gerd and asthma combined

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Hi, I am new on here. I am suffering right now from gerd and asthma. I get extremely short of breath, feeling fatiqued, burning in my chest, chest discomfort, back pain, feeling weak and just miserable. I have been  like this since beginning of October. Another odd symptom that is really scaring me is pressure in my arms. Does any one have this with gerd? I am on meds right now for gerd and asthma. I have always had low blood pressure but all the meds seems to be pushing that up. I did have my heart tested and my heart is fine. The pressure I get in my arms and shortness of breath really scares me. Then I know I get on the panic side and that does not help at all. I am trying to change diet. The only thing I drink any more is water, I cut out spicy food, acidic food and all kinds of stuff. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have been staying at home and getting cabin fever. With the way I feel I am so afraid to be near people due to getting a cold or flu on top of the way I already feel. Having no fun at all.

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    Hi, Barbara - have you been allergy tested?
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      Hi, my son was diagnosed with allergy related reflux and he also had wheezing and other asthma symptoms. The doctor at the time explained that all of that was related to the allergies. He has a fairly long list of foods to stay away from but he no longer has the symptoms.
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      Thank you I might have them test me for food allergies. I am currently staying away from spicy food, any thing with tomatoes, onions, tea, etc, The only thing i drink anymore is water. I am trying to cut down on portions. I am so happy to hear your son does not have  symptoms anymore. It scares me how I feel especially getting pain and pressure in my arms. I would never have thougth that could be related but I am reading that can happen to some people.
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    Hi Barbara! So when you say pressure in arms do you mean like your arms feel heavy? Because I've been having a lot of shortness of breath and last night my arms were so heavy and that was a first it really scares me... Is that the same thing?

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    Hi there. My worst symptom is the heartburn. I do not get the heartburn anymore as the medication I am on has got rid of that completely. However I fear the damage is already done as I have a chronic cough and a slight wheeze. I think there may be some scar tissue in my airways possibly from all the awful acid I suffered from every day all day. Have you spoken with your GP about this pressure?
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      I have the chronic cough too. My family doctor is setting me up to have a scope done to check out every thing there. So I will be going to two specialists a ear, nose and throat doctor. Also a gastro specialist. My allergist specialist is currently treating me for my gerd. So I am hoping to get more informantion at these other appointments as the pressure in my arms are really scaring me. I was so nervous with all my symptoms that i was thinking that i was also having heart problems but had that checked out and that was fine. I am glad that you got rid of the heartburn. So I will be really looking into the pressure. Thanks
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    Hi Barbra,

    Sorry you have been going through this, but I can 100% relate. It all started for me in the beginning of November. I too asthma and that my problems were stemming from that. It came on gradually where I would get the pressure in the chest exactly the same feeling you would get when your asthma flares up. I'd take my inhaler and it would go away. Well after a couple weeks of this it started to happen more frequently until the day it was there constantly 24/7. I've had chest pressure and a chronic cough for two months.

    I first has my lungs checked which came out clear. I had chest X-rays and met with a lung specialist. Everything with my lungs was fine. I did have a high pulse though. I was sent to the hospital to have a cat scan to make sure there was no blood clot, but that also came out fine. Then had my heart checked with an EKG, and echocgram. Also came out fine. So one day my symptoms became worse I had heartburn very badly only for one day though. I've had trouble eating because of the pressure in my chest it's hard to get food down I feel. I also burp all the time right after eating. So I met with a gastrologist she felt I was suffering from acid reflux. I started meds for this 1 month ago and I do not feel better. I had a barrium swallow X-ray done which came back normal. I'm scheduled for an endoscopy on Tuesday and I'm praying that will be my answer to this madness.

    I didn't have much pressure in my arms, mostly in my chest but I did get pain that radiated down my left arm which scared me I thought I was having a heart attack. This whole ordeal has effected my life terribly. I too started getting extreme anxiety from this and had to start Prozac a couple weeks ago because I was having a hard time functioning. The symptoms of this gerd is wretched. I had no idea acid reflux could make you feel so ill. I lost almost 15 pounds in 2 months from this. I'm also having trouble sleeping. I'm not sure if you are seeing a gastrologist, but I'd advise you to get an endoscopy done. That is the only test that will allow them to actually see what is going on with your esophagus. I'll let you know how mine goes. If you find anything that gives you relief please let me know! I've tried everything. I'm also in a strict bland diet that I've been on, but doesn't seem to help much.

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