The main symptoms of the fungal infection were just difficultly swallowing and severe reflux/regurgitation
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Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been on here, I’ve been really busy with school and work, but I’ve been to a gastroenterologist and had two endoscopies done in the mean time, and I’ve finally discovered with I think has been causing my shortness of breath. I was originally diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis after an initial endoscopy (which is basically an allergic inflammation of the esophagus similar to asthma), and after two months of omeprazole 40 mg twice per day and an allergen-free diet, I have been cleared of that condition (and my GERD has gotten a lot better). However, in the meantime I developed a fungal infection in my esophagus which caused the inflammation to continue, and I suspect that I might have another condition that constricts the esophagus, esophageal achalasia. Therefore, what I think is happening is I’m feeling tightness in my esophagus, mistaking that for my lungs/trachea, and then breathing more deeply to compensate. I go back to the doctor in a month so I’ll try to keep everyone updated more.
I think the best strategy, no matter what the actual problem is, is to carefully rule as many things out as possible, one by one. Try a pulmonologist to rule out a lung problem, a cardiologist to rule out heart problems, and a gastroenterologist to rule out GI problems. After that it could still be muscular, neurological, or psychological, so there would still be hope. Also, when you really focus on the shortness of breath, is your difficulty with the inhaling or the exhaling? Because lung problems almost always cause some kind of difficulty exhaling, so that can be used to quickly rule that out.
I have actually been on OTC Flonase for about 2 months now, and it’s done wonders for my nose but nothing for my shortness of breath. It could be having a small affect but nothing significant. If it is eosinophilic esophagitis, then the first line of treatment is a moderate dose of proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole), the second line of treatment is a high dose of PPI’s, the third is swallowed steroids to coat the esophagus, and the fourth and final is endoscopic dilation.
UPDATE: I just got back from the gastroenterologist, and she said that I definitely have some sort of acid reflux. She also strongly suspects that I have eosinophilic esophagitis, due to my history of asthma, allergies, and ezcema as a child and the “swollen” feeling I have in my throat and my indigestion. She has me starting 40 mg of omeprazole once per day tomorrow, as well as a probiotic. I’m also going to get an endoscopy done sometime in the next month to comfirm the EoE and also to assess any other damage being done by my reflux. I know you said Prilosec (Omeprazole) did not help you, but I’m staying optimistic since the dosage I’m going on is twice as high as OTC Prilosec, and the doctor said she is willing to double it if it doesn’t help. I’m really hoping this does something in the next few weeks and I will continue to keep you all updated.
I do have a somewhat “swollen” throat most of the time, now that you mention it. I do also burp a lot and have a feeling like a need to burp all the time. It just never occurred to me that stomach problems could be causing my shortness of breath, so I never even considered that. Thank you so much for the info, I’m really hoping that this is what I have. Also, I drink 3-4 diet sodas a day and eat a ton of food (as most 18 year old guys do) so maybe that has something to do with it as well. My gastro appointment is March 28th, so I’ll keep you updated!
I have the exact same set of symptoms. They started for me out of nowhere, in the middle of the night about 7 months ago. I feel like I can’t get in a full breath almost all of the time. The worst part is when I exercise, not immediately after, but the next day it worsens to the point where I am constantly on the verge of a panick attack. This is particularly hard for me, since before this I was in the gym for an hour a day, 7 days a week, and now I can barely walk for extended periods of time. I have a similar story with doctors, as well. I tried a pulmonologist, he said I don’t have asthma, as evidenced by my lack of response to steroids. He also ruled out vocal cord dysfunction, since those symptoms seemed confined only to the time of the exercise itself. Next I went to a cardiologist and everything appeared normal. Now I am going to see a gastro soon, and then hopefully get a endoscopy and bronchoscopy. Also, some weird things I’ve noticed about it are: caffeine seems to make it worse, it’s worse in the middle of the night, and it seems to get better when I’m really involved in a mental activity, especially things I enjoy (Please let me know if any of this is true for you guys). It’s been really discouraging getting no solid answers, which I’m sure you all can relate to, but I’m really glad that I’m not the only one out there. If we work through it together, maybe we can finally get it figured out. Hang in there everyone.
I’m 18 years old and male