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Hi just wondering if this is normal I was at doctors last week as I had been burping constantly getting chest discomfort bringing up food they gave me omeprazole which I have been taking for 5 days. For the past few days I've noticed I feel like I'm short of breath this can just be sitting down aswell and then I burp lots this makes it a bit better this comes and goes throughout the day is this a symptoms of Gerd?

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    What have you been diagnosed with .. I had mild symptoms of nausea and was immediately offered Lansoprazole .Then my symptoms got worse I now have reflux .I'm now on Omaprazole and struggling .Try the natural remedies first and look at your diet 4 or 5 small meals suit me best and avoid all the usual triggers coffee wine etc .

    I had an Endoscopy and have Gastritis ..but can't wait to get off the tablets . Good luck .

    You might be allergic. Read the side effects .

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      I had to take iron tablets for a few months for anemia which have really messed up my stomach the anemia is okay now the doctor didn't actually say I have reflux or gastric or anything just gave me omeprazole to take for a month and testing for h pylori and that was it.
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    Hello Lynsey, if acid from your stomach was refluxing high enough to the throat and airways area, it could cause breathing issues through irritation of the tissues and build up of defensive/protective mucous. But if you haven't yet been diagnosed with reflux or Gerd, then time will tell if Gerd is the problem. But always make sure to tell your doc of all symptoms, so that nothing is missed and anything potentially dangerous is looked into quickly.
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    The main problem is most people (including doctors) seem to think of acid reflux as just one condition when in fact it is two: acid and reflux.

    Without the reflux, the acid may not even be a problem but if the acid refluxes it can do permanent damage to your oesophagus that could lead to cancer. That is why doctors immediately prescribe acid suppressants - which are probably savng many lives as recent research has shown they probably have a vhemo-protective effect.

    However, acid suppressants may not reduce the reflux which is a mechanical action rather than a chemical one.Your regurgitation, even with acid suppressed, could well be cause of your chest and breathing problems.

    Read the chapter on extra-oesophageal reflux in the www DownWithAcid org uk book / website.

    You will need to look at the lifestyle suggestions to reduce reflux.

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      Hi Barrett's. I have lpr, I was on dexilant for a long period of time, then I thought all was well and, stopped on my own. Foolish me. It's back with a vengeance. I don't understand. I eat right, no spicy foods, alkaline water, dgl licorice, aloe juice, back on omeprazole but so sick. Extremely Nauseous when I eat, burping, bloated. The pill is getting stuck in my throat now,back and neck pain. I think I have Barrett's now. Suffering. We're those your symptoms.
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    l was diagnosed with acid reflux years ago, put on cimetidine, though barely any symptoms with it, last year started with nausea, bloating, belching, and did become breathless with it, gasping at times, but do have respiratory problem, just made it worse, Scope showed bit of gastritus put on omprazole, took away 90percent of symptoms, but still there a bit and recently nausea bit more problematic after several months on omp, dissapointing, as l did change diet, lactose free, light plain small meals, go off food when nauseous as well, and hoped to come of or reduce omprazole, not increase, when needed. With your reaction being so soon, near two weeks before omprazole reduced my symptoms, l think you need to tell gp and make sure its not a allergic reation or respiratory problem along with it.  good luck 
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      Hello Lynne, the nausea aspect of these stomach illnesses is one I've fortunately only encountered about eight times, all during periods of a few days when my experiment with foods to improve my gastritis involved meals that were too small and too easy to digest. In about an hour and twenty I was feeling, as my late mother used to say in my childhood, "sick with hunger." This had me worried it was going to become another nasty symptom I'd have to endure. But really it was more like my body was yelling at me to eat more, or eat something a bit more fulfilling but still gentle for the gastritis; and once I ate the nausea would ease. And when I made my meals a little more substantial again, the sickness stopped happening.

      It might be of no use in your case, and I know it can be a right bother trying to form a diet with the optimum-sized meals of foods that help and don't harm, but I thought I'd mention it to you and other sufferers just in case having meals that are maybe a bit too light or small, or even eaten too far apart, might be involved with your nausea, rather than it be due to stomach trouble directly like many people have. And you might have seen my other general ways that help me in other posts.

      Nausea can also happen through anxiety or depression, and, as you said, side-effects from some meds can cause this and other issues.

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      Hi Paul, thanks for your advice, l,ll try it, l,d do anything to get rid of the nausea aspect, it did improve 90percent after a couple of weeks on 20mg omprazole a day, now 6month later its become a bit more aggrevated again, not as bad as before which was daily from waking till bedtime for 9months, but had a few bad days recently, and even after taking an extra omp, so twice a day, can you tell me if the omp do become less affective, l mentioned it to doc and he said some are on them years, carry on.  The scope did diagnose bit of gastritus, stomach duodenum, but the ologist didnt think it accounted for severity of nausea l was having. l had diagnosis of intersticial cystitus many years ago, after many years of symtpoms undiagnosed till having cystascope, along with i.c diagnoses urologist said l,d acid reflux put me on cimetidine, on them for many years, and had occassional days of nausea and lost appetite over the years with it, but the odd days you cope with. A few year ago a new study found one anti biotic a day, kefalex, stopped ic flare ups, so l took one daily for a few years, and guess lve always had a sensative stomach, maybe the anti bs pushed it over the edge, l dont know, but along with those symptoms also have chronic fatigue, so now its do l have fibromyalgia or cfs, waiting for reumy appt, and stomach probs also connected with those conditions, all gets complex with many conditions, inflammatory, immune allergy,s, Many gps arent that interested or empathetic, in part theyre not the dramatic illness,s and also its limited what they can do, no magic pill, l had the severe and debilitating miserable nausea for 9months, lost appetite, lost 2 stone,

      then it improved 90percent with omprazole, l,m thinking l endured that for 9months and improved with something l could have bought at the chemist nexium. l did notice from looking on here that most dont have nausea, minority only, puzzling. Many years ago due to aneamia l had to take iron pills, fine for over a year, then suddenly couldnt tolerate them, made me nauseous, had to have injects instead, obviously prone to sensavitve tum. The only true symptom l get now is bloating belching, never aware of acid reflux, though did get chronic heartburn indagestion for few month till gall bladder removed. Though the light small plain meals were in response to the nausea, but l have always thought there was another cause, just finding it, waiting to see what papote posts back with following further testing, as he was the same but  l have at times when not really hungry and nauseous, pushed myself to have a light meal,even a sandwich, and its not harmed, maybe helped a bit. Sory for the long ramble, but always listen to any advice that can help, and know you and barrett give good advice, so will try eat a little more often, thanks.

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      Hello Lynne, don't worry about rambling, it's often in rambling that more details are revealed that another person might see as significant. Being minimal, especially with doctors, is how important symptoms or points can be missed.

      The bloating you mention is quite common with people who've had their gallbladders removed, even long after. This bloating is often worse if fatty things and the fattier meats are eaten, for the gallbladder stores bile from the liver for breaking down fats when food enters the duodenum. The breaking down of fats still takes place thanks to the liver bile, but is no longer readily available for use due to the gallbladder being gone, so it isn't quite as efficient. Maybe this could be involved with your bloating trouble.

      The fact you had the bloating while you still had a gallbladder may have been due to it not funtioning correctly at that time, or whatever reason it was you had it removed for. Bloating can also result from certain foods that produce more gas, and from IBS, etc.

      As for PPI meds, some users find the one they take begins to work less well or poorly in time, while others don't have that problem. Being individuals with illnesses that are not always identical or equally severe, it's quite expected that there will be differences like these.

      I'll take this moment to mention for anyone, that I read of two reports of tests to see if lying on one's left or right in bed can minimise reflux during the night, and both trials did find that the left was the more beneficial. I have found the right side preferable, though I really should have another try on the left. It's just that when you have a bad do with something you naturally shy away from risking it again. Could be worth trying, though, for any sufferers who have only, or mostly, slept on their right sides since their reflux began or maybe worsened. (I see another sufferer, Franksfan, has just posted a query about this too.)

      To wake up feeling sick, as you did Lynne, is too horrible even to think of, though I've known it now and then through bugs over the years. But hunger itself, especially if we are essentially underfeeding through stomach illness, can make itself very felt upon waking and at other times. Trying to eat regularly is obviously worthwhile for every reason. Hopefully you'll have some improvement.

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      hi thanks for response, didnt notify in email, l sort of automatically lay on my right, seem to like facing wall,l eat little in fatty food, never ate too much now little, though do eat carbs, and guess there a bit of fat in them.

      l do wonder if taking an anti b daily for a couple of years, as prescribed to prevent ic flare up, in part led to the nausea, or inflammation, l should have known it could, always been sensative to meds, l did stop them when the nausea started, but it wasnt that simple, damage done l guess, now very careful, even preferring using pain gels or patches to pills. l do now even when not hungry eat a small sandwich or toast, even if feeling a bit nauseous, and it does seem to help, but the nausea is 90percent improved, but do find more often than not l need to use two omps a day rather than one 20mg, bit of a dissapointment, hoping l could get off them after a few months, but not meant to be, yet just grateful theyve worked, wish l,d known at start of nausea, months of it. My gall bladder didnt have stones, as many do, inflammation l think they called it chocylitus, Think lve an inflamed body, bladder upwards, so thanks, it has improved, not perfect but much better. best wishes with yours, seems to be loads, even tonight with stomach probs, you wonder

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      Hi Lynne, yes, the antibs could well have done a number on you, as they partly did with me over a few months. The fat in breads and so on should not be an issue. It's really fat-heavy foods, greasy too, pastries, butter, etc, etc. So don't starve yourself of carbs! Get in as much calorific food as your tum will allow throughout a day without worsening things, to make up for loss of fats calories.

      Of course different people might get away with a little butter here and there, or a substitute, or fish without an impact, which is why personal experimentation is the way. I'm even sipping in a milk shake-like drink as well at the moment - so much with each meal. Trial and error. I wish you more improvement, and thank you for yours regarding my trouble.

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      Hi, thanks paul, probably the anti bs did affect, too many too long, as they are a lifesaver, but some of us cant tolerate strong stuff going in us so much for so long.  `Trial and Error` bit like life, lve not even the patience to read instructions of consumer stuff now, trial and error to learn. l wonder what the future will bring for present times with their future stomachs, their diet being much stronger, eating whole chillies etc  as a trendy test of being macho, along with binge drinking, l and most were moderate diets drinking in comparison, but who knows, future will show. My state has improved with omp and low fat plainer diet, a huge relief, not perfect but improved a lot, Thanks, good wishes  
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    Lynsey The trouble is that so many tummy upsets can be so extremely painful and can occur all around the upper body.Many times I have woken up finding breathing very dificult,I have gone the whole morning thinking I was going to have a heart attack until quite a small burp cleared up the whole thing ! Trapped wind can be very painful and cause very scary episodes.Try some chewing gum (not peppermint as this makes things worse) Your own saliva is a great balm and don't worry about burping - it's much more painful if you don't.  !
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      Thank you for replying yeah I get a lot of odd pains from it mist stabbing pains in tins back chest shoulder and neck and then I burp lots and seems to help it a bit I can always tell now when gas is building up as I start to get the pains. It has really worried me about my heart I have had ecgs and blood tests and all okay.
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