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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a lap fundoplication here in the UK 14 days ago.
I'm 47, and I have had severe reflux pain for many years. The many tests I had during that time never seemed to yield anything specific, and I just got used to it, chewing antacids and finally going onto Omeprazole, but to little avail. Last year I finally saw a specialist who recommended this procedure, and I elected to undergo the various tests - endoscope, manometry, barium swallow etc. which all supported the need for surgery.
So, two weeks after the procedure, I am yet to experience any kind of reflux pain! The diet has been difficult, and I admit I perhaps tried to push things a little too early. On a few occasions I have managed to get food stuck, and it's been a pretty rough experience, but I've learnt my lesson. On a couple of those occasions I've managed to vomit, after a fashion, but it's more a sort of regurgative action: simply ejecting the offending matter from my oesophagus. It's not painful, just somewhat alien.
I've managed a couple of burps, only immediately after swallowing liquid. Bloating is still a major issue, and frequently painful. The shoulder pain is pretty bad (but improving I think), and I'm taking quite a few painkillers to combat that. In general my entire digestive system feels like it's had to go back to school!
I'm still feeling very weak and tired, and I've suffered a few events that I can only describe as hypoglycaemia - bouts of weakness combined with severe sweating, normally not long after eating - which don't make sense! I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow to discuss this. Anyone else had this experience?
Anyhow, maybe I'm expecting too much, but I thought I'd be fighting fit by now. I know each one is different, but how long should it be before I feel like taking on the world again? I was planning on going back to work next week, but I'm reluctant to do so if some of these symptoms persist.
Despite the symptoms (and my impatience!) I'm so glad I had a fundoplication. Two weeks without heartburn is nothing short of paradise!
It's all fresh in my mind, so I'd be happy to discuss my experience with anybody thinking about this procedure.

Post Edited (sparkydc) : 4/16/2009 2:44:58 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/16/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your good result, Greg!
Thanks so much for sharing it. I think I've heard others who had the experience of a cold sweat during or after eating.

I had planned on returning to work after two weeks, but I had trouble with a lung infection, which kept me out 5 weeks. I could have managed at 2 weeks (Actually I had thought about going back half days after two weeks). I'm a second grade teacher, and it's pretty intense, but I could have managed. By the third or fourth week , I had all my strength back and was more than ready to go back.

Just be sure to always chew, chew, chew that food. Sometimes it's easy to forget.

Thanks for sharing your experience, and good luck with your continued healing!

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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi gary, I am scheduled for the nissan may 7 2009. I think if i write that date one more time in these posts i will die on that said date 50 years later though.lol. I am scared as hell. I have nite time gerd which drives me nuts and has but a big dent on my quality of life. I have had 3 strictures, my LES is mechanically defected and i have constant sour bitter taste. I never experienced chest pains or heartburn rather I got severe complications with that being the strictures. was dilated 3x.If u cud email me that wud be great
How long did stay in the hospital?
Did you have the sour taste and is it eradicated?
How much weight did you lose?
How did you take painkillers if u cant swallow?

Hi denise, and thank you for all your GREAT SUPORT .It is becuz of you that i am slowly gettin a little more encouragement. You, Bill Wendi & Janice are the best.

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   Posted 4/18/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Gary and Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum.

We are happy to have you join us.

You have already met 2 of our great members and Denise is a wealth of info as she has  been down the road you are traveling.

I have not had any surgery but I have learned much from the members of GERD that have.  I am glad you are happy with your decision.

Stick with us and know we care.  You are now a member of a wonderful peer support group.




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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, and thanks for the welcome!

Almost 3 weeks down the line, and doing well, but a couple of stumbles. Taking my third week away from work as a result. Still getting the occasional low sugar moment, but they're definitely improving. Also still having a tough time with anything remotely solid! I've tried bits and pieces here and there, and have had 3 or 4 nasty events when food has got stuck. However, I seemed to have developed the ability to reverse the stuff back up my gullet. It's not vomiting as such, it's more like a relaxed regurtitation (a bit graphic - sorry!). Pretty uncomfortable for a couple of minutes, but then it settles down OK.

So, staying on a really sloppy diet for the moment. Oatmeal, soup and rice pudding is fine. I can manage chicken (as you say, chew chew chew!) and mashed and roast potatoes, but most other food is definitely not on the menu yet!

Bloating/trapped air was a big issue at first, but that has settled down quite well. I've had a few sips of fizzy drinks this week, and it feels fine (appears I can burp a little directly after drinking) but I do notice some belly discomfort after a few minutes! Again, this is improving.

The 5 incisions have cleared up really well. One weird thing is that I'm sure I can really feel that things have moved inside me - especially when I bend and twist - does this make sense?

I'm asthmatic, so keep track of my peak flow. It was really low for the first 2 weeks, but nothing too difficult, and my doc said it was to be expected. That is now way better!

Felt a little bit below par the last couple of days, but I've put that down to the fact that I'm not really sticking to a sensible eating regime. I'm sorting that out now. I think also I was being a little too optimistic about recovery.

But the silver lining - absolutely NO acid at all for 20 days! Incredible. The constant pain and bitter taste had become the norm for me. I'm sure I'm now getting a 'normal' taste in my mouth, and it's taking some getting used to!

So, all in all, this was well worth doing. I'm going to miss the bungee jumping though.

Bea - sorry I haven't got back to you yet. Don't know where the last week has gone! Not currently on my email PC, so will message you tomorrow, or feel free to email me!

Thanks guys - it's good to find friends in this arena, and so nice to be able to spill it out to people. Just wish I'd found you sooner!

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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Whoops - a couple of extras for Bea:

I spent 3 nights in hospital. It would have been less, but my blood pressure went up quite a bit - they suspect it was just the shoulder tip pain.
Whatever taste I had, it had been there so long that I didn't notice it any more! I now have a comparably sweet taste, which is weird!
As of today, I'm 7 or 8 pounds lighter than before the procedure. That seems to have levelled out now.
Initially I was cutting painkillers into 4, then 2. Now I can handle them OK.

Hope this helps!

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   Posted 4/26/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey sparky,
Sorry I haven't been on.My daughter will be having her sweet sixteen party next weekend.I have ben doing the last minute things .I want to thank you for your info.I went to pre-op.They took the ekg blood and then decided to do chest xray as I was wheezing.well just waitin for may 7th or am I?
Are u doing better since ya last post?

Hey bill,
Hope ya feeling well.Just a few more weeks.We will have to post our post op 4 any new members.We can suffer 2gether lol.hope all is well.

How r u lately?

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   Posted 4/26/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bea,
I'm glad you're more comfortable with your upcoming Nissen. You've done all the pre-op work, so everything should go just fine for you!
I don't know if you've read my posts, but I've been suffering with bronchitis secondary to flu I had three weeks ago.

My doc finally put me on z-pac (antibiotic), and it's much, much better. My lungs feel great. I just hope the tiny areas that are still producing mucous clear in the next few days. I'm not needing to use my nebulizer or albuterol inhaler, which is amazing. If your docs think your asthma is made worse by the GERD, I'll bet that your lungs will respond really well to the surgery. Even with the lung infections I've had, my lungs are better than they were pre-Nissen.

Now I'm hoping that the new antihistamine I'm using will work for me this spring. Allegra just wasn't working for me anymore.
Hope all is well with you.
Good luck to you and Bill in your upcoming surgeries!
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