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lexipoo
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   Posted 3/21/2012 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing well just pain a bit in my chest and in my belly at times. I know its only been 2 months I just hope by the 6 month mark I will be doing better and not alot of pain and I can eat stuff without having to wait to go out after eating cause I have pain after if i try and eat enough but I guess that what to expect at 2 months how was everyone doing at there 6 month mark. Give a little info thxs Alexis

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/1/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I need some help I am trying to introduce my food back to my diet I feel like I have lost alot of weight if I eat too much lettuce I have pain and can't not even eat bread if its with soup or a sub it hurts me really bad what can you guys suggest I will be 3 months post op April 11th 2012  thxs for the help lexipoo
 

dencha
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   Posted 4/1/2012 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alexis,
I will start by saying that at 6 months I was pretty much 100% normal, although I still had occasional dumping issues when I ate certain things.  That continued throughout my first year, although it became even less frequent.  I figured I'd be dealing with that issue forever, but somewhere into the second year I suddenly realized that it wasn't happening any more.
 
At 2 months, I think your food choice is unwise.  First, lettuce and raw veggies are hard on the wrap at this point, and I'd wait a bit for those.
 
Also, untoasted bread and sandwiches can cause problems. Bread doesn't chew to a liquid...it kind of clumps up, and can get stuck, causing pain and spasms at the wrap site.
 
When you get pain, it means that whatever you're eating is getting stuck or at least having trouble going through the wrap. 
 
Even though you're two months along, you still need to take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever you are eating turns into a smooth puree that is easily swallowed.  Toasted bread can do this, but regular bread and sub rolls can get very clumpy and can get stuck.
 
If you want less pain...take smaller bites and chew a lot more.  Don't eat anything that can't be chewed to a smooth/liquid consistency.
 
Give your wrap a break...it's still new and healing.  
I will tell you this:  Although I'm eating everything and feel like I'm back to normal, I still eat a lot more slowly, and chew my food COMPLETELY.  Those of us who are wrapped will always need to do this.  It's well worth the effort, though!  A big plus is that it allows us to fully enjoy the food we're eating, and makes it less likely that we'll jump up for seconds, so it helps us eat less.
 
If you want to gain weight, lettuce isn't going to help much.  Try cream soups and milkshakes.  Really, you don't have to worry, because eventually you'll gain back what you're lost.  Your weight loss is a result of your recovery, and you'll be eating more once you have healed.  I gained all my weight back without any problem, unfortunately!
 
Happy eating,
Denise 

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/2/2012 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise I really apperciate the advice I guess I am just getting upset cause I want things to hurry up but I know to be fully recovered with be 1 yr I have noticed if I try and eat creamy soups or anything that will be heavy on the stomach causing pain too. Did you have this problem Thxs Alexis

dencha
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   Posted 4/2/2012 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alexis,
At two months, almost anything can cause some pain or bloating.  It's very common.  Each of us is different, and we react to foods in unique ways.   You need to just see what works for you.
 
That said, you have to use common sense.  Things that are very rough, acidic, or spicy, can create pain.  Remember that your stomach has been through major surgery and it will take time for it to heal and adapt to the changes.
 
If you get a stomachache, try Gas-X.  I found that whenever this happened to me I had to remember that I had some bloating and taking the Gas-X usually did the trick.  Even now I take it from time to time.
 
Baby your stomach.  It needs some TLC right about now.
Very best wishes,
Denise

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/21/2012 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise, I try and avoid anything that is spicy and  that can cause me pain try to avoid bread as much as possible as it does not agree with me right now. I have been eating alot of fruits like strawberries cantalope Bananas and even watermelon I try and just have small meals and not eat alot as I find if I try and eat too much its causes me bloating and discomfort if they is anything eles that you can suggest for me that would be greatly apperciated Thanks so much for the help Alexis :-)

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/24/2012 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I really need a answer I will be post -op 4 months on may 11th. I want to know if anyone that has had their hernia repaired if they are still suffering from heart burn I seem to still have this issue not sure why I thought I would be rid of that after I had the operation done. I just don't want to have this done any tighter then it already is I had a 360 done on jan 11th 2012. I see my GI doc on may 28th and he told me at my last visit if I came back and said I still have heart burn I will have to have another endoscopy which I am worried  if I have this done will it tear the hernia repair? Need some answers from the wrapped club. Thanks Alexis
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daddypig
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   Posted 4/25/2012 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I noticed a difference after four months, and improvement was then like Denise said. The that said your doc us right to test, just to be sure. It wont damage the wrap I wouldn't be worried about that, but you can always ask them. Best of luck. I was wrapped in august with hernia repair and still take a ppi once a week or so. My doc said some people keep taking them daily, if they can get the bbalance right. Hope you get answers soon,

Kevin

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/25/2012 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kevin, I hope I get some answers soon too I getting a little bit frustrated now. thanks Alexis
 

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   Posted 4/25/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
lexipoo,  I am sory to read you are having problems and I can understand why you would be feeling frustrated.  Another member posted once that chewing gum stimulates saliva production which is alkaline and will help neutralize the acid in the esophagus for post op heartburn.
 
I wish you the best,
Kitt
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lexipoo
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   Posted 4/25/2012 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks skitt, I actually do chew gum but don't find it helps much. I had really scared because my esophagus  was burnt cause of the heartburn was so bad they saw that when they did the ph test. I am worried in my future this could lead to esophagel cancer. I was told that by my Gi dr that he is worried if I cause countious heart burn I am trying to figure out what my best options are I think I am just going to try fruits and vegetables but even some of the fruits are giving me heartburn. I really feeling like giving up I don't even know what to think and its only been 4 months on may 11th 2012. I need some answeres can someone help me here thxs Alexis

lexipoo
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   Posted 4/27/2012 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I need someone's help in here I am still suffering with heartburn need some answers Post Op will be 4 months on  may 11th really frustrated I don't think my Nissen Fundoplication did not work for me my PPI's are not even helping me now . Frustrasted Alexis cry

dencha
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   Posted 4/28/2012 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alexis,
Please relax and allow your body to heal.  You've had a lot of trouble throughout this process surrendering to the recovery and just letting it do its thing.  Your outsides are healed and you don't understand why your insides aren't back to normal as well.
 
It takes a full 6 months (not 4 months--and you're not even at 4 months yet) for the majority of healing, and A YEAR for the rest.  When you're at your stage of recover every week can make a difference, so try to give you body a chance to recover without being in a state of anxiety.
 
The esophagus is a dumb organ, and surgical pain is interpreted as reflux.  During these early months "anything is possible", as my surgeon said.  If you're getting reflux symtoms, go back on your PPIs.  You won't have to worry about rebound now that you're wrapped, as your wrap will act as a barrier you didn't have before the surgery.
 
You can't rush this.  Just let it happen, and trust that it will.
We're with you!  We'll be your sounding board and support as you recover.
Hang in there!  You can do this!
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

daddypig
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   Posted 4/28/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
There's nothing wrong with taking ppis while you get better, I really did notice a big difference from month 4 to month 5, as Denise says you are still very early on. If you could see your recovery I dont think you'd feel the same, it's just that outside looks so good so quick. Do try to withhold judgment, it'll save you energy, focus on getting by day by day until you can review after, say, six months. I know it's frustrating, sorry, stick with it, moan here when you cant,

Best

Kevin
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