15 days into fundo and worse than ever

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texastarheel
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/6/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyday it seems that I experience the weirdest regurgitation and possible aspiration. I will be eating something pureed very thoroughly or just drinking spring water, and this pain comes around my right side and goes up my back and then sludge comes up from my gastric area and food particles are mixed it. It is very painful and eventually some of the food comes up. The sludge remains and it is very hard to breathe. Last night's episode was the worst one yet. I was alone and it was very scary. I feel weak and dehydrated and sludgy.
Has anyone experienced anything at all similiar?
Thanks,
ASH

LdyJane
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   Posted 6/6/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Texas, welcome and I'm sorry you're having problems. My surgery was last summer, so some of the more recent folks may be able to help you more than I. It is not unusual to have what ever I ate and sometimes drank, come back up; I've compared it to a hairball, but in essence I've likened it to a coin sleeve..you know the kind where you put the nickels dimes or pennies in? Dimes were the worst, you put them in and then suddenly, one goes in crooked and then they all go in wrong? The only thing you can do is take them all out and start again...same with food and drink, except that the body does it for you.

I hope that Denise and Bea chime in here, because I'd really like their opinion, but here's what I'd like you to do; before you eat anything, I would like you to drink (sip) very hot water or tea. This seems to relax the LES and allows the food to go through. I'd also like you to back off your diet a bit, go back to things that are a little less solid and start at your basics again. This surgery is major stuff and it is a difficult recovery. Eating to much to soon (unless you're Bea) really agitates and inflames your esophagus, which is already angry at what you just had done to it.

If after a few days this doesn't help, then you probably need to call your Dr. In my case, I kept getting much worse and became so dehydrated; I ended up having an emergency scope and dilation...lets avoid that with you, okay?!!!

Please stay with us, let us know what is going on and we will try our best to help you out.
Janice

Post Edited (LdyJane) : 6/6/2009 12:49:35 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 6/6/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Ash,

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum.  We are so pleased you found us.

LdyJane is right on and yes there are many members who have had the surgery and will be able to advise you or share with you.

I have not had the procedure but I am sorry to hear you are having problems.

Stick with us and again a big, warm welcome.

Kitt



 

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opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/6/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ash -
I know I was just stopping by for a quick update, but this really got my attention. I agree with Janice. Go back to the beginning. I had a horrible time with this the first time I had this surgery. It took close to 5 months and 2 dilations to ease it up. Please go back to the beginning and move forward slowly.

Take care
Bill

LdyJane
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   Posted 6/6/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt may not have had the surgery, but with her medical training and wise advise she leads us and guides us; we're lucky to have her!!!

Thanks Bill for you opinion, you know it carries a lot of weight here; your experience is so much more current, not to mention intense ( I'm so sorry about that!)....

picklepuss
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Texas - I echo the advice from Ldyjane. Do you have any anti nausea medicine that may help with the stuff coming up. Maybe try some hot chamomile, fennel or ginger tea in little sips. It may help to calm things down.
 
Being early on in your recovery you may want to baby things a little longer. If your worried about becoming dehydrated try something with electrolytes in it at room temp and take it slow.
 
This is just my thoughts mind you and I'm not a doctor. Come Monday you should call your doctor office and let then know what is happening and let then take it from there.
 
I wish you the best,
Teala

beareilly
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I second everyones emotions here. Go back to liquid diet eventually everything will work out
Bea

dencha
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   Posted 6/6/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ash,
I second Janice, Bill, and Teala...If you drink hot tea (weak, decaf), it might just relax things and prime the pump, so to speak.  Ice water is a defininte no no if you're having spasms, which it sounds like you are.  I love the hairball/coin sleeve analogies.  If you take it slower, and go back to less, smaller bites, and easier to swallow foods.
 
Keep in mind that your wrap grows progressively more swollen for the first two weeks or so (my surgeon informed me of this).  I found swallowing got progressively more difficult as I moved to peak swelling, and as time went on things got better.  The swelling was accompanied by spasms and lots of saliva being produced.  I didn't even want to swallow the saliva, because it was so difficult to swallow.
 
I agree that if things continue the way they are, you need to check in with your surgeon.  I am not a doctor, and don't even play one on TV.  (Kitt's our medical guru...she's got lots of good information for all of us!!)  All of us try to help by sharing our own experiences in hopes that it is helpful and comforting as you work through the early weeks of recovery...
Good luck, Ash.
Stay around, and we'll do the best we can to help you through.
Take care,
Denise
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