Ok I am going to chronicle my journey so that maybe it might help someone. I am 1 week post Nissen Fundoplication.
I had been on Nexium for years!!! Then my husband's insurance quit paying for it. My GI doctor switched me to Dexilant and was able to get relief from GERD taking it. Then insurance quit paying for it
I basically suffered for the last 4 years taking over-the-counter medicine and Ranitidine that my ENT prescribed because he said my throat was suffering the effect of GERD. Gaviscon became my closest friend and it was the only thing that would stop the esophageal spasms that would wake me up in the middle of the night when I thought I was having a major heart attack! I never went anywhere without Gaviscon!
January 2013 I picked up my insurance at my work because they would pay for PPI's. My prescript
ion for Nexium was waiting on me as soon as I could fill it on January 1st! My relief was short lived. I got some relief from being back on the Nexium but nothing like I had years before.
I made another appointment with my GI doctor when I started having chest soreness and pain. They had already done a full battery of tests to make sure that nothing was wrong with my heart and everything checked out fine. The soreness in my chest was alarming, it hurt to lay on my right side, it hurt to take in a deep breath. I already had a consultation 3 years ago regarding my hiatal hernia with my surgeon and he suggested the Fundoplication but when he mentioned the Manometry test I got scared. The esophageal manometry wasn't pleasant but DO NOT let it scare you from moving forward and doing the NF surgery!
I was scheduled to have the manometry test done and then had to have sinus surgery and they had to postpone it until I healed from the sinus surgery. Then I had to have a hysterectomy-rectocele/cystocele repair, bladder sling...yep a complete plumbing remodel in February 2013. Needless to say that surgery has taken some time to recover from!
Luckily when I went in to see my GI doctor the last time he moved forward to do my manometry within a matter of days. Got the results and everything checked out and I can swallow properly. He booked my appointment with the surgeon within a couple of days, heck my surgeon wanted to do the surgery the next day. I was able to put him off for a week. I was more scared going into my NF surgery than I was going into my major hysterectomy!
I showed up at the medical tower for my surgery Tuesday Nov 5th! When I came out of surgery my throat was a little sore, mostly dry which was solved with some lovely ice chips. They brought me jello, broth, juice and said that I would get eggs the next morning and if I was able to swallow those then I could go home. Those eggs were the best!
I am now a week out, I am down almost 12 pounds. It has been a challenge trying to find what to eat that I can swallow and that is nutritious! Broccoli no matter how much I chew it does not want to go down very well.
One of the biggest challenges is eating slow, chewing thoroughly and eating smaller amounts!
I had my first incident yesterday, my first day back to work! I had brought some baked tilapia and mash potatoes. My last bite I didn't chew up enough and swallowed it, I knew immediately that I had screwed up! I literally thought I was going to die! I will never make that mistake again!!!
I have had some stomach discomfort, one of the problems is because of my rectocele surgery I have to take Amitiza for irritable bowel. I had horrible bouts of constipation and my ob/gyn told me that I would have to take it for the rest of my life. The diarrhea has been pretty bad and I have had to but back to one dose of Amitiza a day.
Hope that this helps someone! I will continue to update as I go!