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After letting my stomach settle and heartburn, could that cause breathing difficulties when laying down?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Recumbent LPR likely: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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