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Christopher
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   Posted 7/11/2013 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,

I am about 4 years out from my Nissen Fundo surgery, and over the last week have been having issues with severe bloating, gas, burping up the last parts of my meals ( twice), nausea, lack of appetite, feelings of being full, headaches...etc.

My wrap was done by Dr. Lipham at USC, and I believe it was a 360 degree procedure. I haven't been back to see him for about 3 years I would say. Up to this point, everything seemed to be functioning very well, and I've felt fine.

I don't live close to his office, so before I drag myself 100 miles to see him, I wanted to see if these symptoms ring familiar to anyone.

I appreciate anything you could share about your experiences.

Thanks so much,

Chris

dencha
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   Posted 7/11/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
I really doubt that your symptoms point to a problem with your wrap.  My guess would be that you've got gastritis...inflammation of the stomach and wrap area.  You could even have contracted a bug.
 
Be sure to baby your stomach...nothing that doesn't chew to a smooth consistency (the stomach muscles mash food, and if your stomach is already irritated you won't want to have any harsh, rough foods irritating it further).  Eat small, bland meals, and no alcohol or acidic foods. 
 
It will take some time for your stomach to heal, but I suspect once you've gotten past whatever is bothering it, you'll be back in business.
 
Have you called your doctor?  Certainly if you're concerned, that would be a first step.  I have a reactive stomach, and my stomach gives me trouble fairly often (even though like you, I was wrapped about 4 years ago (Feb. '09))  I had a reactive stomach before my surgery, and that didn't change.
 
I can give you one tip.  If you have any PPIs handy, take them.  The reduced acid will help calm your stomach.
 
Hope you feel better soon!
Take care,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Christopher
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   Posted 7/13/2013 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Denise,


Thank you for your reply....I did end up going to see my GP. In order to get a local Gastro doc, I had to see him first anyway. Inconclusive for the most part.

It could be something with my wrap, but more likely a virus or flu like Nora or H pylori. He said to watch it over the weekend and to be in touch with him if anything changes. I ened up with diarrhea yesterday, so it prob points to a virus I would say.

I did start a PPI and am taking it easy on my food intake as well. I guess I overreacted a bit, but have never had a virus like this one before. My doc said he would do a Barium swallow to see how things look if I still show any symptoms, along with some bloodwork.

I appreciate your insight and if anything changes I will post a followup.

Take care !

Chris

dencha
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   Posted 7/13/2013 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
Do you have anti-nausea drugs on hand, in case you ever get a vomiting illness?  You won't want to stress your wrap with a lot of retching and vomiting.  I've had 3 vomiting illnesses in the past 4+ years. 
 
Each time the nausea caught me unawares, and it was too late to stop the first vomiting episode, so I vomited once each time.  They I took Compazine suppositories  to stop any additional vomiting and they worked like a charm.  As I said, my stomach is sensitive and it would be fruitless to take an anti-nausea tab by mouth once I'm already sick.
 
Just wanted to make sure...
Good luck with your appointment,
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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