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LapWrap84
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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/13/2012 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I am a new poster but not a new reader. I guess I just lurked. Anyway, I thought I would share my experience and express a few concerns since I am a month out of surgery (full wrap).
I'd had heartburn since I was in middle school. I am currently 27 (female). After years of the same story of ppi's having to be raised I finally asked about the surgery. I had known about it, actually one doctor suggested it when I was 19 however I still Ielt i could control my symptoms with meds. I almost made it ten years until I began having esophagitis and serious burning upper gi pain. My manometry study showed my esophagus was tense but responsive, with definate damage from acid. My 48 hr pH study showed a score of 53 which my surgeon said was extraordinarily high. Stomach empty test showed I was slower than average to empty.
Since I am relatively young and of normal weight I thought it would be a breeze but I was wrong. I'm not saying it was awful, just not fun. I had to stay two nights in the hospital, a barium swallow showing just a trickle going into my stomach which is/was hopefully just swelling and irritation.
I still have bouts of the pain I had pre-op attributed to esophagitis, which hits at 7 or 8 on the pain scale. I thought this would go away with the wrap unless its not esophagitis pain. I haven't gone to the er since I still had my pain relief from surgery but man I considered it.
I also get pain if I have been sitting (probably not in the best posture) and straighten up quickly. Like something tightened and it has to loosen. Anyone else experience this?
Also, the new "full" sucks. My brain tells me I am still hungry yet my wrap is all but yelling at me to stop. Does this body confusion ever get straightened out?
I will also get a deep sensation in the middle of my front shoulders, which is a painful ache, but I am 4 weeks post op so it couldn't be the surgery gas pain could it? I see my surgeon in a few days but always feel silly complaining about every little thing especially if its not connected or very normal.
Thank you for your time and input.

daddypig
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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/13/2012 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

Theres been all kinds of creaks and groans for me. I am one year out from HH repair and full wrap. The shoulder thing prob is gas (it's also referred pain from the muscles further away that we're interfered with by the gas) and either may take time. Ask the doc if you are not sure tho.

For me the 'new full' changed. You get a bit used to predicting it, a bit used to guestimating your meal size, and a bit lucky or unlucky! Remember your swelling hasnt gone down yet so it's possible you are hungrier than yoiu have room for! Have you tried fruit smoothies? I swore by those to have something going in that wasn't food but also it wasn't water. Good luck to you

Kevin

LapWrap84
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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 8/13/2012 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Kevin. I haven't tried fruit smoothies, but I have been doing the CVS brand ensure stuff which is 8oz but makes me feel really full. Food must compress or something because I swear that I can put down more than 8oz of solid food, but who knows!
My dr is probably going to release me to work on Wednesday which is fine I am just concerned about that one intense pain surfacing ay work and not being able to deal with it.
On a good note, I noticed I left out of the first post, I have had NO heartburn since the surgery and have not needed ppi or zantac!

LapWrap84
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   Posted 8/19/2012 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just an update, I went back to work on wednesday and was able to make it through just fine! I am pretty much all set except for some esophageal spasms. No heartburn and my surgery was a success!

daddypig
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Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 8/19/2012 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Brilliant news, really good. Just remember to take it slow, and dont be too hard on yourself when you forget! Hope the pains you described at first have lessened or gone now. I felt.my improvement was slow for first 4 months but then it rocketed.

Great to see a success story too, my doc in England told me 85% improve (so better to almost perfect), 10% no change 5% worse (so an op to undo would be needed). There are lots of posts that say the wrap is 50/50, and folk are more inclined to post the negative so it's great to hear you are doing well.

Good luck

Kevin
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