constant heartburn 6 weeks after nissen

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   Posted 10/17/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am fighting a chest infection and coughing a lot.  Now I feel like I have constant heartburn?  I am now back on my anti acids :-(  I am not sure if the coughing has caused the burning or it is another stage of the healing?  thoughts or suggestions?

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   Posted 10/17/2012 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My guess is that by coughing and infection, your new surgical tissue is irritated. Six weeks is not that long from surgery time. Healed tissue is weaker than tissue that has not been surgical cut on and can reopen with irritation if trauma hits it with cough and infection. Others may have info and help to add. Hope you feel better soon. It is not fun being sick.

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   Posted 10/18/2012 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Are you on antibiotics? If you are they can irritate your stomach. and yes the coughing can really irritate the wrap. That can happen well after 6 weeks. Remember things aren't fully healed until about a year.

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   Posted 10/18/2012 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info - I am on antibiotics and I do feel sick to my stomach on them but no choice.  I know I am irrrating the wrap as if feels like it did a few weeks ago. I journey for sure! 

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   Posted 10/18/2012 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liz,
I concur with the opinions of others who've posted here.  Coughing and antibiotics can both be very irritating to your upper GI tract.  Be sure to drink lots of water with the medication to ensure that it doesn't get stuck and sit at the wrap site, thus irritating your esophagus before it dissolves and enters the stomach.
Don't worry about damaging your wrap with the coughing.  I coughed constantly during th first weeks of recovery and my wrap held and healed just fine.  I know it's very irritating, though.
I hope you get feeling better soon!
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