Hello all, I'm pretty new to these boards. I was referred to a GI by a pulmonary specialist whom I was referred to for the nodules in my lungs. They will be monitored, however, the pulmonary doctor believes that they are scar tissue from a recent bout with bronchitis or pneumonia. I've had several of them and quite a bit of scarring in my lungs because of it. Anyway, he informed me that acid reflux can irritate the esophagus and contribute to bronchial infections. I was surprised, but in reading more, I've discovered that it's true. He presricbed asiphex.
I still have not gone to the GI as my appointment is next week. But, I have a question...I complained about this to the pulmonary doctor, and it may be one of the reasons he referred me to a GI. When I eat or drink, everything goes down fine, but then it gets stuck in my chest and can be painful. Last night, I experienced the most pain as I was eating an apple. I took a few bites and all was well. Then came the pain. It was worse than I'd ever experienced and I felt like my chest was choking. It took a while and then finally went down. This has been happening with food and liquid, but gets pretty bad with raw veggies and fruit. I tried taking it pretty slow with my toast this morning and it still got stuck, not as painful, but it was there.
Is this part of acid reflux or is it something else that was caused by it? I'm just curious if this is commonplace or not. Thank you in advance for your input.
HI, Sorry you are suffering like this. If your acid is bad enough to cause scarring of lungs - then scarring or swelling of your food-pipe has to be a possibility. Spasm caused by gerd can also cause food to stick. Keep that appointment and let us know how you go on.
Yep, please do...I'll be waiting to hear from you - Good luck, and if you're worried about anything - just ask. I'm no expert, but most of us here are trying to 'put our heads together' and work stuff out Sad that we have to Kim
Well... the GI guy explained that acid reflux may or may not be the reason for my lung issues. I told him that I don't have the problems many do with acid reflux. He told me that some people can present few symptoms and their esophagus can be damaged severely and some may present a great number of symptoms and complaints and have very little damage. But, for all that is showing up on the CT scan and my complaints of things getting lodged in my chest on occasion, he suggested an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. (say that one 3 x's real fast.) Hah. He said that as a GI, it's best to rule out Cancer of the Esophagus, but he doesn't think I have it. I asked if this could have shown up on the cat scan and he said, no. Many times, it doesn't show. Soo, I'm glad for his positive opinion and thorough explanations. I am sceduled to have the E-Scopy done next week on Wednesday. This doctor does it by putting his patients into a twilight sleep. From what I've read here, that sounds best for comfort.
Hi, You seem to be on the right route. I had the endoscopy with just throat spray, which is a memory I could do without LOL!
I (and many lurking, I suspect) will follow you with interest...
Keep in touch
Well...I just got home from the upper endoscopy this afternoon. I'm feeling a little light-headed, and my throat is a little soar, but other than that, I feel pretty good. At first, I wasn't put under completely and when they inserted the tube, it made me want to choke it out. After that, it was fine. As I said before, I didn't think my sypmtoms were anywhere near what many folks experience, so I was a little doubtful of the Pulmonary Doc's referral. The GI doctor said my esophagus looks pretty good for the most part. He biopsied a polyp from my esophagus, widened the bottom opening and took a biopsy of my stomach as it was very red and he thought there may be some bacteria. Other than that, he thought things looked pretty good.
I stated that it didn't sound like the acid reflux was the main contributor to my lung nodules and he shook his head no. I then said...so I guess I should follow up with my...and he didn't let me finish. He said you should definitely contact Dr. ***** and have him follow up on your lungs. Sooo, no answers on that one yet. This is so much fun.
I'll post with the results of my biopsies, but it looks like things are fine.
Oh, and by the way, I feel for all of you who have such extreme suffering with this condition. I've been reading your posts and wish there was an easy answer for everyone.
Hi, I had lots of polyps and some erosions, but not enough to explain severity of symptoms (apparently)
Not much fun waiting for results, but if they send you away to wait it is a good sign that everything looks benign.
I still don't totally trust doc's when they say A can't cause B, because I have come across so many with opposite opinions. Keep us posted...I am sure it helps everyone to hear different stories