Nissen Fundoplication for acid causing breathing problems?
I would like to hear from any of you who might have had success with the Nissen Fundoplacation surgery. I would also like to hear from anyone who has breathing problems related to acid reflux.
According to testing, I have some "serious" silent reflux happening. My primary symptom is a chronic cough from the acid. I also have acid causing some bad asthma flare-ups from aspiration and irritation. My Pulmonologist has informed me that I will never be able to get my asthma under control until the reflux is under control. (My asthma is both triggered by the reflux and by my non-allergic triggers such as cold air.)
I have been treated for the reflux for about 6 years. I have tried all of the non-medical stuff (raised bed, sleeping on left, diet, lose weight, etc...) with no relief. I have been unsuccessful with Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid 2x/day, Nexium 2x/day, Aciphex 2x/day and now Zegrid (still trying this one). I have supplemented with OTC stuff like tums and Gaviscon also. They worked with varying degrees of success over the years, but none are helping now.
For the last 3 months, I have had constant coughing and difficulty breathing despite heavy treatment for both asthma and acid. I am going in for some repeat testing, but at this point, it looks like I am going to need to consider the surgical option for controlling my reflux. From what I have read on the internet, the Nissen Fundoplication is usually only about 70-80% successful in helping with my type of problem. Not wonderful percentages, but I really need to get my breathing under control. It has been getting worse instead of better and nothing is really working.
Thanks in advance for your support.