So for 2 weeks I have this horrible cough. I cough until I pass out or start vomiting. No other flu symptoms and I don’t feel sick except for this sharp chest pains, heart burn and swollen stomach. Hubby got more and more worried as it got worse and MADE me go to the doctor. I had NO idea this could happen.
After my pregnancy I stopped taking my acid reflux meds as the stuff is so expensive and the pregnancy just destroyed our medical aid funds. I was surprised that I don’t really have heartburn as bad as before the pregnancy. Yeah. The baby must have made it better.
To my total shock the doctor explained (sort of) that I had silent reflux and somehow it got to my lungs. I have a very bad lung infection and I had to take very strong antibiotics, cortisone, some other meds and inhalers.
My poor body is so unhappy with the antibiotics and not even a probiotic seem to be working.
Well at least I’m starting to feel better and the cough is MUCH better, but still there. Esp in the evening. I’ve done some research and this is what I found. Rather interesting:
What Are the Symptoms of GERD?
Heartburn usually is described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest. It may start high in the abdomen or may extend up the neck or back. Sometimes the pain may be sharp or pressure-like, rather than burning. Such pain can mimic heart pain (angina). Typically, heartburn related to GERD is seen more commonly after a meal. Other symptoms of GERD include:
- Hoarseness. If acid reflux gets past the upper esophageal sphincter, it can enter the throat (pharynx) and even the voice box (larynx), causing hoarseness or sore throat.
- Chronic dry cough, especially at night. GERD is a common cause of unexplained coughing. It is not clear how cough is caused or aggravated by GERD.
- Asthma. Refluxed acid can worsen asthma by irritating the airways. And asthma and the medications used to treat it can make GERD worse.
- Feeling as if there is a lump in your throat.
- Sudden increase of saliva.
- Bad breath.
- Chest pain/discomfort.