON ITS OWN. BRAIN, WAVES & ZAPS ARE GONE,, BUT STILL HAVING A FEW BRAIN FARTS ( AS PEOPLE SAY).

 

TAKES A LONG TIME FOR ANXIETY MEDS TO WORK, & IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET BACK TO NORMAL, BUT IT DOES HAPPEN EVENTUALLY, EVER PERSON IS DIFFERENT FROM THE NEXT. SOME ARE ON FOR LIFE.

 

 IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS TO THIS LETTER, I'D BE GLAD TO HELP OR EXPLAIN MY EXPERIENCE & HELP SOMEONE ELSE!  

 

   I'M A MOTHER OF 3, THAT'S WHAT WE DO!!!! SINCERELY,PAM

 

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Suazie, Community Member
6/29/10 2:18pm

Dear Pam -

I found your story compelling - it so mirrors mine lately.  I have suffered from anxiety attacks for years now - they are increasing in frequency and severity.  I also suffer from fairly moderate GERD, IBS.  At times, I feel I am going to collapse - I do shake at times, but I just usually hyperventilate severely, feel like I'm going to pass out, have chest pain, pain down the left arm, lightheadedness, cold sweats, nausea constantly.  Have been to ERs - don't go anymore as I never received any treatment other than being told I was not having a heart attack and that it was anxiety and was given heavy duty meds.  I began a course of Paxil - was taken off by a new MD and put on Wellbutrin.  Find no relief from Wellbutrin.  Carry Ativan around as a security blanket - am needing to take it more frequently as time goes on.  I am undergoing extreme anxiety and stress recently as I am the sole caregiver for my 89 yr mom who is showing signs of progressive dementia; I find it almost impossible to cope as she and I have always been very close - she is a mother but also had been a friend and a 100% emotional support for me.  Now I don't have that anymore - only the expectation of losing her.  My anxiety is off the charts due to it.  I work full-time at a very stressful job - what job isn't - and I am stretched to the max.  All my MDs say I am stressed severely but offer nothing concrete to do about it.  They all say - "it's time to take care of yourself".  Easier said than done.  Anyway, I just recently took a nuclear stress test due to my chronic shortness of breath and it came back abnormal - my cardiologist now wants to do an angiogram to rule out an arterial blockage.  I do not have any history of heart problems - at 53 yrs old.  An angiogram, I've heard, is very risky - only have it done if all other tests point to heart problems.  But I also would like to rule out heart issues as the idea of having a heart attack sticks with me constantly.  And certainly my chronic panic attacks feel like heart attacks.  I also suffer from OA, spinal stenosis and fibromyalgia.  I often don't know what has come first - the proverbial chicken or the egg - how do all these conditions play against each other - if they do at all.  If you have taken your valuable time to read this, thank you.  I hope you remain on a healthy course and any feedback you can offer me would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you again

Susan 

suaz45@yahoo.com 

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kim, Community Member
7/27/10 1:10pm

Hi.  I found your post as I was trying to make sense of what happened to me last night.  Maybe you can help as I understand you are not a doctor but you do seem to be suffering from a lot of the same symptoms as me.  Last night I had the scariest thing happen to me.  Around 3am I shot straight up out of bed, it was almost as though someone or something was making me get up. All of a sudden this burning sensation was in my nose and throat. (this has occured a few times before, but nothing like this) So I went into the kitchen to grab my Rolaids and as I was trying to open the pack, I suddenly couldn't breathe.  I was coughing from the irritation in my throat and the more I coughed, the less I could breathe.  I was trying to make my way down the hallway to get to my husband and he came running out of the bedroom.  He was asking me what was wrong, if I was alright, etc.  After the "attack" he told me that he had never heard anyone make noises like that in his life, he said it sounded as though I was being stangled.  I finally got the Rolaids to go down, following a big dose of Mylanta and after about an hour, I was better.  But even today I still have a slight burning sensation, my throat feels sore and my voice is hoarse.   I too, suffer from anxiety and depression.  I have experiences with Sleep Paralysis, which is scary enough.  The doctor is suspicious I have Sleep Apnea as well, just not yet diagnosed and treated.  I have a number of other health issues like Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain related issues.  I am on a lot of medication, obviously.  But each time I eat BBQ sauce, spaghetti sauce, mexican food, or something spicy, this happens.  Just not as bad. After researching, I have figured out that I probably do have Acid Reflux/GERD.  My doctor told me to chew Tums or Rolaids at night, I did last night, but it didn't help.  I was so scared.  I am not a religious fanatic or anything, but I believe the Lord was watching over me last night.  I fear what would have happened if I had not of gotten up out of bed.  I know this may sound dramatic, but I am afraid I would have choked to death.  I am a mother of two and the thought of not being here for them breaks my heart.  I know that I need to change things in my life, but you are right... When you look back at everything, it all makes sense.  STRESS can wreak havoc on a person.  99% of my problems derive from stress.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that is going through this.  God Bless You and feel free to email me if you would like to.  msknhayes@yahoo.com

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Mary Jo, Community Member
12/16/10 4:51am

Wow! Reading these responses is a relief that I am not alone! It is 3:30 a.m. and I am online because I woke up again with a shortness of breath and acid indigestion. I have had indigestion for several years and like the previous post, have on occasion, bolted up in my sleep, gasping for air. It's happening a lot more often now. I have awakened from a deep sleep gasping for air, feeling like I'm suffocating. My instinct has been to run to the bathroom for a glass of water and have had the sensation that I was going to pass out, but then it would pass and I would have the stomach acid in the mouth experience following that.

 

Lately the shortness of breath has occurred during the day as well. It happened while driving the other day. Although the weather was bitterly cold, I had the windows down, trying to get air and I felt the onset of a panic attack, but I prayed my way through it and my breathing eventually stabilized.

 

I do have to add that I realize that I have not been taking care of myself as I should. I am overweight, have fallen off the exercise wagon and eating all the wrong things, especially late at night. I have my annual physical next week and will bring this up with my doctor and realize this is my "wake-up call" to get my act together!

 

It gives me peace of mind to understand the cause of my symptoms however. Thank you to all who have responded!

 

P.S.I had a similar experience as one of the previous posters a few years ago, ending up the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack, but no heart attack. Since I have a family history of heart problems, I was in the hospital for three days, being tested. They sent me away calling it "muscular-skeletal," but now I see it was caused by anxiety. It was at a time in my life when my then-husband was sneaking out, having affairs in the middle of the night! I didn't suspect that at the time, but knew something was severely wrong in my marriage. It's interesting how our bodies react to things.

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Cindy22, Community Member
1/ 8/13 10:14pm
Hi there, I read your post online. I have woken up and jumped out of bed many times I think what is happening is the acid has come up into your throat.  It burns and takes your breath away I have gasped for air many many times and find that once I'm upright it's like the acid just goes back down and I feel the burning in my throat for a day or so. I hope this helps you. The best thing to do is to elevate the top part of your bed like but a phone book under the mattress so your beds on an angle so your head is higher then your stomach. I mostly sleep on my side and with a pillow kinda high  It's really a scarey feeling and you feel like you are going to die. I have suffered with this for like 15 years and even with medication I still have it. Hope this helps you a little Reply
Mary Jo, Community Member
1/13/13 12:24am

Thank you, Cindy. My doctor put me on Omeprazle, the generic of Prilosec and I no longer have the above-mentioned problems. On the rare occasion I eat too late at night, sometimes I will have a minor reoccurance, but at least I'm aware of what it is and what's causing it now.

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tamica, Community Member
6/ 3/12 9:30pm

dear pam

 

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Lisa, Community Member
8/ 7/12 8:04am

Pam,

Thanks for sharing I've been dealing with anxiety as well, but with good reason. Spent weeks Summer of 2011 telling the ER dr's that my chest hurt they kept telling me it was anxiety. Took 3 weeks for a handful of doctors to finally determine my pain was true gallstones.. So had gallbladder removed. Went on vacation my 13 year old daughter (whom had a mild heart condition) was put in hospital with CHF. We got back home and I was told she needed a heart transpant Man anxiety and panic set in big time. Been a year and she is all done got her new heart and is doing absolutely.. But a week after her surgery the husband served me with divorce papers and threatened to take my kids. So anxiety again my gut is killing me cant breathe, eat (althoough I'm sleeping) eating is ruff as well.. I see GI dr in a few weeks I think he mentioned a round of antibiltics to help and then a low acitic diet for awhile but will see.
Thanks again Lisa

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Wckd, Community Member
1/14/13 7:16am
Hi, i think i have anxiety and panic attacks, short of breath.. Wat will i do? My mind always think that everything happens is emergency :( pls help me... Email me here chuckpineda@rocketmail.com Reply
azreik, Community Member
8/12/13 3:17pm

Hey,

 

I'm very glad your well. I really want to know how did you find that you got acid reflux? now before 7 months i had H-pylori. I got treated with heavy meds and it was a terrible experience. I've done all kinds of tests that includes ultrasound and stool test and blood tests and breath test. I was kinda happy it was h-pylori. anyways i got cured then before 3 month i had the symptoms that you described above. Most of the time i feel out of breath and when i want to take a deep breath its just not working with me. i still have to wait and wait till i be normal again and then i can breathe. I'm getting sick of this really. I just want to have a normal life. when i had the H-pylori i lost weight without even trying and was very frustrated. I relaly thank GOD that i got cured but i believe that i got acid reflux now. I'm always having acids because when i drink coffee i just have a stomach pain and sometimes heartburns and i fell it in my throat sometimes. i always was careful of what i eat and drink but i never changed it. its very minor and no big portions. before 1 month i felt that there is something stuck in my throat. I slow and slow it goes away. then later it comes back again. i'm very terrified and i hope its just acid reflux and can be cured. I went to the doctor and he said its fine dont worry about it. the doctor didn't prescribe anything. so i'm thinking to go to another doctor but please advise me what happened to know and ir eally want to know the whole story and i'm a very goot reader and i really apprecaite if you shared your story. Sorry i wrote bunch of stuff that are alot but when i read your message i just felt that your the only one that can help me.

 

I really thank you very much for your time. 

 

looking forward to hear from you soon.

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Feelbetter12, Community Member
8/31/13 12:24am

I am so glad to read that someone else had a doctor tell them it was anxiety or depression! My internist was a fool. I finally went to my allergist, who really listened to my symptoms and finally diagnosed "silent gerd". Literally changed my life. Shortly after, I had it confirmed with an endoscope test...hiatal hernia, inflamed esophagus and acid reflux. Shorness of breath is a symptom...

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jess21, Community Member
4/ 6/09 8:47am

YES IT CAN..........I have recently been diagnosed with Gerd myself. About 3 days after i had my first symptom i had the feeling of bloating (it fells like i am just full of gas) and i have been short of breath since then (as well as a few other symptoms). it has been over a month since this started and for the first few days i couldnt eat or drink anything, for the next 3 weeks a could eat nothing. i have been on ranitidine for 3 weeks and it is working..... slowly. i am not always short of breath and i can eat some selected things as long as it isnt too much. i still have good and bad days. today being a bad one. but before my medication started working i went to so many doctors and the emergancy room heaps before i found someone who would listern to me and help me sort this out.  i still have to have a camera down my throat to have a look. but the amount of times i had a doc tell me it was depression or anxity was ridiculous. but i have read online that it can be controlled and the symptoms only re-apear occasionally. good luck ann hope you can get it sorted out soon

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alexa, Community Member
1/ 1/11 8:06pm

know i understand whats going on w me, for the las three years im not the same person any more i hvce acid reflux and i notice that is getting worse...but i  said to my self no more medicine, eating better sleeping better and do exercise is helping me a lot. all this acid r.. medicines at the end we all get side effects.

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james, Community Member
5/16/09 5:51pm
When u experience the shortness of breath, does it feel like your breath is restricted by a restriction in your upper abdomen. Any feeling of tightness or restriction in upper abdomen region? Reply
Jacob, Community Member
6/ 7/09 6:29pm

After many many different doctor appts and 1 trip to the ER, I finally had a doctor actually sit and listen to my symptoms and diagnosed me with Acid Reflux.  My symptoms consist of a bloated feeling in my stomach pretty much all the time, shortness of breath on and off all day long and throat feeling as if their is a lump in it located around my adams apple.  My doctor prescribed liquid form of Carafate (2 oz) four times a day, 1 hour before each meal and protonix 40 mg once a day.  I am 2 days a way from taking these meds for a week.  The Carafate is excellent in helping me be able to eat but i am still having shortness of breath throughout the day.  Seems the only time I get any escape from it is when I am sleeping.  Interesting point for me is this all seem to happen after I stopped smoking.  I have been smoke free now for 3 months and living with acid reflux for almost a month and half. Makes you wonder since I never lhad this while I was smoking should I have ever stopped  lol.  I definitely sympathize with those who have that shortness of breath throughout the day and especially when your trying to eat.  It is a very scarey feeling.  I am ready to go back to the doc and say the Carafate is working but now what do I do so that I can feel like I can breath properly again.  Oh and yes many docs and people wanted to try and say my issues were anxiety as well...  NOT!!   hope this helps

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sunild1204, Community Member
6/ 3/11 5:26am

http://sunild1204.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/anxiety-panic-attack-gerdacid-refluxmucus-after-mealshort-breathing-heavy-breathing-phobia-imaginary-fears/

 

Extracted from link above:

breathing is a subconscious process, so making it concious is something you should avoid. You must breathe without giving it any attention, and this shall help you in avoiding heavy/short breathing problem.

Remind yourself consistently that this short breathing is in fact a FAKE and is not real in fact. If it was real then it would be affecting you all time and not only when you are relaxed. Remember that it does not affect you when you are in motion or busy.

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Yolz, Community Member
5/24/13 11:02am
I just looked up Carafate, and it says its for coating ulcers...not all of us have that. I thought it was a drug like Gavascon Reply
Shawn, Community Member
8/31/13 1:40pm

I suffer from panic disorder ... started when I was 27 and I'm now 43... I take lexapro and xanax.... its kept them at bay for quite some time.... I've had times though here and there that they come back severely... BUT my acid reflux started AFTER I quit smoking a year ago....I've been a mess... I've been to my Dr numerous times and have even landed in the ER twice thinking I was having a heart attack. I have a clean bill of health with my heart. But the heaviness and burn and shortness of breath is taking its toll.... I feel like I'm falling apart on a daily basis......

Right now I'm chewing on some tums just to be able to eat in a few hours.  

Anybody have some good medicine combos that work for them? Mine just don't seem to be working all that well now. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this... any feed back would be much appreciated :*) 

Shawn Marie 

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ChristinaGrace09, Community Member
12/12/10 9:51am

To Whom This May Concern; 

I am an asthmatic with IBS & GERD. What I'm trying to figure out is the feeling I am having underneath my rib cage right in the center of my body. It almost feels like gas moving around, but it stops my breathing in the middle of my body. 

I've always been abnormal when it came to my asthma, not wheezing then showing nearly 40% of small airways closed on pulmonary lung function tests. I took a "treatment" in my nebulizer - but the shaking of the machine and vibration on my teeth actually made the pain in my stomach more prevalent. Do you know why I would have tightness in the upper abdomen? Why does my breathing feels like it just stops in the middle of my body and won't let the oxygen flow through?

It's been a little while since I have had breathing issues and it is very very scary. HOpe someone can help.

Sincerely - Scared

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shawn12345, Community Member
5/13/10 8:06am

I have been struggling with Acid Reflux for about 3 weeks now. I'm only 29 and usually in very good shape. I mean, just a month ago I was running around playing basketball like I was still 16.

When this all started, I was sitting up one night typing a letter when suddenly I felt like I couldn't swallow. I felt like something was stuck in my throat and would not let air through. I rushed in the other room and told my girlfriend that something was very wrong and that we had to rush to the hospital. The whole way there, I felt like I was dying, like I was slowly sufficating. I was even reassuring my girlfriend of how much that I loved her as if it was our last good-byes.

When we had finally arrived to the hospital, I kind of calmed down and ended up waiting in the ER for my name to be called. When the doctor had finally called my name, he took an X-Ray of my throat and seen nothing wrong. He decided that I had an allergic reaction to something and gave me an I.V with steroids in it. I later heard that steroids is the worst thing for acid reflux. Then he sent me home.

That next night I had a really bad sensation of not being able to breathe, I was breaking out in hot and cold sweats, shaking, and had a terrible feeling of something being stuck in my throat. i couldn't sleep and decided to go to a different hospital. That hospital had mentioned nothing of Acid Reflux and said that I was having anxiety attacks. The doc there had told me 'the old breathing into a paper bag trick' and try to take it easy, than sent me home.

The next night I was feeling the same and returned to a 3rd hospital. During all of this time, I had been sleeping in the day and feeling like I was dying.

Finally, the 3rd hospital had told me that I had Acid Reflux and prescribed me to Omeprazole and Pepcid.

I had never been settled with the fact that I couldn't breathe so I ended up going to the ER about 10 different times in a matter of about 3 weeks.

The most typical diagnosis that the doctors gave me were Anxiety and Depression.

I forgot to mention that the very first night that all of this happened I quit smoking cigs. Thats because the feeling like i was going to die scared me senseless. So, some docs even said that I was also having withdraws, which I believe, especailly since when you have Acid Reflux, you have to stop alot of things, like drinking soda, or eating all kinds of different foods, and like I said, stop smoking. I also lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks. I only weighed 150 to begin with and am 5'11.

I dont lie around weak all day anymore, even though I do sleep some hours out of the day still exhausted. But I definitely do still have shortness of breath still. I scares me badly and I think that it actually is giving me anxiety. I still get a sore throat, but the burning in my throat and stomache have settled down a whole lot.

I know one thing, it is very scary to have acid reflux, especially in the beginning when ya dont know what in the hell is wrong. Im still not totally convinced and worry all of the  time.

I know that the internet sites like this one has really helped me in coping with this and maybe has convinced me that this is Acid Reflux.

If anybodys wondering why I dont see a real doctor, it is because I have no insurance and it also takes a month or longer to get in. So, im still trying. Until then, I guess I'll keep bugging the E.R.

The only synthom that bothers me now is the shortness of breath, which is constant! Does anybody know if this ever goes away and if so usually how long?

Also, the shortness of breath will also fatigue me. It's not just a sensation. I actually get fatigued. Is this normal? And also, does anyone know the best way to conquer this sickness? Thanks

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AmyG, Community Member
5/26/10 10:01pm

I will not claim to "know" your pain.  I am substanitally older than you -- I will turn 61 next month; but I have the spirit of a 21-year old.  I teach technology to middle schoolers and I absolutely refuse to believe I'm old.

After reading several posts, I'm seeing a common thread:  quitting smoking and acid reflux.  I quit smoking; have acid reflux; the endoscopy showed polyps in 1999,  Now, 11 years later, with GERD diagnosed in 2000 -- here's what I have learned.

I believe it is the GERD that makes us believe we are "BREATHLESS".  It doesn't seem like I'm "breathing", but apparently I am.  I take TUMS, prilosec, (or Nexium) on a regular basis.  When I lay down, I go into sessions of "burping" -- trying to open the airways.  I have learned to eat small amounts of crackers, cheerios or pretzels which act as "binders".  I'll burp, burp, then take Tums, then eat those items nto relieve the pressure and eventually breathe easier.

 

I just had an endoscopy.  No polyps. I do smoke occasionallky 5 - 20 cigs a week.  I am now taking Prilosec for 14 days every 3 months or so (some side effects reported--so I reduced my intake).  I enjoy the casinos and usually smoke when I gamble.  I have learned to go without cigs for 3,4 or 5 months!  It is truly mind over matter!!!  Really

Try the pretzels, cheerios or a few crackers.  Take some Tums and burp to your heart's content until your airway feels clear.  Breathe easy and enjoy life.

Request an endoscopy every 3-4 years to be sure you're okay.

I wish you the best!!!!

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jenjen1, Community Member
1/26/11 6:53pm

I take Zantac 150 a whenever I am short of breath and it almost always helps. I get fatigued too, but it's best to not lie down if you are feeling short of breath. Sit up and stick it out. Have you found any good medication?

 

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summer_dave0322, Community Member
4/20/11 11:37am

i was recently diagnosed with gerd too. i am 19. the doctor told me to try and take zantac 150 also, seeing how if you don't have insurance meds like nexium can cost 200 dollars and up. i have been taking zantak for almost 2 weeks now and in the past 3 days i have noticed that it feels like i am short of breathe. it only seems to happen when i am thinking about it. if i just relax and play the videogame or talk to family or friends it seems like it isnt there. i hate having this stuff and is really stressfull and scarey. i really believe that when i go to the er the doctors just try to rush me out. will this ever go away, i really hope so because it scares me to the point that i start thinking about how longi got left to live.

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jenjen1, Community Member
4/21/11 1:31pm

Have you looked at a new diet? Eating a lot of nuetral foods helped me - like apples & cabbage. Stop eating greasy foods and keep a food journal to see which foods are bothering you - usually coffee, ice cream and deep fried foods with bother me. I think you can get it under control with diet. For me I went on a very strict diet for about 4 months and now I have been eating small quantities of 'bad foods' and am feeling great. There is also surgury to tight up your sphincter muscle. What is happening now is that when you have acid reflux, the acid goes into your lungs and makes you cough and feel out of breath. The other thing that has really helped me is excersizing more and always taking a walk after a meal, and sleep with lots of pillows. Hope you are feeling better. You will live a long time, :) :) , but there will be times when you have to go on a diet which lessens your quality of life.

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Yoga mom, Community Member
1/20/13 12:40pm
Hi! Get tested for h pylori, as soon as you can. This might be the cause, it was with me! Good luck, Shannon Reply
peekaboo, Community Member
9/ 8/12 12:27pm

i really feel for you. you need to heal the damage that has been caused by the acid first and foremost, otherwise it is a vicious circle. take 1 glass of pure aloe vera first thing in the morning and again at night, this will soothe the inflammed airways and membranes. Also, 1 extract of artichoke tablet after breakfast and again after dinner. artichoke has long been used for heartburn, indigestion. you will need to do this for 2 months consistently. during this time, cut out all sugar and wheat products and eat only fresh meat, vegetables etc....as nature intended. give your body a good cleanse and drink lots of water. good luck x

 

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terryblueeyes, Community Member
5/23/13 2:37pm

i can tell you, what happens is the reflux burns your voice box..mostly at night while asleep.. when your talking it feels like your losing air and you feel breathless. the reason when you talk a person who dont! have reflux, the cords close after each word they speak saving the air in there lungs.. with a reflux.the two  cord  that should  close together, stay slitely open and jagged, instead of flat together..there lies the breathlessness air is still coming out..also your voice gets deeper the more you chat...you have to chat slower and less and not shout.. drink water a lot.and watch what you eat.mine has come back really bad..reason i had to take antibiotic twice to clear a chest infection and i feel it started it back. so i am wondering i might need help with some meds though i hate them...oh yes i can walk miles and swim 30 lenths a day not breathless..but start talking and im the same as you...hope that helps yes fateage is normal to tired legs

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shawn12345, Community Member
5/16/10 6:01pm

I think that I have really figured it out for the most part!

Alot of people quit some type of habit at some point in their life. Like smoking, coffee, soda, or even drugs. When your body reacts to this sudden stop, it will do it roughly. Almost like its saying, nah..You aint doing this!!!

Or if its not a stop in a habit, it can be stress. Either build up from a long peroid of time, or even something sudden like a death of a friend or debt or something stressful. Even though most people think that they know how to put things in the back of their mind and deal with them, those things never go further than the back of the mind,'hypethetically speaking'. Eventually these things catch up with people.

IT IS STRESS! Stress can cause Acid-Reflux and all of its synthoms.

The shortness of breath is a part of stress or anxiety, whatever ya wanna call it. IT DOES GO AWAY, but not till your body adapts to what you have put it through.

In other words, after you accept your stress or anxiety from your quit habit or stressful events in your life, your breath will return to normal. Take the anxiety pills that your doctor gives you and use them. Listen to your doctor.

If they have checked your blood for clots and all that they check for, did the egk, and x rays and still never found nothing, your problem is stress, which from your recent worry, you have turned to anxiety.

Yes, you 'may have' or in the beginning 'had' acid reflux that made you feel like you were dying in the beginning. But a couple weeks later, you feel better right, still like crap, but better RIGHT? That means that you are getting better, not worse. Listen, you've talked to doctors, they said that you were fine, even though you felt like you couldn't breathe. The doctors tried to reassure you but It didnt work.

So go to the hospital and talk to the physcological unit. Tell em your scared for your life because you cant breathe, they will reassure you of your stress. If you aint stressed, then they wont be able to make you cry, and I bet they can.

Your little stress had turned to anxiety because you are now lost with the feeling of dying from this new sickness. Acid Reflux, weakness, cold and hot chills, shortness of breath, sleepless nights, weird burns and sensations in the heart and abs, all kinds of weird stuff. It is stress causing it all. Still, take your meds, acid reflux course, and anxiety pills and everything that the doc gives you. Because that stuff really iS occuring.

But the master of all are stress and anxiety. Accept it and conquer it. See a phys. they'll convince you. And you can regain your life. Its scary, but you can do it. Its mostly in your head.

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angie, Community Member
12/10/10 7:50pm

I have acid reflux. And  when I forget to take my  medicine I have shortness of breath ( almost passed out as I couldnt breath) I took my medicine(Dexilant/ it used to be called kapedix) and I felt better.

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Emellez, Community Member
1/ 5/11 7:21pm

I have had GERD for about 6 years, only in the last few years has it become bad enough to affect my life. The Nexium has side effects, such as diarrhea, all day, seems like at the most inoportune times too. I am bloated, my nails are weak and severely ridged, and I am tired frequently. I was forced to quit smoking due to the wheeze in my throat from the acid hitting my vocal cords. Felt like I my windpipe was closing up. Strong smells hurt my throat, and there is a dry patch in the back of my throat. I've tried getting off the Nexium as I feel this medicine is bad for the body, but end up getting bad rebound reflux. It's a vicious cycle. I've had 2 egd's, the last one showed a slight constriction in my esophagus and was dilated, I felt better. I decided to cut out the Dexilant/Nexium, and tried taking digestive enzymes, papaya and probiotics. Only I've had a couple bad reflux episodes and am back to feeling like I need an inhaler.

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jenjen1, Community Member
1/26/11 7:00pm

What are digestive enzymes? And does papaya help?

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Carol Bach, Community Member
1/30/11 12:34pm

I have shortness of breath and Gerd. This is scary (breathing problem). Other sites say shortness of breath does not go along with GERD. Please give me feedback and opinions.

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Mary Jo, Community Member
6/ 3/11 8:13am

I was diagnosed with GERD last January. The symptoms at the time were mainly severe heartburn. My doctor put me on Omeprazole (generic of Prilosec) for just 2 months and it cured the heartburn. Last month, however, I began to have bouts of shortness of breath. As I have a family history of heart problems, I grew concerned and went to see my doctor. After being examined, my heart and lungs are fine. My doctor said that GERD can indeed mimic asthma. He put me back on Omeprazole, and after a few weeks, the shortness of breath is almost completely gone. (Or at least when I do experience it briefly, on occasion, I know what the cause is!)

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terryblueeyes, Community Member
5/30/13 2:17pm

take no notice! it dose give you shortness of breath..the acid burns your volcal cords in talking dont close right (nice and flat)asid reflux mack them look jagged and dont close there losing air out of your lungs giving you a feeling being  fatiged.and most of all your air pips close up a little to protect your airways from the asid...there lies the shortness of breath.

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writey mcgee, Community Member
4/11/12 10:25pm

There are many people online complaining that they are having severe side-effects from taking Omeprazole (Prilosec) - such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, anxiety/panic attacks. I am having these systems and have recently gone off Omeprazole but I need to wait a few more days or even a week or so to see if it is in fact true. Just google the words Omeprazole and anxiety and you will be suprised at the number of people out there. Also google hypersensitivity and chest tightness or shortness of breath.  Also go to askapatient.com, specifically: http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19810&name=PRILOSEC

 

It is quite alarming, people are having massive panic attacks and difficulty breathing. I have just gone to the ER twice in the last 3 weeks, and still not quite right after being off the the drug for 4 days. I am now on Xanax temporarily to relieve stop the chest spasms and having to call 911.

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Mary Jo, Community Member
4/11/12 11:21pm

Writey, that's very interesting! My asthma-type problem seemed to be resolved immediately, and I've beem on Omeprazole for almost a year. Thank you for the information. I have had minor short-lived anxiety issues, but never attributed it to the medication. I will certainly have to dive deeper into this. Sorry to hear that you've had such problems.

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cappilucypeter, Community Member
4/26/12 6:56pm

I have gas reflux, bloating stomach and difficulty of breathing for 8 years. I went to gastro doctor, taken all kind of meds. Took CT scan , ultrasound etc.... doctor didn't the cause of it. But, here is the answer for my problem, I take a cup of soy milk that i bought at costco every morning. I stopped all the meds because it didn't work at all.   If anyone have this problem please try this method, it will help your problem. It doesn't hurt to try. Believe me if you already went to the doctor and nothing really helps you then try my method. I had suffered a lot with this and I know how it feels and i do not want anyone to suffer like me for 8 yrs .

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terryblueeyes, Community Member
5/30/13 2:02pm

i have the same problem..mine started up again,after taking antibiotics. and im taking asid reflux tablets for the first time to help me..if you keep on getting it you mostley need tablets.. i swim 30 lenths a day walk all over the place not out of breath..start speaking and im out of breath..also i get tired latter in the day and my voice gose like i cant breath when im talking to someone,in turn makes me tired....i all so found out having asid redflx..i could be lacking b12 vitamin... because im over 60...and feeling tired most of the time..hope this help your not on your own m8

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terryblueeyes, Community Member
6/14/13 2:10pm

i have the same problem..but im not sure..my voice keeps going and i find it hard to talk  i have that shortness of breath when talking. i noticed i had a tightness of my chest when taking lansoprozole and bloated stomach..so i stopped and no bloated or tightness. has gone though i still have that breathless feeling when talking and my voice keeps going...... you may think hang on i need to see a doctor?? i have i told him i swim 25 lenths a day monday to friday walk all over and not out of breath..and soon as i open my gob..there u have it doctor out of breath...well i went a few times he first said asid reflux and true i might have..now he saying i might of picked up a viral infection.. lasting longer.. from a bit ago?? im also lead to beleave i might have laryngitis... but i know it sounds daft but we could of also damaged our oesophageal though astd burning it...but mate i know how you feel..im sick of it to..

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