Respiratory issue or GERD symptom?

  • tigrisblue

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    May 05, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    Or both, I suppose. I'm just looking to see if any of you have experienced similar issues.

    Whenever I get my heart rate above a certain level, it becomes difficult to breathe, and my throat begins to burn pretty terribly. On top of that, I begin to taste iron in my saliva, and as the symptoms pass, I'm left with a really thick, viscous saliva in the back of my throat.

    The burning/thick saliva I'm used to from acid-reflux/GERD-related issues. I've also had asthma since I was very young, but none of the issues above are symptoms I've ever experienced with an asthma attack (which, notably, I haven't had in years and years, especially since weight lifting frequently).

    The allergist and respiratory specialist suggested I simply have small lungs, and only provide about 70% of the needed oxygen to my pulmonary system during times of stress. Chest x-ray came back clean, and I'm not on any medications. I remain dubious of the respiratory angle, and still think it's a GI stress-related issue.

    Thoughts? Thanks, guys.
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    May 05, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    East to test!!! Since given your history, it could be either. I had severe asthma growing up so I feel you on this, but my mom got in in swimming in 5th grade and kept me in it through high school and that really helped my lungs a lot.

    If you think it's GERD take the next 14 to 28 days and take two OTC Prevacid or Prilosec. These drugs decrease the amount of stomach acid produced so

    1) You have to take them 30 to 60 minutes before your first meal of the day, other wise it's too late a large portion of the stomach acid has already been made for the day.

    2) It will take a good 5 to 7 days to start seeing a result. If at the end of 14 days you don't see any differnce, it's likely not GERD, but you can keep going to the 21 or 28 day mark just to be sure. If the symptoms go away, after a few more days symptom free, stop the medication and see if they come back. If they do, restart the drug and if they go away again, you have found your answer. If ti's not GERD then it is likely a pulmonary related issue.
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    May 06, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    2nd opinion! (NOT HERE!)

    medicine is a PRACTICE, after all! maybe someday, we'll all get it right!

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    May 06, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    You've got a lot going on there...aaahhh and i don't think you explained it properly.

    If you notice phlegm building up on the roof of your mouth and that makes it's way to the lungs.... you probably have acid reflux and your body is trying to prevent further damage. It does cause further damage if you let it go. You probably have bad breath from the condition and it could be wearing away at the enamel on your teeth. If you were on heavy meds when you were younger you could have done some damage to the flora in your gut. This could also be hindered by your diet... excessive coffee, drinking and who knows what else.

    Probably the quickest recovery would be with apple cider vinegar. Throw a 1/4 to 1/2'' in a glass and chug it back every time you notice the acid reflux. That will put new enzymes into your gut. To repair the valve chug aloe vera juice. If this doesn't work go back to the doctor.... you may have let it go to far and there is a new procedure that they can fabricate a new valve with a few stitches. Also, eat a high probotic yogurt on a regular basis to re introduce lacto bacillus to your gut.

    About the lung capacity..... our lungs reach our max at age 19. The only way to increase their capacity after that age is to do pullovers. Take a dumbbell ...lay on your back on a bench with your head hanging over the bench.... hold the dumbbell in it's highest position.... lower back behind your head .... arms straight .... inhaling all the way... take a few more gulps of air at its lowest point and hold it in.... and do a five count.... bring it up exhale. Do this a few times and you'll be at 110% in no time. I've done it with myself and a few other asthmatics.

    Let me know how you make out.....r

  • tigrisblue

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    May 06, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    Thanks guys; I appreciate it. I'll give your suggestions a shot.

    Viscous mucous is probably a better description, but it's not actually in my mouth and more in the back of my throat, so I haven't been able to give it a thorough examination. I just know it feels similarly to other reflux problems I've had in the past, hence my suspicions.

    I do my best to eat healthy, have alcohol very rarely, and have probiotic food near every day (which I've wondered if this is too much, but oh well). I have 2-3 cups of coffee per week, which I think is reasonable, but removing it isn't out of the question.
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    May 06, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    Do u have any chest pains?? Like pains in ur esophagus?

    Does this thick, nasty saliva occur in the mornings? Does it cause u to lose ur voice at all. ?
  • starboard5

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    May 06, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Might not be a bad idea to see a gastroenterologist and get scoped just to make sure your stomach and esophagus are clear. Especially do so if you see any blood in your phlegm/mucous.
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    May 06, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    starboard5 saidMight not be a bad idea to see a gastroenterologist and get scoped just to make sure your stomach and esophagus are clear. Especially do so if you see any blood in your phlegm/mucous.


    agreed. I got scoped like 2 months ago, because I was having endless heartburn.... turns out i had a minor hiatal hernia and they put me on Nexium. . .

    been in good shape ever since! No more gross effects of the acvid reflux like phlegm, loss of voice, etc.
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    May 08, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    I'd try seeing an ENT as well, get a laryngoscopy done.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 08, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    CABucky saidI'd try seeing an ENT as well, get a laryngoscopy done.

    Best advice here yet!! Probably yeast from giving head to unclean or swallowing bad spunk.icon_idea.gif
    Does not sound normal at all. See a qualified ENT!!! Not an RJer.icon_idea.gif