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Posted by Fran on March 05, 2000 at 07:48:04:

In Reply to: Gerd (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) can cause asthma posted by Confused on March 05, 2000 at 07:37:18:

: Did anyone know that Gerd can cause a wide array of symptoms, i.e. heartburn, pain behind the sternum in the middle of the chest, tightness of esophagus, hoarseness, postnasal drip, pain in the back by the shoulder blades, difficulty swallowing, choking, and ASTHMA - yes asthma. Those commercials for heartburn don't tell everyone just how serious a problem heartburn can turn into. Occassional heartburn (once a month or even once a week) is not too worrisome, but twice a week or more can't indicate that the sufferer has Gerd. A person suffering from Gerd without relief from over the counter medication should seek the advice of their physician. Also, a Gerd sufferer might only have the ASTHMA symptom and not realize that they are experiencing reflux (food being digested in the stomach backing back up into the esophagus and sometimes and high as the trachea - and entering the trachea which is potentially dangerous). I hope this information helps someone who is suffering from a breathing problem that didn't realize this could be the cause. If I've helped anyone, please reply to this. God bless everyone.

Last Wednesday, after what must be my 6th trip to the Dr. for asthma and respiratory infections since Christmas (and yes, also had laryngitits), he asked me if I'd been having a lot of heartburn (which I have), and whether or not my coughing is worse lying down (which it is). He suggested it could be GRD, which recent studies indicate can cause respiratory infections. I have to go get an upper GI. In the meantime, I am on prevacid, along with my asthma meds and antibiotics (bronchitis, yet again). I also FINALLY had a chest xray, which was fine.

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