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leniijane
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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 2/26/2011 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
since hiatal hernia surgery..had to have it as my whole stomach was in my chest.... I am still having some issues.  I was fine for one week just a week or so ago, and then back at it. Main thing is, alot of belching, and some day refluxing up a fit of food and a feeling it is stuck there.
 
Now I don't know if this food is stuck above the wrap or coming back up from the stomach...??Just when I think I will go to the Dr., it is ok for a couple of days, then back again. I don't know if the wrap is too tight, or too loose??? Or if all of this is normal. Mybe it is what I eat, or how fast I eat??
 
I take one prilosec at night for heartburn now. Gasx doesn't seem to help the belching. Anyone have any ideas>>>

dencha
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   Posted 2/26/2011 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi lenijane,
At four months, while you've got a lot of healing behind you, things haven't completely settled into place. A wise member once told me that the majority of healing takes place in the first six months, with the remainder taking a year.

My guess is that you're getting some food stuck at the wrap site from time to time.

The gas should subside in time. It's a sign that your wrap is working.

It is still (and always) important to eat slowly and chew your food completely. That wrap of yours is doing its job, and because of that it's requiring you to do yours. It's a two way street! We were years getting into the habit of eating fast and not chewing our food completely. It takes time to change that.

You may get a bit of reflux now and then, depending on what you eat. If something gets hung up at the wrap site, it can keep it open enough to let acid through. Some people who've had very successful surgeries, get reflux after eating certain things. At four months, taking Prilosec at night is no big deal. I'm not sure if your surgeon told you, or you read it online, but often we still require some meds...it's just that the symptoms are much less, and we're still far better off than we were before the surgery.

Hang in there, my friend. Things will continue to improve.
Chew, chew, chew that food!
Take care,
Denise

leniijane
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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you, and you may just be right. I needed to hear that....I do everything too fast.
 
I am 71, so it may be taking longer too because of age. The surgery itself was a snap, it is the eating afterwards that is the challenge for me.

dencha
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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is that you've got a snug wrap, which is good, as it is doing its job. Just be sure to slow up with your eating. Also, if you like tea (decaf tastes just fine), it seems to be a great lubricant for getting things down. Stay away from ice water, as that can cause spasms.

You'll always have to be a careful eater, and chew slowly and thoroughly. I'm two years out, and I still have to remind myself to eat slowly. Certain foods that can't be chewed properly (raw veggies, etc) can irritate my wrap.

Hang in there! Even at four months, you've got some healing to do. I do think aging slows down the process. Everything takes longer. I was 57 when I had the surgery, and it took longer than people who were younger. The younger the better!
Hey, but better late than never, right?

Happy healing!
Denise
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