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.