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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/11/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! I am a newbie on this board. I came here because I am scheduled for a Lap Nissen at the end of March and am really nervous! I have been struggling with heartburn/GERD symptoms for quite a few years, and am hoping this surgery will help.

My symptoms have been: slight burning in my chest after eating, feeling of a lump in my throat, nausea after eating (usually it is unpredictable so it doesn't have much to do with what I eat), coughing when I lay down at night, bloating.Unfortunately I also have the inability to burp so when I'm bloated it lasts for HOURS. My surgeon told me that most of these symptoms don't have much to do with acid reflux, but with the research I have done I beg to differ.

For meds, I have taken Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and Dexilant (which is what I am on now) and I still have to take Zantac, Tums, or Gas-X when I have issues.

I've had 2 upper endoscopies and a colonoscopy, 48 hour pH study, esophageal manometry, gastric emptying study, gallbladder ultrasound, and HIDA scan (the latter 3 were normal).

I'm frustrated because these symptoms have impacted my life to where sometimes when I eat I am miserable enough where I have to be home because I'm too cranky to be around due to symptoms. My husband is so supportive and wonderful, and I know it would be a huge benefit to him if this surgery worked for me as well.

I would love to hear from everyone here, especially people who have similar symptoms and/or have had the Lap nissen done. Any opinions would be wonderful! cool

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2011 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  I have had sx of GERD for many years, starting out with severe, nasty heart burn.  I have done well on Prilosec but the last couple of years I graduated to the regurge problem which seems to be increasing in frequenty. 
Part of it is my weakness in staying away from foods that trigger the regurge.  I had a nasty episode last week and I don't like to wake up choking and have to jump out of bed in the middle of the night coughing up a storm.
I know you will be hearing from other members.  Please know we are here to support you.
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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 2/12/2011 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi amandapanda82,
I had my nissen only 11 days ago, before surgery I had bad acid reflux and a hiatus hernia, so I got all the usual associated pains and was taking all the usual medicine but this did not work in the end for me and I was regurgitating everything that I attempted to eat which became extremely limited also. However, since my op I'm feeling much better. The surgery is a God send for me and I'm so much happier than before. There are some teething problems that you will have to face post op for example, gas bloat, pain in the shoulders or around your operation site, nausea, lack of appetite, very tired most of the time, some other mild pains that require pain medicine. But each day is a new day and things get easier every day. The main thing is to remain positive and listen to your own body and allow the healing to take place. If you rush your healing then you could have further problems/pain symptoms. Overall from my own experience, I would recommend this surgery to anyone who needs it as a result of having completed all the necessary pre test first. Good luck with your impending surgery.

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 2/12/2011 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I am weeks away from my year anniversary of my NF and Hiatal Hernia surgery.
The recovery for me was horrific, sorry to say but I'm being honest. I wished that I had found this website early on or even before I had the surgery so I would have known that all my issues were normal and also to learn what NOT to do.
But thankfully I found this great group of people who helped me more than they will ever know when I got very depressed over my decision. Please scroll through the postings and read them, take in any advice you can find.
I was told by one member and I could still hug her to this day about the eating process. Take SMALL bites and CHEW, CHEW, not drink liquids WHILE you are eating, wait until you are done and take small sips. I am now at the point almost a year later that I can take small sips of liquid with my meal and my esophagus won't tighten up. I remember the pain from that where I had to go lay on my bed on my left side and wait for this to calm down.
I also remember wondering if I would ever be able to eat out at a restaurant again. The gas was horrific, I have never farted this much in my life and they just come, you try to hold them in but they come out when you walk!! I think after the 6 month mark it slowed down to only affect me late afternoon or right after I would eat. You can't hold it in because you will pay dearly with pain.
My Doctor gave me meds to take for 12 weeks after the surgery but the PA didn't explain how important it was to take these every day whether I felt good or bad. I paid for that because this was the anti nausea meds and also the meds to make my stomach work. I called the Dr. in severe pain a few weeks after and his first question was, are you taking the blah, blah. I said no, it doesn't say to take it every day, he wasn't happy what the PA wrote on the script but explained why I needed to take it every day. So after that, things were much different.
The nausea was nasty, every morning but in time that did pass.
I wish you all the best and hang in there. It is a hard recovery for some but here I am almost a year later and I am now saying "I'm HAPPY I did this" as before I wasn't.
I no longer take ANY stomach meds. If I get a little heartburn, I take 2 tums and I am fine. The only time I needed them was back on August 12th as my Mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, out of the blue, and she passed on August 26th. So my stomach and nerves were shot and I knew I had to take care of myself during this horrific time.
Keep reading the posts on here for guidance and help as this bunch of people are a great help.
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Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
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