Had to have blood work and another CT

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   Posted 12/16/2011 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 8 days post nissen.  Im still very bloated, lots of pain in my chest and back and eating is a nightmare but i can get my liquids and extremely soft foods down.  My surgeon is concerned so i had to have blood work drawn today and I go in for another CT in a couple hours.
I havent had a bowel movement since the surgery but passing gas.  Are my symptoms above normal 8 days out?  Im scared.

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   Posted 12/16/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So long as you can pass water then fluids at least are getting through. The constipation is probably because of the post op diet and maybe pain meds?

I've not been wrapped, but I'd say it's early days yet. Some of our wrapped folk will be along to help out soon I'm sure - hang in there.

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   Posted 12/16/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

I am something like 25 days post-op (starting to lose count, guess that's a good thing!) and I was in the same place at 8 days. I still had a lot of pain, they had to give me a refill on the liquid lortab. The pain died down significant at about the 12-13 day mark I think. It was then a light dull pain for another few days. I no longer have any pain.

I had really bad bloating during the first week and it has been getting much better each week. My worst bloating incident happened on day 7. Still a little bit now, but barely noticeable. I have been measuring my recovery by week. After 1 week I was still in rough shape. At 2 weeks I was better. At 3 weeks I was much better than even the week before. You do get better, it just takes time. As for the bowel movements, they gave me liquid colace. It worked quite well. Might want to ask your doctor about that.

I did nothing but liquids (basically just Ensure) for 9 days, then moved up to pureed foods for 9 days. Now I'm eating pasta and eggs. Pasta with tomato sauce even. Doing that would have been a disaster pre-surgery. No problems! I have been challenging myself with new foods and its been going better than I expected. The most solid thing I've had are chicken nuggets (I was feeling brave) and they actually went down just fine with just small bites! When your diet starts to return to normal, your mood gets a lot better. I was so incredibly grumpy on liquids and pureed foods.

After a week, I really wasn't sure if I was happy with my decision to have the surgery. It was tough to see the positives. Now than I'm almost a month post-op, I am really happy with my decision. I still have a while until I feel normal, but I am seeing lots of progress with recovery now. Just hang in there and things will improve.

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   Posted 12/16/2011 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. Glad your doing better. I did gave a new ct tonight.. Things look good. But I can't eat. Water is worse going down. Wonder why?I'll take any advice offered up

I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011


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   Posted 12/16/2011 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
What you're experiencing is not at all our of the realm of the "normal" at eight days post-Nissen.  Your wrap is still swollen and actually becoming more swollen by the day.  This is to be expected.  (Remember that peak swelling is on or about Day 14.)  As long as liquids are going down, you can get some nutrition and fluids.  It is true that water tends to sit at the wrap site and kind of dribble down during the early days.  Just sip liquids and take small amounts at a time.  Be sure to stay away from iced drinks and straws.
Don't panic.  It's not always going to be like it is now.  You've had major surgery, and your upper GI tract has had a major revision.  If you can find a way to relax into your recovery, rather than fight against it and be fearful, you'll do better.  I know it's hard not to worry that the way you feel now is the way you'll always feel, but that's not true.
Did you ever read through my first 19 days journal?
It might help you understand better what you might expect in the next week.
Unfortunately surgeons don't really prepare patients well for the recovery...I don't know if they don't want to scare them, or just don't really know what they will experience.
The constipation is very common...some have diarrhea, some constipation.  The pain meds slow down the intestine and make it more likely to become constipated.  Also you're eating so little that there's no need for them to move.  Your body hasn't adjusted to your reduced food intake.
Day 8 is the very, very, very beginning of healing.  The majority of the healing takes six months, while the remaining takes an entire year.  I experienced additional improvement into the second year.
I agree with bowecho, that additional pain meds to get you through this rough spot would be helpful.  I really don't think you need to be scared.  The first two weeks are rough, and with the increased swelling, swallowing can become very difficult.  Once the swelling has run its course, it will begin to recede, and your swallowing will improve.
Relax, and trust that your body will adjust, and that healing will occur.
Take a deep breath.  Think positive thoughts.
We're here for you!

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   Posted 12/16/2011 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Then why doesn't my surgeon understand this?? I'm still gurgling, bloated, back pain, throat spasms, etc. When he cAlled tonight he was a little baffled. However I will admitted he has been supportive. When I had severe pain this morning he wasted no time in ordering a stat ct scan, blood work. He then prescribed liquid vicodin ( I was on oxycontin but I guess that can be even harder on your digestive system?!). I'm still having heaves and no, water doesn't go down well at all. Guess I know why now.. That makes sense. Your swallowing something that has no weight to it so it's gonna feel airy and tough to get down? I'll re read your 9 day diary. Our symptoms seem similar don't they? How are you feeling now dencha?
I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011

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