heartburn after LPR

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johner
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   Posted 1/3/2013 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello im wondering if someone can help me,ive had laproscopic nissen fundoplication in march 2012,Had a tough time recovery getting over alot of nausea and pain around by my wrap,but currently now my reflux has returned the past week and im in a bit of pain with my wrap,,back pain and my palpitations  has returned because of reflux,especially in the morning, ,also was in car accident 4 weeks ago, and me driving vehicle,would my seatbelt have damaged my wrap with the sudden jaunt i had in accident?.i know its still intact,my airbag never deployed,could it possible be the reason my reflux has returned all of a sudden?ive been very careful with my diet,dont smoke nor do i drink alcohol,
hoping someone can shed some light for me please
jonathan

dencha
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   Posted 1/3/2013 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jonathan,
Welcome to Healing Well!  My surgeon actually told me (when I was questioning him about his success rate) that one of his patients needed a redo because his wrap was damaged after a car accident.  It would defininely be worth discussing what you're going through with your GI doc and see if some testing is in order.
 
Sorry to hear you're struggling.  I hope things settle down by themselves, but the car accident coinciding with your increased difficulties sounds very suspicious.  Perhaps it's intact, but swollen/injured and will just need some time to heal.
Let us know what you find out!
Hang in there!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Pat Tall
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   Posted 1/3/2013 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Denise is right about the accident. I don't have a Nissen but received some bad internal injury and busted ribs from seatbelt injury. (Saved my life though). Think you should have yourself checked out to relieve your mind. Regards. Get better.

johner
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   Posted 1/4/2013 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply Denise,its the heartburn thats mainly the problem,is it common to get heartburn 9 months after nissen just to come on all of sudden?anyway i have an appointment to see my practice Doctor today,would a barrium swallow confirm if my wrap is damaged?,

dencha
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   Posted 1/4/2013 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jonathan,
Yes, a barium swallow is a simple way to see how the wrap is behaving, and thus determine if it's doing its job.
 
Since reflux is always possible after a Nissen--just less extreme an less often--sometimes people start getting some after overeating and drinking--especially during the first year.  Sometimes the holidays are enough to set off a problem.
 
However, if you're not overindulging, it doesn't really make sense that you're having problems right now.  You're doing the right thing to follow up with your doctor.  He/she will be able to get an idea as to whether or not you need to go further in your search for the culprit. 
 
This the other thing.  The esophagus is a dumb organ, and it interprets all pain as reflux. If you injured or irritated your wrap area and esophagus, it could be mimicking reflux, and creating the same type of pain that you experienced pre-Nissen.  If things were badly shaken up and stressed by the accident/seatbelt, they could be swollen and irritated.
 
Try not to worry, and don't assume you're in for another surgery.  See your doc, maybe get a barium swallow, and allow things to heal.  Be more careful about your eating and back off to more bland, soft, and easier to swallow choices.  Hopefully with healing you can get back to normal. 
Good luck!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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