Posted 11/10/2013 3:03 AM (GMT -7)
Hi I am scheduled for NF in 18 days. I have had Gerd for longer than I can remember, but the burning was controlled by medication, then about 3 years ago I started getting severe Coughing fits (would last up to 20 mins straight), I run classroom training, so this was a major problem, saw a specialist and under went numerous tests with no success. The specialist suggested GERD as the cause but then overlooked it as I was on medication, at that time if I rolled onto my left side during the night I would immediately get a coughing fit.
Then I started getting coughing fit as soon as I laid down, so propped up bed and this stopped the coughing, saw local doctor who said this meant it was probably Gerd, but want to do a test for something else and had to go off medication (2 tabs a day), symptoms became much worse and once back on medication, I had to increase to 4 tabs a day to get relief, coughing fits never improved to the way they were before going off medication.
It was affecting my life so much, I was becoming extremely depressed, and I then searched on the internet and found out about the 24hr Acid test. I had this and the following morning when it was removed they did an endoscope, which showed normal, but the acid test showed Extreme GERD, in the 24 hr period I had 135 and during the night 35. And all of the Symptoms matched the diary entries. Since I had to go off all meds for the 24 hr test, symptoms have become much worse now, now on 6 tabs a day and I get severe coughing fits (to stage nearly throw up) straight after eating, so no longer eat during the day when training (still get coughing fits during training, but usually if i take gastogel it stops them most times). I have also started getting coughing fits again as soon as I lay down (even thought bed is propped up) and wake up during night with coughing fits and as soon as I wake up I get a coughing fit.
Hoping the NF surgery will be a success, my Specialist (in Australia), has done over 4000 of these operations since 1998 (as laproscopic) and many more before this. So he is quite experienced.
But after reading a lot more on the internet, am hoping I don't have too many problems, I am a diabetic, so not sure what will happen with my tablets, as I have read that you can't usually take tabs, not sure that you can get this in liquid form, also I need to take large doses of Magnesium otherwise I get excess cramping (not just legs, but in feet, hips etc).
Has anyone else with Diabetes had the NF operation, or had to take tablet medication.
Thanks for any replys. Carolyn