HORRID, I MEAN HORRID Gas/Bloating Issues after Fundoplication

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birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am almost 8 weeks post fundoplication and my gas has become a lot worse. I suppose it is due to the fact that I'm trying to eat more things than jello, soup, macaroni and cheese, etc. But, am really at a loss. The gas is causing me so much pain, too, in my entire abdomen. I'm starting to fear something is just wrong inside of me. I know for a fact I had high reflux and I constantly regurgitated food. But, I also had/have IBS issues, as well. Since the surgery, my IBS seems to be going crazy. I'm either constipated for days or I eat something that makes me go the other way. I'm in the process of trying to reschedule a follow up with my GI. When I get the extreme gas and bloat, my tongue burns too and I get VERY thirsty, though I drink water all day. I have a constant pain, like someone is stabbing me where the wrap was done and my stomach feels like a volcano that is on the verge of erupting, whenever I eat anything. I have been under a lot of stress with work, which I know causes me issues with my IBS, but I cannot make my job less stressful. So, I'm not sure what in the heck I should do. I am in pain, I'm scared, and discouraged. Any advice?

p.s. I am taking beano at mealtime. I also take gas-x at mealtime. If I'm going to have dairy, I take lactaid. Finally, I found a digestive enzyme specific to carbs that I'm trying. I have found, the less "variety" I allow in my diet, the less the bloat and gas I have. But, again, EVERYTHING causes me some level of gas and bloat. It's very frustrating, as I'd like to eat like a normal person again without stinking up the entire neighborhood. And, I'm not kidding when I say that! Any pearls of wisdom out there?

bcfromfl
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   Posted 1/31/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have IBS as well. What are you doing to manage it? I realize it may be more difficult during this phase of your recovery with the restricted diet. White rice is my friend! But when I have a flare-up, two teaspoons of Citrucel is very, very helpful.

Another key pointing to your IBS as the cause is the smelly poots. Yeah, I know, farts usually don't smell like perfume, but if they're abnormally fragrant, that's due to improper digestion...which the IBS could be behind.

I'm guessing that most of your discomfort and symptoms in your stomach and wrap site are due to the gas pressing on the sensitive areas.

-Bruce

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I take a citrucel capsule a couple of times a day. I've tried different things (metamucil, miralax, colaise), but can't seem to find anything to help me go regularly and without cramping. Maybe I'll try some rice! The gas is the nastiest gas I have EVER experienced in my life. I was never a gassy person prior to my surgery. Now, not only does everything I eat make me toot, it smells so badly I swear it will peel the paint off of walls. That's why I used the word HORRID twice. Thanks Bruce! Stacy :(

bcfromfl
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   Posted 1/31/2012 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any experince with the capsules -- I've just used the powder. My favorite rice is jasmine.

-Bruce

Cindy123
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   Posted 1/31/2012 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Birdieslc:

Have you tried probiotics???? When I came out of surgery, I had horrible gas too. I used a yogurt probiotic called “bio-K”. They were great. I took these for one month straight. Here is a link: http://www.biokplus.com/en-ca/biok-probiotics . I didn’t have diarrhea nor constipation issues. There are some testimonies on this site about how this yogurt helped with IBS too. Please take a look at it. You can also get probiotics in capsule form however, I think you will get better result from this yogurt.
Digestive enzymes are great, try using a plant base enzyme. Plant base enzyme works in your stomach to breakdown your food before entering the intestines. What I think is happening is that your food is not getting digested properly, therefore the undigested portion gets sent to intestines which creates havoc for you. Your gut flora might be out of balance which means that you have more bad bacteria than good ones. Probiotics get rid of the bad bacteria and put good ones in.
Hope this helps. I am not a professional, this is just my personal experience. Good luck. If you need to talk, I am here.
Cindy.

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy, I will check out the product as we speak. Anything that will help, I welcome. Thanks for the tip!

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy123, which exact product did you use? There seem to be several on the website you provided.

Cindy123
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   Posted 1/31/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Birdieslc, I used the strawberry fermented milk probiotic. As for the enzymes, I used New Roots Plant Enzymes

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
After a month of taking those things Cindy, did your system work itself out? I guess I kinda worry, as before my surgery, I had bouts where my digestion just really got out of whack. I am curious what causes it. I have so made major life changes as far as alcohol, cigarettes, and even eating that I'm just not sure what else I can do and if there's something more seriously wrong with my stomach. However, I've had a zillion tests done and, outside of the acid reflux, the doctors did not find anything major.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/31/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Try acidolphilis pearls and mineral oil to move it along.

One of the side effect of the surgery is gas issues. It took a year to stop mine and I had no control over mine. Just standing up, walking, or sitting would let loose a string of loud toots.

I found out my gas is worse when I'm consitipated.
Joy

Cindy123
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   Posted 1/31/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Birdieslc what your body needs right now is the enzymes and probiotics. It would help to do some food combining. For example eat only protein and veggies together or carbs and veggies. Don't eat carbs and protein together. Google food combining and you'll get some good ideas. Because your system is not working as efficiently as it should due to the surgery it would be a good idea to try this method. Did the enzymes and probiotics work for me? Absolutely it did. Once your system gets back to normal you won't need the enzymes but continue with the probiotics. I wish I could talk to you. It would be so much easier to explain all this.

Cindy

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cindy, I ordered the plant enzymese you mentioned and also the bio k capsules online today. I travel so cannot do the yogurt easily. I will definitely look up food combining and appreciate all of your feedback. Something went terribly awry with my stomach almost a year ago and it hasn't been the same since. I have been having awful digestive problems which, in turn, sent my reflux through the roof. I elected to have the fundoplication surgery and don't regret it, but realize I still have other unaddressed issues. Stacy :(

Cindy123
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   Posted 1/31/2012 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Stacy I was the same way which made me look into the surgery. I had silent reflux. Look up aloe Vera gel. Start with a few table spoonfuls and work your way up to a quarter cup before going to bed. It work wonders for the digestive system. I now take a quarter cup before going to bed. Good luck.

Let me know how things go with you. Good luck

Cindy

birdieslc
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   Posted 1/31/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
And, Cindy, I assume aloe vera juice.....from like Walgreen's will work?

Cindy123
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   Posted 1/31/2012 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Stacy it took me a whole year to actually start to feel normal again. You never go back to the way you were before. There are little quirks you have to live with. I'll explain in my email


You have to buy the aloe gel from a health store. Pure aloe Vera gel. You are going to be okay.

Well chat. I'll send you an email tomorrow. You can delete your post

Cindy

North End Girl
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   Posted 3/10/2012 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a new member and had surgery 3 years ago Oct 08. I have suffered with horrible gas for the 3 years and haven't gotten rid of it no matter what I eat. I am going to try some of the Bio-k and also enzymes. I have tried probiotics but it didn't help. Is anyone free of gas after a while?
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