question after lap nissen

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone well i'm just 5 weeks out of surgery and well the past week i have been having diarrhea is there anything i could take for it or does it just need to take its course? other than that everything is going good i can eat anything i want as long as i go slow.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Melissa -
Sometimes after having a Nissen we experience diarrhea or worse dumping. I do take Imodium if it gets to bad. Sometimes all I need it just one tablet and it is good for a few days. You might want to try to remember what you ate before it came on also. You digestive tract is all messed up and can be pretty sensitive and angry right now. I hope some others step in here soon because I know there are other things like calcium and such that will help, but I don't remember how much of it and such. I also deal with this from having my gallbladder removed and take Colestid or Questran when needed. I just started taking my colestid again yesterday am I am 4 weeks and 2 days out from my Nissen part2.
Hang in there it is going to get better, but may need some slight intervention for a while.

Take care,

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa,
I also get diarrhea...It happens when my wrap gets irritated (remember, your wrap is part of your stomach, so your whole stomach can react to an irritation.) The "dumping" happens (who knows why) when I eat a big meal and something doesn't agree with the wrap/stomach. Then I'll get LOUD grumbling in my stomach...gurgling...and diarrhea. It usually only lasts a few days to a week, then goes away on its own. I generally go a few times in the morning, and it doesn't bother me much during the day when I'm working. I don't actually get the "runs".

This past weekend I got one episode that only lasted a day. Other times it has lasted a week or so. I can always tell when it's going to happen, because my wrap will usually feel a bit uncomfortable. Then I know I've overdone it.

I don't take anything for it, because it doesn't really bother me, and I know it's a self-limiting problem, and I know it will go away on its own.

It's weird. Sometimes when I eat things that I expect to bother me--nothing happens. I really don't know what gets it going, but I suspect it's when I get too frisky and don't chew things carefully enough.

You don't have to worry, though. It's a common thing that will improve over time.
Hope you're doing well today!
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