Fairly vigorous activities last weekend

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maxevie
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   Posted 3/4/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
After my utterly miserable messages and venting during the first 3 months post fundo, I had started to feel better - not perfect - but much better.  Unfortunately I have taken a turn for the worse, after some fairly vigorous activities last weekend.  My surgeon told me that I could resume completley normal activity 3 months post operation, including all sport.  I really quizzed the surgeon on this and he was adamant that the wrap was secure enough after 3 months, particularly in someone young with a good, protein rich diet.  He is a very experienced surgeon and, more importantly, conservative surgeon, so I took him at this word.  To be extra safe, I waited 4 months and 1 week before last weekend going out on Sat night (letting my hair down!) and doing a lot of dancing, followed by some rugby on Sunday morning.
 
I have felt quite sore around the wrap area since, though this has gradually abated over the last week, though there are still some residual twinges/aches of discomfort.  What is more troubling is the fact that I have a fairly constant urge to burp that wasn't there before last weekend's activities.  I also feel like my stomach is gurgling a lot more than before, directly around the wrap site.  I wonder whether the wrap has been strwetched so is now ventign air up and down.   I am hoping and praying that I have perhaps just aggravated the wrap rather than damaged or disrupted it in any way.  I also feel a bit more heartburny than before. 
 
What I would like to know is whether anyone else has experienced this kind of thing after exertion and if so, is it permanent?  I am very upset about it as I had just had a barium swallow the day before to show all was ok and had been SO careful for the previous 4 months.  Any reassurance you can provide that this is not a big deal and will settle with time woudl be greatly appreciated!
 
Presumably vomiting is the worse thing for the wrap, so it could be worse, right?  For those that have been unlucky enough to be sick, what was the after effect with regard to how the wrap felt? 
 
thanks in advance to all and I hope you are doing well.
 
Simon

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couchtater
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   Posted 3/4/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, speaking as one who has thrown up three times in the last four months...I did feel some burning for a couple of days with each one.
You might have just irritated it some (cross fingers). Just how rough were you playing rugby? It might have been too much too soon.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 3/4/2011 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Simon,
I highly doubt you did anything to harm your wrap. Your surgeon (conservative as he is) would never tell you to go ahead and play sports if he didn't think it was totally safe.

You will always have some different feelings in the wrap area, and it will become irritated from time to time. Forget Rugby, I can feel my wrap if I lie on my side rather than my back when I sleep!

I think you can relax and feel good about your physical activity this weekend. No doubt your wrap is complaining about the bumping, but I'm sure it will be just fine. Seriously, I don't think your surgeon would do anything to compromise the success of your surgery.

I'm glad to hear that you've been feeling better!
Take care,
Denise

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   Posted 3/5/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Simon,
 
It feels to me like you followed the surgeon's recommendation of 3 months to the letter. You posted " To be extra safe, I waited 4 months and 1 week before last weekend going out "
 
You were extremely careful.  It may have been a little bit to much  - dancing is good but rugby is a contact sport and puts you more at risk of receiving  and injury.
 
Good Luck and keep on talking with us.
 
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maxevie
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   Posted 3/5/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much to you all for responding.  The rugby was a little rough for a few moments, but most of the time I was just doing a lot of vigorous running with some twisting etc.  The thing that's worrying me the most is that I am feeling the urge to burp alot since these exertions.  Sometimes the burps are involuntary and just sort of bubble up.  I have also felt some throat burn which for me was always a reflux indicator pre op.  My wrap wasn't super tight so burping was doable post op, but I haven't felt the need to do it much, until now.  I am also getting some of those "throat burps" where an air bubble floats up to your throat and makes a noise like a little gremlin when it pops.  sometimes this is a little acidic too, if you know what I mean.  Presumably burping isn't a good sign....I have started the PPIs to see if I can calm things down for a few days.
 
I also get a fairly constant gurgle, like a plug hole that is draining water, precisely at the wrap site, when I swallow.  does this ring any bells with anyone?
 
Best wishes to you all and thanks again Joy, Denise and Kitt for your kindness.
 
Simon

Alcie
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   Posted 3/5/2011 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Rugby?!! Did you actually tell your doc that was what you had in mind???

At 4 or 5 months I had a nasty vomiting episode which I didn't get stopped soon enough and wrecked my wrap. Part of my stomach is reherniated back up into my chest. I knew it had happened and a CT (for another reason) and a barium swallow at the 1 year checkup confirmed it. My symptoms are nearly bad enough to get a redo. Not a nice prospect.
Alcie
 
 

maxevie
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   Posted 3/6/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alcie,
 
What made you know that you had wrecked the wrap - I mean what symptoms?  I am getting burping that I didn't experience before, as well as that nasty warm throat feeling, though not as bad as before the op and the gurgling in the throat as bubbles come up.  It's tricky as I have felt a heartburn sensation since I had the op (which my surgeon continued to reassure me was fodd holding up, even though the barium showed otherwise) so can't judge if the heartburn I have now is worse.
 
I felt quite a lot of soreness at the wrap site and higher up (which must have been where the hiatial hernia repair was) which makes me wonder if I too may have reherniated.  Darn surgeon is off for another month's holiday so I have to stew in my own juices for another month before I can have a scope to see what's going on.
 
Will you go ahead with the redo?

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 4/6/2011 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi maxevie

I am 19 days post op, I have read some of your threats and I am having a little bit of burning in my chest, like heartburn, similar of what you were feeling after your surgery, I would like to know if you keep having those problem, or if you are getting better, what have your doctor have said?

maxevie
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   Posted 4/7/2011 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,
 
My heartburn sensation did continue post surgery, though it was mild and may well have been hold up of food or the constricting sensation of the wrap itself.  Since I over exerted myself about 6 weeks ago, this sensation has largely passed, but my reflux symptoms (sore throat, hoarseness) have partially returned.  At 19 days it is very early for you; I continued to improve over a 4 month period post op, so you just need to be patient.  Most likely your symptoms are healing/food hold up or a combination of both.
 
Best of luck with it all.  I am having manometry and ph testing this week so see how much I am refluxing so we can decide how to move forward.
 
Regards
Simon
 

drgrcr
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
What is a good time to start to become active after surgery? I am not a sport player but I do like to drag race. Which in its self is nothing to severe except the launch, which is equal to a roller coaster ride.

Thx Pat

maxevie
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
my surgeon said 3 months and i waited to over 4 and still had problems as a result. However, my exertion was very physical, so you should be ok. I would ask the surgeon what he thinks pat.

drgrcr
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the car pulls a little over 2 G's during the launch wouldn't think that would anything like getting knocked on your tush in Rugby game.
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