How can I relieve my post nasal drip symptoms?

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Jesper A
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   Posted 11/20/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi all. This is my first post, but I have already used this forum for more than a year as reader. It has been fantastic in helping me deal with my reflux disease and a great help for me to understand that my symptoms was/are real.

Thanks for this!

 

Now as already stated I have had problems with reflux for more than 2 years now. To keep me story short, my most problematic symptoms of my reflux are:

phlegm

hoarse voice

burns on my tongue

Trouble breathing

Feeling of chocking

wheezing

As many others on this forum my symptoms sometimes led to panic attacks when I felt that I could not breath. After seeing 12 different doctors over a year I finally got to one who upped my doze of PPI’s to 30 mg twice a day, and that made life bearable. However it still kept bothering me and longing for my old happy life I went along and got a Nissen Fundopliocation just under 2 weeks ago.

I am still recovering from this procedure and are still waiting to see whether it will have an impact. For now I am still on PPI’s and my phlegm and wheezing is still there.

 

So my question to you wonderful people of the this board (who have had the same symptoms as I, or just knows) are:

1.    How long did you have to wait to see an effect of the procedure?

2.    Any tips on how to lessen the symptoms with the phlegm?

 

If any one has any questions about my procedure I am happy to share my experiences.

All the best

Jesper


dencha
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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:23 AM (GMT 0)   
Hi Jesper,
I responded to your post on another thread...Again, Welcome to the HW Wrapped Club!  I'm glad forum posts helped you, and glad you've joined us!
 
As someone who had the Nissen surgery due to atypical symptoms, I can tell you that it will take quite a long time before you begin to see improvement.  My surgery was mainly done in hopes that the health of my very sick lungs would improve.  It was pretty much a last-ditch stand.  My asthma doc and PCP had tried everything and nothing seemed to help.  Finally, my PCP made me an appointment with a surgeon to explore having a Nissen.  I went back to my GI doc with the test results, and he FINALLY agreed to send me to a surgeon.
 
It took about two and a half months post-op to begin to see improvement in my lungs.  Once the reflux is stopped, the tissue that has been affected needs time to heal.
 
I can't really speak to the postnasal drip issue.  I have had it my entire life--long before I ever had reflux.  Mine is an allergy issue, and probably a sinus/nasal structural issue.  I've never found an answer.  I wish you luck on that one!
 
I think you can be fairly confident that your wheezing will improve, once your lungs have time to heal.
My surgeon told me that if my lung problems were being caused by reflux, the surgery would stop the problem.  I hoped that it would help, but I really didn't know.  It was especially worrisome when it took so long to see any improvement.  It took a long time to develop the problems, and it only stands to reason that it will take a long time to heal them.
 
Again, glad you've joined us!  Stick around!
Take care,
Denise

Jesper A
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 11/21/2011 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise.
I will brace myself with patience then :)

I still hope to get some recommendations on how to reduce the symptoms on the post nasal drip!

dencha
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   Posted 11/21/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Jesper,
If you find something that works, let me know.  Some docs have suggested taking Mucinex to thin the mucous so it's not so obtrusive.  Be sure to drink lots of water.  Have you tried sinus washings?  I use them, and the definitely help keep my sinuses healthier.  My PND increases with allergies.
Good luck!
Denise

Jesper A
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Total Posts : 131
   Posted 11/21/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Will try the neti pot tomorrow.
Also I have been told to try a mix between ginger powder and honey. Apearently it should releave the symptons. Will try and let you know!

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 11/21/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've always used menthol crystals as a steam inhalation for catarrh type problems and sinusitis. Not having a lot of dairy products may help too. Some people use saline rinses. My osteopath also does a lot of work on my sinuses whenever I go; might be worth getting an assessment from a cranial osteopath type person.

The menthol crystals work well, but are very potent - make sure you are very gentle and only use a tiny amount whilst you are in recovery!

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