Days 10 - 16, what am I to expect?

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Darryl
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   Posted 9/18/2011 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi experienced wrappers,
 
I am at day 10 today.
What exactly do you think I am to expect for this week?
Sorry, whilst my surgeon was brilliant and I believe he did a great job, he has no bedside manner and hasn't gone overboard with information post op. So I would like to lean on some of you as so many have before.
 
Does the swelling hurt? How long does it last. ie, what happens after the 14 days, is it suddenley set and allright? When should I be missioning around?
 
Pain side, there isn't much. I think I may not even need the pain medicine. It's just the weekness, and sometimes the very uncomfortable sensations when eating. Please guys, lay on the wisdom if you can. Just want an idea of what I should expect in the next few days.
 
Thanks all, have a lekker day... yeah
Darryl

couchtater
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   Posted 9/18/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I went on a short shopping trip (two hours total) with my mom on day ten. I had been off pain meds for five days by then. It wore me out.
My swelling peaked around day 14. I could barely button my biggest jeans. I was still very weak and went back to work at day 15. I'm a teacher and I could sit and teach from the chair easily.
I was still on liquids at your point, but I could eat puddings and very soupy grits.
Joy

Darryl
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   Posted 9/19/2011 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Ta Joy -

Had a really good and active day today.
Went to down. Did some shopping. Felt good and able.

Problem now that's sort of got me very worried, is what do you do about Nausea? I have been feeling a little nauseas, have taken vomidon (Mottilium), and must be working a little cause I have not felt fully nauseas, as in wanting to vomit. But I am feeling slightly queezy. What is the best medicine, and cures? What foods are bad etc....?

Stopped my pain meds yesterday, hoping that will help too.

Take it easy all,

Darryl

dencha
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   Posted 9/19/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,
You've probably already looked, but my early post-Nissen journal (in resources) has some info about how I felt during the stage you're asking about.  I carry Zofran (tiny meltable under tongue tablets) and Compazine suppositories with me at all times.  The nausea will subside as you heal.
 
Good luck!
Denise

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 9/19/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,

Glad to hear you're doing well on day 10. Zofran is the only thing that works for me for nausea. I'm on week 8 today and still have the occasional nausea. I'm also glad to hear that you used pain meds for at least a while.

I get nauseated from taking pain meds and had to do without and I think my first few weeks would gone much easier if I'd taken pain meds.

If I could go back a few weeks in my recovery from GERD I would also take the Zofran more frequently than I have. You won't need it forever or so I hear (lol) so don't wait till you're too nauseated for it too work well.

I remember being where you are when all the questions started coming up and even though you read other folks' questions being answered somehow when it's your turn with the same symptoms you just want someone to answer them again for you. At least I did.

Hope you continue to bounce on to a full recovery.
Rita
Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living. -Unknown

Lap Nissen Fundoplication August 1, 2011

couchtater
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   Posted 9/19/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take phenagran for my nausea. I remember that queasy feeling during the first weeks. Don't worry it will fade away. I've got a bottle of 20 that I've been carrying around for months now. I've only needed to take it twice since I got them.
I didn't find any food bad as long as I followed my doctor's advice on when to eat it. When I pushed it I had trouble. For example: Zaxby's Zak snack meal at five weeks. :P
Joy

Darryl
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   Posted 9/21/2011 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

Sorry for all the questions. You all say you swell up untill day 14!? So what happens 15 days after the op? Does it start going down? Is the wrap now set properly? When does it start feeling normal in there? Is the wrap then solid and set into place, ie, were you to get sick, you couldn't ruin it or what?

Please can you let me know what to expect. If it weren't for you guys and this forum, I don't think I woulda gone through with this.

If anyone read my 21 day countdown towards this operation, you will have seen that I suffer from an anxiety condition. It hasn;t been terrible, but there have been days that when I feel strange discomfort inside, I habe had to take an Ativan to calm me down. Have only had three in the past 13 days, so I don't think I'm overdoing anything. Anyone else with a similar problem, and have any of you been taking similar? Is it bad to bu using them now? Any advice?

Thanks so much
Darryl

dencha
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   Posted 9/21/2011 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,
You can relax.  Just go with the flow, my friend.  Day 14 or so is peak swelling.  After that point the swelling begins to go down.  Once the swelling has subsided your wrap will do a better job of letting you swallow.  You'll also have fewer quirky problems.
 
Still, the swelling doesn't go down instantly, and your healing will take time.  Be sure to have anti nausea drugs on hand.  At this stage in your healing you won't want to vomit, as it could do damage to your wrap.  Once healing is complete, some (like Joy and me) find that they can vomit.  Still, it's better not to, so even now we carry antinausea drugs.
 
I don't see any reason for changing your medicine routine.  If you have questions about medication, your doctor is the one to ask.  I would caution the use of them at the same time as narcotic pain meds...I'm sure your doctor or pharmacist can guide you with med issues.
 
You will heal outside much more quickly than inside.  Sometimes it's hard to remember how much healing there is to do on the inside once our outsides are totally healed.  Your wrap will take 6 months to do most of the healing, and the remainder will take a year.  I found that I continued to fine-tune the healing and GI adjustment to its new configuration well into the second year.
 
Once your healing is down you will gradually be able to increase the amount and types of foods you eat.  I don't know what your doctor suggested regarding eating, but mine set me free to use my own good judgement.  His only requirement was that I eat only foods that could be chewed to a liquid, and stay away from bread, sandwiches, and steak.  Actually I found well-toasted bread can be easily chewed to a liquid.  Crispy things are easier to chew to a liquid than soft foods most of the time.  No raw veggies or hard fruits.  You'll figure it out.  I always kept a paper napkin handy to discreetly deposit things that didn't chew properly.
 
If you can surrender to your recovery and just follow it where it takes you, you'll have a much easier recovery.  You can't rush things.  Just go with the flow! turn
Happy healing, Darryl!
Denise

Darryl
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   Posted 9/21/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that Denise -

I stopped using any pain meds. I only used the liquid pain med about five times after the surgery. Mainly taken before bed. Now I am tring to go natural, but when the sensations become too intense, they make me a little anxious - hence the Ativan. That normally sorts me out mnd makes me feel great.

The risk however is dependance. But I am well inside the usage rules. That's why I want to know how long after the day 14 it takes to start going down and feeling normal.

My swallowing is still fine, it's just I can feel the lump in throat syndrome down there. I can also burp, I think I burp a hell of a lot. Is that a good or bad thing? I believe it's good. Because even though burps are allowed up, I have not yet had any reflux! That's the goal and I am so glad it's done with. (touch wood). Since I'm so easily able to burp, I wonder if I were able to vomit. Not that I want to.

My stomach is still so small. I eat very little meals. TINY compared to what I was capable of and I still feel full. Amazing!

Just hoping that these funny feelings inside don't last too long.

Best of luck and healing for all you out there. My prayers for you all.

D

dencha
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   Posted 9/21/2011 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,
 
That lump you're feeling is your healing wrap and hernia repair.  You'll definitely have a sore wrap after swallowing (even water) all day for a while.
 
The reason you can't eat much is that your stomach interprets swelling as fullness.  Once the swelling goes down, you'll gradually be able to eat more.
 
There are going to be some funny feelings that last a long time.  Hopefully if you know that they're normal you can convince yourself that they're not something to worry about.  Remember, it takes 6 months for the majority of the healing to happen, and a full year for the rest.  I have found that in my experience I continued to improve into the second year. 
 
The burping is great.  I used to worry that if I could burp then it meant that the wrap was so loose that acid could get through.  My surgeon's partner said that air can get out without letting acid escape.  Burping keeps you from getting the bloating problems that you read about
 
You'll only know about vomiting if it sneaks up on you before you can treat it with anti-nausea pills.  That's what happened to me.  I was feeling sick, but not nauseous.   Suddenly out of nowhere, I threw up!  I took anti nausea meds immediately and took them every four hours until I got better.  You will probably be able to vomit, but try not to.
 
Relax, take a walk, read a book.  It's going to take time for this healing to occur.  Your outsides will heal up pronto, but your insides take a lot longer!
 
Have a lekker day, Darryl!
Denise

Darryl
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   Posted 9/22/2011 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Lekker, I like that Denise - Thanks,

Yeah, the outsides are doing great. I have no pains around cuts, so things look good down there.

Today too, I feel a lot better. I'm hoping that I've turned the proverbial old corner. I feel good. Lot more energy. Walking around almost confidently, ie, without stressing if I'm overdoing it or not.

Eating - still taking it very easy.

I burp a lot. And it's day 14, so the hight of my swelling. So do you think that that means I probably wont loose the ability? I hope not. I burp a hell of a lot. Even though I think I'm being cautious concerning the gasses - doesn't matter, I BURP! You think I'm safe? I hope so.

Have a lekker day.
D

kyheart
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   Posted 9/22/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
D

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling well.. the one thing you have to remember though is that even though the outside is healed,, it is going to take quite a while more for the insides to be healed also. I do not want to put a damper on anything, but, please continue to listen to your body and if it says "don't push it" then slow down a bit.

I was able to burp after week 2 but very sparingly.. I am glad to hear that you can burp.. I know that I feel soooo good when I burp.. it releases the pressure the gas causes in my tummy...I am at almost 6 months post op and I burp frequently and it still feels so good..

At day 14 you are still a newby but, you have a great start on a smooth recovery.. if you can burp with your wrap still being swollen, it is a pretty good sign that you will still be able to burp after the swelling goes away.. I am not a doctor but, once my swelling went down then I was able to burp easier. I do not burp as readily as I did before the wrap but I do OK..

Stay with us and keep us informed on how you are doing, ask questions that you want to and ...
Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow
Sandi
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