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Ok, I know cherry pits are not good. But yes, I did swallow a cherry pit. It goes between discomfort to pain.

 

I was eating cherries at my desk and accidentally swallowed a pit. I don't know how i did that, since I cannot even swallow small pills without liquid to wash them down. But it happened.

 

I called my surgeon's office. The lady who answered told me to call my PCP. What??? I explained nicely that my PCP knows nothing about gastric bypass and would tell me to call my surgeon's office that did the gastric bypass. So she took a message to give to the nurse. A couple of hours later the nurse calls me back.

Yes, a cherry pit is larger then an aspirin. No, I did not do it on purpose. Yes, it is uncomfortable. Yes, I can still drink liquids. No, I have not tried to eat anything since this happened.

 

Results: Take it easy. Keep hydrated. Liquid stage 2 diet tonight and breakfast tomorrow. Call back mid-day tomorrow with an update. Plus however much it hurt for the cherry pit to enter my stomach, it likely will hurt more trying to leave my tummy....

 

Anyone else do this?

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Awwww... you poor thing. You are not alone. I haven't done it, but have seen several other similar posts. The good news is that most of them didn't need any intervention. There is a chance a cherry pit would go through the stoma with no major incident. As nasty as it sounds, I would recommend you carefully go through everything that comes out the other end. If you have evidence that the pit passed through, you could avoid an unnecessary scoping. I have had a quite large pill pass through uneventfully, so you never know... (((HUGS)))

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Sounds very uncomfortable. I have not had this happen but I do love cherries and have thought about what would happen I did swallow a pit. Let us know how it goes.

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any updates on this?  I love Cherries so I'm curious about this, too.  I've never swallowed a pit but you never know... I would think you'd hurk it back up like we do with food that doesn't pass.  Foamies and pits headed north!!!

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I do not tend to vomit or get the foamies.

 

Update: I am getting more nasueas and uncomfortable. I have a never ending pain/pressure on the right center of my abdomen.  To walk quickly I need to hold my side so I can breathe and walk quickly. Even yogurt is too much. I can eat and drink but it makes me even more miserable.

 

I called the dr office today and gave them the update. I have an upper GI tomorrow afternoon. In the past I have always needed to be sedated for this. I found out a few minutes ago when I pre-registered, I will be awake for this. Oh-no. But I am miserable enough that I don't care. I want them to see what is wrong and fix it.

 

3 theories:

The cherry pit is stuck in my tummy/stoma

The cherry pit made it through but did damage on its way through.

I am having a re-occurrence of the pancreatis that I had back in January. (why????)

 

Strongly suggested to have a soft diet tonight. Nothing after midnight. Good thing I already had the day off tomorrow.

 

Thank you everyone for your well wishes

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Keep us posted. I hope everything turns out ok....

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aww honey, I hope everything is OK tomorrow - take it easy (((hugs)))

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Let us know how it goes

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Hi Hon, I am so sorry you are feeling uncomfortable and probably worrying out of your mind:( Most folks are put to sleep for an endoscopy but I haven't heard of anyone having sedation for an upper GI. Could you be confusing the two? An upper GI is when they make you drink the gross stuff and kind of watch the fluid travel through your tummy and small intestines using a kind of xray table or screen. The endoscopy is the one where they put  camera into your throat and look in your pouch-- THAT is usually under sedation. I'm sure no matter which you get, if you are nervous, they will give you something to calm you. And, at least you will get some idea of where that darn cherry pit is. Here's hoping it's making it's way through with no troubles at all...

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Best of Luck, Feel Better, Thinking of You. In the future, you can by a Cherry Depitter to eat them safely.

Stores such as Sur La Table & Pampered Chef Sell them. Also maybe Target.

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I am back.

 

Originally the nurse was referring to a scope, but called it an upper GI. I did confuse them because she referred to them as 1 procedure. I ended up with the Upper GI, where you swallow barium. Icky, but necessary. Honestly, I think I would have preferred the scope. I do not have much faith in the upper GI.

I managed to get in early instead of having to wait until 2pm.

 

The tech said he could not tell me anything, I have to wait to hear from the doctor. I was in tears by the time it was done. Laying on my back after drinking the stuff was painful. Glad it is over. I do not know what they will find if anything.

 

I can eat and drink, so the cherry pit is not blocking anything. But eating and drinking causes nausea and discomfort. I have only tried soft foods really: yogurt, cheesy eggs, tea, and water. I cannot eat even half as much as I did before in one sitting.

I hope to hear from the doctors office today. I won't hold my breathe, they tend to be slow with communications.

 

Thank you everyone for your concern and well wishes. I will update you when i hear back.

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Ok, I have heard back from the nurse at my surgeon's office.

The upper GI came back fine. That is good news.

Bad news, they don't know why I am still having problems. Tried saying it was the gallbladder- not, it was out in 2008. Tried saying maybe its pancreatitis again- no, it really does feel differently.

They admit, they just don't know. The dr is out of town, so it is up to the techs and nurses to figure out.

 

Results: clear liquid diet for the rest of today, and possibly until Tuesday. I can slowly add soft foods back in if i can tolerate them on Sunday. Keep hydrated, even though fluids cause pain.

If it gets worse go to the ER. Otherwise they will tell my dr when he comes back on Tuesday that I was having problems.They should call me Tuesday with an update.

 

I appreciate the staff being so friendly and helpful. I really do. But i am uncomfortable at the best and in pain at the worst. I can't eat or drink without it hurting. Different positions cause it to be worse. Can't exercise or do much of anything. I have a bad headache from not eating this morning. I keep crying (new, started about an hour ago) and just am inconsolable. I am miserable.

 

All this because I swallowed a cherry pit. I read up, and many other people have swallowed cherry pits, gum, etc... and been fine.

 

 

Thank you everyone. I think I am a bit emotional at the moment. I am going to go lay in my hammock and try to go to sleep. Maybe that will make me feel better. I appreciate everyone on here. You guys make life so much easier. I love the support you guys give. Thank you!

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I am so sorry! Try not to get yourself too worked up because that will probably make things worse. I really truly hope you feel better soon...

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Hope things get better this weekend!

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If you count off 2-5 inches to the right of your navel and 1-2 "fingers" down, is that where this pain is?

That is the approximate location of your appendix.

You said the right side of your abdomen. Appendicitis has a higher chance after a major gut surgery.

Please make sure they have ruled this out. It causes inflammation and pain. When you are heavy, the hardness and redness may not be as apparent.

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I don't think it is the appendix. It is about 2 inches down from the sternum and over 2 inches to the right.

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Good. :)

Was scared. Recently 2 people I know had appendicitis!!

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Latest and last update.

 

I want to let anyone who is following this know that my problems and the cherry pit are most likely coincidence.

I am having another bout of pancreatitis. This episode is presenting differently then the initial one, but it is still pancreatitis.

Did the cherry pit trigger this episode? Possibly, but I am not sure how.

 

What caused the pancreatitis? Not sure. In my research I have found I do not have any of the classic behaviors and warning signs. Even when I was in the hospital with it back in February the doctors did not know. I have 2 possible suspects. I am on estrogen, a very low dose that I have been on for 5 years without any issues. I had abdominal surgery. Any abdominal surgery increases the risk for developing pancreatitis. My gallbladder was out in 2008. I had WLS in 2011. I believe the WLS is the most likely culprit.

 

Rest at ease, should you swallow something like a cherry pit, it might be uncomfortable, but it should make its way through without too much difficulties.

 

I like looking at the silver lining.... I posted 5/19/13 I needed to get back on track since my weight was slowly creeping up. I am already down 5 pounds and its only been a week.

 

Thank you everyone for your concern. I will get through this. Your thoughts and support means the world to me.  :)

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I'm sorry you've had such a hard time! How did you find out it was pancreatitis? Are you in the hospital?

Edited by SkinnyMinnie123

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I hope you heal up quickly. Pancreatitis is nothing to mess around with.

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I am not in the hospital. I am too stubborn.

I got one of the doctors to run blood work on me. Several of the levels (forget which ones) were elevated, which the doctor reads as pancreatitis.

 

I went back today and had more blood work done. The liver and lipids have returned to normal range. However, I am still having some pain across my abdomen. So I am still on a full liquid diet. I was told I can include oatmeal and fresh berries too. I am being referred to a gastroenterologist nearby.

 

Current thought is... the cherry pit irritated my system and kicked off the pancreatitis (this time). Don't know why. The pancreatitis irritated the scar tissue I have across my abdomen resulting in more pain from the tugging and pulling as I ate/drank. The current pain is most likely from the scar tissue. Plus drinking barium for the upper gi irritated my bowels, and caused things to get sluggish, resulting in more of an issue with things tugging at the scar tissue. 

 

Confused yet? It is a wicked web. I am looking forward to all of it settling down. I am hoping the newest referral will look into things and assist me in getting this solved. I would like to prevent another bout of pancreatitis, and have a game plan should it happen again. I do not want to end up as an inpatient. Bad experience.

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I was sent for an abdominal CT scan just in case. The results are in... not related to gastric bypass. They were looking to make sure I did not have an internal hernia or something trapping the intestines, etc... Everything looks good there. However, I do have a kidney stone. I have had no symptoms, so it is ok for now. According to the nurse, many people have stones and ever know it.

 

I have a referral out to a gastroenterologist, but I have not heard back. I requested a referral to a nutritionist but I have heard nothing on it.

 

Feeling better.

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