Hi, I am 37 and scheduled to have nissen surgery in a couple of weeks. I have been diagnosed with "asthma" for the last 17 years, and have been on every asthma medication known to man. For the last 2 years I have not been able to get my asthma undercontrol. I have not slept through the night in over 2 years, and feel like I am starting to lose it. I work full time, and have 3 kids, and I am exhausted. Before this, I was in fantastic shape and worked out regularly. Now, I have such shortness of breath and am so tired, I can't work out very hard. I walk and swim when I can, but it is not enough. I started seeing a new allergist/Ent about
a year ago. He is very old, but has a great reputation, and was the only doctor I have been to that would think outside of the box. I had a barrium swallow, which didn't show anything last year. After we seemed to exhaust all other possibilities, he still felt my symptoms could be caused from my stomach. We recently had a bravo test and endoscopy. The GI doc that performed these tests clearly didn't believe me and treated me like I was crazy, and had anxiety or panic. My husband had to tell him that my symptoms are real. The test revealed that I have a wide
open GE junction, and there was a strong correlation between when i had reflux and wheezing/coughing/shortness of breath. When I was lying down it was really bad, which is why the vast majority of my symptoms are at night. Naturally every time I am in the doctors office I am breathing great! I have been on prevacid forever, and recently switched to dexalant and zantac 300mg. These have done nothing for my symptoms.
I have just seen a surgeon, and am going to proceed with the surgery. He told me the success rate for curing reflux is well over 90%, but he thought for my symptoms, which are atypical, about 50%. I am going to go through with it because I have exhausted all other possibilities. Right now, the only thing that gives me relief is 40mg of prednisone, but as you know, that has nasty side effects.
Has anyone had nissen surgery done for this reason, and what was the result? I would love to hear any feedback.