Re: GERD and breathing problems??
Absolutely GERD can cause breathing problems. The acid can irritate the lungs and cause asthma-like symptoms or it can actually irritate the lungs to the extent that it actually triggers you asthma.
I've experienced this for several years on the very extreme side. I don't have much time to chat tonight, but you can look through some of my past history posts to see my story. I was in really bad shape in 2008 so there are a lot of posts from that time period.
For me, it took working in conjunction with my PCP, Pulmonologist, ENT and Gastroenterologist to get things back under control. It was a long road for me.
Some of the things I've learned:
-I can be having severe breathing problems and still have normal PFT's when the acid is causing my lung irritations.
-It took taking PPI's twice a day for a while to see any results. Different PPI's gave me differing results though. My personal favorites were prescription strength Prevacid in the solutab version and Dexilant with Gaviscon supplemented as needed.
-I had to up my treatment of my asthma at the same time I was going full-force to address my acid reflux. (Singulair, Advair 500/50, Albuterol in inhaler and nebulizer, Prevacid or Dexilant, Gaviscon, etc...)
-It is important to make diet and lifestyle changes to help with the acid reflux.
-pH testing, manometry and esophagram/barium swallow testing were most telling for me.
-I was determined to have severe acid reflux, but rarely ever had any "typical" acid reflux symptoms. They call it "silent" reflux.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome