Does the chestpain and the shortness of breath go away after surgery/

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pumukl
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   Posted 1/17/2014 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for the swallow test next week. Doctor said right after he gets the results, he will schedule my Nissen surgery. For the past few days my symptoms are getting worse. Kind of like that thing just wants to show me one more time what its got. Anyway. Last night was rough, chest pain of the finest. Shortness of breath, real nice feeling... Can I expect that to go away after I have the surgery? It really makes me feel like a 1000 year old woman, and I am only 43.

CaryF
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   Posted 1/17/2014 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, chest pain & shortness of breathe will improve immediately after surgery & continue to improve until normal. I am 6 weeks post NF surgery & breathing is 95% back. Shortness of breathe is caused by aspiration of acid into lungs. Since acid reflux stops post surgery, breathing problems stop & lungs heal. Some bloating still occurs but it will also Bloating can put pressure on lungs.

I don't think swallow test is related to breathing.

Good Luck,
Cary

CaryF
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   Posted 1/17/2014 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, immediate improvement in my case, 95% normal after 4 weeks. Shortness of breath is caused by aspirating acid from reflux. A well performed NF will keep your stomach acid down in your stomach. I am fully recovered & breathing normally after 6 weeks, breathing deeply & fully again without pain or discomfort.

Good Luck,
Cary

pumukl
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   Posted 1/17/2014 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. You keep giving me hope and a light to see at the end of the tunnel!

CaryF
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   Posted 1/17/2014 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I too was panicky with the shortness of breath. I could not believe it was connected to reflux, it is!
You'll be fine in no time. If done properly & without complication, the NF surgery is a snap. The recovery can be tedious. If you are careful & patient you will be delighted with your results.

Cary

pumukl
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   Posted 1/17/2014 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I will do everything that is required, I just want to feel better. At this point it is hard to imagine a day without any pain and burning. It will be amazing!!

CaryF
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   Posted 1/17/2014 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had a Bravo test? If your DeMeester score is high your problem is acid reflux.
If yes, I would suggest making an appt. & having a talk with an NF surgeon. My surgeon told me all my breathing & other reflux related problems would clear up & he was right! I wish I'd done this years ago!
My reflux related breathing problems could not be cured with diet. No more PPIs, diets, irritating coughing, choking, and I can breathe again!

Yes, there is hope!

Cary

pumukl
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   Posted 1/17/2014 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure what kind of test you are talking about. I had an upper GED, and now the swallowing test. That is all that has been done.

CaryF
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   Posted 1/17/2014 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The 48-hour Bravo Esophageal pH Test measures acid reflux. This test is what qualified me for NF surgery as required by insurance company, BCBS. My barium swallow & ultrasound results were normal.

Cary

pumukl
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   Posted 1/17/2014 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe that is the test that I am scheduled for. I dont recall what they called it. My doctor explained that this is a test during which they put a tube up my nose, and I have to swallow water, and they measure how my esophagus works.

jamosca
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   Posted 1/17/2014 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a manometry test. It measures how well your esophagus works ie strength if swallow and whether your lower spincter, works correctly .
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