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I am experiencing GERD with shortness of breath and puffy nose. What is the reason?


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Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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Published At December 1, 2020
Reviewed AtDecember 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi Doctor, i am a 19 year old male and i have been struggling with gastroesophagel reflux disease earlier in the past few months. Sometimes there's a pain in my upper chest, rib cage, arms and back. And i also experience shortness of breath which doesn't go away if proton pump inhibitors are not used. I also have a stuffy nose without fever. I used to drink alcohol a little before bed. Can all my symptoms be because of my weak stomach or i have a serious problem?

Answered by Dr. Ajeet Kumar


welcome you to icliniq.

It may be GERD since it is a common condition to happen. However there are certain other things namely Eosinophilic esophagitis EoE since you have complain of stuffy nose and possible allergies. This is basically an allergy of the esophagus to certain foods. Or it can be a motility disorder of the esophagus an other common condition. This is basically a spasm of esophageal muscles. Lastly a functional heartburn where there is no structural problem but the nerves receiving signals from food pipe getting excessively sensitive.

I would need a detail history as I can be able to differentiate in between above possibilities and establish the cause and do some investigation to confirm it. If it turns out to be a GERD Then treatment is rather simple and straightforward. for detail history you can reach me via consultation whatever feasible. regards

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ajeet Kumar
Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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