9 month post op. Sure would like a beer! What about gas?

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renegade_7
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   Posted 11/21/2013 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, nine months have past and I really am much better. I suffered LPR and was treated for GERD. Maxed out on Nexium and Zantac, and after two-three years, got the wrap. Again, I had LPR, not Indigestion or heartburn. But I did have a hietal hernia and noteable reflux. So, over all, a success. I still have small issues with my throat and phlegm, but a lot less now. Now I need to figure out which foods to avoid to prevent gas. That is my worse issue these days. Boy I wish I could burp. Gas is my main problem. Really hurts at times. Really helps to pass gas, as the burp option is gone. What do you long post op folks do to alleviate the gas issue? What foods should I avoid now? By the way, no swallowing issues these days, just have to slow down sometimes. In the end, glad I did it....

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/22/2013 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Gas is my biggest complaint. I never had any problems like this before surgery, but then again, everything was coming up as well as air, so it never had a chance to get stuck and trouble me.

I can and cant burp. I was able to burp after drinking some mildly fizzy wine a few weeks ago, but after eating some cheese dip I was in serious pain for three days. It is really difficult for me to determine what is going to bother me and what won't.

That being said, I miss beer too. The stomach pain and spasms I get with the gas are not worth it to me to drink it though. You could test the waters by drinking like 1/4 of a beer and seeing how you feel.

Gas x doesnt really work for me most of the time, the only thing that does is walking, a lot!

I stay away from raw veggies, beans and dairy now that I had my surgery. I can tolerate small small amounts of cheese, but for the most part dairy really hurts me the most.

I am trying digestive enzymes this weekend along with probiotics to see if that makes a difference in my gassyness.

renegade_7
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   Posted 11/22/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Steph. I am not or ever was a big drinker, but I can drink wine or mixed drinks, but only one. I will watch the raw veggies. I eat what I want, but I need to figure out what to avoid. I could use gassex I guess. Walking helps as well. Just wish I could narrow it down. Thanks for your input.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/22/2013 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
In my thread about gassyness I just wrote that I was trying activated charcoal. Some people have said great things about it helping with our complaints! I will let you know how it works for me. :)
Stephanie
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renegade_7
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   Posted 11/22/2013 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sieph, I will be looking forward to that reply. Thanks alot.

dencha
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   Posted 11/22/2013 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi renegade_7,
As a beer lover, I was also worried about the carbonation.  I started drinking beer again around 4 months post-op.  I had sips before that, but we went on vacation at the 4 month mark, and I can remember having beers.
 
I drink draft as well as bottle beer, and don't have a problem with either.  One beverage I found very difficult was champagne.  The carbonation was far too aggressive, and I had painful bloating afterward.
 
Someone I knew had been "wrapped" two years earlier than me.  When I expressed concern over not being able to drink beer after surgery, she assured me that it wouldn't be a problem. (4 years post op!) Soda carbonation is more aggressive than beer as well, but at this point, I can drink that without a problem. 
 
I can't burp the way I did pre-op, but my stomach burps itself when it is in the mood, but often I'll drink a beer with no burp to relieve the gas, and it still isn't a problem.  Obviously, if you don't burp, you'll find increased flatulence after consuming the carbonation.  Give it a try...start with a little and see how it goes, and increase as you can.
 
Best wishes,
Denise
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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/22/2013 8:20:49 PM (GMT-7)


renegade_7
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   Posted 11/22/2013 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Dencha, thanks for the reply. My main concern was the carbonation. I guess small sips would reduce the need to burp. BTW, prior to my wrap and even after, your posts were always very helpful. Thanks for the support. Bernie
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