8 Months After Nissen Issue

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   Posted 1/21/2013 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

I had the nissen done on June 1, 2012. Up until this point I must say it has been a blessing. That acid feeling in my stomach has gone away and I am back eating again and eating with an appettite for the first time in a long time.

Now before I write this part I must say I have quit drinking. I know what I did was idiotic and I am really feeling down about it.

Since I have been feeling better it is almost like at times nothing was wrong with me, this is dangerous in a way but it is something I guess I had to adjust to.

Last week we had like 3 parties to go to. One of them our engagement party! I hope I did not ruin anything with my actions.

Friday night I had maybe 4 bud lights and 1 shot.
Saturday night I had about 4 vodka and cranberries and 1 shot.

On Sunday I actually tried to eat something and wound up throwing it up. I threw up maybe 4 times total.

I actually ate some bad food about 3 months ago and threw up and freaked out and called my doc and he said dont worry.

Since last Monday, 1 week ago, I have had an upset stomach. no heartburn though. I have not felt well in general and it is flu season so I am not sure if this is stomach bug or what.

Questions -

HOw do I know if something is wrong with the wrap?
Is the only way to check the wrap through an upper endoscopy?

My stomach has some pains and when I eat something it is like a rock is in there. I still have normal bowel movements though.

I guess I am starting to freak out and wonder what my next step is. And best of all I have vowed never to touch another sip of alcohol for the rest of my time on this earth!


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   Posted 1/21/2013 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
Relax.  I know it's easier said than done.  Those of us with wraps are always worried that they might come undone, so you're not alone.  If you can throw up, and your doctor has said, "Don't worry," then I think you're okay.
Others have had vomiting episodes during the first year of recovery.  I believe Joy (couchtater) had a couple even earlier than yours.
This is the thing.  Your stomach can be irritated (gastritis) even when your wrap is intact.  The alcohol you drank (shots, even!) along with acidic juices (cranberry) were very irritating.  You're surely suffering from an irritated wrap and stomach.  When you have gastritis, it can increase reflux, but it doesn't mean your wrap has been damaged.
It's my guess that your wrap is probably swollen as well, due to the vomiting and gastritis.  (Remember...your wrap is made from your stomach, so it gets irritated when your stomach is irritated.)
Do you have any anti-nausea meds on hand?  If not, you need to call your doctor and get some.  That way you can avoid repeated vomiting.  The ones people here at the forum use are Zofran, Phenegran, and Compazine suppositories.  (I've had two bad stomach bugs since my wrap, and I found the Compazine to work best, as it bypasses the very sad and sick stomach.)
I was told here that if I were to suspect food poisoning (or alcohol poisoning, of course) that I ought to go to the ER to have my stomach pumped, because the anti-nausea drugs prohibit vomiting.
Baby your stomach now.  No acidic, spicy, or foods that stay rough after chewing (raw veggies, etc.--anything that doesn't chew to a liquid.)  Obviously, no alcohol. 
You can get your wrap checked via barium swallow, which is what most people do when they're worried that they've done something.  Still, why not just baby your stomach and see what happens. 
Hang in there!
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

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Post Edited (dencha) : 1/21/2013 6:58:46 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/21/2013 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Gotta agree with Denise. I agree too about the barium swallow. That is the best way to tell the condition of the wrap. They can see if it's intact and how it's functioning.

Take care,
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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