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   Posted 8/7/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
so thanks to everyone for the advice. after much soul searching i will schedule my fundo to be done soon. i know that it will lead to some problems but i guess its a trade off. i will choose my surgeon on tues and schedule. for all lpr sufferers i was told yesterday that if we dont heal in 6 months and still suffer despite pills fundo is our only shot and the longer we wait the worse the prognosis. like many i was jacked around for 2 years and am much worse. but i want a piece of taco pizza, even one, i want to eat what my family wants and i cannot take any more of these pills i will keep you all posted and hope i can be someones hope like many of you have been for me. bless you all.

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 8/7/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Joe, who told you about the 6 months thing? I am being put through the tests in order to see if a fundo will help me, and I am so unsure in case it won't help LPR, which is what I am certain I have. If it won't fix my throat, I don't want to do it.

I truly hope it all goes well for you.

Liz x

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/7/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Joe, you will not regret the decision.
I believe it will help you like it did me.

Liz, It helped me. I have no reflux anymore. My coughing has stopped. The gunk is gone! I don't get the woozy feelings I used to get when my vegus nerve was irritated. My swallowing is fine. The food don't get stuck in my chest anymore.

The object of the fundo is to stop or minimize the acid in your throat. If that happens your throat will heal and feel better.

Problems too numerous to name. :)

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   Posted 8/7/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
liz, 2 yrs here and every test known to man. I was told by the surgeon, but my wife showed me literature from a voice clinic that mostly sees severe and life threatening lpr. it was clear if you are under 40 and do not at least show significant symptomatic improvement in 6 months get the fundo. they claim if its acid in throat the fundo has a high success. if you have the dual 24 hour probe pay attention to the proximal probe or the one close to larynx. any more than one acid reading, ph 4 or less in the 24 hours is too much. dont listen if they say the demeester is normal, or acid in esophogus is normal. these guys know little about lpr..most of us have normal demeesters and acid clearance in esoph, its our throats which they dont get we cannot handle acid if your throat is red and sore and you get that acid to the proximal probe that in my opinion seals the diagnosis which one surgeon and 2 ents agree on. gi docs do not understand and most family docs and surgeons dont understand. its most, but not all ents that know and some surgeons. also, how is your les. mine is patulous or wide open, if you have all these and the pills dont help dont suffer like those of us who paid for bad advice. but if the ppis work then id stay away. also if you are over 40 and in good health you are a candidate. again listen to your body and be careful with gis..i saw 3 and none of them knew what lpr was

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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
It is true that at some point you have to just make the decision to go forward with the surgery. There are no guarantees, and it's not a cut-and-dried procedure, so you need to go into it with your eyes wide open. It always amazes me to see posts of people who had the surgery and found out afterward what it entailed, and meant for their future GI experience. It seems to me that it's our own responsibility to educate ourselves, so we're going into the surgery with knowledge--thus being more ready to deal with whatever comes after.

In my case, I had to go forward, because I knew I had no other options, and nothing else I had tried had made any difference. My doctors felt that the surgery would help me, but left it all up to me. The GI docs gave me little support, and even the surgeon reminded me that there were no guarantees that the surgery would work for my lungs.

I went forward because I needed to give it a try. If it didn't work, I was willing to deal with it. At least I would have ruled out the surgery as a solution, and could move forward towards another possible solution.

It sounds like you're in a similar situation to mine. I have had some unfortunate complications (because I hemmed and hawed, and waited too long to have the surgery), but even with those, I am far better off than I was pre-surgery.

Good luck with your decision! Choose your surgeon carefully, and keep a positive and open-minded attitude. Relax into your recovery, and let it lead you towards healing and health. Don't try to rush it and stress over the fact that it will take some time. You'll do just fine!

Take care, and best wishes!
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