What symptoms do you get...i find that the after i eat smoke is probably the worst smoke...but that is the only BAD thing i do,,,i know i shouldn't, but been so stressed out for the last 6 months i just cant seem to quit.
Let me know what symptoms you get and we can compare so to speak.
I get palpitations and a bit breathless and heartburn like I can't enjoy a smoke sooo I smoke less and just have one to stop the nicotine addiction
I also have like a fluttering in my lower chest in the middle of my breastbone and get pains between my shoulder blades in my back after food
Ya me too...i get palpitations throughout the day,,,can never tell ifits the esophagus spasming or an actual palpitaion,,,i can not just have one smoke,,,but i have cut down to less than half pack a day...i know its bad but..to stressed to quit right now..loli do get the fluttering as well..i dunno why tho..just happens out of the blue,,sometimes after food sometimes not.
the worst pain for me is the nagging pain around the inner ribs just before they connect...and of course the burn after the smoke,,..
hope you get to feeling better soon...
Smoking can certainly aggravate GERD. Not only does cigarrette smoke irritate the esophagus, but it can also lessen the pressure in the lower esophageal sphincter, which keeps acid from refluxing into the esophagus.
Smoking is one of the high risk factors for esophageal and stomach, among other, cancers.
Wow....I had no idea that smoking had this affect on Gerd! I am stunned! Why did my Gastro never tell me this? I have cut down, but am def going to try and quit after reading this! The last thing I do before I go to bed is have a few puffs on a cigarette! I have Barret's Esophagus for 3 yrs and my doc never mentioned the pressure thing. Glad he is no longer in the practice. Have an appointment with a new doc next month....hope things aren't worse! Glad I checked this thread!! Thanks....really!
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Anxiety Disorder since 1986
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The thing about smoking (and obesity) is that some docs don't like to discuss it with patients. Perhaps it's because they assume the patient already knows it's bad, and they don't want to waste precious appointment time preaching to patients instead of treating.
First question the GI doctor asked me when I went to see her with my symptoms of GERD five years ago was whether or not I smoked (I don't). I asked her why and she told me the information that I relied to you in my earlier post.
My father smoked for over fifty years, and I saw him struggling to quit smoking for many years. He finally did, but he always said it was the hardest thing he had to do in his entire life.
Cutting down on smoking or stopping are great ideas if you can for your GI health as well as for your overall longevity.