17 Days Post Nissen, Could this be acid?

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   Posted 9/25/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys,
I am just a little stressed. Please, some answers...
Is it possible to get reflux 17 days post Nissen, if i haven't had any symptoms till now?
I had some blended mince and veggies today. A little bit more robust than anything than I have eaten till now. It all went in fine. I didn't eat much at all though.
Afterwards I had my lay down. A couple of hours after when I burbed, the burp sort of carried the food feeling. Sort of like that full feeling. Making me think that it's refluxing back into my throat. I don't feel exactly like I used to before when I did get acid. I used to choke, or really feel a full throat full of regugatation, and i had to vomit it out.  But when I burp, I have a feeling that it could be there.
I was feeling slightly nauseas earlier on today, so before I ate I took a motilium whuch I haven't had for the past five odd days. So I'm hoping it's a combination of that and perhaps my anxiety acting up. I have been anxious at stages over the last week and have popped an ativan four ativan's over the period, and today not. So, maybe it's that.
Hence my question, Do you  think it's possible  to start feeling reflux 17 days after the op when I haven't experienced it at all since. I hope it's anxiety only. I didn't want to take an ativan when I started feeling "funny" and anxious about my insides. I do not want to become dependant on it which is a real risk as it does help a lot.
What thinketh you guys?
Please help like you guys always so generously do.

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 9/25/2011 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
You are still in the early stages of recovery. The stomach and esophagus are probably still somewhat swollen, so it's hard to tell what they're going to be like in a few more weeks. I was happy when I found I didn't vomit because that meant the wrap was working. It takes 3 months to start feeling good, then up to a year to completely recover. Many of us were told to stay on our PPIs for a couple of weeks or even months to keep acid down for a while.

Nausea is a common complaint for some time after any surgery on the digestive tract. My GI doc said to take my PPI for a while to prevent it.

It would be a good idea to consult your doc about any meds you take if you feel you need changes. They are also the best qualified to tell you what's going on in your individual case.

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   Posted 9/25/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,
Relax.  Believe me, I was where you are--worried that I was getting reflux and that my surgery was a failure.  Stop worrying right now.  First...any "hearburn"/reflux pain is likely to be straight surgical pain--the esophagus is a dumb organ that interprets all pain as heartburn pain.
Your wrap is holding back some of what you eat and drink.  When you burp (even a little), air from your stomach sends whatever is still sitting at the wrap site up to your mouth.  It is scary, because it mimics the reflux you were having the surgery to cure.  It feels like reflux, but the clue that it isn't, is that the "reflux" is not acidic.
I still have some water/food that sits at the wrap site at times, and once in a while it'll reflux up into my mouth.  I don't know how many here do, but really, it doesn't bother me.  My stomach and wrap tend to get irritated fairly easily.  I have always had a reactive stomach, so both my wrap and stomach are reactive.
It's likely that your more aggressive eating irritated your wrap and esophagus a bit.  That's okay.  This too will pass.  You'll do just fine.
Just rest, heal, and work on having  lekker day!

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   Posted 9/26/2011 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Alcie and Denise has given you some great advice. I really don't have anything new to add just want to emphasize that you are still very early in your recovery and there really is no magic day number for the swelling to go down. I am sure things will get better for you soon. Hang in there and lean on us for support if you need to.

Take care,
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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