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Old 05-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Why does LPR cause breathing problems?

Hi all - I am just wondering what people have been told in this regard. I have LPR, PVVN and vocal cord paresis. Taking 2x Protonix. My question is simple... has anyone been told why LPR is associated with breathing difficulty?

My sensation stems from the area below the Adams Apple - it is even tender to press on that area. I get the sensation that there is gas floating around my upper chest area or even from my abdomen up through my chest - hard to exhale more so than inhale for me. Drinking water makes the condition worse, as well as certain body positions. I can exercise just fine though.. and eat just fine. I have been checked twice for lung functioning and was told that my issues seem upper respiratory and not poor lungs or asthma - which is consistent with the whole LPR thing. The feeling is really annoying!

What is the science behind the shortness of breath condition? What have your docs told you? Any thoughts? Thank you - -

 
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Re: Why does LPR cause breathing problems?

I know the feeling, but I was also tested for lung function and it's completely fine. So I think that aspect of these throat problems might actually be purely psychological. People who have panic attacks are certain they can't breath. It's a physical feeling, but it's actually all in their head.

 
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Re: Why does LPR cause breathing problems?

did you have similar feelings prior to getting better? if so, how long did it take to resolve.. what did you take if anything? i think part of my getting my head on straight is to have a grasp of the duration of recovery so I can set expectations accordingly and work from there...

 
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Re: Why does LPR cause breathing problems?

It all started with a terrible cold early last October.

So I of course just thought this was a cold that wouldn't go away with some really freaky new symptoms.

In October I got a pretty bad chronic cough that lasted for 2 weeks or so (just long enough that I thought it would never end). That went away, but I was left with this sense that my breathing was permanently damaged.

For a while, I thought I might have asthma. PS. It's a really bad idea to think that because it's complete horse @#$. You don't have asthma. But when you are anxious, you can convince yourself of everything. Especially when you have a poorly understood and barely treatment illness like PVVN.

When people are severely anxious, having a panic attack, even quitting smoking, they often get a sensation of shortness of breath. But it's just that. A sensation. A lot of people describe shortness of breath with this problem LPR/LSN, but it's usually after they've become anxious about it. I could be totally wrong, but my feeling is that that component, while feeling very real, was nothing more than a mind game.

It went away in November, to be replaced by other horrors, like much worse globus and throat clearing. By the way, I recommend you try some really strenuous exercise. That's where things got better with me. Also, this might sound crazy, but try drinking a lot of alcohol once in a while. I don't know why, but both those things really helped me emerge from that dark spot I was in (which sounds like what you are going through now).

For a while around Halloween, I was really wasting away, picking the goat cheese out of my salad. Once I totally just did whatever I wanted, things got better. None of the regimented lifestyle stuff and ppis did anything except make me feel 50 times worse. Stop caring, was my mantra, and in my case, it worked. But that's all I can speak about. My case. Maybe it will work for you too. I'm sure you'll be feeling better than you are now someday. Try to keep that in the back of your head, even if it's hard to believe. Because almost everyone gets at least a little better over time, as far as I can see.

 
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Re: Why does LPR cause breathing problems?

Acid reflux, in both liquid and gaseous form, can cause irritation to the lungs and it can actually be aspirated into the lungs as well. The later is more rare though. The irritation can cause lung inflammation that can mimic asthma symptoms.

I had this happening to me regularly. I seem to be an extreme case according to several of my specialists, but I actually got to the point I needed emergency care. When the PPI's and diet changes stopped keeping things under control, I opted for surgery.

LPR related breathing problems can cause scary attacks. When those happen and you can't get your breathing under control, it is easy to start hyperventilating as well.

I now carry an epi-pen for any bad emergencies.

As for testing, the esophagram and modified barium swallow actually showed the acid hitting my lungs and irritating my throat. It was actually prescribed by my Pulmonologist when I was having breathing problems.

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