Thank you so much for supporting me all this time. It's been very rough and it aint over yet.
I head a Nissen fundo back in the beginning of August 2010 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by probably the only bariatric surgeon in the country (or one of the very few). Before I had the procedure he told me that he did hundreds, that he trained in Canada and that it is a simple procedure. I was sick, tired and desperate for help to restore my life, my work, my family relationships, and last but not least my Mom's worrying nerves.
So I trusted the guy and he did what seemed to be uneventful, quick surgery on August 8, 2010.
I won't bore you with recovery details, the recovery itself was easy compared to GERD - a little bloating, some dumping, a little diarrhea, some pain, a bit of nausea. After all I'm only 35 (feel like 70 at times).
The scariest thing was the immense burning and nausea that came with it, like how it was not only before the surgery, but before the treatment when I just discovered my GERD. I never quit the PPIs and the burning and the nausea subsided some but not completely. As soon as I started introducing more solid and varied foods I began experiencing my old symptoms again, namely feeling of extreme tension or heaviness behind the solar plexus and chest, dry throat, shakiness, sometimes burning and some nausea 1-2 hours after meals and in the early AM (doesn't let me sleep more than 5-6 hours). In addition to that I have pains and burning sometimes on the left side of the chest and below in the stomach.
In the span of 2 years I had 3 endoscopies, 2 barium swallows, many blood tests, CT scan, Bravo test, 3 H. pylori eradication attempts, tried H2 blockers, Protonix, Prilosec, NExium, Aciphex etc.
The surgeon did a barium swallow 4 months after the surgery, said everything was great and that I must have a hypersensitivity issue along with the spasms. Now he just avoids me and doesn't pick up the phone anymore.
My condition gets worse after anything challenging, like, a fatty lamb, a little onion or chocolate and sometimes the "aftershocks" last up to a week. During that time I can barely function at work, interact with my 4 and 2 yearolds and my wonderful patient wife. Those are the times when the forum becomes a savior.
We got extremely tired of this bleak, landscaped encarceration and well-paid slavery on my contract and decided to just go home to the United States. Not the least important was the observation of the healthcare practices here and lack of any recourse and second opinion. I basically want to get better and not to live from meal to meal.
I emailed my information and barium images to several top experts in the field: Ralph Aye, Barry Salky, J.M. Collard and others. And majority of them said the images look good and I need to give it a little more time. Only Ralph Aye suggested that half of the images may show a hernia. I wouldn't be surprised as I learned that my surgeon here lied on the pre-op report and said he did manometry and some injections which in fact I never had. He also told me post factum that he only did 42 of these surgeries before me!!! I honestly think he just used me to practice.
Now I read only good things about Dr Aye and he already showed that he cares by replying often and in detail even though who am I to him? Nobody.
I'm thinking about booking an phone consultation with him ASAP and then get seen in Seattle, because my symptoms are becoming worse and more frequent.
But before that we have to fly back to Minneapolis, find an apartment, daycare for kids, a car, new jobs for us etc. Anyone who had GERD understands how difficult are the simplest things in this condition.
Sorry for the long post. I'm daunted, distressed, nervous, anxious and a little depressed over the whole situation. Sometimes I simply feel like crying like a baby over the whole ordeal. Is there any help? Why can't anyone help me?
I feel good about coming back home though.
Please share your thoughts and opinions I highly appreciate them.
P.S. O yeah, and anything I eat seems to wash back to my mouth for quite a while afterwards. I can taste the things I ate for a while in the back of my throat.
P.P.S I'm switching to Nexium from Pariet and it seems to be better in acid control. But that would mean I definitely have a failed wrap?!!!