Nausea and chest pressure after Fundoplication

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AGreatDayToBeAPotato
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   Posted 8/29/2014 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!
I had a previous post about nissen fundoplication as I had the wrap done about 2 1/2 months ago. Since then I have been feeling much better. I still havent been able to eat solid foods, but Ive been feeling better. Up until a week ago, that is. Since then I have been extremely nauseous and had severe chest pressure after meals, burping and I am wondering if my parasophageal hernia has returned, or my wrap herniated. I cant think of any other reason as to why I am feeling so awful.

Has anyone had any similar experience with this?

thanks,
-Jeff

Linda Sue
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   Posted 8/30/2014 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff,
Sorry to hear of your discomfort. Are you still being careful about your diet and activity level? Have you been back in touch with your surgeon?

Maybe you need to allow yourself more TLC and lighten up on acitivities? Hope this helps. Check with other posts by successful post-op stories as their experiences will be very helpful for you.

alex manole
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   Posted 8/31/2014 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
had same symptoms they will calm down u will feel pressure long time believe me but it comes and goes

applejacks
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   Posted 9/2/2014 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeff,

I too had the nissen fundoplication procedure done 3 months ago and have been getting the chest pressure you describe! So annoying that we have to get through this after everything. Do you find it relieves itself somewhat after burping? My doctor said what I was experiencing is likely to be due to gas and to use warm water to help itself ease. I hope everything resolves for you soon.

Alex - you said you also experienced the pressure - could I ask you how long it took in order to start resolving itself?

dencha
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   Posted 9/2/2014 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeff,

This recovery isn't a straight line. There are improvements, and bumps in the road. A few steps forward and a step backward. Your upper GI tract has been through a lot. It takes a long time for healing and for your body to adjust to the changes.

When you say you can't eat solid foods, what do you mean? What happens when you try? Are you remembering that you continue to need to take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever it is you're eating is a liquid/creamy consistency. It's totally normal not to be able to eat in the way you did pre-surgery. You will always have to chew your food more thoroughly than you did pre-surgery (You've had an unnatural barrier placed at the entrance to the stomach...it keeps acid out, but makes it more difficult for food to enter). This will ease in time, but at this stage in recovery it's critical to be even more careful.

Did you try eating something more difficult recently? Is there anything you've done different? It takes six months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest. You will likely find improvements to continue into the second year.

it is not uncommon to have a setback at about your stage of recovery. Don't jump to conclusions. Just baby your stomach/wrap for the time being, and give it a chance to feel better. Be sure to treat your stomach extra carefully--the nausea you describe is likely caused by gastritis. The lining of your stomach is irritated.

Hang in there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it takes patience and trust. You can do this!
Happy healing,
Denise

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