Continuous gassy tummy post Nissen - tried everything over the counter!

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   Posted 10/17/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Things are getting somewhat better as I had my Nissen Sept 7 but am afraid to eat at all. I've lost almost 30lbs since surgery and no matter what I eat, I have a constant gurgly stomach with constant gas. I've changed my diet at suggestion from Dr, this forum, everyone I've talked to - nothing has helped. Reduced portion, increased portion - tried absolutely every gas reducing medication over the counter and absolutely nothing is helping. I'm going to contact my Dr as it's making it impossible to work and extremely uncomfortable and I spend a good part of every day in the bathroom. No matter what I eat, it goes straight through me and wish I could quit eating altogether. I eat at this point only to keep from being hungry. The swelling of my wrap has gone down so hungry more often and tried to reduce all the gas producing foods from my diet but nothing seems to help! I'm getting so desperate.
The taste of food has changed and nothing really tastes good anymore and wish I didn't have to be bothered with eating at all. I'm the thinnest I've been in years but I can't enjoy it, my stomach hurts and feels so uncomfortable anytime I eat anything. If I don't eat, then I'm hungry. The first couple bites taste OK - had Chinese this last weekend which didn't tear my stomach up like it did before surgery but I'm full so soon and then 20 minutes later, I'm miserable. I wonder if there is a prescription medication that would dissipate the gas more effectively or if this sensation will pass?

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 10/18/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
How annoying for you. Hope the doctor can give you some advice for this. You didn't have your surgery long ago did you? It's likely it will settle down but I totally understand where you are coming from with your frustration. Let us know how you get on with this.

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   Posted 10/18/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Forget the remedies. I've never found one that worked, don't believe they do.

The only thing I've found that helps is avoiding "gassy foods." Lists are posted all over the net. They're mostly the same as the "smelly vegetables." plus bread.

White rice is non-gassy and considered a "soft food," another list to search for.

You also swallow air every time you talk, maybe even swallow air just breathing according to some. The only remedy for the bloating is keep everything moving - keep taking your softeners if you need them! But in your case you may need some soluble fiber. If it's really awful, ask the doc for a Rx for colestipol. It's used for Crohn's. It's generic and cheap now.

It helps at the one month stage, and after if my stomach's any gauge, to eat small meals every 3 hours or so. Eating 6 times a day helps me. My stomach just doesn't hold a full meal, and it's been a year. That's fine with me. It helps keep the weight under control.
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