I'm in the same shoes. Had a Nissen last August. Still heartburn, pain, nausea. no swallowing problems, no burping (very little). On 2 Aciphexes per day plus Antacids at will. I feel actually worse than before the surgery. Before I only had it this bad once or twice a month. Now I would have a good few days then it's all back. No sleep, I sleep like 5 hours a day and that makes everything worse. Burning and light nausea wakes me up in the early am and only gets better when I get upright.
Took a barium swallow - perfect wrap, they even made me drink barium upside down to check for leaks. If anything they said the barium sticks at the wrap and I needed two glasses of water to wash it all down. So why would I still be refluxing? Enigma.
Had a HIDA scan - 77% normal. Now I'm at loss about
what to do. I'm going to book an appointment in Belgium with one of the experts there, because local medicine sucks here in KSA. Only one hospital in the capital has Bravo test, another one has HIDA scan, etc.
Guys don't make mistake I made, thinking it would be nice to have a free Nissen. My surgeon as I learnt only did 42 of these prior to me, although he said there were no failures yet. So I must be the first :).
No seriuosly, my work, family life is suffering again, as I'm out of this world like I was before the surgery for almost 2 years. People who didn't have GERD don't get it how debilitating this condition is, they think - "oh what is just a little heartburn".
So wish me luck, because I will need it. Maybe I will do Bravo again here to save on expenses, cos my dedictible is $5000 and that's a lot :).
By the way anyone get Nissen from Dr. Salky in NYC? I heard he is one of the best. Also all of you "Hill" Billies, are you doing okay still? I keep my options
open including a trip to Seattle.
Post Edited (rummaan) : 12/29/2010 6:20:23 AM (GMT-7)