I've had asthma all my life. I never noticed GERD until my first pregnancy. My GERD has gotten progressively worse over the past 20 years or so, and I've been on PPI's for about
that long. I've had several episodes (set off by non-tolerated antibiotics/especially Augmentin) that have set off my GERD to the point that I was unable to eat, and actually lost as much as 20 pounds in a month's time or so.
My asthma has grown much worse over the past 4 years--started by a GERD episode that landed me in the hospital with uncontrolled acid and asthma. My asthma doc could not do anything with my asthma until the GERD was under control. I went on high doses of IV steroids. The GI docs I had at that time really didn't (or couldn't) do much for me. I had some tests, but nothing really happened for me. Finally, my family doc interceded and helped spring me from the hospital. It was nearly Christmas, and I knew I was just getting sicker in the hospital...no sleep, not as good care as i could give myself at home. Eventually, after months of not being able to eat more than a spoonful of custard/pudding/yogurt at a time, I gradually healed, and got back to "normal".
Anyway, I stayed with the GI office for a while, but really didn't get any relief from them. The communication wasn't good. I asked my family doc to refer me to another GI doc. He did, and I'm much more satisfied with him. I need someone I can talk to . I need to know what's going on, I need to have my questions answered, and my concerned considered respectfully and responded to. That wasn't happening with my other GI doc.
Last year, after foot surgery, I took antibiotics and pain meds, and got myself into yet another GERD episode--lost lots of weight/couldn't eat...it took at least 7 months to get my stomach better.
During this time, my asthma has been consistently uncontrolled. My doctors have been moving me towards this surgery, in hopes that it will be successful and help my lungs. I was referred to a surgeon, who put me through some tests, and recommended that I was a good candidate for the lap Nissen. I still wasn't in a hurry to jump into it, and wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. I went back to my GI doc, and he did another test (PH Monitor/I wasn't off the charts...fairly average, actually. However, it doesn't take much go get asthma going), and said that it was really my call--whether to go forward with surgery.
He referred me to a surgeon he said was excellent (he'd be confident to have the surgery done by this surgeon on himself). I made an appointment to talk to the surgeon. I was impressed with his bedside manner, and with lots of positive comments from many medical professionals, so I went home and gave it some more thought. I then went back to him with my husband in tow, and made the decision to schedule the surgery.
It was a tough decision, but one I just had to "hold my nose" and jump in. So that's where I am now. Tomorrow I go back to see him again.
Except for my asthma, the recovery is going great. Of course everyone who has this surgery is paranoid that it won't hold, and won't work. That's one of the reasons that I resisted it so long. Going through a revision like this is a very big deal. I have to really work hard to do what I need to do--stay positive and relax into the process. Keep thinking good thoughts!
You're probably sorry you asked! Now you have the whole story. Do you know how to privately post emails? I know it's not good to put them up on these posts. It would be nice to communicate that way.
Hope you're feeling well, J!