Hello everyone. I haven't posted on this board in a while. I thought I would make a post for those of you out there that are wondering what comes after a year of surgery. Some of you may remember me and my story and some of you may not. For those of you that don't know my story I will fill you in as quickly and with as short of story as possible.....sorry if its still too long
My problems started about
10 years ago with severe pain in my esophagus after drinking Red Bull drinks regularly every morning. This was followed by severe heart palpitations, an elongated beat, after certain meals. At that time I never put the 2 together. Other than that I had no other signs of GERD. This went on for about
10 years in which time my "illness" was addressed by trying to figure out what heart "defect" was causing my erratic heart beat and palpitations. I had pretty much every cardiac stress test in the medical books performed on me and was misdiagnosed more than a handful of times. This lead to depression and Anxiety disorder, which lead to panic attacks. It went as far as them wanting to put a stint in my heart "just in case" I had some blockage.....yes, this went on for about
Finally in late 08 I found a doctor that heard my symptoms. By this time I knew my palpitations were caused by certain foods that I ate, but didnt know why. I explained this to him and he told me "it was very possible" and sent me to a G.I specialist. The GI specialist did an EGD and told me I had GERD due to a hiatal hernia, which was causing me severe erosive esophagitis. Again, he said this could be the cause of my palpitations as the esophagus passes very close to the heart. A manomitry test revealed I had a 4 out of 16 in pressure at my LES. This warranted surgery. It was up to me to find a surgeon and I found Dr.Khatkhouda www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/nontrauma/cv-katkhouda.html www.laparoscopicsurgeon-online.com/
who is a professor of bariatric laprospic surgery at USC medical center. I met with him in late June and he told me "I can fix you". I will never forget those words as long as I live. On August 10th I underwent a Lap Nissen Fundoplication.
After a night of the most intense pain I had ever felt, I woke up on August 11 with no more palpitations and no more GERD symptoms. But it wouldn't last. The surgeon told my wife I had one of the most inflamed esophagus and stomach he had seen in a while. He said 25% of my stomach was herniated in to my esophagus which "could' have been bothering my heart enough to cause the palpitations. The next 8 months that followed were hard! My recovery was very painful for some reason and after the first 2 days post op the swelling began and the palpitations came back, though I have never suffered or felt any more GERD symptoms since I woke up after surgery. My swelling was so bad that it was very hard to even take a deep breath. It felt like something inside me would not give and let my lungs fully expand....
Fast forward to 2 months ago and it was like some one turned off a switch. The swelling is mostly all gone now. I say mostly because its still a bit difficult to take a full, deep, breath. When I do sometimes I get a 1 palpitation, but nothing like before. Physically I'm in the best shape of my life. I lost a total of 42 pounds, from 217 to 175. I'm running 2 miles a day and I'm doing light weight training 4-5 times a week to try and get my muscles back that I lost over my recovery period. I have not 1 symptom of GERD. I do get the sensation of wanting to burp or regurgitate some times but just feel pressure against the wrap. My diet consists of lean protein such as chicken and fish. No beef, pork, fat, complex carbs, or sugar in my diet at all. I have 4-5 small meals a day. At this point, on occasions where my stomach is completely empty, I can eat about
3 maybe 4 cups of food at one time considering that I have to leave room for water to wash the food down past the wrap so it doesn't sit in my esophagus and irritate it. But most days I can only eat a can of tuna and 8 ozs of water for lunch with out feeling discomfort from being to full.
Over all this surgery gave me a "normal" life back. Its been hard trying to adjust back to feeling 'normal". But it made me healthier and most of all changed my eating habits for the better. The Last EGD I had was last November and it showed my esophageal erosion had almost completely healed and showed a perfectly tight wrap. I do not take any PPIs any more.....I can get on with my life now
Post Edited (rlopez75) : 8/15/2010 12:08:04 PM (GMT-6)