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Hello all newbie here I had my vsg surgery in TJ Mexico on 11/16 since it was not covered under my insurance. I have since then continuously been having pain in my chest after drinking or eating Jello and I am starting to get concerned. Sometimes it happens even when I am not eating or drinking. Has anyone else experienced this? Please share your experiences ❤️

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Sorry you tell dealing with this! It can be so scary!!! I get burps that are “stuck” in my chest (I don’t know any other way to describe them). It’s usually when I drink too fast, but it happened a lot more severely and often during my first three weeks. It hurt in the beginning, now it is just a sign that I recognize. I tap my sternum firmly with a closed fist and it often helps them get unstuck. Drinking has always been hard for me - 64 oz is insane to me. I maybe hit it 2x/week! Another thing the nurse told me in the hospital is that the doctor has to move your diaphragm to do the surgery, so a good amount of chest pain and breathlessness comes form that early on. Does it improve if you take Tylenol? They make dissolve packs now (get them at Target) if you are nervous about swallowing pills. If you are still concerned, you should contact your care team or primary doctor. Hope it all works out!

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2 hours ago, Carmela_801 said:

Hello all newbie here I had my vsg surgery in TJ Mexico on 11/16 since it was not covered under my insurance. I have since then continuously been having pain in my chest after drinking or eating Jello and I am starting to get concerned. Sometimes it happens even when I am not eating or drinking. Has anyone else experienced this? Please share your experiences ❤️

I get really bad chest pain when I drink too soon after eating. Sometimes a half hour is not enough time. Also, ice Water can cause pain. It does pass eventually. I attribute some of the pain to having had a hiatal hernia repair at the same time as the VSG.

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1 hour ago, Lilfootie said:

Sorry you tell dealing with this! It can be so scary!!! I get burps that are “stuck” in my chest (I don’t know any other way to describe them). It’s usually when I drink too fast, but it happened a lot more severely and often during my first three weeks. It hurt in the beginning, now it is just a sign that I recognize. I tap my sternum firmly with a closed fist and it often helps them get unstuck. Drinking has always been hard for me - 64 oz is insane to me. I maybe hit it 2x/week! Another thing the nurse told me in the hospital is that the doctor has to move your diaphragm to do the surgery, so a good amount of chest pain and breathlessness comes form that early on. Does it improve if you take Tylenol? They make dissolve packs now (get them at Target) if you are nervous about swallowing pills. If you are still concerned, you should contact your care team or primary doctor. Hope it all works out

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8 hours ago, Lilfootie said:

Sorry you tell dealing with this! It can be so scary!!! I get burps that are “stuck” in my chest (I don’t know any other way to describe them). It’s usually when I drink too fast, but it happened a lot more severely and often during my first three weeks. It hurt in the beginning, now it is just a sign that I recognize. I tap my sternum firmly with a closed fist and it often helps them get unstuck. Drinking has always been hard for me - 64 oz is insane to me. I maybe hit it 2x/week! Another thing the nurse told me in the hospital is that the doctor has to move your diaphragm to do the surgery, so a good amount of chest pain and breathlessness comes form that early on. Does it improve if you take Tylenol? They make dissolve packs now (get them at Target) if you are nervous about swallowing pills. If you are still concerned, you should contact your care team or primary doctor. Hope it all works out!

This, and how. Exactly with the little burps and hitting the sternum. I'm 3 months post-op. I just accidentally had to buy a propel Water on a trip and found the bottles it comes in to make things much easier for me, maybe the nozzle slowing it down while I drink. I do get in my 64 oz but I used to drink 96 oz easily daily and it was no problem. Now, however, I really have to stop myself from drinking too fast.

With me, times are different too. I don't know if it's because I move around more and exercise first but morning is the worst for me until mid to late afternoon. Then it seems easier to just keep drinking in small amounts. It can take me hours to drink my 16 oz and major chest pain, no matter how slow I go, until past 3 or so, then I can take the same in about 45 minutes.

Cold, or ice cold, seems to do better for me with drinking but Keto ice cream or ice cream gives me amazing pain for about a half hour after even if I melt it down. If I freeze my water, it goes down easier but this really varies per person.

Don't stress yourself too much with this-things do even out more as you go.

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I'll get it if I drink something carbonated or drink something too cold. Most things have to be at least room temperature for me now post WLS.

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17 hours ago, Carmela_801 said:

Hello all newbie here I had my vsg surgery in TJ Mexico on 11/16 since it was not covered under my insurance. I have since then continuously been having pain in my chest after drinking or eating Jello and I am starting to get concerned. Sometimes it happens even when I am not eating or drinking. Has anyone else experienced this? Please share your experiences ❤️

Oh God, yes! I had this for the first month or maybe even six weeks. It was really painful and even swallowing my own saliva (or just air) could cause it. Fortunately, it faded away over time. Hang in there, it gets better. 🤗

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On 11/28/2020 at 6:35 AM, GradyCat said:

I'll get it if I drink something carbonated or drink something too cold. Most things have to be at least room temperature for me now post WLS.

Oh my goodness! I just realized that cold may be an issue for me - lightbulb!!! Lol thanks for posting this. I drink so much faster with warm liquids.

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