Hi Cons and Andy,
I have a reactive stomach, and before my Nissen surgery, that stomach inflammation would lead to esophageal inflammation as well, due to reflux.
Cons, YES. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Even before my surgery, after careful eating and lots of patience, my stomach/esophagus would heal and I'd go back to eating normally. Now that I have had the Nissen, though, my stomach will be irritated, but without the reflux/esophagitis, it is much less painful, and doesn't take as long to heal.
I am never without Carafate suspension. It has been a lifesaver in my situation. When my esophagus was involved, the Carafate would provide immediate relief. It makes my stomach feel much better as well. I generally don't get in all four doses (it's hard), but even two or three are helpful. One trick to getting in an extra dose is to do it in the middle of the night.
The thing to remember is that your stomach mashes food as part of the digestion process. Therefore if you have rough or harsh foods in there (like popcorn) you will be irritating it further. Take small bites, chew, chew, chew, and don't swallow anything that doesn't reach a creamy consistency.
I found egg custard to be a great food during the worst of the irritation. It's high in nutrition, and very smooth. No alcohol, acidic foods, spices. (Yes, Mexican is out for a while.)
I do follow my GI doc's advice, though. He said to wait two weeks after my stomach feels perfect before introducing more challenging foods. This healing thing takes a lot of patience, I know. It's a bummer, and no fair, but that's life. We all have our cross to bear, like it or not, we have reactive, sensitive stomachs!
I am an example of someone who has/does get intermittent stomach irritation, but who once it's healed, can eat completely normally (including popcorn and Mexican!
So hang in there! Andy, if you can get the liquid form of Carafate I think you'll find it works better. I've used both, and though its more expensive, if you can afford it/have good insurance, it's worth it. I don't see how the Carafate is the thing that is bothering you. Though I know everyone is unique, it has only ever helped me.Happy healing,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Post Edited (dencha) : 5/2/2014 7:59:42 PM (GMT-6)