Pectus excavatum can manifest in various forms, from minor to severe. Growth, movement intolerance, weight loss, and vomiting are the most common links to a more severe form of abnormality.
This chest deformity creates various disturbances in the body. Slow but constant alveolar collapse can contribute to that.
Vomiting After Pectus Excavatum Surgery
A familiar association between pectus excavatum and vomiting is after surgery. The heavy anesthetics used for surgery are strong enough on their own, which can lead to a collision in your body and induce vomiting.
After the operation, everyone recovers differently, and in some people, such symptoms can last longer.
But, there is a chance for other possible diseases that may appear in your body, due to pectus excavatum or by themselves.
GERD is one of the most common diseases, with almost similar symptoms to pectus excavatum.
When stomach acid goes back into the tube that links your mouth and abdomen, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease. This backwash (reflux) might irritate your esophageal lining.
Acid reflux is a common problem and affects many people at some point in their lives. GERD is mild acid reflux that may happen at least two times a week or mild to severe acid reflux at least once a week.
- Heartburn- a burning sensation in the chest that occurs after eating and is worse at night
- Pain in the chest
- Swallowing problems
- Feeling like you lump in your throat
- Coughing for a long time
- Sleep troubles
Reflux can irritate and hurt your lungs if it reaches the back of your throat. It can push its way into the lungs and make your voice rough as a result. You can also suffer from chest congestion and an ongoing cough.
Asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia can occur if your lungs become irritated. So we can conclude that this problem can harm someone who already has pectus excavatum because the symptoms are almost identical.
Vomiting causes a lot of different variety of things, and they also may depend on your age. Vomiting is dominant in children due to viral infections, food poisoning, milk allergies, coughing, or clogged intestines.
Reasons for nausea or vomiting can determine the timing of the symptom’s appearance. Food poisoning, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), or bulimia can produce nausea or vomiting quickly after a meal.
Food poisoning might occur one to eight hours after a meal. However, other bacteria found in food, such as salmonella, might take longer to cause symptoms.
Accordingly, before making any diagnoses, take good note of when such a vomit urge occurs. In such moments, try to be aware of what you consume and how that affects you.
Have a Clear Image of Your Deformity
Having a clear vision of your deformity and its development can go a long way in preventing any additional problems or, at least, helping to control them.
Therefore, I continually recommend having regular check-ups and contacting your doctor anytime you feel a change in your body. As a result, the depth to a person’s chest that seems sunken may rise as they get older.
If you experience any digestion, breathing, or heart problem symptoms, you should consult your doctor about treatment options.
When to Call the Doctor
- If the vomit contains blood
- If you have a headache or a stiff neck
- If you feel anything like possible loss of awareness
- If nausea persists for more than a few days, see your doctor.
- If home therapy isn’t working and you are dehydrated, or a known injury has occurred, you should seek medical attention
- Abdominal discomfort
- Breathing or pulse that is too fast
- Chest pain
Side Effects Prevention
It is essential to be mindful of your health, and with that, you will be ready when any of the side effects occur. Stay calm, act sensibly, and don’t panic right away, do the best you can for your condition.
But it would be even better if you find ways to prevent possible side effects. Therefore, I will share a few steps that will help you prevent possible nausea or vomiting.
When you sense minor sickness, there are a few things you may do to prevent yourself from vomiting.
- Take a few deep breaths. This trick helps a lot in other situations, whenever our body feels tense and nervous.
- Eat raw or candied ginger or drink ginger tea.
- Consume ice chips.
- Avoid greasy or spicy meals if you suffer from indigestion or acid reflux.
- Sit or lie down with a supported head and back in a situation like this.
What to Do After Vomiting
If you can’t prevent it, it’s critical to drink lots of water and other drinks to replace lost fluids. Begin with sipping water or sucking on ice chips, then slowly increase the consumption of the clear liquid, such as sports drinks or juice.
After vomiting, you shouldn’t eat a large meal and load your stomach again. Start with something easy like saltine crackers, plain rice, or bread. Stay away from meals that are hard to digest, such as milk and coffee.
To eliminate the awful smell in the mouth and possibly harm your teeth from stomach acid, rinse your mouth with ice water after you vomit.
Stay Away From These Foods
Stay away from foods and beverages that can affect the stomach issues, such as chocolate, peppermint, heavy meals, coffee, and alcoholic drinks. If you have symptoms, you should avoid foods and beverages that might irritate you, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, and pepper.
Eating smaller portions at mealtime may also aid in symptom management. Additionally, eating meals at least 2 to 3 hours before night allows your stomach acid to subside and your stomach to partially empty. Eat slowly and chew your meal thoroughly.
Setting your fork down after each bite may help you remember to do so. Stop smoking to prevent additional lungs problems.
The Bottom Line
The visual aspect is the biggest problem that affects the pectus excavatum patients. But, if we ask a person with pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum about their deformity, they will share many more unpleasant experiences that they constantly experience regardless of the apparent problem.
These additional issues can be due to many different reasons. If the deformity is severe, the chest is more pressed, and issues for these patients may be more represented and unpleasant.
Because the chest bones push hard on nearby organs like the heart and lungs, a sunken chest deformation causes different symptoms in the body.
Some of the most common problems are:
- Irregular heartbeats and heart problems
- Limited capacity to exercise and keep a regular day-to-day activity
- The most typical are breathing problems, as well as unexplainable fatigue.
All of the additional pectus excavatum problems usually depend on the degree of the malformation.
Many people also complain of discomfort in the abdomen, even described as nausea and vomiting.
That’s why I decided to talk about the problems related to the digestive system in patients with sunken chests. This is hardly ever mentioned, but many patients experience these issues daily.