Dumping Syndrome anyone?

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outtllaw
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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen Fundo done may of last year and everything seems to be fine, but for the past few weeks I have been living in hell. I am 95% sure that the symptoms that I am having is caused by dumping. Sugar and Carbs seems to cause my blood sugar to drop and when that happens I have the following symptoms of dizziness. lightheaded, tiredness and anxiety. Overall I just feel crappy. I went to my family doctor and he ran some test (blood glucose), but he is on vacation for the next couple of weeks so I have to wait until he is back. Does anyone have any experience with Dumping Syndrome and how long does symptoms persist. I have changed my diet to very low complex carbs and little to no sugar. My symptoms have lessen but not to where I feel like the old me. Any suggestion would greatly appreciated.

dencha
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   Posted 2/10/2011 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Outlaw,
Sorry to hear you're having those problems. If those problems persist, it may not be dumping. A friend here (LadyJane) had a long term bout with diarrhea, which turned out to need treatment with an antibiotic. That may not be anything like what you're experiencing...just thought of it. She struggled for 2 years with it being misdiagnosed.

I get some dumping occasionally, but not so that it's very bothersome. It seems quite random. It may last a day or two, then goes away as quickly as it came. Sometimes it seems related to eating raw veggies and irritating my wrap/stomach. I have noticed that it has occurred one or two times after eating sweets. Other times I eat sweets and have absolutely no trouble with them.

Go figure.
Hope you find an answer soon.
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 2/11/2011 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
outlaw,
 
Dumping Syndrome? Quite a name, huh? You have a good theory re your blood sugar. 

Some people  experience low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), related to excessive levels of insulin delivered to the bloodstream as part of the syndrome. Hypoglycemia is more often related to late signs and symptoms. Insulin influences your tissues to take up the sugar present in your bloodstream.

In dumping syndrome, food and gastric juices from your stomach move to your small intestine in an unregulated, abnormally fast manner. This accelerated process is most often related to changes in your stomach associated with surgery.

Gastrointestinal hormones also are believed to play a role in this rapid dumping process.

Having to wait 2 weeks for you lab results seems excessive.  Is there another physician at the clinic who can at least give you the test results ?

I wish you the best,

Kitt

 
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outtllaw
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   Posted 2/14/2011 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank to Stkitt and Dencha for your replays, you guys are angelsyeah Sorry it took me so long to get back to you but I was just busy with work and all. My family doctor is on vacation, so the nurse gave me the results and the glucose test raveled that my blood sugar was low. So I now have an appointment to see my old Gastro Dr in 2 week time. My question is to any one who have experience with this is does your symptoms subside overtime and is it normal for dumping to manifest 6 month after surgery?

dencha
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   Posted 2/14/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Outlaw,
I had my surgery almost 2 years ago. Dumping has never been a consistent problem for me, but I think it started up probably about 6 months after my surgery. I was very worried at first, thinking I'd have it forever. However, after a little more healing, it calmed down a lot.

Now I just get it randomly. I can always tell when it's about to hit--I get very loud noises from my belly. It's funny...I thought it was related to roughage/raw veggie or salad in my stomach/irritating my wrap, because that's when it has happened the most. However, I have had a couple times when, like you, it's all about a cookie or something. Other times I can eat any amount of sweets I like, and I'm all good.

You certainly can have hope that it will calm down soon. I get it maybe once or twice a month. It seems streaky...I might go a month or two without it, then have one or two in one month. When it hits it doesn't last long, though.

I hope yours settles down very soon. I expect it will.
Take care,
Denise

outtllaw
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   Posted 2/14/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again. This helped me so much
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