I had a lung infection at the time of my surgery and was on antibiotics for several weeks afterward. Finally, at 2 1/2 months my lungs improved a lot.
There's one other piece to this puzzle. Since my symptoms were atypical and the surgery was aimed at getting my lungs healthy and unaffected by reflux, my doctors know that it doesn't take much reflux to get my lungs going. Since my reflux was never severe (my DeMeester scores were just a tiny bit above the "normal" amounts of reflux), then we know that it doesn't take much to get them going. For this reason my asthma doc and PCP have requested that I continue on one dose (40mg) of Protonix before dinner. I also still sleep with the head of my bed elevated.
Knock on wood, my lungs are great (unless I get too much pollen exposure over an extended period--for example on vacation on a small Massachusetts island that has a lot of mold and windows open for coolness) and I'm not suffering with constant coughing up mucous. My lungs are clear and healthy.
In contrast, before my surgery I was on 40mg Protonix before breakfast, 40mg Protonix before dinner, and 300mg Ranitidine before bedtime, and my lungs were dangerously unhealthy. My PCP called them "life threatening". I was also on high doses of inhaled steroids (230mcg 4 puffs, twice a day) and intermittent prednosone. This, to the point where my skin has thinned and it bruise and tears extremely easily. My dermatologist said I have the skin of a 90 year old.
Since my surgery I'm on 115mcg 2 puffs twice a day and haven't had any prednosone since before my surgery three years ago.
Sometimes, those of us with atypical/LPR symptoms need to continue with some type of acid suppressent to deal with the small amount of reflux that is not stopped by the wrap. If the surgeon were to get reflux to zero, we wouldn't be able to swallow. Therefore, their goal is to get reflux to "normal" levels, which in the case of people like us, it might just be enough to continue to cause some problems.
With your complicating factors, you've still got some healing time in front of you. Truly, many continue to improve throughout the first year. It's very possible that some of your pain will resolve itself given time. Around here you'll hear the saying...6 months for most of the healing and a full year for the rest. I found that I still got improvement into the second year. (dumping episides stopped sometime in that year).
I understand your frustration and worry. Like you, I worried that my surgery might be a failure and I went through it all for nothing.
It's far too soon for you to reach that conclusion.
This year, because of the strange weather in the early Spring, the pollen levels are off the charts. Even people who "don't have allergies" are having symptoms. Something to consider...
You still have healing time ahead of you. Don't assume that you're in for these pains forever. Your insides have been through a LOT. Give them time to heal and calm down.
Hang in there!
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 5/23/2012 6:54:44 AM (GMT-6)