Hi - pleased to hear that the shoulder pain is subsiding for most of you. The intense sharp pain in the left shoulder is caused by the damage to the phrenic nerve that can sometimes (certainly not always) happen during nissan fundoplication surgery. The nerve run downs the neck to the diaphragm, but also branches out to the left shoulder - so the feeling of pain is mistakingly referred out there when the diaphragm stretches (like coughing, sneezing, sighing).
My last surgery was years and years ago and I will still occasionally have a bad few hours with this if I damage it. Things I find help are: avoid really large meals, avoid sitting with knees drawn up or crossed legged for long periods of time. If sitting for long periods (i.e. at desk at work or on a long haul plane journey) take regular little walks - this helps things settle back into the adbomen rather than push up into the diaphragm. Sit with a straight back and don't hunch over. Also avoid heavy lifting or pulling with the left arm only - use two arms whenever you can.
When does pain does get bad, I find the best thing is just to lie flat for a while and it will subside.
I started you a thread of your own. Look for the topic
Sharp shoulder pain by New Member chalwe
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