Post Fundiplication and hiatel hernia surgery severe nausea

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 5/15/2012 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Im 32 days post op Fundiplication. Last few days, no matter what I eat or sip on causes me nausea. The liquod phenergan turns my stomach even more so hoping for suppositories today. Its hard to go to work feeling this way! I have no acid reflux and my sore throat and hoarseness now gone (due to acid) Im quite thankful for this but feel I have traded one set of symptoms for another. Is this normal? shakehead

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   Posted 5/15/2012 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mkwade,
Welcome to Healing Well!  So sorry to hear that you're having nausea issues.  I have a couple suggestions...first, I'd try taking some Zantac (You'll need more than the 75mg OTC, could take multiples of that, though) or old PPIs that you may have on hand. 
If your stomach is irritated enough to cause nausea (likely gastritis) if you can decrease the amount of acid that's in there, it can help to heal your stomach and get rid of the nausea.  (At least that's my experience!  I have a very reactive stomach, and when it gets going I find getting rid of the acid is helpful even with nausea.)
The other thing that could help (if you have good prescription coverage) is a script for Carafate suspension.  It coats the stomach and helps it heal.  If your problem is just in your stomach and your wrap and esophagus feel fine, you could use the generic pill form.  If you put it in a little medicine cup and add a bit of water, stir it with a toothpick, and throw it back like a shot, it'll make it through your wrap just fine.  If you don't have a problem swallowing large pills (I do) you can just take it the regular way.
Also, be sure to baby your only smooth, bland foods.  Your stomach mashes food as part of the digestive process, and if there are rough things in there it'll irritate your stomach lining more. 
Hang in there.  It takes 6 months for most of the healing, so you're at the very beginning of the process.  You'll feel gradual improvement as you move toward the 6 month mark, and there will be continued improvements up to a year.  I found that some of the "quirks" improve into the second year.
It'll get better!
Take care,
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“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

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   Posted 6/28/2014 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
please update me on how this went I am 8 weeks post op and having severe nausea as well.....Please tell me the out come and when does the Nausea go away. Ive been depresses and crying all day yesterday

Pat Tall
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   Posted 6/28/2014 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeans. You are having such a hard time. Did the doctor give you a specific eating plan to follow after surgery. If so, even if it is liquids, please go back on it as that will be less irritating , smaller in amount, more meals per day-- allowing the start of healing. Going back to earlier eating plan does not mean lack of progress. Are you still on any acid suppressing meds-- ask the doctor about the PPI med and what to eat. You must be in contact with the surgeon or talk to his office assistant (nurse). Baby that tum. Don't experiment with foods like coffee, carbonated stuff, pizza, spicy, fried . Hope you feel better real soon. Let us know.

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   Posted 6/28/2014 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Mkwade47, Jeans,

I think one of the big problems with this surgery is the absolute lack of information patients are given about their recovery.

For the first five months my stomach was all over the place. Incredible cramps, severe reflux, no appetite - then sometimes a crazy appetite after eating that I had to ignore because eating more would bring on pain and reflux.

Recovery from this op is a really tough time. You get to the light at the end of the tunnel eventually but along the way I eventually found it was best to eat very, very wisely and ignore every single sensation I got from my stomach. You'll drive yourself crazy if you try and analyze it or investigate what is "wrong".

I'm sorry to say it takes so long, but after five months I was thinking "this is never going to end". After six months I was noticing improvement.

Just please watch your diet. Eat small amounts and only eat what you can chew into liquid. Don't be afraid of having a sip of water with every mouthful of food to dissolve it. And don't even think about fizzy drinks!

Also get plenty of rest. Remember weightlifters rest between workouts, and you're recovering from something far more severe than lifting a few weights in the gym.

All the best,


PS: I gave up and had a diet coke last week, as before the op I had several cans a day. I chilled it, opened it, then left it in the fridge until the bubbles had gone. You know what? Without the bubbles it tastes horrible! Try it :)
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