4 weeks Post Nissen - Diet/Experiences/Worries/etc.

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biged11543
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 8/2/2012 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
All,

I thought I would start this thread to get some thoughts, suggestions, experiences, etc. that might help alleviate some of my concerns.

I had my Nissen performed on July 6, 2012. It will be 4 weeks tomorrow, August 3rd, 2012. I have my ups and downs though here are my primary concerns:

1. I've had a white burning tongue since day 3 post Nissen - I went on a 14 day course of Diflucan because my PCP diagnosed me with Thrush. No change after taking the Diflucan. This is driving me crazy - it's like when you burn your tongue on hot coffee and it never stops. It's whiter towards the back near my throat.

2. I have burning in my throat and chest, and sometimes in my stomach.

3. I have pain when swallowing and burping behind my breast bone.

My diet has been as follows:

1st 2 days post Nissen, liquid diet. Starting the 3rd day, I began soft foods (the "splat" diet - if you drop it on the floor it goes splat). I was eating things like mac n cheese, ravioli, etc.

By week 2 I started mixing in things with a bit more consistency.

Last week (week 3) I actually had a burrito bowl with shredded meat from chipotle. I also had chicken and fish. I feel like I'm almost back to a semi-regular diet.

Perhaps I am being over aggressive with my diet and that's causing my issues. Could food be getting stuck at the wrap site, fermenting, and causing the white burning tongue??

I haven't done much physical activity other than mow the lawn a couple times. No weight lifting or strenuous activity.

Right now I'm drinking Gatorade and it's burning my tongue....I just don't understand it.

I had a barium swallow post surgery and it showed the liquid going down VERY slow and getting stuck right in the middle of the esophagus; I can only imagine what food is doing.

I have an endoscopy next week; the Dr. is going to see what's going on as well as biopsy AND "brush" my tongue for a tissue sample to see if there is any bacteria/fungus/etc. present.

Phew, that was a lot. Thank you all for reading. I would sincerely appreciate any and all feedback, thoughts, experiences, advice.

Thank you!!

Mike :-)

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/3/2012 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mike,
I'll do my best to address your issues:
 
1. I've had a white burning tongue since day 3 post Nissen - I went on a 14 day course of Diflucan because my PCP diagnosed me with Thrush. No change after taking the Diflucan. This is driving me crazy - it's like when you burn your tongue on hot coffee and it never stops. It's whiter towards the back near my throat.
Every so often this issue pops up here on the forum.  I can't remember when and who brought the issue to the members here, but maybe if you work at it, you can search out other posts on the subject.  Use the Google box at the upper right hand corner of the page.
2. I have burning in my throat and chest, and sometimes in my stomach.
Burning in your throat, chest, and stomach, can be typical results of healing irritation.  You've got a swollen wrap which is holding food and drink back.  Because of this, it's very likely that they're irritating those areas and creating your burning sensation.

If this doesn't resolve in the next couple months, you may have a wrap that is too tight.  Don't jump to that conclusion immediately, though.  It still could be residual swelling.  Everyone is different, and swelling remains a problem longer for some people.

Take small bites, chew, chew, chew, and be sure to take sips of water that will help to push things through by getting in more swallows.
3. I have pain when swallowing and burping behind my breast bone.
Your wrap is pretty much right there.  You've still got months of healing ahead of you, and that pain is a reminder of that.  While your little slit incisions are healed, and your outsides seem completely recovered, your insides still have a long recovery ahead.  Your upper GI tract has been completely revised, and it takes time for it to heal and adjust to the changes.

I don't know, but could mowing the lawn be too much for you at this point?  I suppose if your mower is self-propelled it might not be too bad, but I do know that there are limitations on activity in the first weeks, and you could possibly be irritating the healing wrap/hernia repair further.  I'm not the expert here...I'm just thinking back on my own recovery, and I don't think I could have handled mowing at your stage.

Glad you're getting checked out with an endoscopy.  You need answers, so you can relax into your recovery and not feel so stressed.

Good luck with your appointment!  Let us know how it goes.

Best wishes,

Denise

 

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