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lexipoo
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   Posted 2/19/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone is Lexipoo,
I just was wondering how long is it before your safe to try eating bread again? I saw what Max wrote about the throat issues I still get the spasms and little pain whenn sawallowing some food. I want to ask another question How long before your able to take pills again (Whole) I seem to be having diifculties with this I suffer migraines alot and it hurt really bad to take asprin and trust me I hate crushing meds they taste nasty when ur trying to swallow it. I also still get a bit of pain in my belly and chest pain in tnhis normal in 1 month and alost 2 weeks this thursday. Thanks guys Alexis :-)

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   Posted 2/19/2012 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alexis,
I was told to wait 8 weeks for untoasted bread, but if you toast it well, you shouldn't have any problem.
 
I still have difficulty with large pills, and avoid them.  I look for small pill substitutes...either lower dose or another type of medication-for example...Allegra is a large antihistimine, Xyzal is a tiny one.  Recently I took an antibiotic, and opened the capsules and mixed them with yogurt.  I take liquid calcium...etc, etc, etc.
 
If your wrap is tight you may always have trouble with large pills.  I certainly do.
Best wishes,
Denise

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   Posted 2/19/2012 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Lex-

I'd wait about 8 weeks for soft bread also. Have you tried a pill cutter? maybe cut them into quarters?


Bill
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lexipoo
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   Posted 2/20/2012 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Denise and Bill
I really apperciate the help this kinda makes me mad cause when I seen My GI on jan 27th he told me another 2 weeks before I could eat bread and meat. I can't believe these dr's today they deal with so many patients there  heads are spining. I see my GI on friday morning I am going to ask him why he told me 2 weeks  for bread and you both have said 8 weeks. I just wish sometimes the drs were not in such a rush and actually sit and take time with their patients its pretty sad cause all they care about is the money they are getting off you by doing surgrey or giving you prescriptions. I hope on friday he can talk to me a little more instead of been with me for like 10 mins and saying see you again in 4 weeks like he did at my post op appt jan 27th. Well thanks again for the help Lexipoo. :-)

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   Posted 2/20/2012 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had food getting stuck until weeks 6 and occasional untill week 10.
I never had problems with pills, but if you have difficulty swalling I would expect it to ease up between week 6 and 10

lexipoo
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   Posted 2/20/2012 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jesper, This Nissen Fundpilcation is a long haul its drving me crazy cause I can't even take a pill for a headache or migraine which I suffer with out pills getting stuck. I hope by week 6 or 10 that  things will be getting better for me thxs  for the info. Thanks Again Alexis :-)

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   Posted 2/20/2012 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Alexsis,
Everyone is different.  Some have tighter wraps than others.  I've always had trouble with big pills and always will.  Before my surgery I had no trouble at all taking pills, but since then, as I said, I have to take precautions.  There are ways around it, and there's no reason why you can't find alternatives (or as bill suggested use a pill cutter or crusher) to make it easier.
 
I don't think GI docs really know how long the recovery will be.  They've not had the surgery themselves, and don't know what the recovery entails.  Surgeons don't tend to know much about the recovery either. 
 
Best wishes,
Denise

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   Posted 2/20/2012 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
lexipoo,

I still have difficulty with bread and meat one year post-op. Bread toasted well is ok. Otherwise, if it is soft it seems to take forever to go down. So, I don't eat much bread and I think this is what has helped me keep off the weight. I can eat ground beef, but no other. Fish, chicken and turkey work well for me. As for pills, I take Advil liqui-gels or Excedrin Express Gels. I eat something with it to help push it through. I was lucky enough to have a surgeon who e-mailed and called frequently and was willing to answer every question and listen to complaints. Maybe your doctor take more time to answer questions if you could e-mail.

Peggy

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   Posted 2/20/2012 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the TIF procedure and started eating bread products (donuts, toast, crackers) on week 7. Best thing to do is take it slow, start off eating just a little and build from there. If the small amount you start with doesn't bother you then build upon it.

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   Posted 2/20/2012 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I had my surgery dec 8. I'm doing very well now thank goodness. However my dr wasn't very helpful either. He thought I should of pretty much been back on a regular diet within a week and include breads after two weeks! It took me over a month to put breads back in. Even now I have to chew it thoroughly. Hope it improves for you

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lexipoo
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   Posted 2/21/2012 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone,
I will be speaking to my sugreon about this I really apperciate the help it means alot. I am really glad I this forum you all have been wonderful in here So how is everyone else feel in here from their surgries Keep me updated with any other concerns I should know about. Thanks Again Alexis :-)

lexipoo
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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So I will be going to see my GI dr tomorrow I am going to tell him everything that is going on with the throaat issues and problems with trying to take meds. I hope everything at this appt goes well. Has anyone eles had problems with pills and swallowing cause I get spasms in the middle of swallowing some food as anyone eles had this problem? Thanks again Alexis :-)

dencha
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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Alexis,
It's very common to have difficulty swallowing pills after a Nissen.  Some don't have as much trouble as other, but in the early stages, pretty much everyone experiences it.  The problem is, if you try to swallow a pill and it gets stuck or sits at the wrap, it can be very irritating.  Be careful.
 
I still don't swallow large pills.  Before my surgery, I could swallow all those huge pills.  I just can't any more.  No big deal to me, though.  I do just fine with alternatives.
 
Good luck with your doctor appt.
Denise

lexipoo
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   Posted 2/24/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,
I hope all goes well today at the appt its a little crazy that I have to say all that I have been dealing with I can't believe my GI Dr to eat bread after two weeks and then I come in here and everyone one says a lot longer then what I expected Well its about 9:50am I have to leave soon for my appt so hope everyone has a good day. :-) Thanks alexis

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   Posted 2/25/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Lex-

It is pretty common for the docs to not know what this recovery is really like. My PCP actually asked me questions for over a half hour because he was thinking of having the surgery. He had the same problem, didn't really know what all was involved and he got only vague info from other docs.

Hope all goes well at you appointment.

Take care,
Bill
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lexipoo
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   Posted 2/27/2012 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill,
I really apperciate the advice I was just told that I have low iron so they put me on a liquid iron medication and now my stomach is killing me. So now I think I am going to have to pay for an iron shot which I was told are pretty pricey. I will have to see cause my iron level is 16 and should be 31 so this is what was causing me dizziness and chest pains and heart pain also so when I read up online that the best thing to bring up iron levels are red meat and lots of leafy greens. So I will let you all know how I am doing. Thanks all for the help Alexis :-)

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   Posted 2/28/2012 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Lexipoo....have you seen this product before. Feramax Iron... Here is a link. It might be something that might work for you. It's worth reading before making a decision or talk to your doctor about it.

http://www.feramax.com/?gclid=CMC5toiNwa4CFcbsKgodei2cpg

Cindy.

lexipoo
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   Posted 2/28/2012 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cindy,
I really apperciate the help I am having a hard time taking the iron medication they gave me a liquid form. But I told my dr's office this morning and they said all I have to do is eat greens and red meat so hopefully this will bring my iron level back up cause right now I am 16 and should be 31. I went to the website you provided but I can't take the irons meds but stomach hurts really bad and i toook it after I had food and drinking lots of water bt just does not feel right. I have blood work again in 3 months so hope all is well then Thanks again for the help Alexis :-)

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   Posted 3/1/2012 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Lexi for iron if you have a blender, you can just put a handful of spinach in with whatever you'd like as a smoothie (milk, banana, protein powder, etc). You won't taste it at all if unless you put a ton in! It's a nice little way to sneak in some fiber and iron :) Definitely will not hurt your tummy either, just make sure it's blended enough to go down easily.

lexipoo
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   Posted 3/1/2012 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks gerdy girl, but I am eating alot of salads and red meat this is what my family dr said to do and I should see an improvement thxs for the advice. Lexipoo

lexipoo
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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Everyone,
I was just wondering if anyone has still experienced chest pains  I am also having pain in my breast  bone from the air being pumped in there for sugrey I feel like there  is air bubbles or something stilll in there. I am 1 month and 3 weeks post op almost 2 months march 11th will be 2 month mark and I am still having heart burn does this ever go away cause my Gi dr said if at my next visit with him which will be may 28th if the heartburn is still here I might have to have another endoscopy which I am praying I don't I really don't like them all that much. I would apperciate some info. Thanks Alexis :-)
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