5 months post Nissen problems

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Liser79
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else experienced similar problems?
I was doing fine.. and now I am getting pain after every meal and not able to eat a whole lot. Coffee is also starting to bother me too.
2 months ago I was eating normal portions and coffee did no harm.
The other day I ate very badly (fatty, fried) and had some kind of attack after dinner. I also had my gallbladder out at the same time as the Nissen so I don't know.
 
I am very uncomfortable but reluctant to go to see my surgeon again because my insurance is terrible and I don't have the money for any more tests. I cannot even afford the surgery that I did have!
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liser79,
Welcome to Healing Well! I don't have a medical degree, or a history of gall bladder problems, but I do have a very close friend who had her gall bladder removed, and continues to have symptoms when she doesn't eat carefully. She's had a stint placed in her bile duct, which helped, but couldn't be left there. She had another procedure done to try to help her, but no luck. She has decided that she's not willing to go for more surgery (I'm not sure what could be done), but rather will eat more carefully (as if she did have a gall bladder).

I don't know if this rings true to your experience. It was news to me that you could get gall bladder symptoms with no gall bladder!
I hope you find an answer to your problem, and that you start feeling better soon!
Take care,
Denise

Alcie
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   Posted 3/23/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liser
I'm not quite as far out as you are, but I have learned I can not eat most stuff I couldn't eat preoperatively. Foods that gave me reflux before still cause a reaction.
Alcie
 
 


Liser79
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   Posted 3/23/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie.
I just thought it was funny that I was tolerating everything... and I mean everything.... ok and now I am having problems again.

outtllaw
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   Posted 3/23/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Just be patient and give your body time to heal.

StaceyA
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   Posted 3/25/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm only a couple months out, but I haven't experienced any regression in the foods I can eat. I hope that you'll be able to check in with the doctor. Even if you can't afford testing now, the advice might be helpful.
Best of luck!

Alcie
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
If you had reflux triggers before surgery, you will have them afterwards.
 
Reflux triggers are from food intolerances, aka allergies.  My allergist says intolerances are allergies, my GI doc doesn't believe in any of it.  He keeps insisting I prefer "natural foods."  No!  I'd rather eat junk food, but I can't.   If I eat foods to which I am intolerant, even though I don't get refluxing all the way into my esophagus post-op, it will still trigger tachycardia from cardio-esophgeal reflex.  (The esophagus and stomach are connected to the heart and other organs by the vagus nerve.)
 
Of course if you had no trouble with foods, just needed surgery because of a bad LES or a really huge hernia, you will probably be able to return to your regular diet.  I'd caution eating much smaller portions for a long time though, and maybe watching out for gassy foods like bread and a lot of the nicer vegetables.
 
Summer squashes, beets, greens, carrots and rice don't seem to cause much trouble.
 
 
Alcie
 
 


StaceyA
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie may be right, because I had no trouble with foods before the surgery.
Wishing you the best!
Stacey
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