My asthma has been with me since childhood with a bit of a remission during young adulthood. about 7 years prior to my surgery, I had a reflux episode (due to stomach issues after taking an antibiotic) that put me in the hospital with uncontollable asthma.
about 15 years ago my PCP realized that my asthma was being made worse by reflux, and he put me on Prilosec. When that didn't work he switched to Nexium, and during my hospital stay, I was moved to Protonix.
That's why I had the surgery, and thankfully, it worked great, and my lungs are as healthy as an allergic asthmatic can get! My inhaled steroid has been reduced to a fraction of what it was prior to surgery, and I haven't had a nebulizer treatment since my Nissen. I just wish I'd had the surgery much sooner. Oh well, hindsight is 20-20, as they say.
Keep in mind that reflux is not brought to zero after the surgery, or we wouldn't be able to swallow and get things past the wrap. Therefore, my asthma doc wants me to continue 40mg Protonix before dinner, as well as keep the head of my bed elevated to ensure that my sensitive lungs are protected from a small errant reflux episode. Small price to pay...I'm just happy to be healthy again.
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.”