Breathlessness associated with acid reflux disease is treated by treating the underlying cause of reflux. Lifestyle changes such as reducing use of tobacco and alcohol, limiting fatty and spicy foods, and restricting caffeine, citrus fruits and tomatoes are recommended. Eat small meals and be sure to eat more than 3 hours before bedtime. If acid reflux continues, medications may be necessary. Antacids effectively neutralize excess stomach acid, but overuse may increase acid production. Other medications, such as proton pump inhibitors or beta-blockers, reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach.
The symptoms of acid reflux disease are the result of the irritation caused by the acid rising up in the esophagus. The most common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, sour taste and difficulty swallowing. Other less recognized symptoms are persistent cough and breathlessness, or dyspnea. Breathlessness associated with acid reflux is described as a suffocating feeling, tiredness or constriction in the chest, shortness of breath or labored or difficulty breathing. Symptoms of dyspnea are often worse at night or when lying down.
I am having exact same symptoms. I was even in hospital and they treated me for acid reflux however I had allergic reaction to Protonix and had to come off medication. I’m now on Zantac but still have symptoms especially pressure in chest. I had stress test and ekg to rule out heart but that’s always in the back of my mind since my chest has so much pressure and pain in my back. I can’t eat barely or it gets worse so I’ve lost 15 pounds in 5 weeks. Did you find out what was Wrong with you? If so is it better and how did you treat it? I feel hopeless. I had endoscopy and that came back normal at hospital but my current GI suspects they missed a hiatal hernia so I’m going to have him do another one soon. I also have a lot of burping and gas.
What I did want to say is that just before Xmas last year I went to see a Kinesiologist and had three sessions. She could feel various inflammations throughout my body via the muscles in my hand. At that time I started also with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity to any perfumes, for beginners deodorants etc and she said she had dealt with this before and was sure she could help. Well after my second session it was gone and so was the acid. I felt great. It was very reasonable in price and also very very relaxing. You may know of it being in the medical field.