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Date Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 1/20/2014 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
I am nearly 7 weeks post op and have more or less been following a regular diet for the last week
I have been getting discomfort in my chest, I wouldn't say it is heartburn but I get a burning feeling where my wrap would be as the pain is near the stitches. I have just got rid of a chest infection and have noticed this discomfort since I've done a lot of coughing.
Should I be worried my symptoms are back?
I was doing so well!
Many thanks

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7184
   Posted 1/20/2014 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi gloopstar,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Don't worry for a moment. It's very common to start having discomfort after introducing more normal foods into your diet.

Many people come to the forum with a very similar concern for the same reason. The esophagus is a dumb organ that interprets all pain as reflux. Even people who've had a pretty smooth recovery can have symptoms when they start eating more normally.

The coughing might irritate things further, but you don't have to worry that it's harmed your wrap. Let me tell you my story. I have asthma and had a severe lung infection before, during, and after my surgery. I coughed continually and extremely forcefully. Of course I worried that I'd damage my wrap, but didn't have a choice...I had to cough. I'm now 5 years post op and doing fine.

The pain near the stitches might be caused by the might have pulled the muscle tissue/diaphragm. Still, I'm sure it will get feeling better and not cause any long-term problems for you.

Be sure to continue to take small bites and chew, chew, chew your food thoroughly. There is a barrier where an loose LES used to be. It takes more effort to get food/drink through and into your stomach. From now on you'll always have to eat more slowly and chew more thoroughly. It's a small price to pay for living without the symptoms caused by reflux.

It takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. I noticed improvement into the second year!

Hang in'll get there!
Happy healing,

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