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Darryl
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   Posted 10/10/2011 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, Me again.
 
It's been a month now after my Nissen. Things are going quite well.
I am close to eating normally. I burp, a lot! Infact, even when I have water, I burp. I burped from the start, so I guess I can count myself as a lucky one. And thank my surgeon! Thanks Doc!
 
Well, one month and I have had no reflux! I had once or twice where I felt funny after eating a challenging food for the first time too early I guess, but I have not chocked on reflux or vommited for over 30 days!  That is great!
 
So, my questions are... First, I'm still cautious about taking it slow with what I consume. Habit I guess, but still now I can't try  everything all at once. CanI start doing salad, gassy cooldrink etc? Since I burp freely, I don't think gas causing stuff should be an issue with me, right?
 
Yhen, I've been at work for over a week now. No more dizzy spells, and I don't feel that weak anymore. So is it fine to return to gym to start cycling slowly? When can I start jogging and yoga? Light weights etc? Or should I still be taking it easy? 
 
Anyway. I still have a funny sensation now and then in my chest. And since I am very prone to anxiety, things got quite bad for a while after the surgery. I went to the Doc and asked for antideps again. Just as I started taking them, I took some L-Theanine. An amino acid available as a supplement. I swear it's made 75% better from the start, so I stopped the antidep immediatley. It's been a week and I feel a lot better. Has anyone ever had anxiety and tried it? And if you do have anxiety probs, try it, let me know what you think? I feel better, so do you think I'm doing the right thing or should I be on antidep's?
 
Well, hope you guys are all doing better day by day. I learnt acceptance is a powerfull tool to healing and a peaceful soul!
 
Darryl
 
 

4hn
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   Posted 10/10/2011 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,

Glad that your doing fine, reflux free, able to belching :)

I cannot talk a lot due i not had the operation, but from what i read I think you should carefully when exercising. especially for exercise with lot of movement & pressure in the stomach & chest area.

Btw can i know how you found your Surgeon i Africa? does he done a lot of fundoplication before? Is it a common operation in Africa?
I am hardly found a surgeon who perform this fundoplication a lot in my country.
so any suggestion will be great input.

Best regards,
Ahn

Post Edited (4hn) : 10/10/2011 3:29:25 AM (GMT-6)


opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/10/2011 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Darryl-
I would stay away from weights for a couple more weeks to allow some more healing. If you feel you can advance your diet, do so one at a time so you will know what is causing any issues. about 6.5 weeks post op and can drink sodas as long as I take the time to make sure the carbonation is dealt with. I too have been able to burp from day one.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

Darryl
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   Posted 10/10/2011 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi guys,

Yeah I had a cycle today. Only did ten mimutes. I am going to build it up very slowly. i am taking everything slowly and systematically.

Hey Ahn - Yeah, I am in South Africa. We are very fortunate to have some great surgeons, even world famous ones. (First open heart surgery and many other firsts too). So, my surgeon is a gastroenterologist and specializes in this field. He came extremley highly rated. I am so thankful that I went to him.

Good luck for your hunt though. I think i remember you said you're from Indonesia? Not from Jakarta or any big city?

Do you flaten your carbonted drinks first Bill, or just drink it darn slowly?

Darryl


Darryl
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   Posted 10/10/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh,
 
And a vvery disturbing question...
 
I'm having not so regular bowel movents! Sort of every third day. Is that normal because the food is minimal, or should I be thinking of taking something to losen things up a little?
 
Has any one tried epsom salts in this regard. Is it gentle and easy enough? Or what are the better alternatives? I just want something safe that doesn't make the situation too uncomfortable!
 
Sorry, had to ask.
 
Darryl

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/10/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Darryl-
I am able to drink them as they are, but I don't drink it very fast. I may take one or two swallows and wait a while and let things settle and release the carbonation before I drink anymore.
I am also having irregular bowel movements. It depends on how much I eat and what I eat. If I eat 4 or 5 small meals I tend to go every day, but if I only eat once or twice I tend to go less often. It also I tend to have loose stools if I only eat liquids or very soft foods and somewhat normal stools if I eat more so;id food with more fiber.

Take care,
Bill
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kyheart
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   Posted 10/10/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Darryl

I don't know if I would try any type of Laxative cure.. I would try to pay more attention to how much I am eating and what. If you feel you need it I would try something natural like some food with fiber. I had some very difficult times before my surgery, since (6+ months) I have had some days that I did not go but I have not had any issues with constipation.. I have always found that laxatives cause a pushing urge.. I don't think that would be healthy for 1 month post op.

Let us know how you are through your recovery

Reach for the Sunshine.. Rainbows will follow
Sandi

daddypig
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   Posted 10/11/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear things going well. I too love my coke, and I waited six weeks then tried a few days of drinking them flat then flatish before stepping up to the real thing... You'll know yourself exercise wise. Good to do, but you'll be more tired. Good idea to build up, id leave weights though for now. You are still early on. Denise told me to remember how long the recovery is and not to rush, I try to hang on to that. Very glad you can burp, me too, we are lucky. Good luck to you.

Kevin

Spanna
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   Posted 10/12/2011 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 Hi there, just wanted some advice really, i had a lap fundiplication 4yrs ago and was pretty much back to my normal self after experiencing severe heartburn, regugitation on a daily basis.  In jan this year i started to do a lot of sit ups in a bid to get fit for a holiday to the states (im from the uk) which was fine at the time. Then a few weeks later i started getting the old symptoms back, heartburn, sour taste in mouth but no regugitation.
 
I have been in constant pain and discomfort since mad    I had an upper gastroscopy done and they found grade 1 oesophagitis in my lower part but nothing else although past endoscopies have revealed bile reflux.
 
I have also had a mamonerty (spelling!) which showed reasonably good peristalis but that the wrap was not working properly, i am going to see the surgeon that did the original wrap in november, but am feeling really scared about having this done again as its supposed to be really risky, am i right??  I suppose i just need some reasurrance really as feeling very depressed at the moment and so alone mad   Im only 35 and my doc keeps telling me that im far too young to have these problems and if they dont get sorted i could get cancer....please help mad

Darryl
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   Posted 10/12/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Spanna,

Yeah thats horrible man. Repost this on your own thread. There are lots of people that give great advice.
Especially to specific problems, and if you have your own post, a lot more will respond to your query.
Let me assure you though, you are so not alone. Many have been through all kinds. I am also 35, and
know how you feel about that fear of oesophagitis. Thats why I had the surgery done as soon as he told me
the possible consequences. I am so hoping mine will heal, but I do know it takes time.

So good luck bud. Post your thread and questions, the peeps out there will help you through it all, I know they did
with me.

Enjoy your U.S. trip.
Darryl
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