anxious joe back with questions

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   Posted 2/19/2012 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
so over a year ago it was this forum that gave me the strength to go ahead with a fundo for lpr. as u all know i was impatient. but after a couple months i started feeling better, but not completely. now my throat hurts like it did before the surgery. the odd thing is the throat pain after operation was minimal and intermittent now it is constant. dencha if you are there i need your opinion. the fundo only gets you down to normal levels of reflux explaining while all of us lpr people never fully heal. we are still getting acid past the upper sphincter. what can they do when u need total acid suppression but the meds and fundo cannot do the job. are there newer surgeries, stem cells to inject into a damaged larynx. i am desperate again. getting barium swallow on tuesday. has anyone ever had a barium swallow that showed no reflux. i am confused because my barium preop showed reflux all the way up. the post op it was similar(albeit 2 weeks after surgery) then 8 months post op it showed no reflux..although i am skeptical and never got the dictation. anyone have a barium swallow that showed no reflux

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   Posted 2/19/2012 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
Be careful not to get yourself into such a stressed and anxious mode that you make things worse.  Are you on PPIs now?  If not, you should talk to your doc about starting them up for a while.
Also, be very careful what you eat.  You may have irritated things by introducing some trigger food back into your diet.  Remember with LPR it doesn't take much to get things going.  Is the head of your bed elevated?  If not, give that a try again.
Try to do all the things you did before surgery to help things along.  I know they didn't help much then, but you've got the benefit of the wrap now, and although it's not doing the total job, if you help it along, it may do the trick, and things could improve again.
My asthma doc was concerned that perhaps my wrap had failed.  I have severe allergies that affect my lungs. He sent me to an ENT who scoped my vocal chords (I'm continually hoarse--another thing pointin to LPR symptoms) and he did not find anything conclusive.  He was inclined to say it was caused by coughing, (I cough a lot) but said just in case, he'd refer me to the surgeon who "does all the Nissens" in the area. 
He did testing from A-Z and found everything to be normal.  I've had a barium swallow twice since my surgery and both times it came back NO REFLUX. One of them showed some barium held up at the wrap site, but no reflux.  In my opinion barium swallows are only useful in diagnosing huge amounts of reflux.  Those of us with very little reflux causing big problems don't get much information.  Who knows?
Wish I could be more help.
Good luck in finding answers.  Until then, do whatever you can to reduce your reflux by watching your diet, etc.
Best wishes!
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