8 Weeks Post-Op with Nausea

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jeans
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   Posted 6/28/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there. 8 weeks post op and still having Nausea. Can somebody please help me. How long will this last. I am on Zofran that does not help much and am now on sot food diets. My Surgeon did not give me proper instructions so I was not eating correctly the 1st 4 weeks. Please tell me that this will get better eyes cool cry devil

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   Posted 6/29/2014 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeans,

It will not last forever! Hang in there! Are you able to tolerate PPIs? If so, I would recommend you take them until you get feeling better. Your stomach lining is irritated, and reducing acid will help.

Have you tried Carafate suspension? That coats the wrap/stomach and helps with healing. It will also help with discomfort.

It's important to eat VERY carefully, and make sure you don't swallow anything that isn't smooth, as that will irritate the stomach lining as well.

Hang in there. It takes a long time to heal the stomach, but it will heal. It's important to treat it consistently, because cheating/eating wrong things, can set you back.

My GI doc told me to wait until my stomach felt perfect for two weeks before trying to introduce more challenging foods. Patience is the key!

Best wishes,
Denise

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jeans
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   Posted 6/30/2014 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much. I am trying to be extremely careful with what I eat. Will theneausa stay until my stomach heals. Im on ppi twice a day . My dr put me on a soft food diet just gsve me a list. How do you feel now and how long did it take you to heap? I do have carate. Your a lifesaver

jeans
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   Posted 6/30/2014 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise check your email

jeans
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   Posted 6/30/2014 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Also some days I feel better than others. Can you explain why. Thank you

jeans
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   Posted 7/4/2014 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise my surgeon said its not normal to still have neausa at 9 weeks. But ive been reading otherwise. He makes it seem like hes puzzled to why I feel this way but when I read on line I see lots of people with the same problem. Can you please reply. rolleyes redface mad

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   Posted 7/4/2014 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it's that abnormal, but should being to subside in my opinion.

jeans
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   Posted 7/5/2014 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your reply. Did you have the surgery done to. If so how long does it take for you to feel better with your nausea. I think my anxiety is making my nausea worse. I just want to know when I'm going to start feeling better. Thank you for your respond if you could reply I would appreciate it

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   Posted 7/5/2014 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeans,

Sorry I haven't been around here much. I saw you email this morning, so here I am. We've been super busy, with lots of company and activities, so I wasn't able to get online much at all.

Nausea is often a response to the fact that your stomach lining is irritated, which is why I suggested you take PPIs (to cut down on the acid that can inflame/irritate it further) and Carafate, which coats the stomach lining and protects it to allow quicker healing. Both these things help me when my stomach is irritated/reactive. When I get a feeling of nausea, a dose of Zantac (H2 Blocker/acid blocker) can help as well.

Your anxiety isn't helpful either. Anxiety is listed among things that can cause nausea. When you focus on your problem and worry that it will be with you forever, I expect it can make your stomach feel even worse. I know it's easier said than done, but if you can get active and busy doing things other than focusing on your stomach, it might help your symptoms...I know it's hard to think of anything else when your stomach is bothering you.

Have you ever had gallbladder issues? Excess bile in the stomach can also cause nausea. The Carafate will help that, though, as it protects the stomach lining. It's unlikely, but I figured I'd ask, as it is a possible source of irritation.

Because of your anxiety, it's important that you keep your thoughts positive. Anxiety is caused by worry over the future. In your mind you're fearful that you're going to have this problem forever. The prospect of never recovering, and always suffering from nausea, is extremely scary, and anxiety is normal. It is understandable that you'd be fearful, if you thought you'd never recover.

You WILL recover, and your stomach will feel fine again. I don't know what you ate during your early recovery, but if your stomach/new wrap were irritated further, it will take time to heal. I have had stomach inflammation that made it impossible for me to eat anything but egg custard (BTW, it's a great thing for you to make/eat now, if you're not milk/egg sensitive), that lasted 3 months. Each time I had the problem I'd lose about 20 pounds. My esophagus was also inflamed because it was prior to my Nissen, which made things even worse.

Healing upper GI irritation takes patience and care. I recommend you take the acid blocking medication consistently and carefully. Also, use the Carafate suspension. If you're as bad as you sound, you need to figure out how to schedule it so you get all four doses each day--even if it means you need to take it in the middle of the night. All these things together, will make a difference.

Do you have the liquid Carafate? That's the best, as it will coat your esophagus/wrap as well. If you've got the pill form, then put it in a medicine cup/shot glass, mix it with a little water to make a slurry, then throw it back to swallow it (so it's not coating your mouth and wasting medication). The suspension form is better, but more expensive. It's worth it in my opinion, though.

Nobody can tell you when you will feel better. These symptoms are very individual. There are some people who suffer from nausea post op, and others who don't. While there are some post-op experiences that are universal, each of our bodies/minds are different, so they heal in a unique way. I can tell you that you WILL heal, and your nausea WILL stop. The more consistently careful you are in following medication/eating regimens, the more quickly you'll get better. If you can get control of your anxiety, and stay in the present, instead of worrying about the future, it will help your stomach feel better. If I had to guess, I'd guess that the days you feel better are days you're busier an engaged in things that take your mind off your stomach.

Have you gone to see a GI doctor? At this point, your surgeon isn't the one to seek advice from. Surgeons do surgery, and say goodbye. Certainly, incisions, and specific surgery-related questions go to the surgeon. But something like nausea is more of a GI doc's area of expertise. Surgeons don't want to do much follow up. They're "Mr. Fixit", but don't really deal with the recovery. That's why they're so lacking in knowledge about what's "normal", and what the recovery is really like.

Hang in there. You will, will, will get better! Try to get busy, if you can. I've been nauseous, so I understand what you're going through. Be careful with your meds and foods, and try to push through the nausea enough to get active, so it's not the main thing you're focusing on every day.

I wish I could be more help! It's one of those things that have to run its course. Still, if I were you, I'd get an appointment with my GI doc for a consultation, to see if he/she has any ideas to help you get through this more quickly.

You can do this!!
Best wishes,
Denise

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“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

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Eckhart Tolle

jeans
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   Posted 7/5/2014 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Thank you Denise. Your loads of help. I have seen my GI doc. I really think my anxiety is making me feel worse. Just the whole experience has been so tramantic. I have carafate liquid. I never thought I would suffer from anxiety this way. I'm trying to focus on other things. Seeing a therapist is helping. Currently on disability until Aug 3rd. Hopefully I can feel better by then. Thank you so much

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   Posted 7/12/2014 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeans,

I have been looking around for an alternative to the standard nausea medication.

I found the Psi Band. A drug-free wrist band for the relief of nausea. The intended use is for pregnancies (morning sickness), motion sickness, chemotherapy and post operative nausea from anesthesia. It looks like a watchband with two different colors and you can adjust the pressure on your wrist. It is based on acupressure points. I have been looking for alternatives since a doctor advised me that too much use of anti nausea medicine can have side effects.

I just started using it and it seems to work. The good thing is you can wear it day or night and it is waterproof. Hope that helps.

Michelle

jeans
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   Posted 7/12/2014 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
That's so funny Michelle. I just got mine yesterday. A nurse told me about this. How long have you been nauseated for?

jeans
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   Posted 7/12/2014 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle can you email me. When did you have your surgery?

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   Posted 7/12/2014 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeans,

I had my surgery 11 months ago. I am glad you got the band. How is it working for you?

Michelle

jeans
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   Posted 7/12/2014 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The band is ok. Not as great as I thought. Im keeping it on. You are still having nausea after 11 months. Omg! I hope I don't. Did you Dr say why?

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   Posted 7/13/2014 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My nausea is hardly noticeable now. Overeating is the trigger and I can control that. I bought the band as a safeguard for the future. I have a surplus of nausea medication but I wanted to have an alternative. You should be okay. Don't worry. Everyone is different in the recovery stages.

Also, I travel a lot for my job and the idea of wearing the acupressure band appealed to me. I didn't want to have to look for a pill while driving or in the subway:)

Michelle

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   Posted 7/13/2014 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Michelle. I am starting to feel less nauseated. I also have been doing acupuncture that's helped me to. Looking forward to the day to be neausa free.

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   Posted 7/14/2014 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeans,

Glad to hear your nausea is beginning to subside a bit. I know it has been a very difficult ordeal for you, and it has been hard to trust that you will recover from it. But you will!! You will definitely become nausea-free and be back to your old self again. You obviously have a very sensitive stomach (I can identify with that! I do, too.), so it is taking it longer to adjust to the changes and heal from the surgery.

But heal it will, and you'll be back to your old self. As Michelle said, you can certainly irritate your stomach and have some intermittent problems. That's the curse of having a reactive stomach. It happens to me from time to time. That's why I always have Carafate suspension on hand, as it really helps my stomach heal and get back to normal more quickly.

Keep babying that stomach, and over time it, too, will heal and get back to normal. Have a great day!

Happy healing,
Denise

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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

jeans
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   Posted 7/14/2014 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I deni

jeans
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   Posted 7/14/2014 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise. Today I woke up with neausa. I still have it but am not going through 5 million anti nesusa drugs like before. I think I should completely heal before trying new foods. You think this will help?

dencha
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   Posted 7/14/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jeans,

Yes...baby your stomach with the easiest foods possible. Have you tried egg custard? There is a recipe on Andy's thread about Carafate if you'd like to give it a try. I found it to be the easiest on my stomach, and it's very high in nutritional value.

Hang in there,
Denise

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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

jeans
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   Posted 7/14/2014 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you
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