Surgery can't come soon enough.

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Ian Victor
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   Posted 8/11/2013 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Early this morning, I had another miserable reflux attack. Pure liquid stomach acid came up my esophagus, but instead of aspirating into my trachea, it shot through my sinus cavity and out my nose. The pain was excruciating. My nasal membranes are fried. It takes up to two hours before the pain subsides. Little episodes like this remind me of why I'm having sugery at the end of this month. I can't take much more of this. In the past year, I have had six such attacks, three of which have resulted in an ER visit. To be clear, once I've had my Nissen, these episodes should cease and desist? Am I right? Can I get a cease and desist court order?

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   Posted 8/11/2013 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,
You are one of those clear-cut cases that are made to order for a Nissen surgery.  That type of reflux will definitely "stop and desist" after your surgery.  If you have sustained damage anywhere (lungs, sinuses) it will take some time for healing to occur once the reflux is controlled, so be patient.
I know the feeling of just wanting to get the surgery and start getting better!
Best wishes,
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   Posted 8/11/2013 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear it's that bad today my friend. I'm with Denise, you are a clear cit case for the nissen.
I also want to remind you that you will need extra time for the damaged areas to heal also. I believe we will need to give you a little extra support after surgery because of this. And we WILL!
With the sinus and lung damages you are having you will probably have a little longer period of reflux sensation, but remember that the esophagus only knows 1 way to sense pain and that's a feeling of reflux. The good news is your lungs, esophagus, and sinuses will be able to heal.

Have you ever tries the sinus rinse? If you are having a lot of sinus troubles with the reflux and mucus it can help clear it out. I wouldn't use the saline, just straight purified water. I have also just used the shower to rinse mine out after I had sinus surgery. It sounds a lot worse than it is.

Take care,
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Ian Victor
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   Posted 8/11/2013 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately, the sinus episodes are far less common. I have to contrast this against tracheal aspiration. Sinus reflux has never resulted in an ER visit, so in that respect, I'm greatful that I didn't inhale any acid this morning. I have never heard of a sinus rinse but I would certainly be open to finding relief if such a treatment is effective. Only 16 days until my surgery!

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   Posted 8/11/2013 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I bet it will work for you. Praying it does.

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   Posted 8/11/2013 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry you had such a bad episode. You definitely sound like a prime candidate for a Nissen fundoplication. Thankfully, 99%, if not ALL of those things will go away once you've had the procedure and the swelling has subsided.

I know that there are many of us on here that have had excellent outcomes, and I sincerely hope that you get to join the wrapped club sooner than later. Healing will take some time, but with the wrap and enough rest you should be well on your way to feeling much much better.

Take care and be well,
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!
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