With GERDS I've heard of spasms in the esophagus which can mimic chest pain and give a sensation of shortness of breath. I've experienced it myself. I've not heard of spams in the larynx.
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I am very happy with my LINX band. Every so often I have trouble swallowing but it is no big deal. End of January it will be a year since my surgery. For me it was a medical necessity. Nothing was stopping the heartburn. I was on PPIs for over 24yrs and at the time if my surgery I was double dosed on prevacid and zantac. I was also using carafate liqiud left over from my radio frequency ablations for 8 cm of Barrett's that had some low grade dysplasia and I was also using OTC antacids. I spent 7 months after surgery weaning of the PPIs to avoid rebound acid production. Here are some resources; Eating after LINX Esophageal Surgery at nationaljewish.org and linxforlife.com, Physician Locator. Good luck🙂
It was not difficult for me to change between them. Prevacid always worked the best for me for the better part of 22yrs until my hiatal hernia started enlarging again and I needed a re-repair last Jan. Just be sure you are taking B12 in methylcabolamine form. When your on these proton pump inhibitors (PPI) your body will not absord any protein bound B12. Our bodies need a high pH in the the stomach to release B12 from protein so that it can be absorbed in the gut. PPIs prevent this high acidic environment. Our bodies will absorb 1% of non-protein bound B12 ie a sublingual tablet. Mega dosing is needed to come close to the daily amount of B12 required. Worse case scenario severe B12 deficiencies lead to dementia. There are articles out there that discuss this as well as an increase risk for C-diff. So it's important to take a probiotic as well. Good luck.
As far as the asthma symptoms go aspirating into your lungs can definitely cause bronchospasms. It may not necessarily be asthma but the symptoms can be similar. There is a correlation between reflux in infants and the development of asthma later which is what I believe happened to me. My Mother told me I would throw up constantly as a baby and by the time I was 4 I was diagnosed with asthma. In my 30's when the hernia became too large I would wake choking and wheezing like crazy and my throat would feel on fire. Hang in there and don't give up. You have to be your own advocate.🙂
The slipped Nissan did not show up on upper GI or with any endoscopies I've had. She only found it when she went in to re-repair the hole in the diaphragm which was almost 3 cm. The hernia exists because of the hole in the diaphragm. Maybe the hole enlarged when you fell?