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VasoVagal Syncope and Fundoplication Surgery

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From: Goliadman


My wife has suffered from depression and various medical problems for several years now after a number of psychological, and physical problems due to the severe lupus diagnosed in our younger daughter 12 years ago. However, 5 months ago, she decided reluctantly to have fundoplication total wrap around surgery for very severe GERD. Within only a few weeks she had constant syncope reactions. I think the severity of the fundoplication surgery causing significant dehydration has made her very sick with severe rapid weakness, bone tired fatigue, and bradycardia. The doctors vary on what to do. She has been on numerous medications in the past including Prozac, and more recently Xanax, but these symptoms, and I think Vagal nerve injury associated with the surgery has caused this new development of shortness of breath, a slow heart rate to 40 bpm, and she has had all the battery of tests, including the terrible tilt table one, and only got back to her mother's home yesterday in Ohio. Our home is in Texas, and our financial situation ties me here to pay all the bills. But I do believe fundoplication surgery, and various stressors lead to this abnormal Vagal syncope. Has anyone else has this develop after any surgery?

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