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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 2/7/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Again,
I continue to experience post nissan problems. I had my surgery on Jan 6 which is a month at this point. After I dry heaved the first two weeks of my surgery the surgion had me take a barium swallow test which showed I had a motility issue and my esophagus was swollen. I was then good for two weeks and a half weeks with no dry heaving. I do have to say though during the two weeks and half of no dry heaving my stomach was uncomfortable I think I might have overstuff my stomach. From what I hear from others your stomach is smaller for up to a year after surgery then it goes back to size? Anyway about two days ago, I was very nervous eating dinner as I am still on soft food since I am on week five because of upper abdominal pain I was recently experiencing under my ribs. After I had the dinner after like five minutes I felt funny and I started dry heaving. I have been eating really quickly because that is how I was before. I was wondering if dry heaving can occur if you eat to quick even though I was having yogurts and choclate chip cookie and small plate of pasta? So of course then I was even more nervous having breakfast the next morning and I dry heaved after having two yogurts which I ate them quick. I was good with yogurts though for two weeks so I don't know what is going on. I spoke to my surgion and she told me to go to the hospital since I dry heaved that evening and in the morning.
I went to the hospital and they did a catskan of the abdomin and barium swallow test and everything was negative and it showed no motility any more. No acid reflux eithier. I was wondering is it possible the dry heaving started because the wrap is to tight or maybe because I ate to quick or that I was extremely nervous? I had problems for 5 months before the nissan fundoplication surgery where I was vommiting and nautious and the gi doctor said I had severe case of gerd after all the tests and recommended this surgery. I am just hoping it will work with the dry heaving. I haven't seen any improvements yet. If anything I think it is a step back right now. At least before the surgery I was able to have the foods that I knew I wouldn't throw up from which was a bagle in the morning, subway for lunch, and ravioli for dinner. Now I can't have any of that because of the soft food diet. I am trying all these foods that I couldn't have before the surgery because I would throw up. I am just concerned about the dry heaving. I just want this surgery to be successful. Also I still have this dry mouth that I got five months ago in August before the throwing up started. I went to a rheumotologist at the time and I was negative for autoimmune disorder and dry mouth expert said my stimulated saliva is good. I know I have dry mouth through because my mouth is always dry and I have a white tongue which used to be pink. Does anyone know if this surgery will help my dry mouth. I still take protonix and protonix side effects does not say you would suffer from dry mouth. Plus I had the dry mouth before the protonix. Thanks for any input.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
try taking 30 minutes to eat a 1/2 cup of food. Put a spoonful of food in your mouth, chew it to a liquid, then swallow slowly. Once it's down, pick up the spoon again and repeat. Go very slow like it's the last of your food and you want to make it last.
By eating so fast it's probably trying to back up on you.

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 2/8/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Good advice "couchtater" as that is how I had to do it. A tiny meal of a yogurt would take me almost an hour to eat but it was worth it. Otherwise GAS X was my friend or the prescription meds the Doctor gave me because the pain was terrible. It felt like my stomach was being stretched beyond.
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010 (full wrap)
Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
Thyroid Removal 1990

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/11/2011 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I'd really like to know how you are doing since it is now month 2 since your surgery! YOur pre surgery symptoms of GERD were similar to how mine are now..hope you are doing better...keep us posted!!
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