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Old 03-29-2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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Trouble Breathing With Gerd - Advice Needed

When I lay down in bed is when I feel the symptoms of Gerd, not when sitting up. I got rid of the sodas and no longer do I feel the acid rising in my esophagus when I lay down. Now though, I have trouble breathing when laying down. I get like a jolt of being unable to breathe after about 15 minutes when I lay down. As soon as I sit back up I'm okay. Does anybody know what this is? Is it related to my smoking habit? I heard that smoking causes saliva to decrease but I feel it in the back of my throat and I think it's the saliva that's preventing me from breathing. Could it be related to the food I eat and what I drink? Any advice on what to do. I can't fall asleep at a decent hour. It's like I have to up for at least 24 hours when I'm dead tired for my body to fall asleep. And even then I only get like 4 or 5 hours.

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Re: Trouble Breathing With Gerd - Advice Needed

GERD can definitely cause shortness of breath, and lying down can make GERD worse, because gravity is no longer keeping the acid in your stomach where it belongs.

Here are a few things you can do right now:

1) Don't eat anything before bed, for at least two hours. Some people find they need 3-4 hours to digest before lying down.

2) Reduce or avoid caffeine, alcohol and sodas, along with any other foods that seem to trigger heartburn.

3) Find a way to sleep while sitting up partially. You can buy a special wedge pillow, or just get some bricks and prop up the head of your bed.

For the future, see a GI specialist if you haven't already. An acid blocker before bed might help. And yes, smoking does make GERD worse.

Old 03-31-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
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Re: Trouble Breathing With Gerd - Advice Needed

Do you have your head elevated at least 6 inches?

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