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Date Joined Nov 2017
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   Posted 11/8/2017 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
On 9/18/2017 I underwent a laproscopic hiatal hernia surgery repair. I following all the instructions that were handed to me and explained. I am still experiencing heartburn and still have difficulty swallowing...it feels like everything I eat gets stuck in my throat. When that happens "every day" it hurts terribly...and I get sick to my stomach...and then the heartburn begins...I am always hesitant to eat...I try to drink boost and slim fast for vitamins...those are fine...I was told that I could eat normally after 4 weeks...WRONG! Because I suffer from anxiety..when all the above happens I feel an anxiety attack coming on..do you have any suggestions for me to do from here....I am very disappointed...and think I probably jumped the gun with having the surgery. Also, I get often stomach aches that last an entire day....Can you help me...

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Date Joined Oct 2015
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   Posted 11/9/2017 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
hang in there, and give it some time [ a lot of time in some cases ] you are still, very early in your recovery. it took 6 months before, I was able to adjust, into the new normal, and a good year, before eating started to return. in my case, some other issues related to the surgery popped up, that had to be controlled. this is a difficult surgery, to recover from, with its share, of a lot of sideways movement, and seemingly small steps forward. I also have bad anxiety, and had the doctor prescribe klonopin and bupropion, to get thru it. give it some time, try not to dwell to much, on the internal doctor.

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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 11/9/2017 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Go back to the soft diet, sometimes we try to go back to normal eating too soon. I agree with everything aero1 has told you.

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/9/2017 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Was the hernia repair all you had done? No Nissen or other esophagus or stomach repair?

If all the surgeon did was to close up the hole in the diaphragm, maybe you needed the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) tightened also. I would guess you had that though, because you are complaining of trouble swallowing. But maybe it was done too loose if you are having heartburn.

If you had the Nissen, it's very early in the recovery. I was on liquids for a couple of months. It's a new normal, but so much better than the old one.
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