Making progress after Nissen fundo, but still...

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Date Joined Oct 2012
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   Posted 10/14/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I discovered this site shortly after undergoing Nissen fundoplication in July. Before the surgery, I had somehow been under the impression that the recovery would be fairly short and simple. The reality was quite a shock! I had serious trouble with swallowing, diarrhea, dehydration. I lost 20 pounds. My surgeon scolded me for not eating and said he had never seen anyone have so many problems.

When I started following the posts on this site, I realized that my symptoms were not that unusual and that there was hope. For that I was very grateful.

Gradually, I have been recovering. I haven't had diarrhea in a while. My diet has improved, although I am certainly not eating normally yet. My stomach has been burning, and my internist gave me a stronger medication for acid. It has helped only a little.

My biggest problem recently has been gas. Lots of flatulence, but I can live with that. (I work with young children, and they think it's hilarious.) But sometimes when I try to eat, I seem to get an air bubble in my esophagus. The pain literally brings me to my knees. I've always considered myself fairly tolerant of pain, but this pain makes me moan and scream until I'm able to burp. I haven't identified any specific food that causes this, and I can't predict when it will happen. I may go a week or more with no problem. But this week I've had 4 episodes. This weekend, the burping caused me to vomit brownish liquid. (I guess I should be grateful that I can burp and vomit, but the pain is making me hesitant to eat.)

My surgeon wants me to wait 6 months before undergoing further testing.

Has anyone had similar problems?

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 10/15/2012 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
The pain that you describe is something I can relate to when eating, certain foods seem to get stuck and just do not go down but give tremendous pain. When i have the pain I do not drink anything as it just seems to make the symptoms worse, all I can do is stretch my neck up by tilting head backwards and sometimes little gurgling happens. On my first Nissen this lasted for the first 9 months gradually getting less frequent and afterwards it was very rare.

As for being sick you should see your doctor as this can undo the wrap.

If you are not happy with the results or responses you need to keep pushing for resolution, but I do appreciate that recovery takes time.
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