injured windpipe and voice box, acid reflux problem too

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 5/1/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Long story short:
In Nov of last year I had to be rushed to the hospital because I could not breath. I had walking pnemonia and did not know it. I spent three weeks in ICU sedated and had to be intabated three times. Lungs clear now but, now it has been six months and I have had nothing but, terror from a damaged trache and voicebox. I have had 5 balloon dilations to try and keep my trache open but, within a couple of weeks it starts narrowing again. I am taking 3 nexium a day for acid reflux so my voice box will heal. My throat feels like it is full of mucus all the time if I dont take some kind of allergy medicine. My doctor is talking about doing surgery on my trache. It involves cutting the bad piece out and sewing it back up. I am scared to death to have it done, but, I cannot keep going back to OSU every two weeks either. I did not know where to put this thread. I hope this is the right place. Have any of you heard of this problem? If so please fill me in.....thankx Sweetie119


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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 5/4/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry that you're dealing with such a frightening and disruptive condition! I've not had the situation you describe occur, but my reflux can make me short of breath sometimes, and it LOVES to make my throat tense and tighten. Now that I'm on two Nexium a day, most of that has stopped. The fact that you're on three a day would please my allergist/ENT, who strongly believes in aggressive treatment for reflux into the throat. I get the mucus thing too - and surprisingly, allergy meds have also helped me recently.

I have no answers or advice for you - just wanted to let you know someone's listening. I hope others will post soon with their experiences.

Stay strong!


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DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)

Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac

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