Heartburn/retching/sour taste post fundoplication

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Gaviscon99
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   Posted 4/29/2012 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering what anyone thinks about my situation. I am now 10 days post a redo 180 degree fundoplication. Pre op I was on 80 mg omeprazole twice daily. Post op I dropped to 40mg twice daily for 2 days but started to get nausea and heartburn so went back to 60mg twice daily. Over the past week or so I have been getting increasing heartburn worse on lying down, wakes me up at night, intermittent nausea and severe nausea and retching in the mornings and started to get bad taste in mouth. I am on build up drinks only which do taste rotten. I am worried wrap has not worked at all and intact made me worse. What should I do? I am now back to 80mg twice a day and still major heartburn. Really getting me down. Thanks for any advice you can give. X

dencha
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   Posted 4/29/2012 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gaviscon,
I'm pretty positive what you're going through is a reaction to the increase swelling of your wrap.  It becomes increasingly swollen over the first two weeks, peaking on or about 14 days. 
 
Because of this, it sounds as if whatever you're drinking or eating is getting held up at the wrap site and causing irritation.  Also, you're likely retching up what's stuck there.
 
I recommend that you slow down on drinking and eating.  Take smaller sips with more swallows.  After eating sip water or a warm drink until whatever it is has a chance to get through your swollen wrap.
 
The pain could be a result of two things in my estimation...the swelling itself is pulling on the repair and causing straight-out surgical pain.  Also, the food, drink, and even medication could be sitting at the wrap site and irritating the area. 
 
This whole problem will subside as your wrap heals and the swelling goes down.  Hang in there.  You're at a tough spot in the healing process. I remember my surgeon telling me about the swelling that was coming and saying, "Your swallowing will get worse before it gets better."
 
It will get better.
Hang in there!
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.”

joe1619
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   Posted 5/4/2012 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i had the same pain post op. it has went away. it was food getting stuck on wrap. and while there is swelling anything can happen. if you still feel the same in a month have a scope to make sure wrap is intact

joe1619
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   Posted 5/4/2012 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
also, those nutrition drinks always caused me problems. it could be those. i cannot drink them they make me hurt and cause bad pain in gut

Gaviscon99
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   Posted 5/4/2012 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for advice. I'm pretty sure wrap hasn't worked now, major heartburn on lying down, chest pains, morning nausea. Only 2 weeks 2 days post op. seeing surgeon next week and see what he thinks.

dencha
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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Gaviscon,
I'm sure you're sick of hearing me tell you this, but here it goes... yeah
 
You said it yourself...you're 2 weeks post op.  Anything is possible at the early stages of recovery.  This does not mean that your wrap is a failure.  I know it's hard, but try not to jump to those dire conclusions...
 
Good luck at your appointment with the surgeon.
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.”

Gaviscon99
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   Posted 5/5/2012 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise, it's nice to hear something positive. I'll keep you posted.
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