Stress and Digestion

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   Posted 10/26/2011 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Just a quick question, how much does stress play into digestion issues; as I have posted before on all my issues with my post N/F surgery (12/6/10) I seem to be a stress mess I GUESS...I want to feel o.k. and it is hard to deal at times. The Dr. put me on anti depressants about 6mo ago and I also have a hard time sleeping so I do take pills for that too.
I'M truly hoping for a good outcome from all these post Fundo issues ;but those old neg. thoughts keep creeping in.I hope I DON;T sound like a whiner all the time .As I stated in an earlier post I did not do my homework pre Fundo and now that I'M having problems I'm scared that I was not a good candidate for the surgery.A little too late for sure.
As I write this I don't know if I should see another Dr or what, the surgeon that did the procedure has sent me in for tests but I'm not too HAPPY that he did not order tests pre N/F .

Thanks for letting me vent Julix

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   Posted 10/26/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Julix,
I'm sorry to hear that you're having so many problems.  It's not easy, I know.
As to your question regarding stress and digestive problems, the answer is a resounding YES!
Here is just one URL that makes the connection.  There are many others:
You still have some healing time.  I continued to improve even after the year mark. 
Have you considered seeing another surgeon as a second opinion?  If you could find a surgeon who specializes in these surgeries and other similar ones, you could get a good idea about what's happening.  You'd have to be retested...24hr PH monitor, endoscopy, manometry, barium swallow.  With that information, a skilled surgeon will be able to determine if you wrap is intact.
My asthma doctor wanted to rule out reflux even though I'd had the Nissen in Feb. 2009.  I went to the surgeon who "does all the Nissens" in the city where we recently moved.  He put me through that battery of tests and declared my wrap intact and doing fine.  I'm sure it would be helpful to get that information for yourself.
Getting a second opinion would give you a different perspective.
Try to relax.  Stressing is only making things worse. 
Good luck!

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   Posted 10/27/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the reply and the link on stress I should know that stress can be a killer. I went in for testing upper G.I. w Barium and they told me everything looks fine except I'm refluxing a little but they had me drink the liquid so fast I WAS almost gagging so I'm not sure that wasn't part of the problem and the tec was holding the cup so far away that I felt like I was chasing down the straw and I'm sure I swallowed air too nono
I'm also having post nasal drip from allergies and I take nasal spray and it was causing problems burning my throat,so can't seem to win skull skull
Has anyone else out there had reflux post Fundo and it was temporary, REDO ICK!!!!! I put on Carafate,short term ;so will see. Hope this is just a sensitive esophagus. I also have had Gastritis quite a few times. Every Endoscopy I had I was told I had damage in the esophagus and Gastritis so seems to be an issue with me. With all the damage to the esophagus they didn't need to do a ph study it was right there to see I had extreme Gerd. I did question the Dr. when I saw the other day.
Don't want to write a novel here so I say thanks again for the reply and input.

Julix :-) :-)

mock turtle
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   Posted 10/27/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

the brain and the gi tract are inseparable when it comes to stress and emotion

heres just two examples

serotonin levels in the brain which have been implicated in feelings of wellness or depression...guess where the most number of serotonin receptors are outside the brain...yep you guessed it , the gut

anxiety? guess how drug companies induce anxiety when they want to test their latest anti anxiety medication...they boost the test subjects colecystokinin level

colecystokinin is released into the small intestine just below the stomach to aids in digestion within the duodenum

as a neuro transmitter it modulates feelings of hunger and nausea as well as anxiety and opioid pain receptors

the brain and the gut are married together

stress has a big impact on digestion

we must all try to stay calm...often easier said than done

hang in there
best wishes
mock turtle

just for fun

try a web search of "serotonin gut" or "gut brain connection" and be ready to be amazed

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   Posted 10/28/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
mock turtle,

Thanks for the info.This surgery has been a LONG LONG HAUL smhair smhair It seemed much easier than what I was told,Doctors don't have a clue at least mine anyway.I'm seeing the doc on Mon.. Halloween; seems rather ironic devil devil i want to see what he has to say about the reflux again,even if they told me slight. Slow leak could become a BIG one so needs to address that asap.
Think I'm going to have to have some more tests done to see what the problem is or if there is a problem and it's just more WRAPPER issues,healing,eating too fast, STRESS in my case nono nono nono nono nono
Glad I found the Wrapped Club nice to vent,whine and get a fresh view from those in the know since we went through it yeah yeah yeah

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