What is it about beef

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   Posted 7/26/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Can anyone tell me why beef of any kind irritates my nissen fundoplication - even very small minced beef that's been chopped up into very very small pieces and put into lasagna? I had my surgery almost 6 months ago and I still can’t eat beef without getting acid burn, dull stomach ache which lasts for quite a while?

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   Posted 7/26/2011 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've not had the surgery, and I'm sure some post wrap folks will be able to help...... However, meanwhile I wonder if it is to do with the fact that it is a dense protein? Perhaps you're just not able to break it down efficiently as yet, so it lingers and then causes discomfort. Have you stopped antacid medication now?

You could try some digestive enzymes next time you eat it, or try making meals with pork or turkey mince instead? Not sure if that would be great for lasagne but we use organic pork mince for chilli con carne (very mild kiddie friendly chilli!).

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   Posted 7/26/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
MMM took the words right out of my mouth. Beef takes longer for the stomach to digest. Everytime I eat it it sets heavy in my stomach.

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   Posted 7/26/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It bothers me too. I eat only a little at a time and I tolerate it, but I know I've eaten it. I can't eat pork because of the sulfite in it, so most of the time it's chicken. And that leaves me needing iron pills.

I find taking prescription enzymes (pancrelipase) helps with digesting since surgery.

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   Posted 7/26/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am almost 4 months post op and beef does not sit well on my stomach either.. I also get the dull stomach ache... I can tolerate ground beef if is is well camouflaged in spaghetti sauce or chili or something like that.. and then only a very small portion. I tolerate everything else except bread quite well now. Pork doesn't bother me at all and neither does chicken and fish. But I am still working with small portions.. veggies are most compatible with me so that is what I eat an abundance of..
I do hope you are able to adjust to this dietary dilemma...
Have a great nite

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   Posted 7/26/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Spike,

Good question. I avoid hamburgers because they are rough on my wrap, and cause irritation. I know it's one of the last types of meat that is introduced post surgery. As Joy said, it takes longer to digest.

Have you tried cooking it in a slow cooker? You might find it easier to handle after it's been cooked for hours. I was able to eat beef early in my recovery once it had been cooked for 10 or 12 hours with some nice carrots, potato, and onion. Give it a try.

Hopefully you'll find some way to enjoy it soon!
Take care,

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   Posted 7/26/2011 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Guess I am a weird one or lucky. Once I could swallow beef it hasn't ever bothered me... well except for the hamburger on the 10th that tried to rip my esophagus out, LOL! Good thing to because beef and venison are my main stay meats.

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   Posted 7/28/2011 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Very often you are reacting to an enzyme in the beef.  Just like lactose intolerance, people cant consume cows milk or products but can digest goats milk.   It gets worse with beefburgers which contain rusk that has probably got lactose in it to bind which is very hard to digest.  (not a doctor but hope that helps.)

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   Posted 7/28/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow thanks for all the feedback comments. some good advice.
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