Hi everyone. I was looking for some advice. I had my nissen fundoplication surgery on 7/14. The reason I had the surgery was for "asthma". I have never experienced the feeling of reflux, but had an endoscopy which revealed a wide open LES and had a Bravo test which revealed my wheezing and shortness or breath episodes where correlated with episodes of reflux.
I spoke to the surgeon before surgery and he said there was a 50% success rate for me since my symptoms were atypical, but I did the surgery because I have exhausted all other options. He also advised me that it could take up to 6 months for me to know if it worked because the airways have to heal. Prior to my surgery, I had not been able to sleep through the night in over 2 years. For the first 2 weeks after the surgery I had absolutely no incidences of shortness of breath or wheezing at night, and slept through the night for the first time in years. I thought it was a miracle. I had cut my prednisone down from 40mg to 20mg to 10mg to 5mg. I then tried to stop it completely for 2 nights, and the symptoms returned. I went back up to 10mg for the last 2 nights, and still am experiencing the wheezing. I am just praying that either I didn't damage my wrap, or that now that the swelling is going down from the surgery it isn't going to work! Perhaps I just tried to wean off the prednisone too quickly. One reason I am concerned is the night before i started having symptoms again, i tried to eat some scrambled egg and it got caught and was very painful for a couple of days. I am just hoping that didn't damage things.
Also I have some questions on GI issues. I wake up feeling great and my stomach looks pretty flat. By the end of the day i am soooo bloated i look pregnant. I am being really good about sticking to the diet, but it seems if i eat anything I get extreme gas and bloating and I have been having really bad diarhea. I also get a pain that is extremely painful in my lower right side. Again, next morning I feel fine again. I am 3 weeks post nissen. Any thoughts on these issues and when they will start to go away. Is there any medication i can take for this (have tried gas x and mylanta).
Thanks for your help and advice.