Gastroparesis and a nonrelated question

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babygirl10150
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   Posted 4/3/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My gastro thinks I have gastroparesis now. I can only eat once a day and it's a very very small amount and I feel full, sometimes too full. And I have that feeling for the rest of the day so I usually only eat around lunch time. She wants me to start reglan again but it makes me dizzy and the long term side effects are not very good. I don't know if I posted my bravo results or not but she said I have no signs of reflux, which is weird because I can still feel it coming up. If it's not one thing it's the next I guess.

Onto my other question. She told me I HAVE to get my tonsils out. They are huge, inflamed, red and I would probably feel better overall if I got them removed. I've been reading up on stories and most of them don't sound too bad. It said you have to drink alot of fluids throughout the day. The problem I would have with that is I can't. I can drink about a quarter cup every 2 hours if I don't eat anything. Another thing that I read was most people vomit after they get them removed. I would like to avoid that as I don't want to mess up my wrap. I know a few of you have gotten them removed so my question would be what would the best way to go about this? Best way to stay hydrated and not get sick? They also said you have to take an antibiotic along with the pain reliever. I would probably skip the pain reliever since I can't take them with a sensitive stomach anyway. But antibiotics can make gerd worse and I want to avoid that obviously.
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/3/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle-
I Had mine removed about 7 years ago, I was 32 then. I didn't have to take any antibiotics just liquid pain meds. Believe me you will need the pain meds! This is very painful for adults. Especially around day 8 when the ear pain kicks in. My daughter had hers out 10 days before me. She was good to go at day 5, it took me 2 weeks or more before it stopped hurting. Seems as if you should talk with an ENT to see what they think about your tonsils first though. It's not nearly as easy on an adult as it is on a child. My ENT warned me many times before the surgery that I was going to have some pretty bad pain for quite some time and that at day 8 it would start all over again. It did too.

Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 4/3/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to an ENT and he took one look and said they need to come out. They are like golf balls, red, and inflamed all the time. I was supposed to get them removed when I was younger. The only thing I'm worried about it how to stay hydrated.
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/3/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle-
If you are able to stay hydrated now you should be fine after having them removed also. I didn't have any nausea when mine were removed. My doctor wanted me to have mine removed at 15, but I wouldn't let him. That was a very bad idea. Mine were what my ENT called "cheesy" tonsils. They looked like Swiss cheese.

Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 4/3/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My parents didn't have insurance so they put it off. The ENT said mine are cratered, not sure if that's about the same thing.

So pain wise, which was worse, the tonsilectomy or the nissen?
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/3/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine were also cratered. The tonsils were by far the worst. I had my sinuses and a deviated septum done a month prior and asked if he would just do the tonsils then too. He told me he wouldn;t even consider it. He said the tonsils are bad enough on there own in an adult and with the sinus surgery I would have to mouth breath for 5 days and that would make things even worse for the tonsil pain. I also had to go to is office at 2am so he could stop the bleeding on the right side. For some reason mine started bleeding really bad one night. That was about day 6 I think. Oh... try to get liquid pain meds that don;t have alcohol in them. That BURNS badly on raw tonsil beds.

Take care,
Bill

babygirl10150
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   Posted 4/4/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
That doesn't help my anxiety. LOL I guess I'll just do it and get it over with. What kind of pain meds did they give you?
Michelle

~Nissen 12/14/09~


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/4/2010 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It was liquid tylenol with codeine. The stuff at the hospital was made by Capitol and didn;t burn, but the stuff I had at home did burn. I'd just take a deep breath and chug it, then kind of scream a little and clench my fist for a few seconds.
Sorry, but it isn't much fun as an adult. I didn't see much about what it is really like for adults on the web, just what it's like for children.

Take care,
Bill

PS- I am very glad I got mine removed though.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/5/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Michelle,


Big breath and know you will make it through the surgery. Here is a bit of info that may help you :)



Recovery may be more painful — and take longer — in adults and teens than in children. Several things can help with recovery after tonsillectomy:



Take medications as directed. If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take the entire course exactly as prescribed.



Avoid catching anything contagious. You're more susceptible to infection than usual after surgery. Avoid crowds and exposure to anyone who might be ill.


Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water or drink a hydration beverage, such as Gatorade, even though it may be painful to swallow. Dehydration is a common problem after tonsillectomy. It can increase throat pain making it even harder to drink or eat. Sucking on ice cubes or frozen fruit pops, eating ice cream or sherbet, and drinking cold liquids can help ease throat pain. It can also be helpful to use a cool-mist humidifier to moisten the air



Eat cool, soft and bland foods at first. Examples include ice cream, applesauce, jello, pudding and cold soups. You can eat solid foods when you're ready, but avoid foods that are crispy, brittle or have hard edges, such as chips or pizza — these may cause bleeding. Also avoid acidic or sour foods such as orange juice, which will sting your throat. Gum chewing may be beneficial in helping with pain and healing.



Don't take pain medications that can increase bleeding. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), but ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, others) or aspirin may increase your risk of bleeding.



As an adult you should expect 10 to 14 days of serious downtime, with much of that time on narcotic-strength pain medication. I am sure your physician may have other info for you and remember I am not a physician. Please do have your questions ready for your surgeon but again know that you will make it through the surgery and recovery...................you will just have a nasty sore throat for a bit.



Take care and know I am here to support you.



Hugs,



Kitt



Remember that Tylenol comes in liquid form and try to stay on top of the pain post-op.
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