Posted 8/7/2013 11:36 PM (GMT -6)
Been a while since i posted on here. Had nissen fundoplication 1st August 2013. Took a while to get over the surgery as had gas/air in my stomach, but sorted this out and was feeling great by December. Had a check up with my surgeon in Feb and he discharged me. From time to time have had air in my stomach since - can hear it when I run etc but disappears after taking this mixture that is made of rhubarb and ginger.
My surgeon told me not to drink fizzy for a year which I haven't. He did mention to lay off gum for a while too.
Since my surgery I have had some random bouts of diarrhea - no prewarning and only 1 episode I dry retched (May 2013). I didn't think much off it initially as I work in a hospital setting, however after a while I noticed my partner never got it. I went to the doctor about 4 weeks ago when I had another bout of it, she did some stool tests and told me that I have white blood cells in my stools and my bowel is possibly inflammed, she is going to refer me onto a gastroenterologist. I stressed a bit as when you google that it comes up with Crohns and Ulcerative colitis.
~3 weeks ago I had a piece of gum - chewed it for only about 5 minutes. That day I also went to crossfit and lifted a 16kg kettlebell - swings of this from between legs to above head. Didn't notice any pain or anything. That monday went for a run and felt a bit funny in my stomach but nothing to concern me. Looking back the following Friday I noticed excess saliva in my mouth, causing me to swallow a lot - didn't feel like I had any reflux symptoms, even did a pregnancy test as thought I could be pregnant - negative. Since that weekend my stomach felt grumbly and I didn't feel like eating much. Haven't been able to shake this even with my rhubarb/ginger mix. I even tried 40mg omeprazole for few days, didn't seem to make much difference.
Yesterday I went back to the doctor as I just wasn't feeling right, I have been quite stressed - bought our first home and stressing about maybe having something wrong with my bowel. She didn't mention anything about crohns but when I was there I did have some burning in my stomach. I also have been burping more than normal, even after drinking water. In the past week my stomach and bowel has been making terrible gas/air sounds too. My doctor thought maybe I am constipated and this is causing an upset stomach so gave me some stuff for that. She also put me back on omeprazole - bit gutted about that as I was hoping I wouldnt have to be on this again. It seems the pain in my stomach is worse when I am sitting or if I have my arms folded across where my ribs seperate. The omeprazole doesn't seem to have worked today, I have been to the toilet and stools were orange in colour.
Where I live it takes a while to see a gastroenterologist even privately, so until I can I am stressing out that my surgery has failed. Although I say I am burping I can't always burp when I want to. The past few nights as well I can't seem to sleep on my side as I feel this uncomfortable pressure in my stomach and throat - have never had this before. My symptoms prior to NF were more when I was sitting or upright, I slept fine which the doctor said was unusual.
Any help would be greatly appreciated - stressed to the max and finding it very difficult to focus on anything but my stupid stomach!