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What causes shortness of breath , dizziness and elevated liver enzymes?

I suffer from extremely serious gerd . I was not following the correct diet & drinking entirely too much when I went to Vegas . The night before we left, I had extreme difficulty breathing, dizzy and couldn t stop belching . I was also taking a very strong antibiotic for a cold, and the walk in clinic that gave me the prescription said I could drink. The next morning I was In such bad shape my daughter took me to a clinic in clinic Vegas . Dr told me to stop antibiotic...way too strong, gave me a special cocktail for gerd , and did blood work which showed liver enzymes toohigh. I have since gone to my m.d. who sent me to hospital to have ultrasound on liver,gall bladder & pancreas also ct scan on lungs...all normal. I am still eating soft foods and now am strictly following gerd diet, but no one can seem to explain why I am still having shortness of breathe and dizziness. I have no energy , which is not me...just don t feel right since goneVegas episode. Please what should I do next? Thank you
Thu, 6 Oct 2016
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Gastroenterologist, Surgical 's  Response
Hello,
1) You have GERD which was aggravated due to excessive alcohol drinking as excessive alcohol cause gastritis
2) Also some group of antibiotics cause gastritis to develop
3) High liver enzyme was due to alcohol intake, which might come to normal after 2-3 weeks once you stop drinking alcohol
4) Shortness of breath is due to reflux of content and stomach juice into esophagus from stomach (due to loose junction of esophagus and stomach). This reflux cause irritation on esophagus and develop esophagitis. Thus you might have alcohol induced gastritis and reflux induced esophagitis.
5) Hiatus hernia is most common cause for such reflux and best test to assess esophagitis, gastritis, hiatus hernia is upper GI endoscopy and I suggest you to do same.
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