Posted 3/10/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)
I would just like to share with a few of U some of the pro's and con's of this fundiplication. I had it done in 99 and I have been cured of the never ending heartburn BUT! I have developed a series of other problems. For instance has anyone ever heard of dumping syndrome? Be it a (Fast/Slow) I have been plagued with both. For those of U who do not know what that is, suffice it to say it's based on motility rate and the consumption of carbs. Shortly after consuming carbs such as a plate of spaghetti I would barely make it thru the meal when I would start to get dry mouth my head felt light and I was sweating profusely. The only thing I wanted was to lay down, come to find out since the surgery my motility has been sped up and this renders my blood sugars out of control. I have been repeatedly checked for diabetes but it is always the fasting test. Not the one they do where they do a blood test in the morning and then U're to go and have something to eat and come back and they take U're blood again. This has developed into the degree of feeling so out of control in my body feeling so badly that death seems almost appealing. Not only do I have dumping syndrome which can happen anywhere from 20 mins after a meal to the following day sometime rendering the same effects. I like not having heartburn but if I were asked what is my favorite food I could not answer that cause food has become very unappealing to me. I do not know hunger pangs nor can I tell when I am full. I have developed IBS and lactose intolerance. I wish now I would have known more about these things than I did before. I still wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath why? Because I have gas trapped below my diaphram and it is causing me to cough uncontrollably. If and when I am able to stop coughing long enuf I can get myself bent over the sink in the bathroom to release the trapped gas. Burping is a learned skill after this radical surgery! Not to mention my Dr's will not prescribe anything I've not taken before as I run the risk of developing a reaction which I'm told is to go have my stomach pumped. As with this surgery they have made U so that U are not able to throw up. I just want everyone here to realize there is no turning back after this surgery. I'm told sometimes U'll even have to go in and have the opening stretched if it gets too tight. My Dr has been suggesting that to me for almost 5 yrs now. I keep refusing but deep down inside I am afraid I will die choking.