15 days Fundoplication Post Op Update

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   Posted 8/5/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am now past the magical 2 week barrier where I can start soft foods. I am doing pretty well with the eating part at this time. It is still kind of a chore to eat though. I find that the thing that I have the most difficulty with strangely enough is water. I can drink coffee, milk, juice, broth etc. with no issues, but for some reason I have a difficult time swallowing water. It just sits and causes spasms and sometimes comes back up. Not sure if I am taking too big of drinks or it is too cold or what, but I don't think I drink it any differently than other liquids. Very strange indeed:)

I had a very good early recovery. Unfortunately, I have had a little more trouble the last few days. I read about people having shoulder pain and pain under the left rib cage, but I thought they were having these issues much earlier in the recovery. I started with this pain on day 13 and have not been able to shake it. I have been icing to help reduce the swelling in my belly and walking a mile every evening to try and help eliminate the excess gas, but I have not found the magic to relieve this pain. I am assuming that this is normal, but find it strange after two weeks of not having any pain.

All in all, I would say that my recovery is going well and I am totally convinced that it was the right thing for me. Prior to my surgery my voice was always hoarse and I had a chronic cough. I have had numerous people comment on how good my voice sounds. I do still cough some, but it seems like a different type of cough, maybe due to the trauma to my abdomen. Anyway, I am thrilled with my progress and am confident that the surgery was a total success. Now to get rid of the pain under my ribcage and shoulder:)

Thanks to all who have posted encouraging words:)

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   Posted 8/5/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am new to this forum, I had the NF surgery 3 weeks ago after the surgery I started with a horrible pain in my left shoulder and last it two solid weeks. Now I just get it when I eat dairy products???. The other bad thing I can not sleep on either side just on my back which I am so tired. I have a question it is true that we can not chew gum or drink soda pop?

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   Posted 8/5/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gladiola. Sorry you are having such difficulties. I have read a lot on this forum and notice that everyone's healing is a little different. I also realize that everyone's doctors have given them a little different directions. My doctor specifically stated no chewing gum. There is nothing in my paperwork about soda pop. I am not a pop drinker so have not given it much thought. I do think that it would tend to be an issue with gas and bloating though. Maybe others can answer better. Good luck.

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   Posted 8/5/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to wait until the third month to try cola and gum. I did fine with it. Now I have no trouble with it (19 months post-op).

The "gas" pain is from the vegus nerve being irritated during the surgery. The gas being pumped in and how much the surgeon messes around inside determines how bad it reacts.

Once the swelling eases you should be able to sleep on your side again. Have you tried a pillow to lay against when on your side? Sometimes that helps.

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   Posted 8/5/2011 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. We really are so different. I can't lie on my back. I have to sleep on either side. Before my surgery on Monday of this week I couldn't sleep at all. It's such a relief to be able to go to bed and not worry as much.

I have no problem drinking water; it just doesn't taste good right now.

I had more gas when I was lying on my back.

Also it helps me a lot to sit up as straight as possible.

Wishing you well.
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   Posted 8/6/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much for the coments, today is much better, my belly still swollen and I have to really watch what I eat. the one good thing about this, I lost 15 lps yessss and I am nexium free! I took this drug for 9 years

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   Posted 8/6/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 8/7/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all

Well just reading all the post about this surgery is like really freaking me out. How you can only eat like 1 to 2 oz of liquid at a time.I dont know if i can go through this.,But i have had heartburns since i was pregnant with my oldest son.,He is now 20.I am up most of the night sleeping agaisnt the wall.Or i will be visiting the stool.I get sick all the time due to all the acid.everthing i eat or drink will trigger an attack.I been on meds for ever,I take like 4 to 5 acid reducers a day.plus my prescribed meds.plus i have the hitial hernia.So the dr says i need to have the surgery.how many weeks do you feel like you cant eat any food.How long do we have to eat a liquid diet.when will they usually let us go back to work.do you really feel full just after alittle bit of food.can we eat like the fruits that are in the baby food jars.i am just making me sick to my stomach reading all the post on all the sites.i seen the video of what they do.i hoping i get the laproscopoy one.instead of the open surgery.I know i shouldnt be looking at the videos cause i am freaking myself out.how did you guys prepare for this,then have to cook meals for the family and not being able to eat it.how do you tht.I am a major pop person.can i have pop.and how much weight do most people lose from this.thanks for listeing to me as i am 40yrs old and so scared.i ahve had alot of surgerys like facial reconstruction and like 5 other surgerys ut this one is making me the most nervous.thanks so much vista

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   Posted 8/7/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Vista, THink of it this way, you have been suffering for years. It is worth the sacrifice for a couple of months to give you a new lease on life. I am already feeling better than I did before the surgery and it has only been 17 days. I have noticed every doctor has a little different rules after surgery. Mine had me do the liquid diet for two weeks. This is not a liquid diet like you normally think of a liquid diet. I could have pudding, ice cream, strained soups etc. I found the butternut squash soup to be very satisfying. Also, every one recovers a little different. I have not had too much trouble with getting bloated and full when eating, but I have been bloated and swollen in my belly. My doctor did not mention pop, but I am not a pop drinker. I have noticed other literature that says this is a no no. I would imagine it would cause gas build up and you will already have gas build up from the surgery. I went into the surgery with a very positive attitude because I have been looking for help from my issues for over 20 years. I was just thrilled to have the opportunity for a new lease on life. The decision has to be yours and hopefully you too can find a positive outlook either way you choose. Good luck.
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