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Emu1984
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   Posted 8/11/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!
 
I had my Nissen surgery and Hiatal Hernia fixed this past Monday. It went great and the only pain I had thereafter was in my shoulders and my back. I am unsure why my back hurts so much, my guess is from the position they had me in. I stayed in the hospital for 24 hours and have been home since. Much of my diet has consisted of coconut water, water, white grape juice, Naked Blue Machine, and I watered down some creamed spinach into a liquid. I have difficulty talking for a long duration (blessing to some I would suppose!) and have some intense spasms in my chest when I drink. Sometimes the spasms will come when I least expect them to while I'm up and walking or just sitting. It feels like the air is getting knocked out of me. I have been getting plenty of rest and am quite pleased with the results so far. I know pain is expected and that our bodies are readjusting. Has anyone else had these chest pains?
 
Glad to be in the wrapped club! I hope these next few weeks fly by and I recover soundly.
 
I am also waiting for a BM, I know medications can impact constipation. I had constipation prior to the surgery, so my acidophilus and Miralex will be handy....but have yet to impact any results.
 
Only in this thread can we talk so openly about body functions. turn  
 
I hope everone else who has recently undergone the surgery is recovering well. Looking forward to reading the posts in the next few weeks. Lots of Newbie Wrappers!
 
Emily

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/11/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Emily-
Welcome to the wrapped club. I had some chest pains with both of mine. Nothing severe though. I think it maybe from them usually repairing a hiatal hernia.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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kyheart
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   Posted 8/11/2011 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Emily
Welcome to the Wrapped Club!!!!! Get ready to experience some life changing things... All good we are hoping!!!!!! try to not drink too fast or large swallows could be some of your problem.. Cold & hot makes a difference too..
Try to keep remembering in the days to come that your wrap will be swelling up until about the 14th or 15th day and at that time it will begin to go down.. this is all due to the surgery. try to stay on full liquids until the swelling starts to recede.. no matter what you go through in the next 10-15 days, it does get much much better than you were before.. I am at 4 months+ and I would do it again in a heartbeat.. I have my life back after many years of being a slave to GERD and HH.
Please come to us when you are down or when you need answers and yes even if you need to know if eating and 10 minutes later dumping it all is normal ( most of the time it is) we do not get squeamish at questions concerning diarrhea or the dry heaves... ask someone will be there to answer..
Again.. Welcome.. please stay and heal with us and let us know how you are doing....
Sandi

Emu1984
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   Posted 8/31/2011 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a couple of weeks since I had my wrap (3 weeks) and here's my experience:

Week 1: Moderate pain, but tolerable. Constipation for 8 days.
Week 2: Shoulder pain subsided. Had a hard time talking for long durations, catching my breath.
Week 3: Had my post-op surgery and it went really well. Dr advised to experiment with new foods and I'll know my tolerable level. Of course, I took pointers from this website on listening to my body and CHEW CHEW CHEW.I had no diarreah, no excess gas, but MAN those hiccups HURT! :P



Well, for the past 4 days I have had a very odd sensation in my chest/upper stomach area. First of it's kind since the surgery. I feel it all throughout the day, after I eat, and especially when I wake up in the morning. It is not the same feeling of the heartburn I had prior to my stomach. This sensation, lightly painful, goes all the way up into my neck area at times.

Also, let me add my dumbness: Sunday night, without thinking, I hoisted the rear end of my dog up into bed with me. (We don't normally allow the dogs on the bed, but I was home alone with my husband activated for Hurricane Irene...yada yada) and I didn't even hesitate to lift her back end up into bed.

Does this sound like i strained anything? I've reverted back to liquids and soups and ice at night. It's not painful, but rather uncomfortable. I do have another appointment Sept 20th to get off of light duty and onto moderate duty.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/31/2011 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
You might have pulled on the wrap some. Ice packs can help the pains.
Joy

Emu1984
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   Posted 9/1/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I did a long icing last night and feel much better today. Still taking it easy with soft foods. :)

4hn
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   Posted 9/1/2011 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you feel better each day.. did you still feel the heartburn?

how is your symptom before the surgery & after the surgery?

Best wishes,
Ahn

Emu1984
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   Posted 9/2/2011 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ann,

I don't have any more heartburn. The only new complaint is an odd sensation i get in my chest area that prompts me to take a big breath. It happens a few times throughout the day. I know my body is still healing and that It will be awhile before I am back to 100%. The food getting stuck feeling is very uncomfortable, thats my body's way of saying 'not so fast, lady!' Overall, I am doing well :)

4hn
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   Posted 9/2/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
great to hear that..
hope the odd sensation will fade away soon..

did you have the sensation that something stuck in your throat before the surgery?
i have it now & beside the daily chest pain..
end of this month i am scheduled my 24hr PH test & manometry to see what next step should i take

thx
Ahn

Emu1984
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   Posted 9/2/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ann,

I didnt have the sensation before the surgery. The best way to describe it is you know sometimes after a good cry you have quick breaths to calm down? I do that. The quick breaths part....not the good cry. I am still swollen to an extent and I know it will pass, but just wonder when. Good luck at your next series of tests. Weigh out your pros and cons and set an overall goal of what you would like to accomplish by either choosing the surgery or not.

-Emily

Emu1984
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   Posted 9/2/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ann,

I didnt have the sensation before the surgery. The best way to describe it is you know sometimes after a good cry you have quick breaths to calm down? I do that. The quick breaths part....not the good cry. I am still swollen to an extent and I know it will pass, but just wonder when. Good luck at your next series of tests. Weigh out your pros and cons and set an overall goal of what you would like to accomplish by either choosing the surgery or not.

-Emily

dencha
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   Posted 9/2/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Emily,
 
Have you thought of the possibility that you might be having a few mild spasms in your esophagus?  I know that they don't fit the pattern of all-out spasms, but that's the thought that came to my mind.
 
Everyone's recovery is SO different.  I remember speaking to my surgeon when he said that just when he thought he has heard every possible post-op symptom, someone comes in with a new one.
 
You're only 4 weeks post op.  According to my surgeon, "pretty much anything is possible during the early stages of recovery."
 
Have you called your surgeon's office?  If you're really concerned, go for it.  Just know that you're healing inside, and although your outsides healed quickly, your insides take a LOT longer.  I was told 6 weeks for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  I have found that I have continued to improve over the second year as well, believe it or not.  It takes time for your body to adjust to a brand-new, revised upper GI tract.
 
As I said, if you are worried, you should feel free to talk to someone in your surgeon's office.  (Although from experience, it is often not a very satisfying conversation! turn )  
 
Take care and hang in there.
It's a challenging recovery, but very manageable.
It will get better!
Denise
 

Airplanedude
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   Posted 9/8/2011 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Emily, it could indicate a blood clot. If ur worried k it out

soliver38
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   Posted 11/5/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Emu...........................the pain in uir shoulders is due to co2 they put during the operation.im sure now ur healing well.mine was done 5 days ago...
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