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Kaji 11-16-2012 05:52 PM

Asthma from reflux... now what?
The pulmonologist was very happy with my lungs today. He says stay on the laundry list of meds and see him in four months and if I haven't had any problems we'll start weaning me off them. The thing is, I'm pretty sure my asthma now is from reflux. The other night I was silly and ate right before I went to bed - and an hour later I was sitting bolt upright coughing up acid. That happened a night or so before I had my asthma attack too but I didn't think it was anything significant. I can only remember it's happening once or twice before that EVER. I'm waking up a bit whistley in the wee small hours, and I'm fine during the daytime when I'm up and moving around.

Titchou 11-16-2012 05:57 PM

Re: Asthma from reflux... now what?
Asthma is not caused by reflux. However, reflux can cause asthma like symptoms and/or exacerbate asthma which is already present. And that may be what is happening to you...

quincy 11-17-2012 12:57 PM

Re: Asthma from reflux... now what?
Yes, it's not caused by reflux, but your coughing caused by the reflux would have probably caused an attack. I've definitely had that happen.

What medications are you on for asthma and what will be decreased if all is good when you see the doc next?

What are you on for reflux?


MountainReader 11-17-2012 02:58 PM

Re: Asthma from reflux... now what?
The asthma/acid reflux thing has become a viscious cycle for me over the years.

I have asthma that is very much environmentally triggered... allergies, smoggy air, pollution, chemicals, cold air, etc.... My asthma symptom is primarily a chronic harsh cough which leads to difficulty breathing.

I developed "silent" acid reflux. Silent because my reflux is severe, but I've never had any traditional burning or obvious symptoms. My primary symptom is a chronic cough. Sometimes an irritated throat. I also get gaseous acid coming up to irritate my lungs, with occassional aspiration into my lungs. This can exasperate my asthma.

Also, all the coughing from the asthma squeezes my stomach and tends to push the acid up even worse at times.

Usually, I end up bumping up both my asthma meds and my reflux meds at the same time when I have a bad asthma flare since it is very difficult for me to get the balance back into order at times.

Fireslayer 02-10-2013 08:41 AM

Re: Asthma from reflux... now what?
Titchou is 100% correct about silent reflux causing "asthma symptoms".

I have asthma, but it was always controlled. Then it went crazy and I ended up on maximum doses of flovent and singular without positive results.

I have been doing a ton of googling and when I finally typed in "hoarseness", that is when I realized that I have LPR/silent reflux.
With more and more googling, I have tried so many things, but a site suggested alkaline water. Not knowing how much to drink, I began to flood myself with the water. Just like he said,,, "If it is LPR, your asthma symptoms will disappear in two days". They did. I could actually breathe again, but like a bone head, I cut back and my symptoms returned.
I didn't like drinking so much water, because it went right through me. I couldn't leave the house because I had to pee all the time. It sounds funny, but I become trapped when I flood myself. I'm experimenting to see how much alkaline water I can drink and have a positive effect.
So far I haven't found it and my asthma symptoms are still with me.

It is refreshing to know that I may be asthma free at some point.

I went from using my inhaler a few times a day, to mountain biking in just two days.
Now I'm back to using my inhaler, but not nearly as much.

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