Can a Nissen fail nearly a year out? Im stressing out!

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rasloan
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   Posted 8/7/2013 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
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!
 
Thanks
Rachel

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/8/2013 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Rachel-

The bouts of D can still happen after the year mark. I sometimes still get the dumping and it's not always triggered by any one food. Since you weren't able to vomit and can't freely burp at will I would say your wrap is still in good shape.
As for the stomach issues and nausea, do you have an anti nausea meds script? If not I would ask for one. I keep that med with me at all times as after being wrapped any stomach upset can cause nausea and retching is horrible. I also have had great results using Pepsid in the past for times my stomach felt like it might be stressed and trying to reflux. It worked way better that a PPI for me.
With all the stress you have right now it can be causing your stomach and gut issues by itself.

Something Denise and I have had great success with when our stomachs get reactive is to back off our diet some like we did during the recovery from surgery. Try to eat very easily digested foods and avoid surgary or high carbs. Also avoid gas causing veggies for a few days.
For the dumping issue I have found that eating apples with the peel has helped me control that. But I also have bile induced D from gallbladder removal.

Are you still eating small frequent meals? If not I would go back to this also. Anything you can do to reduce stress on your digestive system will help.

Take care,
Bill
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rasloan
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   Posted 8/8/2013 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bill for your prompt reply it has made me feel better already.  I didn't include in my other post that in the past few days it seems like whenever food hits my stomach, my stomach doesn't like it and kind of spasms/hiccups - but not like a normal hiccup.  I have been just eating normal meals and bit of everything.  I had been thinking about going back to a soft diet so I might just do that.  Think I might try eat yoghurt, soups, mashed banana etc and see how I go.  It is weird that when I lie in bed, particularly on my left side I feel funny in my stomach region, like a pressure.  Not sure if I should continue with the PPI at the moment.  I live in New Zealand but we do have something similar to peptid so might try that.  I was doing so well for so long, not sure what has happened.  I have noticed a day a while back and yesterday I had excess saliva and was swallowing more, although think the swallowing more might have been due to a slight snotty nose.  I'll try keep positive!
 
Thanks
Rachel 

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/8/2013 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Rachel-

One thing I van say for certain is that us gerdies have to expect about anything. A lot of people still have a reactive stomach even after surgery. What causes it, I am not sure, but I believe it can be certain types of food or stress.
While the wrap does keep the reflux to a normal level it can't stop the stomach issues we have.
Wish it could.
The yogurt and bananas sounds like a great idea. you know I get the excess saliva once in a while and I usually get some nausea after it too. It's weird. You have a good plan in place and I hope things get better soon.

Take care,
Bill
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