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   Posted 5/28/2012 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I'm now 6 months post op and have some concerns - I can't get hold of my surgeon as I've been signed off so would need another referral.

1. Is bloating usual? - I bloat no matter what I eat, I sometimes look 8 months pregnant and it gets very uncomfortable
2. My stomach makes really loud strange noises after I eat or drink - this is embarrassing - is this normal?
3. I have picked up lots of weight since the op despite having a healthy diet so started going to the gym 3 times a week for half hour each time but after exercise feels as though I have acid reflux after exercising... surely I shouldn't be getting acid reflux after this long? before the op my refulx was 'silent' and I didn't feel anything but I now feel it

I never experienced any issues at all before the op so this is really distressing - the only reason I had the op was because I was diagnosed with Barretts and hiatus hernia - this should have improved things but now I'm suffering because of it

Please help
Thank you

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   Posted 5/28/2012 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,

Bloating is not uncommon. Some people don't have bloating problems, some do. I am 6 months as well, and I have bloating problems sometimes. It usually happens when I eat too much. I take bean-o before eating gassy foods. It took me longer than most people to burp after my surgery, and I still don't burp as freely as I did pre-surgery. I think that causes some of the gas buildup.

I have gained a large amount of weight since my operation. When my GERD/NERD got really bad through 2010-2011, I lost 65 pounds. In the two months after surgery, I lost about 20 more. Since then, I've gained 35. I know that's really bad, but I think its because I can now eat anything I want without consequences. Its caused me to go a little crazy, probably trying to make up for years of having to eat a significantly strict diet. I am working on it, I know being overweight originally contributed to my GERD, so I don't want to get myself back in a bad place.

I hope things get better for you. I can understand it being very frustrating when you had no visible pre-surgery symptoms.
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   Posted 5/29/2012 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,
As bowcecho said, bloating is quite common. Never fear.  This will improve over time.   The loud noises in your stomach remind me of my experience.  They were so loud people could hear them across the room.  Once, when I was at a meeting and they started, people kept offering me food, thinking I must be starving!  This too, will pass. 
Keep in mind that your upper GI tract has been completely revised, and it takes time for healing AND for your body to adjust to these changes. It will improve.  Remember that you will continue to heal throughout the first year.  I found improvements continued into second year as well.  I no longer make loud gurgles!
My guess is that after you go to the gym and bounce your stomach around a lot, you're getting some pain that's mimicing reflux.  Your esophagus is likely still irritated, and things aren't "cemented" into place the way they will be as your healing continues.. 
I'd recommend, though, that you don't exercise on a full stomach. 
Another member, Cindy123, who doesn't post much any more (because her worries and problems have resolved) also had a lot of trouble accepting the changes made by the surgery because like you, she had silent reflux and didn't experience symptoms prior to the surgery.  It makes the recovery a lot more difficult, as the changes that are accepted by those who were suffering prior to surgery much more easily than those without pre-surgical symptoms.
Hang in there.  You will most certainly continue to improve over the next months. I had intermittent dumping through the year mark, and I had expected that it would be a quirk created by the surgery that I'd just have to live with. However, sometime during the second year I realized I wasn't dumping anymore.  It just happens...but it takes time.
Best wishes, and happy healing!

Post Edited (dencha) : 5/29/2012 10:54:19 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/29/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for putting my mind at ease :-)
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