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Old 05-10-2007, 09:34 AM   #1
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Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

I've been off my reflux medicine for about 7 months now. Don't notice much difference with or without them. Now these past few days with the temperature going up, its only about 77 degrees today, my throat feels swollen, sore throat, coughing, hard to breathe.

I was tested for all kinds of respiratory disorders last year but they didn't find anything. One specialist gave me corticosteroid inhalers.
So I can only attribute these breathing problems to acid.

Anyone wish to share their experiences if their breathing difficulties increase with warmer weather, etc. So I guess if you don't have asthma, then using these inhalers won't help to alleviate these symptoms.

 
Old 05-10-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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Re: Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

hp8
Been dealing with the same thing...my problem started back in NOV witht eh breathing issues and the past few weeks has been torture. I think the mix of reflux and allergies (post nasal drip) has just killed me. I have an inhaler too but it doesnt due much since this is due to other issues. I feel like my throat is tighter then ever and I can't sleep from coughing.
I just am at a loss. I stopped taking PPI's since they didn't help and now I just take otc like Zantac and Mylanta.
ANyone with other advice.

 
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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Re: Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

My breathing problems started last May, so it has been a year for me. When the weather is warm, it seems worse for me. Over the winter it wasn't too bad. Today it is humid where I live and I'm having some breathing problems today. I agree, acid and postnasal drip make for a bad combination. I take an over-the-counter allergy pill and it seems to help.

I'm glad this message was posted, I thought I was the only one who noticed it to get worse in warmer weather!

 
Old 05-10-2007, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

Hi, well I see I'm not the only one, although mine doesn't seem to do with temperature. I've been dealing with acid reflux for a long time and am currently on Nexium, Zantac and bland diet. Yet I still get that feeling of something being 'stuck' in my throat, mucousy, etc. (Assuming my larynx is getting swollen or something). At night when I drift off to a deep sleep, it feels like my airway is blocked. There are nights when I only get a few hours sleep and am miserable during the day. I'm waiting for a scope to be done next week. But it seems like the doctors aren't taking this real seriously, (all the while I'm miserable). I tried to do a sleep study in a lab, but it was impossible to sleep with all those wires and everything. So I'm not sure what the next step is.

Does anyone here have a similar issue? And why isn't the Nexium making it all better? Does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks so much.

 
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Re: Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

I was on acid reducers for a year and didn't do hardly anything for me. To top it off, I have stomach motility problems meaning the food was sitting in my stomach longer than usually, adding to my acid reflux problems. It isn't an easy solution, some people will have this the rest of their lives once it starts. Sometimes it will subside for a while depending on many factors such as a change in diet, environmental changes, ie. moving to another area, etc.

But yes smurfy33, you are right. acid and PND are indeed a bad combination. Add to that nasal congestion due to a nasal abnormality and I have developed sleep apnea like problems when trying to sleep every night. I wish they would come up with a breakthrough technique besides surgery that would greatly reduce acid backflow to your throat. In the meantime hang in there guys, you are definitely not suffering alone.

 
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Re: Breathing more difficult as temperature rises

Hi,
I have the same sensations with the throat, infact I have a constant sore area part way down on the left side. I always sleep on my left side so am thinking it must be the acid ' pooling ' at night thats the cause.
Some years ago my Dr gave me inhalers for asthma, because of this breathlessness. ( Didn't help at all )
I have found that if I make my self cough, once the mucus starts moving... my breathing is easier.
But I am constantly wanting to swallow.
I took PPI's for several years, including Nexium...... then went back onto Ranitidine 150mg twice a day.
Since Christmas I haven't taken any, and to be honest theres not much difference with the reflux.
I have to watch what I eat and drink, the smallest lapse and a gastritis will start.

 
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