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   Posted 8/18/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
        just wanted to let others know what the doctor said. I went in today for  a EGD .  scope down my throat to my stomach.
He said I had a small Hernia but nothing to worrry about. He said the chocking and the  not  able to swallow has nothing to do with my stomach or Asofagus. I will need to see a Pulmonary  doctor. The choking he said is coming from my airway which is part of the lungs.
So just a thought for others with this problem.  If the Gerd pills are not working you may try the Pulmonary Dr.
 That's my next step.

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   Posted 8/18/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Soupienevada,
Two years ago, I had a normal endoscopy and 24 hour PH monitor test, which indicated that my reflux was not bad enough to cause my uncontrollable asthma. During the ensuing two years, I suffered greatly from asthma, and was forced to take high levels of inhaled steroids and intermittent oral steroids. Both my family and asthma doctors felt strongly that regardless of the test results, the reflux I suffered from was making my asthma uncontrollable.

Fast forward two years. My asthma continued to deteriorate. I had adrenal insufficiency, bone and skin thinning (from the steroids I was forced to take to TRY to control my asthma/breathing problems.) My family doc, finally bypassed my GI doc, and sent me to a surgeon. The surgeon did tests, and said I had a hiatal hernia and that my LES was not functioning properly and was a good candidate for surgery. (He also took the input of my family doctor.)

I went back to my GI doc, had another PH monitor test, which showed a level ten times the first, but it was still not as severe as most people who move towards surgery. At this point, he looked at the higher reflux levels, and considered the opinions of my asthma and family doctors. He told me I could go the surgery route, or try to continue to control the reflux with medications (which obviously wasn't working).

He referred me to a surgeon that he felt was especially skilled in the procedure and told me I could go talk to him, which I did. After a second visit with my husband in tow, I decided to go forward with the surgery. I was tired of constant coughing and wheezing. I figured that it was worth a try.

I can tell you that after about two and a half month of recovering from the pre-op asthma/lung inflammation and infection, my lungs improved markedly. It was actually amazing, and I'm thrilled with the results of the surgery. I'd do it over in a heartbeat.
I'm not sure what your lung and swallowing problems are like, but don't hesitate to get a second (and even third) opinion. I wish I had done this years ago. I might have avoided a lot of health problems.

Good luck finding a solution to your problem!
We'll all be here to support you as you move forward in your quest.yeah yeah yeah
Take care,

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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have asthma from my reflux. My acid is flowing over into my windpipe everytime I eat or get hungry. I hope you find an answer.


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   Posted 8/20/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi I had the esophX procedure by (Dr. Overcash  in Ocalla FL), and it has worked well, sometimes I may get some reflux
if I eat all kinds of crap but I don't take any meds anymore. The procedure takes 1 hour.
the post op diet is tough though. Fluid for 6 weeks.  I got relux when I started eating cassarole I ate too much too soon.
But it resolved itself. It would be better to eat smaller amounts at a time when you start to eating after going off the fluid diet.
a year and a half later I am very satisfied.  Best of luck.

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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for it in December.

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