for Jeisea from Byron Bay, Australia: A very good friend just sent me this link and I've been reading for a long time now. I have never heard of these remedies listed here, but think I'll give it a try. But for Jeisea, YES, Acid Reflux does play a large part in asthma. I never had a clue the two could be related and was shocked to find out just how related they were. I had it for years and my asthma went off the deep end so bad that I was prednisone dependant that did not always work, except the huge weight gain, UGH. By pure accident I was seen by a doctor that questioned GERD and Acid Reflux after 13 bouts of pneumonia in little over a year and continual asthma attacks.. I was even diagnosed with COPD. I went to bed fine and woke up deathly ill. At the end, I had another asthma attack before the first one ended. I went into respiratory failure August, 2006. The doctor was a gem, he called it silent GERD/Reflux with a hiatal hernia. My esophogus was as bad as they had seen without Barrett's being present. Life was pure hell from then on, nothing worked. On December 15, 2006 I had surgery to repair the hernia as well as a Nissen Wrap by an outstanding surgeon. I have been asthma free, no meds for asthma, NO PREDNISONE!!! I do not even use my inhaler. The kicker, I am a smoker, now I smoke with ease, but, plan to quit soon. I feel great and losing weight. It has made me extremely lactose intolerant. I did have one major set back 2 weeks ago in that I had what appeared to be a heart attack. All signs for a heart attack were present and strong. I had an angio-gram within hours of getting to the hospital and the results were 100% plaque free in my heart. It was the acid reflux stuck in my chest, a temporary surgery side effect. I am still home recovering, but, tomorrow when I go out, I do plan to buy some apple cider vinegar and give it a chance to see if it will stop this chest thing from ever happening again. It's certainly worth a shot, because honestly that day was the scariest of my life. If I scare anyone with this awful, really I mean too, for your own good. DO NOT IGNORE ACID REFLUX/GERD. It's extremely dangerous and must be dealt with immediately.
Thanks and take care, will be checking in regularly from now on.
Coughs, Acid Reflux and Asthma
Someone on here asked about cough and reflux. My son had a chronic cough and was treated for asthma. He was in the worst category for asthma. He never had a wheeze. He just had a chronic cough. When he was finally diagnosed with reflux, he had developed Barrett's Oesophagous, a pre cancerous condition. Reflux causes asthma. The meds for asthma cause reflux. You see his problem. He had a laproscopic fundoplication operation which completely stopped reflux. He hasn't had asthma at all since. If you are coughing it could mean your reflux isn't under control. Chronic reflux isn't safe.