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Could my GERD be aggravating my asthma and causing pain across the middle of my back?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: GERD and asthma

Yes - gerd can aggravate asthma.
There appear to be two mechanisms at least. One is reflex stimulation at the end of the esophagus triggering cough; the other is the possibility of very small amounts of reflux going down the airway. In either event, this should be addressed sooner rather than later.

In brief: GERD and asthma

Yes - gerd can aggravate asthma.
There appear to be two mechanisms at least. One is reflex stimulation at the end of the esophagus triggering cough; the other is the possibility of very small amounts of reflux going down the airway. In either event, this should be addressed sooner rather than later.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes and less likely.
Gerd is a common cause of asthma exacerbations and poor asthma control. Esophageal injury from gerd or esophageal spasm can cause upper back pain but this is uncommon. You might consider a gallbladder evaluation for the back pain.

In brief: Yes

Yes and less likely.
Gerd is a common cause of asthma exacerbations and poor asthma control. Esophageal injury from gerd or esophageal spasm can cause upper back pain but this is uncommon. You might consider a gallbladder evaluation for the back pain.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Arvind Reddy
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Absolutely

This is a very common scenario and needs aggressive therapy.

In brief: Absolutely

This is a very common scenario and needs aggressive therapy.
Dr. Arvind Reddy
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