8 Weeks Pre Op Nausea Could This be Acid Reflux?

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halo2000
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so thankful for this support group.
I am 8 weeks pre op from the Nissen Fundoplication. I am doing pretty good with being able to eat. Although I am still losing weight. I have lost 14 lbs. since the surgery. I do eat all 3 meals each day.
Before that I lost 40 lbs. in 5 yrs. from the GERD. I am getting way to thin at 113 lbs. Never seem to be hungry. I was not hungry from before the surgery either. That may be from the Gastritis.
 
Now to what my main concern is now. Yesterday, I got very nauseated.
My stomach acted like I had the flu or something. Felt very sick. That lasted off  and on most of yesterday. This morning after I ate I got it again pretty bad. Very sick. Has anyone else experienced this at 8 weeks pre op? I may have a touch of the flu but no one I know has been sick. Did any of you get acid reflux after having the surgery? I remember feeling like this when I first went on PPI's for GERD.
 
 
I would appreciate any comments any of you may have regarding this. Thank you so much.
 
One more question. I don't get it every night but from time to time I get the burn in the center of my chest. It probably is acid reflux but I am hoping that will go away as I heal more.
 
I took Gas X today after lunch but still got nauseated. Not sure if I can tak any acid medication tonight after taking Gas X. I was hoping not to have to take any of these medications after having this surgery.
 
Ida Mae
 

dencha
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ida Mae,
Congratulations on being a member of the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Nausea after a Nissen is very common.  It's likely a reaction to the trauma of surgery, and often begins when someone starts introucing more challenging foods to their diet.
 
You are right about thinking you might take something for the acid.  I don't think there's any problem with GasX being taken in conjunction with acid reducers.  Until your stomach starts feeling better again, you might find that taking Zantac or your leftover PPI for a while would help.  It isn't forever...just until your stomach calms down.
 
You said it was like a stomach bug, and you're right...your stomach is inflamed...this time not from a bug, but more likely from effects of surgery in conjuncton with the foods you're eating.
 
It will take time for things to settle down, but if you can back off on more challenging foods and stick with smooth, bland foods, you'll give it a chance to heal and feel better.  After it feels good for a couple weeks, start adding those foods again gradually and see how you feel.
 
You're 2 months post-op, which means you've got 4 months more to go to get te majority of healing behind you (6 months), and you'll continue to improve throughout the first year.
 
Hang in there!  You'll gain that weight back once you're healed.
Take care,
Denise
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halo2000
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   Posted 5/17/2012 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise

Thank you so much for your reply! You are so helpful and comforting to us that are just a few weeks post op. We really did not know what to expect after this surgery.
You are so encouraging and I am looking forward to one year post op so I will be feeling more back to normal. I love this support group. It has been so very helpful with all these issues that come up.
Thank you for answering all my questions and concerns. I do believe you hit the problem right on the head. What I thought was a stomach bug is my stomach still in the healing process and I have been branching out eating things that it probably is not ready for yet. Sure made me sick.
I am going to back off and be more careful. Yes, I do believe I need an acid blocker until this has time to heal. So will try that right away.
Hoping to have a happy tummy here real soon!

Again Many Thanks,
Ida Mae

jeans
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   Posted 6/7/2014 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
HI I AM 6 WEEKS POST OP AND AM NEAUSATED EVERYDAY. I AM MISREABLE. HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST AND WILL I EVER GET BETTER. I AM SO DEPRESSED. I ANT EVEN GO TO WORK BECAUSE THE NEAUSA GETS SO BAD. MY SURGEON SAID IT HAPPENS TO SOME PEOPLE. IS THIS TRUE?

jeans
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   Posted 6/7/2014 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I tknow this was done 2 years ago but can someone please tell me I will get over this nausea. please help

jeans
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   Posted 6/19/2014 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone please post a reply and tell me when this gets better

Andy's
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   Posted Yesterday 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well maybe I should tell u my story for some insight from this very helpful group. I am new to this site. I've always had a bit of reflux might need to take Tagamet 2 times a year for a day. I was taking baby aspirin and started eating salads and vegetables with lime juice for about 3 weeks plus eating lemon yogurt . At the same time I increased my use of stevia sugar substitute. Developed a slight below belly button abdominal pain lasting 20 minutes a few times a week for about 5 weeks nothing severe. Got an ultra sound of my uterus all fine.was eating lemon yogurt .Very much into health. Weight good, don't smoke or drink. Was belching a lot too.
Went to my primary doctor who put me on Nexium . Next day terrible acid reflux. Stayed on the Nexium for 8 days. Acid reflux would not go away! Had a endoscopic test. Told all was normal but have to small non bleeding erosive gastropathy spots. Given Carafate to allow healing. Was afraid to take ppi drugs tried all the over the counter meds like Tagamet none have helped. Have burning throat/chest. Wondering if this is all caused by the above mentioned products lime juice etc. by the way stomach pain gone. Do those erosions in my stomach need to heal? By not taking ppi drugs I'm not allowing the stomach to quiet down? No advice form the gastro doctor he was lousy. What do u all think...u all have more experience than I as of right now. Thinking of going on the ppi drugs but not Nexium obviously and seeing if my stomach needs to heal...been a month of this acid pain...am on jamie koufman's dropping acid diet and the alkaline water. Have lost weight because of it which is not good. Please need some advice.....thanks Andrea
Andrea

jeans
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   Posted Yesterday 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no clue. I had to have surgery cause nothing worked for me

Andy's
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   Posted Yesterday 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeans....from reading on this website nausea is very common after this surgery and can persist....it happens because your stomach is very sore and is healing which takes a long time.....people on this site have mentioned nausea medicine...have u questioned your doctor about that......I know this is very hard and I hope u have some support around u
Andrea

jeans
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   Posted Yesterday 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Andrea. I have neausa meds. Some days are better than others and today is really bad. The meds are not working today. How long does this last? I want my life back.

Andy's
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   Posted Yesterday 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read here it can go on and on for a bit ...seems like 75% of the people that have had this procedure have stated what u have said......please connect with your doctor and ask him strongly what u can expect......I know it can be a while.....but many have reported back that it finally ended......maybe check for specific concerns on this website at the top to get answers from people who have had this or punch in the operation u had and then go to that forum ...it will pass even though I know u r scared and don't think so. Think about all the people that had the nausea like u for months...sorry but yes...and now 6 months later they r doing fine...focus on that...though I know it's hard...

jeans
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   Posted Yesterday 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been talking to a girlthat went through the same thing as me. I think it took 3&a half months for her nausea to go away and now its been 5 months and she's able to eat whatever she wants. But this nausea is a killer I haven't been back to work since my surgery. I hope it starts to die down soon so I could go back to work. I know there's light at the end of the tunnel its just getting there that seems impossible. I thank you so much for your kind words. Hopefully one day I'll be writing back on here helping someone else letting him know it will pass. Thank you so much again

Mommanoesbest3391
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   Posted Yesterday 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeans,

personally speaking I switched to nausea transdermal patch and also rectal ones. Not sure if you have those at local pharmacies on your end but this made a world of difference since anything I took by mouth only irritated me further. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for info:) Good luck and get well soon !

jeans
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   Posted Yesterday 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the counter? Might just try it. How long did your neausa last after surgery

Mommanoesbest3391
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   Posted Today 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jeans and I didn't get mine yet but it's getting there, I do however have terrible nausea because of my GERD due to taking/trying different painkillers for another problem. Because of my esophagus being very irritated by pretty much anything, I get what I can transdermal if I can. They are both available OTC but I still need to ask pharmacist for them so that it's written in my folder. I just know that swallowing anything because everything is annoyed, from throat to stomach, makes sense to go another route if we can or if available. Hopefully it is where you are.
Hope your feeling better soon and let me now how it works :)

jeans
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   Posted Today 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so afraid that this neausa is never going away. Its driving me nuts

Mommanoesbest3391
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   Posted 6/25/2014 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
It will have faith, try other nausea meds or another route to administer it, I'd definitely talk to GP asap, you need relief.
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