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GERD breathing issues
justmeJB posted:
I have gerd and have suffered with it for a good number of years. I use omeprazole with good success. Occasionally I have these terrifying attacks where I wake up unable to inhale. The first time it happened, I literally thought I was going to die. I can exhale, but that doesn't help when you cannot inhale. I very slowly begin to wheeze through very short inhalations which increase until I am finally breathing normally. There is a lot of coughing and hacking and spitting involved. The cause of these attacks are from the trachea closing to keep out acids that have made their way through the upper esophageal sphincter. I spend a good many of nights sleeping in the upright position. Can anyone tell me the name for this condition, I found it once a long while back here on WebMD, but can't find it now.

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deb6583 responded:
I had to have my esophagus stretched because I felt like I could never take a deep breath like yawning. I had to stop and force myself to take deep breaths. I also regergitated food for 4 wouldn't all go all the way down. So far the stretching has helped but it is not a permanent fix.....antacids for life, I am afraid.

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