Hernia and Reflux

Celine

Executive Member
#1
I have read that some of you on the forum have the hernia and reflux problem and are taking medication for it. Well just to let you know that my husband had the hernia op yesterday.

But that's not my discussion here. It is to do with my daughter. About March or April this year she started with this cough that scared the living daylights out of us. It seemed to us that she was having this asthma attack, she is chronic asthmatic. Anyway we were rushing her off to the hospital every time this coughing fit happened.

The first time it happened we rushed off to the hospital 1 o'clock in the morning. The casual department treated her and she was discharged without being admitted. 6 o'clock the very next morning the same thing happened and off we rushed back to the hospital. This happened a few times within a few hours and we were rushing red lights off to hospital. Eventually we made an emergency appointment with the Pulmonologist and he thought that she may be experiencing anaphalatic attacks and that we were to take her to the casualty immediately.

This has been happening over the months and we have eventually learned to deal with these attacks as she has them. She has been having them every single day now and all day. The GP then diagnosed her with reflux and possibly a hernia. So we made the appointment with the gastrologist and she had her scope done, only for the doctor to inform us that she doesn't have a hernia and she doesn't have reflux. But the episodes continued. We were at a loss.

So i decided to google this Laryngospasm cough and all I could find was the Hiatal Hernia that this cough was linked to, which she didn't have. Eventually I found another type of reflux and was almost shocked right off my chair.

Another type of gastric reflux problem, which is rare, is where the acid comes up into the larynx and because it's not common doctors don't really look for this type of reflux. It presents in the same way as the hiatal hernia but can only be detected by doing the scope down the larynx. So had I not sat for hours looking for some sort of explanation as to why my daughter was presenting with the same symptoms as my husband, I don't think I would have found this.

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Celine

Executive Member
#2
i am SO fed up with all these doctors and specialists where my daughter is concerned i could actually scream now. it has cost me thousands of rands it's no longer funny anymore.

as far as i'm concerned, and i have read on the internet, really - there is NO such thing as acid reflux going straight into the larynx. it has to go into the osophegyx (however you spell it) first then it goes into the larynx. i'm not a doctor but if you look at diagrams etc one can see the whole picture of the anatomy. from the stomach upwards the osophegyus goes into the larynx. so how would the flipping acid reflux go into the god damn larynx huh.

my husband had this hernia, acid reflux problem and has had the operation on monday. anyone who has been told that you can't belch - well here's first hand information, he's been belching. it's soft belching but he has been belching. he says it hurts when the air comes up but at least the gas is released.

the diet is another thing though, only water for the first day or two. he is now advanced to apple juice for 3 days and will be able to have jelly and smooth yoghurt after that. :D i can take a rest from cooking.
 

winner

Well-Known Member
#4
as far as i'm concerned, and i have read on the internet, really - there is NO such thing as acid reflux going straight into the larynx. it has to go into the osophegyx (however you spell it) first then it goes into the larynx. i'm not a doctor but if you look at diagrams etc one can see the whole picture of the anatomy. from the stomach upwards the osophegyus goes into the larynx. so how would the flipping acid reflux go into the god damn larynx huh.
Yes reflux can cause laryngeal irritation and asthma symptoms. Even hiatal hernia cause laryngeal irritation by causing reflux. Its called laryngopharyngeal reflux.Your GP was on the right track to rule it out before thinking of something more complicated/rare considering the family history of reflux(husband).

Wish your husband and daughter a speedy recovery. And please dont let go of that GP.
 
#5
You could look at changing her diet a bit. I've had this before (happens when I lie down/sleep/relax) that it just comes up and burns like a mofo. Changing my diet helped immensely and I was able to pinpoint what type of spices (combinations) and type of foods actually caused it.

The little thing in your throat can get too relaxed or damaged from reflux that it's not possible for your body to stop it from coming up.

Hopefully it helps manage the issue. If a doctor really did his job, he wouldn't ask me whats wrong, he would tell me whats wrong :) that's why I go there, because if I knew, I'd not bother going to someone, lol.
 

supersunbird

Honorary Master
#7
I have such a cough I think, especially when the air is really cold or chill (aka mornings and evenings) and my chest is not covered properly (in winter even when chest is dressed up warm). If its really bad I might cough up a bit of "reflux".

Breathing though nose or sucking some kind of sweet/lozenge helps
 
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