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yesterday went to bed with huge acid reflux. upon waking up a little short of breath. oxygen saturation normal. is this common?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Bad reflux can: cause shortness of breath and can present similar to acute asthma.The acid from the stomach goes up and out the esophagus and down the trachea into the lungs.This acid burns the lungs causing swelling,increased mucus production and narrowing of the airways resulting in cough and shortness of breath.Rx- elevate head of bed to 30 degrees,increase dose of acid blockers,& see ur doc.
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