For nearly ten years I suffered from GERD. I rarely had the burning episodes. I dealt with it by consuming tums galore. I though I was normal.
Then it went haywire. I would feel food stick in my chest, get dizzy, and almost blackout. I coughed constantly from the acid flowing up and spilling into my lungs. I had to go mega on my medicines...Stronger asthma meds, Stronger antacids.
My doctors were scratching there heads.
Then I heard of the fundoplication from my sister whose a medical records coder. I was getting desparate and saw a GI. He told me more about the surgery and told me that he didn't think it would help my type of GERD.
I decided to do some research and found a wonderful doctor. He told me he could help me. He did the modified Hill procedure (270) that he had invented.
I'm now approaching my 3rd year of being GERD free. I no longer suffer from the choking on acid. However I discover that due to letting the acid wash over my windpipe for so long I have damaged my epiglottis. I had to go to a speech teacher to be trained on how to swallow food and drink. If I don't do my swallowing proper I will choke on the food.
I'm writing to tell you there is hope in the surgery and not to let it be too long in when you get help.
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies
When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))