Itching after surgery

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ladysmith
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   Posted 10/18/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I had my nissen fundiplicacion one week ago. Other than pain in my shoulder and clavicle, things have gone pretty well. One recent symptom, however, is causing sleeplessness: my wounds itch like crazy. I first thought I might have had an allergic reaction to the glue in the bandages, since I have sensitive skin, but I removed all the bandages and so no real redness. The wounds have healed pretty well, but even with hydrocortisone, this itching is driving me crazy. I suspect it is coming from the layers of healing tissues? Does anybody have any advice for relief? Thanks, Mary

couchtater
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   Posted 10/18/2011 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Try an ice bag on the wound. The cold will numb it.
Joy

ladysmith
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   Posted 10/18/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Joy, I'll give that a try.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 10/18/2011 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing I did instead of scratching the incision, kind of rub around it but not scratch. There were nights I would scratch them in my sleep they were so bad but it only lasted a few days.
Michelle

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opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/18/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I do what Michelle does also. I just rub as close and slowly as I can. are you still taking pain meds? The pain meds make me itch, so I take benedryll to help with the itching.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

ladysmith
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   Posted 10/19/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Michelle and Bill,

I have been rubbing around the incisions, and putting hydrocortisone on them, but sometimes the itching is so bad I can hardly stand it. I am taking liquid ibuprofen, but am finally tapering off due to diminishing pain. The ice helped a bit, but I think the itching comes from within, so it only numbs the first several layers. I had my gallbladder out at the same time, so there are lots of incisions. May I ask why you both have had repeat Nissens? Yikes!

Athanmiddleton, I am seeing my surgeon today for the first time since my surgery last week. My problem is that I'm living in Peru and, although I speak Spanish pretty well, body parts and symptoms and surgical terms aren't something I was very familiar with in Spanish before this, so I'm never quite sure he understands me and I understand him! This forum has helped me a lot in this respect, as it is full of useful information....in English!

Mary

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   Posted 10/19/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
ladysmith-

I had to have the first redo because my surgeon did it incorrectly. My 2nd redo was because in order to repair a hole in my esophagus caused my my GI during an EGD my wrap was destroyed. That was on Feb. 28th and I had my nissen redone on Aug. 24th.

Welcome to Healing Well and also to the "Wrapped Club".

Take care,
Bill
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ladysmith
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   Posted 10/19/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Bill.

It sounds like you've gone through some horrific stuff. I'm impressed that you're turning it into something positive and helping others. I hope you are much better now.

Mary

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   Posted 10/19/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Mary-
Thank you, I try the best I can to stay positive. I am doing great after my redo. The prior redo was perfect too for 2 years.

Take care,
Bill
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ladysmith
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   Posted 10/19/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Bill. May I ask when and how you knew that the first procedure didn't work? I can't imagine how disheartening that must have been.

I saw my surgeon today, and he suggested I use a "faja" for the itching, which I gather is some sort of constricting garment used after surgery, kind of like a corset?

Mary

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   Posted 10/19/2011 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Mary-
I had a wide elastic belt thingy to use after this open surgery. It helped a lot keeping the muscles tight, but not sure how it would do for itching though.

I had problems from the start that didn't ease up at all with my first nissen. I had to put something like salad dressing or whatever to get food past the wrap. I had it dilated around 14 or 15 times with no improvement. Finally after about 3 years I found a surgeon who specializes in redos and he did an exploratory after finding some small issues on a barium swallow. Turns out the only way to have fixed it was to redo completely over again.

Take care,
Bill
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Alcie
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   Posted 10/20/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had shoulder surgery and have a very large clear waterproof plastic covering stuck over a couple of thick gauze pads. It itches like mad! Infact, I'm itching all over.

First, I am going to try Alavert, to see if an allergic reaction is the problem. Benadryl would also work, but it puts me to sleep.

Second, I'm allowed to change the dressing, but I don't have another sticky cover big enough for either of the incision sites. I think I can get them at a pharmacy, but will have to call first as I'm in a rural area with small stores. I need a ride or maybe someone can pick the covers for me, as I'm on way too much pain med to drive. (lots of bone shaving, bursa removal, tendon scraping)
Alcie
 
 

ladysmith
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   Posted 10/20/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill,

I have one of those things people use for heavy lifting. I might give it a try if the itching gets bad again. I'm very happy to hear the redo did the trick.

Alcie,

I thought about trying an antihistamine as well, but 30% of the medications sold in pharmacies where I live are fake, according to the news media, so I am very wary about them. Try the ice as well, which does seem to help somewhat. Good luck with all your healing, and I wish you relief from pain.

Mary
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