Post-fundo freakout

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   Posted 2/25/2011 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a fundoplication six years ago. Recovery was tough for me, but it took well and I've had no problems since then. In fact, I've gone through two pregnancies without any GERD.

Over the past few weeks, my GERD has returned. Not as bad, but it's there nearly all the time. I'm freaking out! I don't want to have to deal with all of this AGAIN. I didn't realize this may not have been a permanent fix. Anyone have any ideas on rates of failure or how long these last?

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   Posted 2/25/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand your anxiety but do try not to anticipate the worse case scenario.  Take things one day at a time. 

Anticipatory anxiety is where a person experiences increased levels of anxiety by thinking about an event or situation in the future. The worries you experience specifically focus on what you think might happen, often with catastrophic predictions about the event.

Any scenario we are able to imagine is nothing more than speculation and fabrication. Try not to worry about yesterday or the past years or worry about what tommorow will bring.

Stay in the moment and see your physician for a medical screening exam.

I wish you the best.



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   Posted 2/25/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi frogdoc,
Welcome to our little corner of Healing Well! Kitt is offering very wise advice...don't get yourself all worked up and assume the we all know...stress is a big contributor to reflux!

After six years of eating normally, it's certainly possible that your wrap has loosened up a bit. That doesn't mean you're on your way back to the way you were! It certainly doesn't mean you're headed for a redo.

I suspect you've heard that a percentage of Nissen patients end up taking some acid reducer medications after their surgery. It's not at all uncommon. The good news is that most of those people are still happy they had the surgery.

You may need a follow up visit to your doc and see if you should start on some meds for a while and see what happens. It sounds like your reflux was extreme pre-surgery, so a little acid leakage won't give you the pain and interfere with your life the way it did before your Nissen.

Relax, and treat your reflux. Don't freak out! Give meds a chance to work, and see what happens! It's likely that things will straighten around and you'll be just fine.

Good luck, and stick around! There are others here who have/are experiencing the same symptoms you are. We're a pretty active forum, and someone will be by soon to share their ideas on the topic.

Best wishes!

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   Posted 2/25/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Even with a partially wrecked Nissen, partially reherniated too, I only need Nexium for a week or so once in a while. I didn't believe my gastro that Nexium would stop nausea, but it does.

Nexium doesn't however, stop chest pain when I eat, because part of the stomach is above the diaphragm again.

It is worthwhile to see the doc and get a barium swallow to see what is going on. Finding out why there is reflux or pain or whatever symptoms goes a long way toward staving off panic and worry.

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   Posted 2/28/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your responses. I didn't realize there were folks out there that still needed meds post-op. Guess I've been blessed.
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