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   Posted 4/30/2012 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
So my surgeon calls me today , a week late for a scheduled check in im at 1 month post op now. Still having some pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and some low bloodsugar issues from presumably not enough protein... She tells me " the vast majority of funoplication patients have no residual symptoms at 3 weeks out... I'm scratching my head saying this is contrary to what real patients are telling me... Is she for real? It's almost like i'm being told i can't be experiencing this cause she says so... I must be making it up, is the impression i'm left with. Now this Dr. Knows i'm an NP so I understand physiology better than most, tells me " there's no anatonomical reason for my symptoms.".. How freakin out of touch can these doctors be with realty? She tells me to take some probiotics and follow up with my GI guy and let her know.... I don't think i'll be calling back any time soon. I hope to God I don' treat my patients this way.... She basically said i'm causing my own symptoms , by eating too simple too often .... some valid things to think about . Like how do i get 60 grams of protein a day ? When i can't tolerate much without dumping.... Which she doubts i really have by the way..... I'm trying here.... Geeeze.
Edit:  I gave your thread a title.

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   Posted 4/30/2012 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bob,
Don't give it a second thought.  These surgeons have no idea what the recovery is like.  Here's hoping your surgeon ends up needing a Nissen so she can find out just how perfect she feels at 3 weeks post-op.  Seriously?  Seriously!
In my experience here at the forum, it's extremely common for surgeons to tell people that they'll be good to go after 2 weeks.  I used to think that maybe they didn't want to scare patients away, but I'm beginning to believe that they just don't follow their patients long enough to know about their post-op struggles.
At one month post-op you are at the very beginning of your recovery journey.  Really, it's very common not to be able to tolerate much food, and we all lose lots of weight.  Try not to stress about it.  This too will pass.  Once healing has progressed your eating will return to normal and you'll gain the weight back.
I can't believe your surgeon said that there is no physical reason for you to have the problems you're having.  Your upper GI tract has been completely revised, and your insides have been through a lot of trauma.  All of these things will settle down and improve, but time is the only cure.  You just have to give your body time to heal.
Try to relax into your recovery.  Your stomach is complaining loudly now, so be careful what you put into it.  Be gentle.  If your discomfort is great enough, make an appointment with your GI doc and see what he/she has to say.
Hang in there.  This WILL get better.  One month is very early in the recovery. 
We're with you!
Take care,
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.”

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 4/30/2012 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Wrapped Club!!!!

As Denise said, most surgeons have not a clue about recovery from the Nissen (or any other surgery such as this). They give you a 2-3 week "should be" pretty well recovered by this time, speech and you are good to go... THEY THINK... please read up on the Nissen here at the forum. You sound as though you are pretty much typical in this stage of recovery... I am just over a year and still have to be careful how often I eat some things or I still occasionally get dumping syndrome.. doesn't last long but, makes me remember that too much of a good thing is a no-no. I am told this too shall pass.. (it doesn't help that I had my gall bladder out in January.

Please stay with us and as Denise also said, try to relax into your recovery,, it will help keep you sane,,, heheh..
We will be here for you..

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   Posted 5/1/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bob, I too am at 3 week post Nissen, and I too are experiencing a lot of the same things you are. Hang in there and listen to your body. Look at some of the resourses here on the forum. They really helped me to make a game plan of steps to take and try. Keep reading and asking questions, I have found the only dumb question is the one you didn't ask.

Denise and Sandi both have a great recommendation, relax into your recovery. Don't force it. Forcing will set you back. Take baby steps. You'll get there....we all will
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