Recurrent Chest Infections

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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 4/17/2014 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope someone in this community can give me some good advice.
I am 41 years old and have been suffering recurrent chest infections for the best part of 10 years now.  I did smoke some cigarettes in my twenties (maybe up to two packets in total).  I did live with some heavy smokers for about 18 months in my mid twenties and unfortunately copped a fair bit of passive smoke.
Over the last 10 years I have experienced 2-4 chest infections every year and it really drives me nuts.  I see a sleep and respiratory physician (I also have sleep apnoea) and when I describe my issues as a major problem, he corrects me and says it is a problem.  To him I am probably insignificant when you consider that he is  telling people that they are going to die on a weekly basis.
However I am not prepared to do nothing and want to do anything I can to try to improve the situation.  I have recently taken some advice that I need to take a probiotic every day and that I should do this for months to come.  With all the antibiotics I have taken my gut has sustained some damage to its immune function.
Over the last six months my focus has been on some reflux issues that I have experienced for some time.  Based on this I had fundoplication surgery about 8 weeks ago as there was concern that some of my stomach contents were refluxing into my chest which may be contributing to my recurrent infections.  I did get an infection about a week ago which I am still treating.  This may be as a result of the surgery or residual reflux from pre surgery (I had chest pains on and off since my surgery until the infection presented).
One thing I can say that is a positive from the surgery is that breathing through my nose is now clearer than it has ever been, so I guess that is a positive sign.
I really won't know if the reflux was the main factor or if there are other issues, but after experiencing issues for so long I need to know what others do to try and improve their situation.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 4/17/2014 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

You might want to post on the GERD forum, as a lot of posters there have similar problems.

I've had a Nissen, but have no asthma or breathing issues. 8 weeks is still early recovery for that surgery, so things should still improve for months. You were smart in stopping smoking! That's the worst thing for the body. Hopefully the Nissen will help with the sleep apnea.

Best wishes!
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