GERD/LPR 6 days post op

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   Posted 1/27/2014 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I am 6 days post surgery having had the Nissen Fundoplication with laparoscopy. I'm so glad to have found this forum. My symptoms have been going on for about 2 years. I've done all of the tests. 24 Hour Bravo PH study, Barium swallow, 2 endoscopy's, motility study. GI put me on PPI's about a year ago. They definitely helped with my heartburn in the chest but my issue was more of the silent reflux (LPR). When I leaned back or was lying down I would get this burning sensation in my throat. So, I would wake up a few times during the night trying to clear my throat, drink water, cough. The morning were the worst. I would have wheezing a cough and my lungs would feel heavy. I like to think that I'm in pretty good shape. I'm 44 and I've never had asthma or breathing issues before and I work out 5 days a week doing cardio. During the day, for the most part, I would be fine. This is mainly when I was standing or sitting up. Then I would be dealing with this during the evenings and the early mornings went I first woke up.

All of my tests came back normal with the exception that it was confirmed that I had reflux. My GI determined that my LES was a little loose and was not closing all of the way and I was a good candidate for NF. I haven't had a good night sleep in almost 2 years. So, I'm hoping this works.

Well, I'm on day 6 and doing pretty well so far. Last night I thought I felt some reflux in my throat. Not as bad as before but still felt it. So, of course I freaked a little thinking maybe the surgery didn't worked. Then I read some of the posts explaining that having some reflux in the first few weeks or even months is normal. That made me feel a lot better. I have no issues swallowing. I've been on soft food since day 3 with mostly no problems. I've been eating scrambled eggs, mash potatoes, mac and cheese and have even eaten some soft chicken pieces and soft turkey sausage. No issues with any of those so far. I got brave on night 4 and tried to eat a small bit of carrot cake. Big mistake. It felt like I was trying to push a boulder down my throat. It eventually went down but it was a little scary. So, note to self: along with breads, no cake.

I'm heading back to work tomorrow which will be one week from surgery. I'm crossing my fingers that this works but I know I have to continue to be patient and not worry if I have a reflux episode here and there during these early stages. I'm a little constipated but have not gone more than 2 days with having a bowel movement. It seems to be getting a little better each day. I've lost almost 10 lbs since the surgery. Which is not a bad thing, since I could drop about 10-20 lbs to really be at my ideal weight.

I'm scheduled to visit my doctor in about 9 days and I will continue to send updates on my recovery. So far, so good. I'm cautiously optimistic that this works. Thanks for all of the great info that everyone has provided. I definitely feel a little better. Mike.

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   Posted 1/27/2014 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike, welcome to our forum. Please keep us up to date with your progress (or lack of) as we all learn from these postings. Sounds like you are progressing normally.. Sounds that you are doing well. Thanks for writing. Pat

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   Posted 1/27/2014 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   

I had a large piece of carrot cake the other day. It went down fine. I had chunky soup today and it stuck. It will take time to see what foods your body will tolerate. There are good and bad days during this recovery. I hope all goes well at work. One week is pretty fast.


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   Posted 1/27/2014 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Where you having breathing issues at all before your surgery?

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   Posted 1/28/2014 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well and the Wrapped Club!

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   Posted 1/28/2014 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gondore. I did have some wheezing but it was mostly in the morning. Once I was upright for a while the wheezing seemed to subside. I still did a cardio workout on most nights with no issues. But, when I first woke up in the morning I had a pretty good cough and some wheezing when I exhaled. I'm hoping this all goes away. Today is day 7 and I feel pretty good overall. Still a minor issue with my throat last night like it was before I had the surgery but not as bad. Very minimal wheezing in the mornings since the surgery which I'm hoping completely stops. I thought I would be 100% healed immediately after surgery. So, I was glad to read these blogs and learn that it can take time to completely heal. I will keep everyone posted along the way. Thanks, Mike.
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