Posted 2/23/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)
Hi all. I'm new to this forum, but have been posting for about a week at the GERD forum. I have had asthma and allergies all my life, but over the past four years my asthma has become chronic and is not responding to treatment. Four years ago after taking Augmentin, my GERD flared up to the point that I was hospitalized for over a week. When I left the hospital, my asthma still hadn't resolved, but I couldn't stand being there any longer, and I guess I convinced my asthma doc that I was well enough to get sprung.
I read some posts in which it has been said that when asthma was not resolved by GERD medicine, that it was an indication that the GERD wasn't the cause of increased asthma problems. I'd disagree with that. I'm taking maximum doses of Protonix twice a day, and the GERD is still spilling acid/bile, whatever, into my lungs. I am so sick of coughing, that I've finally decided to bite the bullet and give surgery a try. My lungs are in terrible shape. I've been on high doses of inhaled steroids for so long that my skin has thinned, and I bruise constantly. If my skin just hits something, it tears and bleeds. Not a healthy situation.
On Friday I'm having the Nissen Fundoplication surgery in hopes that it will help my lungs. Honestly, it's not a certainty that it will work for me, but I have three doctors who know me well, who are putting their money on it. I sure hope they're right. If they are, it'll be worth it. If you have GERD and your asthma is getting worse, consider looking into that possibility. Good luck to you all!
Has anyone else experience asthma/GERD and had the surgery? If so, I'd be interested in knowing your experience.