Acid Reflux Disease Symptoms
Q: I am sorry about the seasonal allergies. I have been living with a
dog for 8 years now that sheds a ton of hair. I am very allergic to
her and it is terrible because my nose is always plugged. So I have
to always breathe through my mouth and then I have a dry mouth 24/7
and have to drink a lot of water.
so anyone has any suggestion that this may be a link to Acid Reflux Disease Symptoms
A:If you are not cleaning your place properly and have years of dust and dog hairs wafting around and a known dog hair allergy then you are bound to have breathing problems indoors. Get the vacuum cleaner out and don't allow the dog in your bedroom. Your indigestion sounds like GERD (gastrooesophageal reflux disease) to me and it should be investigated because it can in a few cases lead to cancer of the oesophagus. You can always test this out by making a few lifestyle changes http://www.gicare.com/pated/ecdgs39.htm In undiagnosed patients it is often associated with gastritis, which may explain the burning in the stomach. The breathing problems are likely to be due to GERD as the refluxed acid finds its way into the trachea especially when you are lying down. Tight clothing or constriction around your waist/belly will exacerbate the GERD You should also have gastroendoscopy carried out to take biopsies to check for oesophagitis and Barretts and also to check for Crohn's in the mouth and tonsils, oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. You need to also get checked out for herniation of the diaphragm, which is sometimes found in GERD patients. Generally the lifestyle changes in combination with proton pump inhibitors, such as Protonix or Nexium or a generic thereof will get it it under control if that is what your so-called 'indigestion' is. I think that it is extremely likely from the symptoms you have described. If you are overweight and/or smoke and/or drink then this exacerbates GERD. Reflux is caused by a dysfunctional/weak lower oesophagal sphincter (LES) and some foods cause the LES to relax and others cause the stomach to produce more acid. I also suggest that you tidy up your house because the powers-that-be scan the internet for key words and it might well be that you are already on somebody's to do list for a dawn raid and I am not joking here. They might just be waiting for the paperwork (search warrant) to come through.
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