I had been diagnosed GERD for about
15 years. It was never really severe, and my doctors suspected that much of it was "silent GERD". The problem was that I have asthma, and starting about
2003 my asthma started getting worse and worse. I always had some breakthrough reflux even with 40mg Protonix before breakfast and dinner. I was even put on 300mg Ranitidine (Zantac) at bedtime.
My testing did not show severe GERD ever. My PCP and asthma docs were both convinced that my reflux was what was making my asthma uncontrollable. By the time of my surgery in 2009, I'd been hospitalized once for gastritis/GERD and dangerous asthma.
My GI doc dragged his feet, not thinking I needed the surgery, but my PCP kept pushing and pushing. Finally, in desperation, he referred me to a surgeon himself. That surgeon did more testing and an endoscopy, and determined (I'm sure mainly on the recommendation of my PCP) that I would be a good candidate for the surgery.
Having found this forum and done research I knew how important the right surgeon was. I took the information I'd received and went back to my GI doc for another opinion. He did yet another 24 hr PH test (in which my score was 14.8, which is very borderline as normal is considered <14). FINALLY he must have realized that my PCP might be right, and though he said I could continue the medication route, he also said I could make an appointment to consult with a surgeon. He said that, "Probably a couple good reflux episodes a day could be enough to get my lungs going." Duh.
So off I went to the surgeon (I went with the one recommended by my GI office, but checked with others I knew in the medical field regarding the surgeon's reputation, which was stellar. I had a lung infection when I had the surgery, and it took about
2 and a half months to heal those sick lungs.
I didn't know if the surgery would even work when I had it, but was out of options. I couldn't go on like I was, and my PCP said my lung condition was "life threatening". Thankfully, it did.
Good luck with your search for answers!Vest wishes,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma"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) : 2/24/2013 4:59:15 PM (GMT-7)