Hi Need Help Bad,
Sorry I haven't responded to your post all day. We were busy with family and I didn't get on the computer.
I also had severe lung issues due to reflux. My reflux wasn't anywhere even near the severity you're describing. It takes very little reflux to really inflame the lungs.
Does your husband have any inhalers or a nebulizer for his lungs? If he is not seeing an asthma doctor or pulmonologist, he should. He will need all the help he can get to start clearing his lungs. These specialists have medications that can help him with his breathing.
That said, if he's anything like me, even those meds will not be enough.
I know you are looking ahead and wondering what he will do if it's determined he's not a good candidate for surgery. Don't go there yet! The description you've given certainly leads me to believe he'll be the perfect candidate.
If, once the testing is complete, your husband is deemed a good candidate for surgery, you need to be sure to find a top-notch surgeon who specializes in Nissen surgeries. Some wonderful surgeons, who would do a great job on almost any surgery, may not be experienced enough with the Nissen procedure. You'll want to find someone who had done many, many successful Nissens. A rule of thumb is 300+ in a small city, and 1000+ in a large city.
Like your husband, I suffered with severe breathing problems due to reflux. After waiting far too long, I finally had the surgery in February 2009. I didn't know if the surgery would clear my lungs, but nothing else was working, so I had to try. After 2 and a half months, my lungs finally cleared, and have been better ever since. I just wish I'd had the surgery sooner.
MMM and Mock Turtle have offered you some excellent advice. I'm glad you've joined us, and be sure to stick around. We'll do whatever we can to help you through this rough patch. Hang in there...things will get better. We're here for you!