Exercising after a fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair?

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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 4/16/2014 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok guys, I had a fundoplication and a Hiatal hernia repair about a year and 4 months ago. The doctor said then that I should be able to exercise and lift weights, but I have to do it progressively. I have been lifting light weights with ease and thus stupidly decided to increase my weight 10kg about 2-3 months ago. I have then started feeling pain on the left side of the abdomen and had been feeling reflux again.

So, I went to see my specialist and had an endoscopy done. The doctor said the wrap was fine, but I am still having mild cronic gastritis which causes slight reflux. He also said the wrap was probably stetched due to heavy lifting and adviced me to cut all activities and the wrap will heal back.

So, I stopped all exercises for 2 months and did see the improvement in the reflux and reduced pain in the abdomen area. However, even small activities like walking with a bag too long might cause it to hurt a little again. Also, sometimes, I can feel acid pushing up against the wrap which makes it very uncomfortable and antacid doesn't stop it or at most for awhile. I also still can't cut down on PPI and if I do, even for just a day, the reflux will be terrible for weeks.

1)Can someone advise me on what type of exercises can I do? I am very skinny but yet gaining a small tummy now. What exercises can I do for my arms and core?

2)Can someone also enlighten me on why will lifting weights without strain cause the wrap to be irritated? From what I know, lifting weights used core and not diaphragm unless it's a strain?

3) how can I cut down on PPI and be normal again? I want to lie down flat like everybody else.

4) how to reduce the discomfort caused by the wrap?

This surgery is really hindering my life. I feel so useless and hopeless. I still get occasional reflux, but it is better than before. However, I am not happy with the restrictions it brought to my life. Small little thing causes it to hurt and "boom" here comes the reflux! It's frustrating. Hope for some advices. Thank you.

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Date Joined Sep 2013
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   Posted 4/16/2014 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
While I cannot help, I am totally with you and sympathize with your situation.
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