After 5 years of decreasing lung health, surgery became my only real option. I have asthma, but it was made uncontrollable by my reflux. It took me that long to get my GI doc to take my reflux seriously. My PCP and asthma docs were sure that the reflux was what was creating the problem, but my DeMeester scores (24hr PH monitor) were never high.
It was a battle mainly waged by my PCP, who finally referred me to a surgeon himself. I didn't end up going to that surgeon, but it was enough to get my GI doc's attention. There were no guarantees that the surgery would work, but I really didn't have a choice, and had to rule it out.
Thankfully, it did the trick, and in two and a half months my lungs had healed and were healthy again.
Good luck with your search for answers!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
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