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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  I was looking for some advice.  I had my nissen fundoplication surgery on 7/14.  The reason I had the surgery was for "asthma".  I have never experienced the feeling of reflux, but had an endoscopy which revealed a wide open LES and had a Bravo test which revealed my wheezing and shortness or breath episodes where correlated with episodes of reflux.
I spoke to the surgeon before surgery and he said there was a 50% success rate for me since my symptoms were atypical, but I did the surgery because I have exhausted all other options.  He also advised me that it could take up to 6 months for me to know if it worked because the airways have to heal.  Prior to my surgery, I had not been able to sleep through the night in over 2 years.  For the first 2 weeks after the surgery I had absolutely no incidences of shortness of breath or wheezing at night, and slept through the night for the first time in years.  I thought it was a miracle.  I had cut my prednisone down from 40mg to 20mg to 10mg to 5mg.  I then tried to stop it completely for 2 nights, and the symptoms returned.  I went back up to 10mg for the last 2 nights, and still am experiencing the wheezing.  I am just praying that either I didn't damage my wrap, or that now that the swelling is going down from the surgery it isn't going to work!  Perhaps I just tried to wean off the prednisone too quickly.  One reason I am concerned is the night before i started having symptoms again, i tried to eat some scrambled egg and it got caught and was very painful for a couple of days.  I am just hoping that didn't damage things.
Also I have some questions on GI issues. I wake up feeling great and my stomach looks pretty flat.  By the end of the day i am soooo bloated i look pregnant.  I am being really good about sticking to the diet, but it seems if i eat anything I get extreme gas and bloating and I have been having really bad diarhea.  I also get a pain that is extremely painful in my lower right side.  Again, next morning I feel fine again.  I am 3 weeks post nissen.  Any thoughts on these issues and when they will start to go away.  Is there any medication i can take for this (have tried gas x and mylanta).
Thanks for your help and advice.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW,
You're still in the swelling stage. It's very quirky during the first six weeks. I had gas and diarhea the first few weeks. Stay away from dairy during this time, it can irritated it some.

Egg???!! At your point I was still on liquids and very soft, soupy foods & no eggs. I was eating mini-meals every two hours during that time.
Make sure you don't lift anything over 5 lbs until the six week mark.

Problems too numerous to name. :)

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   Posted 8/6/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele,
You were on pretty high doses of prednosone. You might want to talk to your asthma doc about tapering it more slowly. Do you take an inhaled steroid for your asthma? If you're anything like me, it will take a couple months before your lungs get healed. I had the same problem, and the surgery helped me a lot.
Hang in there. Things will improve. Be sure to keep in touch with your asthma doc as you recover, though.
Best wishes for a smooth recovery!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome -
Take it easy! 3 weeks is nothing! Don't worry for 3 months!! This was major surgery and it takes a long time to heal and the swelling to come down.

Stick with liquids for a while longer, as the others said. Then start with very mushy stuff, but avoid mashed potatoes or bananas or anything else that's sticky until you have NOproblem swallowing.

No gassy stuff! No soda, no bread or gassy vegetables, beans ... look them up. That's the cause of the bloating. You can't burp! The gas has to follow the tract downwards.
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