I'm new to this forum, I found it by googling for answers to some things I am experiencing since my recent fundoplication surgery on 11/13/17.
I am having random bouts of diarrhea. My surgeon did let me know this may happen. However, was not clear why, he just said "it happens to some people & can last for weeks up to a year."
From what I have read on this forum, I believe it is referred to as "dumping syndrome".
It seems to me, again, based on what I've read on this forum, that it is typically due to certain foods & possibly over eating. Although I over ate a couple times because I was so hungry & I definitely regretted it, it was hard to tell if I was full until it was too late. The diarrhea episodes mostly seem to happen when I am active. By active I mean any type of activity where I am up & active for more than 5 to 10 minutes.
For example, today I went grocery shopping to buy the soft foods I am now allowed to eat, I was 'out & about
' for about
3 hours total. My stomach was slightly upset within the 2nd hour, by the time I got home there was a storm going on in my stomach, so I took 2 gas x & within a 1/2 hour or so started having diarrhea, that was like water. I had diarrhea 3 times in less than 2 hours. I know Imodium would stop it, but, I was constipated for 3 days (until this morning & that was after I took Miramax twice), so I am afraid to take it. Although diarrhea is pretty miserable, I have been severely constipated a few times in the last few months, which is not normal for me, so I would rather have diarrhea than be constipated as to me, that is much worse, at least I can get some relief with diarrhea. Even after 3 bouts of diarrhea, my stomach was still upset, although it seems to be calming down & so far is just gas now, my stomach is still making loud gargling sounds. Just fyi, I only had 1 danimals drinkable yogurt this morning & a glass of apple juice, as well as a cup of water this evening. I felt good all day, until I was 'out & about
' this evening. Also, when this happens, I feel nauseous afterwards so I typically take a zofran, I also have promethazine suppositories but mainly use those when I am nauseous but do not have diarrhea.
I am hungry right now but am afraid to eat anything.
Is this normal? What can I do to prevent it, other than less activity? I will most likely be released to go back to work on 12/11/17 & am concerned about
this because I will be up & down, working 8 hours a day Monday through Friday. My job will expect me to be "on point" now that I've had this surgery, as I have been out alot since August when I got really sick with an abdominal infection & gastritis, which put me in the hospital for 4 days, due to the severe pain & on medical leave for a month & a half, as my belief was that it'd be life changing & I'd feel much better, after the 1st 4 weeks.
From what I've read on this forum, it actually takes 6 months to a year to completely recover from this surgery, which I was completely unaware of. I also read that I should only be eating 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of food each time I eat, 4 to 8 times a day, which I was also unaware of. I was told I can eat whatever I want at 5 weeks after my surgery (as tolerable), but, that doesn't necessarily seem to be true, although it hasn't felt any different swallowing & hot/cold food or drinks haven't hurt my chest or bothered me at all, I am extemely nervous to eat potatoes, meat, bread, chips, salsa or green chilé at 5 weeks, even though I am so looking forward to it, as those are some of my favorite foods.
I didn't even need pain meds right after surgery, just a heating pad for the intense shoulder pain, which I was aware would most likely happen, so I honestly thought recovery would be fairly easy & quick. I have only used the prescribed pain meds maybe 3 times & Tylenol about
the same amount, typically when I've over done it, food or activity wise. I really only use either when it really hurts.
Last, I was on 80 mg of prontonix & 600 mg of zantac, per day, had a hiatal hernia & my esophageal sphinxter was essentially non existence, prior to this surgery.
Any thoughts, suggestions or input is very much appreciated!
Post Edited (dee76) : 11/28/2017 11:38:21 PM (GMT-7)