I've just completed my eliostomy surgery on April 15th. Recovery is going fairly well considering all that has happened.
My question is, could not find anything related, "has anyone experienced any breathing/pulmonary problems following their surgery?" Since surgery I've not been able to sleep lying down, ever since the recovery room I've had to sleep sitting up in a chair. Only this week have I been able to sleep on my side, proped up by pillows. Still not lying flat. I feel like I can't get my breath. I can breath fairly normal standing, but if I sit there's a marked difference and lying flat on my back is just impossible. Just realized yesterday that I can't even sniff.
I had spent 8 days in the hospital following surgery, was home for three days but had to go to the ER due to the shortness of breath. They ran alot of tests and found nothing. CT Scan, ZT-Scan, Echocardiogram, Resportory tests, blood tests, etc. Their final thought was it may be a mucus plug.
A visiting nurse suggested it my be due to inflammation of internal organs putting pressure on the diaphragm/lungs when I sit or lay down.
If anyone has experienced this I would really like to hear from you.