Feel like I can’t breathe !

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more than once a day i experience episodes where i feel like i can't breathe. I technically can, and i can take deep breaths just fine, but the sensation of not being able to breathe is 100% there and can last for hours. it feels like there is so much pressure in my chest, and not necessarily pain, just a lot of pressure. Like im really forcing every breath. If i had to guess its from so much acid, and food that comes up and irritated my esophagus which creates other problems such as this one. It can happen when im sitting down, standing up, or laying down but it is absolutely miserable. feels like im so out of breath yet i am breathing just fine. does anyone else experience this or can relate? i take gaviscon so help ease the acid and regurgitation but no help! i'm also taking omeprazole daily.

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    yes I get the same symptoms as you it is the acid that does this to you I also take zantac every day when it's this bad as well as a PPI it's very disappointing I know

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      its extremely disappointing and disheartening too. One minute i can feel like im doing okay and the next thing i know an episode comes on. For example, waking up this morning i felt all right, was talking to a friend on the phone and next thing i know i realize my breathing is off, my chest is starting to burn, etc. And i haven't even got out of bed, ate anything, etc. I genuinely pray this is not forever

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    HI I have had acid reflux since Feb. I feel for you as sometimes i have trouble breathing with chest tightness, its awful. I find gaviscon helps just before bed. I am on PPIs as well. Have you had any tests? Ive had a barrier swallow which was normal. Gp thought i may have a hernia.

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      Hello, sounds like we're pretty similar. i have had the following tests: 2 endoscopies, 2 barium swallow tests, gastric emptying study, and in addition i have had blood work, been to 3 GI doctors & an ENT doctor. All my tests came back normal except that my lower esophageal sphincter relaxes too often allowing acid, food, etc. to constantly come up from my stomach. The last test i was recommended was Manometry with 24 hour PH study. I actually atempted to do this test twice but was unable to complete it because of how uncomfortable it was, so unfortunately i couldn't get the results. I have not been diagnosed with a hernia. Although i know i have severe acid reflux/GERD i'm positive there is something else wrong. I suffer every day

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      Sounds like you have been thoroughly tested. It is frustrating when it keeps happening! I am going through the menopause and I feel sure mine has something to do with that! My hormones are all over the place!

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    This is normal with reflux disease! pressure just below the center chest above the stomach! Do you have a hiatal hernia? This can happen with that as well! Anxiety makes it worse! Massages help relaxation in turn helps breathing! NO caffeine, alcohol, spicey food, carbonated drinks. Eat small meals frequently, dont stuff yourself, chew slowly! Elevate to sleep! Taking walks helps! loose clothing nothing tight around stomach! hope this helps!

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