Posted 8/28/2018 6:52 AM (GMT -6)
That's great news about the Barrett's being gone, though a mucosal resection sounds painful. I'm glad your wrap seems to be holding strong and that your coughing and asthma have cleared up. Coughing is frustrating; whenever I get sick I still tend to grab a pillow and hold it across my midsection to avoid strain on the diaphragm. Too bad the only cough syrup that seems to work is an opiate so doctors no longer want to prescribe it.
My EGD last Friday showed my wrap is loose. The picture basically just shows a hole at the junction of my esophagus and stomach. Despite all of my symptoms, I was a little surprised by this as I know others have had dry heaves and their wraps have remained intact. This was constant retching for about an hour and a half so maybe that made the difference? Also, because at first I thought I was fine, I continued to eat like normal for about two weeks after the episode. I'm really at a loss on this one. I had thought my wrap was extra tight because at the time of surgery Gillian wasn't able to dilate as he typically does.
This week I have been able to graduate from liquids to soft foods. Last night I had some mac and cheese but I feel like it sort of stuck a bit on the way down, drank some water to help it along. This too is a new problem since the dry heaving happened. Before that I had no symptoms at all and wasn't on any meds. No regurgitation for a while now but I'm eating so little (i.e. only about 3 cups of food a day) that I don't know if it is even possible. Not sure if the PPIs are helping, as they never did before the surgery.
At the instruction of my GI doc, I have the dreaded manometry test this Thursday as I'm having difficulty swallowing but have no esophagitis to account for it. Not looking forward to that as I know it makes me gag.
Adding my email to my profile; if you don't mind sending me a note that would be great. I remember we exchanged emails closer to the time of our surgeries, but I can't seem to dig those up.