Hi All you fellow survivors
Ever since my op two and a half years ago I have had a dry persistent cough. At first I just put it down to having my lung deflated during surgery. But as time has gone on I got a little concerned that there was something else going on. It has taken nearly a year of calling my surgical team and two barium swallows, but still no definitive answers. I am beginning to think they are hoping it will get better on its own.
After speaking with my GP she said she wanted me to have an xray as my lungs sounded rather crackerly. On Friday I went along for my xray and while chatting to the radiologist she said 'Oh, I see a lot of people who have had long deep anaesthetics like you with persistent coughs, its all due to the anaesthetic gases, and it can take years to disappear!'.
So, I now have some more information to pass on to my surgeon when I see him next month. It does seem that the after effects of this surgery are still relatively unknown, and we are all learning as we survive longer.
I hope this will be of some help and comfort to anyone else out there with a similar problem.
Best wishes to you all