dry heaving/reflux potentially?

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mel88
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   Posted 12/25/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I'm melissa and just 19 years old (probably the youngest of anyone i have heard to get the surgery). I just got a nissen fundoplication 6 days ago for my hiatal hernia and was fine as long as i took my vicodin until today when i could only eat a little at a time (im still on pureed/liquid foods) and i've been dry heaving literally all day where my mouth starts salivating and once i belch it feels better but how long is this going to last? Also, I had a reflux today where i regurgitated just a little bit, does this mean that the wrap has already slipped? And also I know this is a random question but I am in college after all and i was wondering how much time will pass before it is safe to drink alcohol again. Answers would be much appreciated! thanks!

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 12/27/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there mel...and welcome to healingwell. I am glad you found us, as this is a great place for information and support!

You are very young. I am sorry to see young people suffering with anything...not that I like to see older people suffer.

Anyway...I am not sure how to answer your question, as I have not had this procedure done. A lot of people here have, and I hope they will soon come along to offer up their advice.

I am sorry I don't have answers for you right now. If I see that no one is coming along to answer, I will do some research for you later today.

Please, stick with us.

Also, I am normally on daily, but with the holidays, I have been kinda slow, so please, bear with me!

Wishing you the best.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa:  Sorry to hear you are going through such an ordeal at such a young age.  You need to call your surgeon and get a prescription for some anti-nausea, anti-vomiting medication.  You don't want to vomit, retch, or get dry heaves because this could put pressure on your wrap and it could be compromised.  I can't answer the alcohol question because I don't drink at all.  I don't know if the wrap could of slipped so early but try and do your best not to throw up.  I had lots of nausea for close to 4 weeks after my surgery and took the pill everyday and every now and then I get nausea but I am just glad to know I have my magic pill.   Good luck, Barbara....

mel88
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   Posted 12/28/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! So my surgeon said he actually may think that the wrap is working TOO well which is why im getting reflux because he says he thinks he potentially wrapped it too tight so that food isnt getting down all the way at all, I don't know if this has happened to anyone but I am hoping it will just go away cuz otherwise I have to deal with a barium swallow and an upper GI and some balloon thing to loosen it. How long did everyone have to stay on liquids? I'm going into my 11th day and not forseeing anything solid or crunchy sad

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   Posted 12/30/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, I can't answer your most recent question, I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK on the 11th, and please do let us know how things go for you!!!!!!

Good to have you with us, I hope you stick around!
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Melissa:  I was on a liquid diet for about 2 weeks and then transitioned to a soft diet, i.e., yogurt, runny egg, mashed potatoes, and cream of wheat.  I don't think my wrap was too tight because I can eat but I am still having chest pain that is really getting on my nerves.  I thought that by now it would of gotten better.  I even thinking of getting a barium test to make sure everything is in its place.  Good luck, Barbara..

mel88
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   Posted 1/2/2008 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
well after i told my surgeon about my symptoms of shoulder pain, dry heaving, and reflux of only saliva, an hour later he scheduled a barium swallow and upper GI for me (which tastes TERRIBLE by the way), they aren't sure yet, but they think either the wrap is too tight or there is an extreme amount of swelling that is causing food to only trickle into the stomach leaving the rest in my esophagus and creating that awful pressure in the chest, if they made the wrap too tight they will stick a balloon and blow it up somehow in my esophagus to make the wrap looser...i will keep people updated on how this goes, I'm just upset about this whole ordeal, i would suggest if anyone has any sort of uncomfortable and at times nauseating pressure not just pain that they call their surgeon immediately
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