Asked by Ann Walker
Is Shortness Of Breath A Symptom Of Acid Reflux?
I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and am taking Protonix. In the last week I have noticed that my stomach is bloated and I am having difficulty breathing. Is this a common symptom of acid reflux?
Shortness of breath is not a typical symptom of acid reflux, though it's true that reflux can worsen asthma. Though the link between the two conditions is unclear, researchers believe that acid in the esophagus may irritate lung and throat tissue, leaving you more sensitive to ordinary asthma triggers such as tobacco smoke, cold air, and pollution-particularly if you're already an asthma sufferer.
Bloating, however, is not a symptom of acid reflux. It can be related to other digestive problems, such as food intolerances, gas, constipation, or slow digestion, and of course these may be related to reflux, but since your symptoms appeared after you began taking Protonix I'd suggest seeing the prescribing doctor again about the problems you're having.
In the meantime, here are a few articles that may be helpful:
Six steps to banish belly bloat
The best ways to naturally stop bloating and gas