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I too have had the same problems that you describe. It started about 4 years ago, and it has been really bad the last 2. I've had Pleurisy 6 times in the last 3 years and Bronchitis twice in same length of time.

I'm 31 and smoked for 13 years and quite 2 years ago when my chest pains and shortness of breath starting really gettting bad. I thought for sure that my problems were smoke related, but since quiting I'm still having the same amount of discomfort as I was then, sometimes even more.

My doctor thought it was asthma for the longest time and treated me with Advair and Albuterol which gave me no relief, in fact, I think it made me worse. He also had me on Prednisone and a number of other anti-inflammatories over the last 2 years for my Pleurisy which also seemed to give me no relief. There was no cough or phlegm associated with my chest pains and shortness of breath, so he wasn't sure what as going on. He eventually sent me to a Pulmonary doctor which did asthma tests on me, all of whick came back fine. He then did an x-ray and CT Scan, and those came back fine too.

Even thought we had determined it wasn't asthma, the Pulmonary doctor suggested me using a different inhaler (Qvar) and a different inhalation powder (Foradil). By this time, I am just at my ropes end with all this pain, that never seems to go away and asked why I was still being treated for something I didn't have and decided to figure it out on my own.

I started doing some research, thinking that if I don't die from this constant, never ending pain, then I'm probably going to die from all the medication that they have me doped up on. After some searching I noticed that I had alot of the same symptoms of GERD. At first, I thought there was no way it is was that because I don't feel any fluid or acid in my throat, but after reading more I found out that many people have it and don't even know it. I found out that the fluid can get into your lungs and cause inflammation and bronchitis. It can also cause tighting in the chest, chest pains, shortness of breath, along with many other things.

I brought this up to my doctor and he put me on Prevacid. Within a day the tighting in my chest and my shortness of breath was starting to go away. I couldn't believe it. I had found something that was giving me more relief than anything else I had been on. After about 2 weeks, all my symptoms seemed to be almost gone, but I had been having side effects from the Prevecid after the second day, like waking up in the middle of the night shaking really bad, a heavy, pressing, feeling in my upper chest, and terrible stomach cramps. This concerned me and then I found out that medications like Preveced could cause pneumonia and I stopped taking it. After more investigating I found some natural remedies that could help with GERD like Ginger juice, Aloe Vera Juice, and Apple Cider Vinegar. I usually take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal and it seems to help.

I also read that you have to find the cause of the reflux. Some of these things can cause it or aggravate it (smoking, coffee, soda, alcohol, chocolate, fatty foods, over eating, over weight, stress) along with many other things. I'm not quite sure what the cause of it is for me, but I left my ex-husband 4 years ago after 10 years and have been rasing our 4 kids alone since then. I had my mother pass away from breast cancer years ago, my father passed away from lung cancer last Sept., and I've had 2 grandfathers, my grandmother, and two friends pass away within the last 2 years, so perhaps "STRESS" could be the cause. My diet wasn't really all that great either, so I've since stopped drinking coffee, soda, alcohol, and stopped eating chocolate, and real fatty foods. Plus I've been walking an hour every night for the last 2 months. I feel better now, than I have in a long time.

My doctor sent me to get an EGD (gastroscopy) done last Friday and they found a Hiatal Hernia, and I'll get the results back from the biopsy this week.

I'm sorry this was such a long winded reply, but I do hope it can help you some how. It may very well not be GERD that you have, but it would be worth looking into.

Also, I don't know if you drink caffeine and alcohol or not, but those 2 things mixed with anti-depressants can cause adversed effects. Caffeine and alcohol alone without being on anti-depressants can cause and already stressed-out person to become more stresssed-out and will prevent you from being able to really relax.

I wish you the best, good luck. :wave:

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