Hightened Gag-reflex

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Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/30/2013 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Since having my Nissen, I have noticed that a task as simple as brushing my teeth will trigger a gagging response. I wonder if this is an actual side-effect from the surgery or a psychological response. Any ideas?

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   Posted 9/30/2013 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmmm, interesting.

I haven't noticed any difference after 3 nissens.

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   Posted 10/1/2013 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,ive had that from I had my nissen done. I gag when brushing my teeth and even causes me to heave.Im having my nissen redone to a partial wrap because of problems.Hope im not worrying you about your own surgery. In my case its definitely not psychological. Barry

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   Posted 10/1/2013 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,
I don't gag any more now than I ever did.  It's still early in your recovery, so it'll likely resolve with all the other post-op healing issues.
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Ian Victor
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   Posted 10/1/2013 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I'll just monitor this and see were it goes. It is true that I'm still in the early stages of a long-term full recovery.

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   Posted 10/2/2013 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I gagged quite a bit in the first few weeks. I have not had any issues at all though since. Hope it clears up!
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