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Heavy stomach, pains between breast bone, uncomfy breathing, achy body. Acid reflux?

Heavy stomach, pains between breast bone, uncomfy breathing, achy body. Acid reflux?

Might be: acid reflux but body aches are not typically a symptom of acid reflux disease. The body aches, stomach pain, uncomfortable breathing may also be related to a viral infection. See your doctor if it doesn't go away soon. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How does acid reflux cause difficulty breathing?

How does acid reflux cause difficulty breathing?

Through asthma: Acid reflux can lead to breathing in of stomach acid into the lungs. This can irritate the lungs and cause asthma type symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing, and cough. ...Read more

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My toddler have acid reflux, difficulty breathing and her adenoids & tonsils were removed is she eligible for disability?

My toddler have acid reflux, difficulty breathing and her adenoids & tonsils were removed is she eligible for disability?

You're kidding?? .: Disability issues are determined on a state by state basis. Such medical issues are common in early childhood & resolve as a kid grows older. Why a kid would be considered disabled because of routine childhood illness is a bit much to consider. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux causes you ear pain, sensitive to noise, balance problems, heartburn, difficulty breathing&upper middle stomach pain? What to do?

Can acid reflux causes you ear pain, sensitive to noise, balance problems, heartburn, difficulty breathing&upper middle stomach pain? What to do?

Acid reflux: The balance and noise issues are not related to acid reflux but all the other symptoms are. See your local ENT and they can check your hearing and sort out all of your problems with the reflux. Good luck! Feel better! ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause burning pains in stomach and trouble breathing?

Yes: Acid reflux can cause these symptoms but many other issues can as well. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. In the meantime, you can start an over-the-counter reflux medication. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux kill you? Cause with the trouble breathing and throat tensing up... I feel like im dieing.

Can acid reflux kill you? Cause with the trouble breathing and throat tensing up... I feel like im dieing.

Get treated: With omeprazole or the like. It will not kill you in th short term but Barret's esophagus results in many years, it is associated with ca of esophagus sometimes ...Read more

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I have had acid reflux for more than a year. I have difficulty in swallowng and breathing. Plus, I now have hives which won't go away

Difficulty: With swallowing in the presence of GERD is an indication for EGD with without video swallow. Older doctors may suggest a barium studies before EGD ...Read more

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Can acid reflux/gerd cause shortness of breath?

Can acid reflux/gerd cause shortness of breath?

GERD: In some patients with Gerd, microaspiration occurs, which could result in shortness of breath either from direct aspiration into the trachea or from reflux-induced asthma. Just another reason to get Gerd under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

For a few months, I have been experiencing shortness of breath, more when I am sitting or lying down (improved by exercise) and frequent forced burping with occasional acid reflux. Could all of this be caused by reflux or is it more serious?

Without ↑information: & detective work, impossible to say at a distance. Yet your theory (you're the only one who can perceive your symptoms) does make sense & you demonstrate an understanding of basics of differential diagnosis methodology. Like everyone, you are your own primary medical decision maker (physician if you will), regardless how competent, or not. Beware, reflux (long term) does drive esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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I have no acid reflux symptoms except for I can burp nonstop. Recently I've noticed a sensation of shortness of breath. Hiatal hernia??

I have no acid reflux symptoms except for I can burp nonstop. Recently I've noticed a sensation of shortness of breath. Hiatal hernia??

GERD: The belching and substernal symptoms with shortness of breath are findings seen in many cases of reflex esophagitis and hiatal hernia. Inflammation of lower esophagus is frequently associated with shortness of breath due to substernal extension of the inflammation. Omeprazole is used to treat these symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. ...Read more

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Hard bloated burning stomach, tightness in throat feels difficult to breathe at times, symptoms of acid reflux or something else?

Hard bloated burning stomach, tightness in throat feels difficult to breathe at times, symptoms of acid reflux or something else?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux would be high on my list. This often precipitates asthma which may be complicating your breathing. Other possible causes would include peptic ulcer disease, esophageal spasm, ulcer or diverticulum. ...Read more

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If you have difficulty breathing/chest tightness from Reflux, is it possible for it to respond to rescue inhalers. (Not sure if I have asthma yet)?

If you have difficulty breathing/chest tightness from Reflux, is it possible for it to respond to rescue inhalers. (Not sure if I have asthma yet)?

Probably not: If you do not have asthma, a rescue inhaler is unlikely to help you. On the other hand, reflux often co-exists with asthma and treating the reflux often reduces the chest symptoms without improving the lung function. ...Read more

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Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Silent Reflux: You described your symptoms beautifully and these are exactly the symptoms patients complain of when they suffer with larygopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux. Part of the exam that you need is a laryngeal exam, either with a mirror or a flexible scope. This should provide the "missing link" that should lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment. Your description is spot on. ...Read more

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I'm 29 and have suffered anxiety for a few months. I was on Busiprone for about a month and developed disturbed breathing. I was told its acid reflux?

I'm 29 and have suffered anxiety for a few months. I was on Busiprone for about a month and developed disturbed breathing. I was told its acid reflux?

Possibly: Everything they tell you is right. Buspirone is commonly used for anxiety. It very, very rarely (.07%) has acid reflux as a side effect. Acid reflux often causes disturbed breathing as lungs try to discharge acid fumes that irritate them. If the reflux improves, so should the breathing. How's the anxiety? Try adding CBT it will teach you skills for dealing w/ it. Best! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with acid reflux. I have noticed that my breathing is disturbed but not starving for air. Milk and other food makes it worse?

I have been diagnosed with acid reflux. I have noticed that my breathing is disturbed but not starving for air. Milk and other food makes it worse?

Acid reflux: You have noticed breathing disturbances with your acid reflux, do you snore? Wake at night gasping for breath? Feel tired all the time? Are you overweight? If yes to some of these then you may have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor and get evaluated for this. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more