anyone have left shoulder pain months after nissen?

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amo
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi everyone. I am 14 weeks post op Nissen fundo and have been doing great. I enjoy the loss of 23 lbs. I can eat anything without gerd sx., I just cant eat alot before I get full. But I was wanting to know if anyone else has left shoulder pain that last months after the surgery. Mine started after the surgery and is still hurting especially if I lay on my left side or when I try to put my coat on, it wont go away! Thanks for any help.
 
amo

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
amo- I'm 4 weeks post op for my second Nissen surgery and I'm having the same problems as you.
 
I experienced the shoulder pain for about 1 1/2 weeks after my first surgery and it just went away.
After this 2nd surgery I had pain in both my shoulders very bad where I couldn't get relief short of staying on pain meds 24/7.  I would say 5-7 days ago the pain has pretty much went away on my right side but my left side is still really giving me grief.
 
I purchased a neck/shoulder massager, which of course doesn't take the pain away but it does feel good while I'm using it. I recently tried some Absorbine Jr. patches, the stick on your body type and apply them to my left shoulder. Again, it just helps take some of that pain away so I can function, and I do ibuprofen as well around the clock. I'm thinking I could single handily be keeping the ibuprofen company in business  tongue
 
That's what I have done to try to get relief. Maybe one of those things may help you a bit.
I go to my doctor tomorrow for my follow up and I will be addressing this issue with her so if I find anything else out that can help I will share it with you.
 
Take care, Teala

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/17/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   

amo - I went for my follow up today and found out that the pain in the left shoulder and rib area is from nerves in the area of the surgery, so yeah I will be recovering from that for a while I guess to.

I got a shot in the place that hurts in my ribs and in one of the incision places to help let the nerve relax. My doctor said it would feel like a little bee sting but it felt more like a giant bee sting to me... shocked   It is Worth it if will help ease this pain though.

Have you mentioned that your still having this pain to your doctor ? Maybe the numbing shot may help you to because it sure sounds like you also are having the nerve pain as well. Have you tried taking ibuprofen when it gets bad ? I take childrens kind cause it's liquid so I don't have to gag on the crushed pills.

Take care, Teala


amo
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   Posted 2/18/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Teala,
Thanks for the tips and info. Its funny, I had an appoinment 1-week post op with the surgeon and that was it. Was it your surgeon that gave you the shot for your shoulder? How long did your first Nissen last? Hope you are doing well and thanks for your resonse.
amo

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/18/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   

amo - You are welcome. Yes it was my surgeon that gave the shot. She said it is the nerve that is causing the left side rib and shoulder pain. So it's the nerves that's connecting all that pain together. Today my rib area is a sore from the shots but it seems my shoulder pain maybe a little less intense. It's not gone but just maybe this is the start of some relief. I really think you should contact your doctor and explain what is happening so perhaps they might be able to help you out.

My first Nissen only lasted about 3-4 months. I was in for my redo approximately 6 months after the first. It was very disappointing to have gone through the surgery only to have to do it again so soon. With this second they found a large paraesophageal hernia that had went behind my heart so it turned out being a 8 hour surgery to get everything repaired.

God Bless, Teala

wasteofpaint
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing left shoulder pain and I'm at the 7 / 8 week mark since my surgery. It hurts when I laugh or cough. I didn't know that it was a seemingly common side effect or that there was anything that could be done about it, so I'm glad I checked out this post. To the person above me, would you mind listing some of the symptoms you experienced before needing a nissen revision? I just had surgey not too long ago, and I still can't eat normally. I keep on getting air trapped when I eat anything but yogurt, which makes me think that my nissen didn't heal correctly. I haven't made any improvements in what I can eat since I got home from the hospital.

& Thank-you for posting about the shoulder pain / rib pain. Glad I'm not the only one.

picklepuss
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   Posted 7/20/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Wasteofpaint- I had heartburn, burning in my throat, swallowing issues (which I still have), and regurgitation every night. This was before my first wrap. I had these problems for years and years before I started doing anything about it. Since I put things off for so long before I seeked help it only made my problems worse. I now have long segment Barrett's esophagus which is a big part of why they wanted to get the wrap done to try to get that tissue healed along with all my pain issues.
 
The shoulder pain you are feeling is totally normal. I know it seems like it should be gone by now. It lasted for probably about 4 months for me until it was gone. Some people are just lucky like that I guess. I had my redo surgery Jan 19th of this year and I do not have any of the shoulder pain now. Rest assured that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
 
Have you tried Gas x or any other gas relieving products for the air? Can you burp? I used a heating pad on my shoulder when ever I could. It felt good to me. I also got a neck massager that I used a lot. I think it helped ease some of the pain as well. My doctor told me to keep on the ibuprofen around the clock. Have you spoke to your doctor about still having the pain?
 
The eating takes time to get back to normal. Take your time, chew everything well before you swallow, and take a gas/bloating medicine which should give you some relief. You should consult your doctor but It is normal for the eating problems since your still early on in your recovery.
 
Take care, Teala

mariex800
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   Posted 8/5/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi Teala,
This is Marie
How are you tonight?
 
Marie just on the board reading and researching and thinking about you - am just dropping you a line and wishing everything is going well with ya :)
 
Haven't seen you lately - hope everything is going well.
Take Care, Teala.
Marie.
 
 
 

mariacarole
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   Posted 8/5/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
HI
I had the Nissen two weeks ago.  I only had the shoulder pain for about 4 or 5 days.  The discharge nurse told me I probably would have shoulder pain.  It really hurt especially when I first started to stand after surgery.  My son is a physician and I asked him when we were talking after my surgery.  He said that the nerves which go through the diaphragm also extend to the shoulder so the trauma to the nerves around the diaphragm cause pain through the left shoulder since that is over the diaphragm.  IT iwas scary because I didn't understand why my shoulder would hurt.  You should talk to your surgeon about it just in case.  It may just take time.Everyone heals differently and nerves take a long time to heal sometimes.  I hope it gets better for you soon.
Mariacarole

Rodneyani
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   Posted 10/12/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
just wondering ... how good are shoulder massagers in case of severe pain?

Rodney
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