A little background about
me. I was born with anal/rectal strictures..or so this is what I'm told. I was supposed to go to the dr every few years to be dialated. My mother refused to take me which led to 22 years of stimulant laxative use to keep things moving. Eventually they stopped working and I would have to go to the ER to get disimpacted after weeks of no bm. Numerous rounds of golytely, lactolose, magnesium citrate, phosphasoda. I had my first son when I was 20, in 2004. No problems there...at least not more than before. While I was pregnant with my second son a year later, the constipation issue really kicked in. I ended up not having a bm for the last almost 4 months. I seen 3 gastros when I was pregnant but none of them would do anything until I delivered. I ended up having a scheduled c-section due to my very full colon in 2006. Right after I delivered, I met with a surgeon. There was no additional testing done exept a CT scan which made him rush me to surgery. We decided on a colostomy...fine with me! Surgery went great! Surgeon said he removed 12 lbs and my colon was the size of a football! If I would have waited any longer it would have ruptured. Everything was wonderful after surgery. I was like a new person, could do what I wanted, eat whatever I wanted. Fast forward to 2008, got pregnant with my daughter. I was about
2 months along when I rushed to the ER with what I thought was a heart attack. Turned out to be severe heartburn. I was put on meds, dr said it would go away after I delivered. I was so sick, could barely eat or drink anything, only gained 6 lbs the whole 9 months. Delivered in 2009, symptoms never went away. I was so nauseous, I couldn't hold my daughter to feed her, any pressure on my stomach made it so much worse. After about
6 months I was referred to a GI. I've had multiple tests done, manometry, bravo, multiple scopes, lactose intolerance, breath test, ultrasound and HIDA scan for gall gladder, gastric emptying, hormone levels, thyroid. Everything came back normal but I had severe erosion in my esophagus which led to the diagnosis of GERD. In Dec 2009 I had my first nissen funduplication. Nothing changed. Had a redo in May 2010. Again nothing changed. I had another redo in Dec 2010. Nothing changed. I have tried every reflux med out there. None helped for very long. My symptoms are severe nausea...to the point I sit in the bathroom for hours, acid coming up, constant burping, bloating, gas. Since all of this has started, I don't have normal bms like I used to. I will have a little output but usually only have alot of output during my periods. I don't feel constipated like before my colostomy but I know I am. I don't think I have any blockages since I can still pass gas and no pain. I did see one GI specialist that said my system might be slow eventhough the gastric emptying test came back normal so he gave me domperidone. I didn't see a difference with it. A few weeks ago my GI gave me an antidepressant for IBS. I tried it for 3 weeks with no positive results. IBS has never been brought up until my last scope.
I'm wondering if anyone has these symptoms or if the gerd could be related to the constipation? I'm afraid to take any laxatives since the only ones that work are stimulants and I have a very reactive stomach. I've lost a total of 50 lbs since I delivered my daughter...remember I only gained 6 lbs and she weighed 5 lb 9oz. I have anxiety and depression from all of this. I get very frustrated as it's hard to take care of the kids when I feel so bad. I'm afraid to eat more than a few bites because of the result. I'm sick of the nausea which is the worst. I'm run down, tired, weak. I think I get more frustrated because I dealt with the intestinal issues for 22 years, had 4 "normal" years and now this. I see a specialist at one of the best hospitals around here next month but that seems like a lifetime. I've changed my diet completely, everything I eat is bland. I've forgotten what flavor is. Because of the nissen, I can't eat or drink more than 6 oz at a time every 3-4 hours but I can't even handle that much. Any comments, advice is welcome!!!
I give you credit if you made it through the whole post!!
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
~Nissen redo 05/10/10~