3 and 1/2 Months Post Nissen Fundoplication and Frustrated

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   Posted 3/24/2012 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I had my procedure done 12/8/2011. I am still having a lot of issues with gas and bloat/upset stomach. I have a day here and there where I am issue free. Most days, however, I have a lot of bloat and am either constipated or end up with diarrhea. It seems like, no matter what I eat, I feel every ounce of digestion....like my stomach is literally this huge processor and I can feel the digestion move throughout my entire colon. Eventually, I am able to have gas and am relieved. I have not been able to have a deep burp since my surgery....just small ones here and there. I can't really figure out if it's what I'm eating or not.....it seems like it doesn't matter.....everything I put in my mouth seems to churn it's way through slowly and I feel it. Is all of this normal and how long can I expect this to last? I am taking a probiotic, digestive enzymes, and gas x regularly to help. I can still feel pain where the wrap was done and also in my main incision. I feel like my pain and digestion issues would have passed by now, but maybe I'm expecting too much too soon. I am very, very frustrated. I certainly welcome any ideas on speeding up the recovery process because my stomach seems to be more of a wreck than it was pre surgery. : ( I worry that I'm doomed to a life of stomach pain and just cannot imagine living every day, for the rest of my life, with these problems.


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   Posted 3/25/2012 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi birdieslc,
Sorry to hear you're still struggling with bloating and stomach upset.  I would think that any time now your bloating ought to settle down a bit.  I would suggest that you be extra careful to eat easily digested, bland, smooth foods.  No fun, I know, and when you're having trouble with even those, the temptation, I'm sure, is to eat something you'll enjoy more.  If you feel like it doesn't make any difference, why not?  I get that.
Still, if you consistently baby that stomach of yours for an extended period of time, it might just help settle things down more quickly.
You're one of those who needs to be reminded of the 6 month to 1 year healing time frame.  Believe me, I understand your fear that you will be like this FOREVER, and it's a frightening thought.
Yes, you'll likely have some quirks forever, but this extreme a problem is a healing issue and it will resolve over time.  I wish I could put you in a time machine and you'd come out completely healed, but unfortunately, that's not how it works.  You have to slog along through this rough time and just go with the flow.  (Even though the flow isn't cooperating!)
Yes, your stomach is very likely worse than it was pre-Nissen. It has been assaulted with surgical tools, stretched, wrapped, and stitched.  The vagus nerve has been irriated as the hernia repair and Nissen were completed.  Your upper GI tract has been through a major revision.  On top of that, your stomach and esophagus were likely already quite irritated because of the pre-op issues that brought you to surgery.
I can hear from your post that you're getting to the end of your rope.  I suggest that you move back toward the middle of that rope, and take a very deep breath.  It's no fun to suffer through this recovery, and you're obviously one who is dealing with more bloating than average.  However, stressing over it will only add to the problem.  I think all of who suffered with GERD issues know how stres can make it worse.  In that same way, your emotional stress can add to your stomach's physical stress!
Feeling everything move through the digestive tract is very normal through the healing stages.  I remember hearing and feeling the stomach depositing things into the small intestine.  It's a strange sensation, indeed.
Three and a half months is moving along.  I understand why you're impatient to get on with your normal eating life.  Still everyone's body reacts differently to this surgery, and while some don't seem to deal with as many issues, there's no way to control how your body will react to the surgeon's assault on your innards!
I'm sorry I'm not much help here.  Still, I'm glad you're posting, so you're not dealing with this alone.  I expect others will be by to post as well.
I hope things feel better very soon.
Best wishes,

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   Posted 3/25/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
As always, thanks Denise. Yes, sometimes, just posting on here reminds me I'm not alone. You are right about one thing....I start to feel better and take it less easy on the tummy and when I do, I pay. I guess I just need to take it easy no matter what. It is just easier said than done, as I'm sure you know. I miss food. :) I gave up cigarettes so crave food more than ever. Thank you for your kind words and reminders....for taking the time to care about a total stranger! I appreciate it....you've helped to lift my spirit today!

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   Posted 3/25/2012 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Denise is so right about everything she said.. my input only repeats in different words her advice....

Please take a step back and look at what your diet has been when you feel the most uncomfortable. I could almost guarantee that you have eaten something that is too advanced for where you are at in your recovery.. I was still having dumping issues frequently at 3 months, this is not unusual. I am just 6 days away from being 1 year post-op. Until I had my gall bladder out in January this year, I had pretty much stopped having dumping issues.. now they are back because of the gall bladder removal. I will get past this too!!!
You may have to back up your diet just a bit or it may just be that you need to chew more thoroughly than you have been. You must chew chew chew... that will probably never stop.. you must continue to chew to a mush all of your food or your stomach will let you know it does not like it. Please remember that you are still early in your recovery... you will be healing still up until 1 year and then after that you will notice that there are still some tweeking going on with your body... Please don't try to rush your recovery, it will only only end up frustrating you. Right now I know it seems like this will never end, believe me, you will wake up one day and realize the issues are leaving and you won;'t even have paid any attention to it...Go with the flow of your recovery, relax and it will be over almost before you know it.
Good luck and
Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow...
Sandi smurf tongue turn turn tongue smurf

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   Posted 3/26/2012 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Got to agree with Denise and Sandi. If you don't mind would you tell us what your typical days meals are? I found that eating one type of food each day helped make things easier on the stomach. Also what are you drinking? Some things are hard on our stomachs during recovery.

What I ate was oatmeal in the morning then maybe cheese and crackers for lunch. For supper I didn't eat a few items, instead I would eat a protein then wait an hour or so and then maybe a starch. The key for me was small portions and one type of food for a few months. I usually snacked on fruits and veggies in between meals. But watch what veggies, as some cause gas.

I found apples really helped with the dumping and gas also. I eat Fuji or Gala apples because I like a crisp apple. I read some where the apple peels help the colon clean out too. I was eating a bag of apples every 2 days. I have added grapes and now oranges and melons. For veggies I was eating carrots and have now gotten to where I can eat broccoli, snap beans, but still avoid lettuce salads. I do eat lettuce and tomatoes on say a hamburger.

I also used tortillas a lot with diced chicken, pork, or beef.

Hope things get better soon.
Take care,
Bill devil
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   Posted 1/6/2014 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone please give me some insight on what to eat 3 months post nissen surgery? I read that things to avoid are chocolate and raw fruits and veggies. Just bought some choc. syrup to put on yogurt ice cream, but am afraid to try it. When do we graduate to 3-4 meals a day? There is lots to read about the diet for the first four weeks after surgery. Does anyone know of a site that helps with diet post 4 months on?
Lately, came down with a cold, and, with the wheezing and coughing, wonder if it may loosen the stitches. IT's extremely sore in the sphincter area.
Other than the above ? my post Nissen experience has been according to Hoyle. :-)
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