5 days post fundoplication surgery and crying

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   Posted 12/12/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I'm hoping to hear something positive from any of you that have had this surgery. Will i ever feel normal again? I feel constantly bloated and my throat feels like there is something always stuck in it. I am able to drink and eat very small amounts. I'm scared that I made a horrible mistake in doing this procedure.

How did any of you recover from this? Is what I am feeling normal? I feel like I may rupture.

I had to have a small hernia repaired as well

Thank you in advance for any advice


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   Posted 12/12/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Nancy,
Welcome to our Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah   It never fails to amaze me that surgeons do not prepare their patients for the recovery they will experience.  I suspect that they really don't know what to expect themselves, because generally they do the surgery, have one follow up visit, and that's the last they see of their patient.  Your symptoms sound absolutely normal for Day 5 of your recovery.
I had my surgery in February, 2009, and YES you will feel normal again.  It will take time and patience, though.  Although you've had minor surgery on the outside with just five little slits, your insides have had major surgery and will take much longer to heal.
One more thing you should know.  During the first two weeks of recovery, your wrap will become increasingly swollen, peaking at around 14 days or so.  During that time your swallowing will become increasingly more difficult.
Here's a link to my recovery journal.  It will give you an idea of what my first 19 days of recovery were like.  I had a lung issue caused by GERD, so ignore the coughing references.  It might give you a better idea of "normal" and while everyone experiences the recovery differently, there are some things that are universal.
Stick around, because there are quite a few  people here who've had the surgery and can provide support and information.
Hang in there.  You're at the very beginning of the healing process, and it's the toughest part. 
Once you get through the first couple of weeks, the swelling will begin to subside, and things will begin to get better.  Just remember that your outsides will heal much more quickly than your insides. 
I was told that the majority of healing would occur in the first six months, and the remainder would take a full year.
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it leads you, you'll find it much easier to cope.  Those who struggle against what is, have a very hard time dealing with the challenges of early recovery.
Again, glad you've joined us!
Best wishes,

Post Edited (dencha) : 12/12/2011 7:32:43 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/13/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
THank you Denise. Yeah I ended up back in the ER last night since food was getting stuck and not going down right. They did a CT and everything looked ok. I'm back on a clear liquid diet for a while again. What else can I have that adds some nutrition to this diet? I'm doing soup stocks, apple sauce, cammile tea. Water!! And jello. I'm just frustrated rt now. I hope this will eventually help? Bleh. I see my surgeon tomorrow

Jesper A
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   Posted 12/13/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
Just wanted to say hi. I am 36 days post op and I too was past the ER in the early days with food getting stuck. Actually it still happens to me regularly so be patient. Now you now what it feels like.
Up untill last week I was really positive about everything, but the past week has been quite bad. Any way my point is you are going to see a lot of ups and downs, and at the end of the day you will have to wait 2 - 3 months before you know where you are. And it will most probably help you, the odds are good.


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   Posted 12/13/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am just starting the testing for this surgery and I have put it off for a long time because of fear related to surgery. I have GERD and Barrett's esophagus. Do they send you home with pain medication? I am feeling very ill-treated already because I cannot take Nexium for 7 days (I am on day 4 of not taking that and am totally miserable). Now I find out that I will also not be able to take Nexium for an additional two days while they do the Bravo pH Study. I feel just terrible and am wondering if I should even go through with this. It's been grueling and it hasn't even really started yet. WAH! Yes, I am a baby. So many things could go wrong. I just don't know.....

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   Posted 12/13/2011 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Please read my post to Nancy (above).  In it there is a link to my first 19 days of recovery.  It also speaks to your worries regarding the surgery.
If you have Barretts and are miserable without PPIs it sounds as if you'd find your quality of life much improved post surgery.
Please stick around and continue to ask questions.
I certainly feel your pain, as do many others on the forum.  We've been there...struggling through PH testing minus our meds.  It's not fun, but yes, it is worthwhile.  Hang in there.  You'll have the test, get important information--really necessary information for making a decision regarding whether or not you're a good candidate for surgery.
It's not fun dealing with GERD or the possibility of surgery.  Still, if that's the answer to improving your health, then it'll be worth it.
Best wishes for good outcomes.
PS--Yes, they do send you home with pain meds...
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