7 years post-op and questions

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mrmantx
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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen Lapro done 7 years ago.  Have not burped one time since, so the gas situation has been a annoying problem.  I have had stomach issues ever since the operation.  Not to sound gross, but I have terrible stomach pains and explosive BM's after every time I eat.  It doesn't matter how much or what I eat, either.  Has anyone else had a similar problem? 
Thanks!
Jason

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   Posted 12/17/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Mrmantx I am sorry to hear that u are having problems with your Nisssen after all these years. What to u mean by "explosive BM after everytime u eat"? Do u mean diarrhea? If u have diarrhea(dumping syndrome) after meals, it could indicate that your Vagus Nerve has been damage during surgery. Please do some research on Vagus Nerve damage. This might answer your questions.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

mrmantx

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum. 

This is a great site. I look forward to getting to know you better.

 
I have never had this procedure but the members that have are very wise and helpful.
Again a warm welcome.
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mrmantx
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   Posted 12/18/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
No, not necissarily diarrhea but not totally solid either. Basically, after every time I eat my stomach starts cramping and gurgling real bad and I have to find a restroom right then. It's almost like gas pressure builds up and when I finally am able to sit everything comes out in one forceful explosion (for lack of a better word). But, not liquid.
I'm sorry if this may be too much nasty information but I'd like to get to the 'bottom' of this as it's hard for me to go to lunch with my co-workers because I'm embarassed to have to stop on the way back to work EVERY TIME.
Thanks,
Jason

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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
i have the same thing happening to me. mine is so bad i cant even take my kids to the park because i never know when the dumping will hit. i have so much stomach pain i dont even eat anymore. the eating makes it so much worse. we dont go out to eat because of this also. i hate this. i had my nissen done this last april. i have tried every med out there and they just seem to add more problems then i started with. i get so dehrated from this even though i drink 12-15 bottles of water a day. it seems like everytime i drink it comes right back out. i usually go in and get iv fluids when its really bad. nobody wants to tell me why this happened or how. all the doctors just brush me off because i keep pushing for answers. i cant except that i have ibs or dumping syndrome just because. they never really give me a reason. i have looked at the vagus nerve and i truely think thats what happened but how do we get it fix and what happened that that nerve got damaged. i hope you are glad to know that you arent the only one out there. i know i am. if you know anything will u please let me know? allison

stkitt
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
allison


Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I have not had the surgery so I cannot speak directly to that but not eating and having dumping syndrome really does need to be addressed.



Have you seen a GI specialist re this very problem? My hubby has short bowel syndrome which leads to dumping syndrome. His GI physician has him on Metamucil which I know sounds crazy but the Metamucil helps bulk up his stools and slow down the time it takes for food to pass through the small intestine.



Also you have tagged onto an old thread. If you would like to start a new thread of your own you are more likely to find that members will see your first post and answer you in a timely manner.



Again welcome,



Kitt

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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
kitt-
i have talked to so many doctors and they wont answer me when i ask about this stuff. its like they just dont want to deal with me anymore. i have tried the fiber and that just causes more problems then anything. i have tried everything. the doctors tried stomach crapping meds that should have stopped the pain but it intensivied it 100 times. i have tried anti dirreahal meds and codine to constipate me but that didnt work either. everything they try really does make it a lot worse. thank you for the suggestion though. i do know that fiber is suppose to slow things down but it didnt and it just made me have such horrible stomach cramping even just taking one tablet. again thanks so much though i will look at the site!

stkitt
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   Posted 3/10/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to hear that nothing is working for you. I am concerned that you are not getting your nutrition as it is most likely being compromised from all the diarhhea you are experiencing.


The most common causes of diarrhea include:


Viruses. Common viruses that cause diarrhea are Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, viral hepatitis and the herpes simplex virus. Rotavirus is the most common cause of acute childhood diarrhea. Viral diarrhea spreads easily.

Bacteria and parasites. Contaminated food or water can transmit bacteria and parasites to your body. Parasites such as Giardia lamblia and cryptosporidium can cause diarrhea. Common bacterial causes of diarrhea include campylobacter, salmonella, shigella and Escherichia coli. Diarrhea caused by bacteria and parasites can be common when traveling in developing countries, and is often called traveler's diarrhea.



Medications. Many medications can cause diarrhea. The most common are antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy both good and bad bacteria, which can disturb the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines. This disturbance sometimes leads to an infection with bacteria called Clostridium difficile, which can also cause diarrhea.


Other causes:



Lactose. A sugar found in milk and milk products, lactose is a common cause of diarrhea in some people.



Fructose. Fructose, a sugar found in many fruits, is a common cause of diarrhea, especially in children.



Surgery. Some people may experience diarrhea after undergoing abdominal surgery or gallbladder removal surgery.



Other digestive disorders. Chronic diarrhea has a number of other causes, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome.



Wish I had more to offer. Hope that you continue to look for that one physician that will be able to help you. Also talking with a dietician may be a wise move for you.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

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   Posted 3/10/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
i am waiting for some allergy test to come back before i go to the nurtionist. but i am planning on. the tests are for the eosinophillic disease. i just wish i could find out how to get rid of the stomach pain. i can live with the dirreaha if i have to but i dont want the stomach pain at all. i try alot of homiophathic (not a good speller) things for pain control but i just sucks that i cant eat. i dont go out much because of the dirreaha but if i have to choose one to get rid of its the stomach pain so i can eat and not want to cry all day. i dont cry or show anything since i have kids but they know somethings not right.

MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Please help me-- Take action and demand from your doctor to be referred to another gastroenterologist OR if you live near or in a city where there are research/university hospitals--seek out specialists who might be able to help. The people here are very supportive and while we share stories and commiserate with each other--we are not doctors. The very simple medical rule of thumb is that if you are in that much pain (point of crying all day) you need to seek medical help immediately!! MM

my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the suggestions made so far. It is important ruling out different things that cause this beyond GERD and GERD related issues. When this occurs for me is isn't a GERD issue, it is a blood sugar issue. When I brought my diet in compliance with sound diabetic diet the explosions stopped.

I hope you find relief. Get a doctor who is willing to get curious, think seriously about your specific situation, and work with his/her skills until you get the relief you seek! I'm concerned about what seems to be disregard and disrespect for you and your dilemma. There are some amazing doctors and I hope you find them. Minnesota Mark's suggestion about research/university hospitals is excellent places for atypical situations. VA (should you be a VET) hospitals often have excellent options, also especially if situation near the U med centers. I used to work for the VA which was a block away from a premier U Med Center. The two institutions worked collaboratively and many benefited. I worked in inpatient psychiatry).

Keep us posted as you pursue solutions. Hope they come quickly!!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Alli and Jason-
The "new" design of the GI tract can cause the dumping and sudden urge to go after eating. I have dealt with it quite often. Mine does improve with certain meds like Questran or Colestid. Sometimes even they don;t help. IF you can't get any of your doctors to help it's time to fire them and find someone who will. I also recommend a teaching hospital if you have one near and can go there.

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
i tried going to the mayo clinic and they are the last ones i saw after where i went sent me there. they dont want to tell me that something happened. they want to do the same tests that i have already had and im getting really sick of having tubes down my throat, up my butt, and into my arms. this is just crazy not even the "best of the best" want me. im sure its cuz they have contracts with the hospital i had the sugery done at. i just think im going to have to leave mn to find some dr to help me and give me answers i need. thank you to everyone!!!
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