Newbie chronic cough having Nissen

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toritone
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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 4/22/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Toni-Ann and  I have been suffering from a chronic cough 35+ years ( I am now 50). I have been to many doctors over the years , including Allergists, Pulmonologists, ENTs etc. I have been diagnosed with allergies, sinusitis, asthma, GERD. None of these doctors helped me or really listened to me. I remember asking my allergist if I could be allergic to chocolate, because I cough every time I eat it. "NO, it is just that chocolate is so rich".  He should have know it is a number 1 trigger for reflux. Or I asked another doctor "Can my throat be sensitive, because I feel like the smallest tickle, sends me into coughing/choking fits"? her response "NO"   Well that is exactly what Vagus Nerve damage does and has done to me. I mentioned to that same doctor, that years prior I was on an antidepressants (for depression) and I believe than my cough had improved. Can there be a correlation?"  Her response, "What do you want to do, take antidepressants".  Hence again I am on a mild antidepressant, because that is the treatment for Vagus Nerve damage.
 
I was finally diagnosed correctly a year an half ago, with LPR and vagus nerve damage. She knew my probable diagnosis before she even looked at me, just by answering the questions, because she knew what to ask. Of course all her testing confirmed what she already suspected.
 
Although reflux medication has somewhat helped at times, she is now suggesting surgery. I am all for it, as a chronic cough might not seem so bad to people reading this, it is very debilitating. Just ask anyone that lives or works with me, or way back when went to school with me.
I totally trust her and the surgeon she is sending to me as he is a  Division Specialist in Esophageal Surgery at NYU. I meet with him May 1st.
 
I have found this message board, although scary at times, very informative. I have plenty of questions but my one question for now, how long did most people have to stay out of work? I do have  a desk job.
Sorry this post is so long, but I thought it might help someone that has yet been diagnosed
thank you to all who will take the time to read
Toni-Ann
 

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 4/22/2014 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Just make sure you get adequate testing, including a PH test and motility test, before surgery.

Wendy Workout
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   Posted Yesterday 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm happy to hear you finally got the right diagnosis. I am only 7.5 weeks post op so cannot answer you return to work question really. My recovery has been somewhat unique so not one to compare to. I had hoped for a month off but I'm still off. I see my surgeon May 6th so I'll be about 10 weeks post op. I hope to go back by then at least up to 6 hrs a day until I can eat enough and build strength. Reading this forum though, people vary from 1 week to 12 weeks but the majority I think between 2-6 weeks. Depends on what you do and how many hours and your recovery. I say better to plan for more but need less. All the best. Please update us on what your surgeon says.

Debra
Nissen Fundoplication with Hiatal Hernia Repair Feb 28, 2014

eLaReF
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   Posted Yesterday 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Toni-Ann

Some people have gone back at 2 weeks, I was off for 6 weeks (surgeon signed me off until the post op review).

After your op, the amount of calories you take in will drop and most people lose quite a bit of weight. The reduction in calories will make you tire easily, so you need to factor this into your return to work plans.

Also, most lunchtimes at work are hurried which is not condusive to a good recovery, as you have to be really careful in your early weeks to chew properly and not to eat too fast.

Hang in there.

Les.

toritone
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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted Yesterday 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all of your responses.
To theacidrefluxman, I have had both tests already. Actually had the 24 hr PH test twice, once without meds and one with. My scores even with meds came out as severe.

Les and Debra
thank you and hope you are both recovering well. I was hoping I would only be out 2 -3, wks, especially hearing I will only get paid $170.00 a week for disability. My bosses are really good to me though so lunch won't be an issue at all. If the tiredness and lack of energy is the main reason to be out longer, my plan for now is to be out the minimum time my surgeon says and work shorter days if necessary.
How long did you have to drink clear liquids, all liquids and switch to solids. Actually looking forward to losing some weight lol

Toni-Ann

Wendy Workout
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   Posted Yesterday 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again,

Unfortunately I did not tolerate full fluids or solids. I ended up back in hospital 2 wks post op. My story is an odd one though. I have been on fluids since surgery. I was allowed to dabble in a few bites end of April so I could tell my surgeon May 6th how it went. I started dabbling about a week ago now. So tired of just fluids and actually struggle swallowing them some days.

Most people are on fluids for a couple days to a couple weeks but most only a few days. Then to soft mushy foods. Depends on your doctor. Often they want you to try soft food before you leave the hospital.

Debra
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