Swallowing problems

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lostsub
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   Posted 12/27/2013 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
For the past month, I've had discomfort/pain when swallowing. If anyone has ever suffered through this, when did it finally go away?

Also, if anyone has information on any of these questions, I'd greatly appreciate it:

1. Why does it take 4-6 months or longer for the treatment to work? My own guess is that it has something to do with taking a while for the "digestive juices" to shut down.

2. I still (after months and months of treatment) wake up with a sore throat almost every morning. That's despite not eating hours before bed, taking zantac and gaviscon before bed, elevating my bed, sleeping on my left side, etc. Any advice?

3. Did anyone have success with the Nissen surgery?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/27/2013 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
lostsub

It sounds like the meds aren't working for you. Have you tried different ones? Sometimes people respond to one and not the others.

Yes I had great success with the nissen. I wasn't getting any relief from the meds and opted for the surgery.

Take care,
Bill
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sk55
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   Posted 12/27/2013 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
water by itself can cause you to reflux.

try not drinking any liquids 3 hrs before bed including gaviscon.

lostsub
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   Posted 12/27/2013 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. Thanks for your replies. I've unfortunately have had LPR and post viral vagal neuropathy for over a year. It sucks, especially as a teacher because I need my voice.

I think the diet and PPIs have helped to some extent. I was still noticing daily heartburn but Gaviscon advance seems to have helped.

I always wondered about drinking water before bed and whether or not that affects reflux. I will experiment and hopefully keep people posted.

lostsub
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   Posted 12/27/2013 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
@Bill. Great to hear about your success with the surgery!

CaryF
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   Posted 12/27/2013 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am about a month from a Nissen and just want to offer y'all some hope that I feel this surgery is a miracle!

I had the procedure outpatient and was really scared of any potential complications as I was in the hospital 2 hours at the most.

I can report I had instant relief of coughing, choking, and my worst reflux symptoms. Within days I noticed I was able to take deeper breathes, my mouth sores and lips are now healed, my voice and throat are almost there too. I am a singer so this is beyond delightful for me. I feel I have some control of my diaphragm back. I feel I can report as a happy success and would recommend the Nissen to anyone suffering LPR without relief with PPIs or diet.

I've had a few problems with food stuck in my throat and painful spasms, but all up, I'm really grateful. I wish I'd done is sooner! When I am religious with my diet, chewing and eating slowly, I almost forget I even had this surgery.

There is hope. Don't give up.

Cary

lostsub
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   Posted 12/28/2013 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
That's great, Cary!!! Thanks for your support!

lostsub
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   Posted 1/8/2014 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
UPDATE: I think the low-acid has helped, but I especially think that taking Gaviscon Advance has helped the most. I also avoid drinking before bed, something I had never done. The results are mostly good. I have had less sore throats in the morning (though I did have a slight on this morning), and while I still have occasional swallowing discomfort, the maddening constant sensation of difficulty swallowing is essentially gone.

LPR and PVVN (both of which I have) have cost me lots of money and comfort, but I keep fighting.

Thanks all for your comments.

lostsub
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   Posted 1/12/2014 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
UPDATE PART II: The swallowing pain came back...with a vengeance. Got the go-ahead to try 80 mg of PPI a day. Madness.
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