Severe stomach pain and bloating almost 2 months after NF

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   Posted 4/27/2010 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having severe stomach aches and bloating for the past 3 nights after I eat dinner. Last night was the worse, I was dry heaving and the pain was so bad. I took Gas X as I could hear the rumbling and finally fell a sleep. I wake up in the morning feeling fine and this only hits after dinner.
I am wondering if this happened to anyone else after their NF surgery.
Tonight, I will probably have a yogurt and a Gas X pill too see if that helps as I can't bare to go through another night of such pain.

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   Posted 4/27/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mam,
While I didn't have as much bloating/gas as I thought I would, I definitely had moments when gas would build up and cause discomfort. Are you eating gassy foods? Another tip--don't talk when you eat. I was told by my surgeon that it introduces more air into your stomach. Have you tried BEANO? You're supposed to take it with your first bite. I've used it when eating gassy vegetables, and it has definitely made a difference. You could try that. They're chewable, so no problem with swallowing.

Try eating dinner a little earlier, be sure you don't overfill your stomach.
Long story short, yes, it's common to have gas pains and bloating after a Nissen. As time progresses and you continue to heal, things should calm down more.
Good luck!

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   Posted 4/27/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply as that bout last night really scared me. The pain was unbearable and I thought for a few minutes that I was going to have to go to the ER because I didn't know what was happening. I didn't and haven't eaten anything gassy as I am being careful. I think tonight will be a bowl of cereal and a GAS X pill!!! I will have to get the Beano because this was terrible.
Here I have been feeling wonderful for the past 4 days but the nights are bad, so if I can correct the night, I will be one happy post NF patient!
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   Posted 4/27/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mam, I had the surgery last July and have been posting off and on since then.  It is helpful when you see that others have the same reactions you do.  I still get the bad bloating,gas and pain in the pm after eating.  Not all the time.  It is so hard to eat light in the evening if you have been working all day and worked up an appetite.  I have oatmeal in the am with applesauce and soy milk and usually just fruit.  By the time I get home, I want some CARBS but that is often a mistake.  I have found rice cooked in chicken broth works well to fill up without overdoing it.  A little meat doesn't bother me, but spicy stuff and too much oil is irritating, so I do better when I go easy.  It is gradually getting better, but it has taken a longggggg time to start feeling normal or almost normal.  It is just a matter of taking it easy.  I had pretty good luck when I planned out what to eat for a week or so, but don't always have time.  I am trying not to go to the store when I am hungry and focus on a little lean meat and mild veggies.  Hope your situation starts getting better.  I still have the painful after effects like you mentioned, but it is usually because I ate too much.  I think your experience sounds very typical and is likely just gas.  It is frustrating.  My surgery was to correct a giant hernia and messed up diaphgram.  I think it is just that we want to eat like before and that is probably not so great.  I lost about 25 pounds and now am at my ideal weight and have pretty high energy so some good with the bad.  For me, I just need to get more serious about bland foods which is sooo contrary to my preferences and less carbs.  Good luck, this is a great site for information and exchanging information. Hope you feel better and better as time goes by.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Look up Food Combining on the internet. There have been some articles written by some respected doctors over the years. Dr Stanley Bass, 91 years of age, and a follower of Food Combining. Not saying its the only way to go, but no harm in giving a new method a try when the diet methods you are using arent going great for you. Also look up "Is Soy Really Healty" on Google. Go read the first article from TheHealingCrow, you probably will never touch unfermented soy ever again if you believe whats said.
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