I am so glad this thread is helping so many people. Thanks Tammy for letting us continue. I guess I was lucky the way I titiled it and people are finding it and the information useful. I just hope I can keep all of the names/participants straight. So many people are getting the surgery and some of the stories I read really scared me to death as they were practically all horror stories.
Alycarr00: That is good that you decided to postpone, trust me on this one you won't be sorry you did.
Doghouse: I didn't have the ph test done because my surgeon knew I had severe gerd from reading my file and didn't want me to have to be off of a PPI for any length of time. As far as the manometric test goes, I did have to have that one because this one tells the surgeon how tight to do the nissen wrap and also how well your LES is working. He did do an endoscopy when he removed my gallbladder and said that the hiatal hernia was the problem. Doghouse, also sometimes some of these gastro doctors aren't too keen on the nissen procedure as it is usually not done until you have exhausted all other measures. I did try zegerid and I think I remember reading something about you aren't supposed to take it with calcium. Zegerid is (Prilosec) omperazole with sodium bicarbonate in it.
HappilyWrapped: I know what you mean about that medication hiting you right away when it goes thru the i.v. and seeing funny things. I think you can burp better than I can. I can't even burp in the morning and if I do it is a tiny burp only when I drink some water but not at all like I used to. I sure do wish I could let out a big burp. I am glad you are getting better and recovering from your setback.
Nocough: I am so glad you found the website and are doing well. I don't know if your youth is on your side as far as recovery goes. I don't know if it's just me but this recovery is sooooo slow and manytimes, I just wish I could rush it. You want to prevent yourself from vomiting at this time because if you do it can tear the wrap. Nausea has been a problem for me as I have mentioned on the previous posts. Have your doctor give you a prescription for anti nausea medicine (I am taking promethazine 12.5 mg) and it really does help. Luckily, I don't have a problem with sleep but I do notice that I do usually have to take a nap during the day. I think this may be due to the lack of food and I don't know if I am even consuming 1000 calories a day, I doubt it. I am glad you aren't having a problem with choking but Carla had really warned me to be careful and take tiny bites and chew really well and I think it helped alot.
Booklady: You are so lucky to be the librarian and not actually teaching a class like I was. As I had mentioned in my previous posts there is no way I could handle a classroom right now. I couldn't even yell if I wanted to or had to. I don't know as to how much of a degrees my nissen wrap was done but the surgeon said it was a full wrap which I think is 360 degrees. Is your IBS diarrhea or constipation? I know that if you have lots of constipation what helps alot is using whole psilliym (sp?) husk. I am always on the constipation side and know it does help but I am not using it right now because the husk makes the water kind of thick and can't drink a whole glass at one sitting.
Good luck to all and I hope I got back to everyone. HappilyWrapped you are right, the best thing is to be positive. I know I must try to make the best of it because God willing we should all have positive outcomes and have our lives greatly improved because of the surgery. I know that for all of us the way we were living was no way to live.