Hello donut. My history with reflux goes back a long way, but I'll try to give the condensed version. After a long time with many confusing diagnosis with no clear pattern or clear set of symptoms for anything (including heart) I was sent to National Jewish for ongoing pulmonary problems; it was there that the severity of my reflux was found. From there I returned home to Michigan and then was sent to Cleveland Clinic for evaluation and ultimately surgery.
So, here are the diagnoses I ended up with: the esophageal sphincter had all but failed; I have mixed bronchiolitis with fibrotic alveoli; vocal cord dysfunction, esophagitis, Los Angeles grade A, stomach and esophageal polyps, chronic cough, gallstones, diaphramatic/hiatal hernia, chronic daily migraine.
I had my surgery on July 16th and just returned from CC for my 10 week post op testing and check up. One year ago my 24 hour ph registered 151 episodes of reflux, last week: none! My barium swallow showed no strictures, no rings, no esophagitis, no hernia, no anything!
My surgery was difficult, the recovery even more so, the result is wonderful...absolutely wonderful. I wondered, during recovery if I had ruined my life with the surgery and wondered why I had gone through this....now I know. This surgery has been life changing thus far; early on, I know, but the results are not just subjective but quantitative. I no longer cough; I have no more chest pain; my lungs, although damaged, are no longer inflamed; I no longer lose my voice nor have to clear my throat and my migraines are 90% gone.
It was the best thing for me; my one piece of advice, choose your surgeon with extreme care. Most poor outcomes are the result of the wrong surgeon for the wrong patient with the wrong diagnosis. If you have any questions, you can get an opinion from Cleveland Clinic, where I know they have one of the best. I've heard of a Dr. in Seattle, one in Tampa. Be very, very careful.