Day 10 post Nissen and counting.

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Nal
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont feel well at all.  My whole abdominal area is bloated and sore.  I can only really get down liquids.  I tried some really soft food today but it didn't go well.  I have pain right at the wrap site (feels like its being pulled?) and it goes into my back.  Ive only had one bowel movement (two days ago and is was diahreah).  Its hurts to walk.  My stomach is burning too since they pulled me of my nexium and switched me to prilosec.  I still have alump in my throat feeling as well.  Is all this still normal at this stage?  I decided I needed to do a daily post here for a while to help keep track of where i am and make sure things are normal. Ive cried all day.  Right now I wish i didn't do this at all.  Im starting to feel like i want to die.  Why did i do this to myself?
 
Nancy
I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011

Nancy

Nal
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I should list positives too? I did get down a soft scrambled egg today. I am sleeping through the night. I am able to swallow pills when I need to without choking on them.
I am passing gas (lovely right? lol). I just need a lot of reassurance and make sure i am going down the right path to healing right now. My surgeon said he never heard of having peak swelling? Is there anything I can read on that?

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

Nancy

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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Its normal. I felt the same thing after 10 days, why did I do this? Was it worth it? A month later I can definitely say yes, and I'm just continuing to get better. I experienced very similar pains and discomfort. I wish I had some great advice or tip that would make things move faster, but unfortunately the only thing that made me feel better was time. And its slow. Its a big surgery, so its a long recovery.

I like to look at my recovery by week. Its too hard to notice day by day recovery, but if you look at it week by week, you'll notice big improvements. Like today, I was able to eat a normal breakfast of an omelet and toast (toasted bread mushes up easily unlike non toasted) with no problem. A week ago I was JUST trying eggs, and it was tricky. A week before that anything more than a fine puree was tough. Improvements! You'll see them too. Its just hard. The same went for pain and discomfort, continued improvement.

The lump in the throat symptom is something I had pre-surgery. The surgeon says this will go away, but it takes a while. LPR symptoms can take 2-3 months to resolve.

Just remember how bad you felt before the surgery, what led you to make the decision to do it. Anyone who has this surgery is in pretty bad shape, and nothing else worked, medicine, diet. In the end, its going to be so worth it.

Tony

Nal
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   Posted 12/18/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tony. Btw, I have been on different forums including one that specifically has a Nissen section and have gotten the most help and support here. Thank you all!
I just have to learn to breathe deep here. I wonder what it is about THIS particular surgery that causes the most panic and nervousness for some of us?
I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011

Nancy

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   Posted 12/18/2011 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
I think the panic and nervousness is a result of a couple of things.  First, surgeons don't really prepare us for what we will experience.  (BTW, my SURGEON was the one who told me to expect peak swelling around Day 14, then things would begin to resolve.) It has been validated by many, many post-Nissen members here as well--including myself!
 
Also, eating is such a basic human need, that there is probably some self-preservation anxiety involved.
 
What you're experiencing is normal.  You are at the very beginning of your healing journey.  I'm not sure what your surgeon told you the recovery would be like, but what you're experiencing is extremely typical.
 
Take a breath.  You're going to have to get past these tough early days. The first week or two are the hardest.  You're going to find that your swallowing is definitely going to get worse before it gets better.  Your wrap is swollen and that swelling will increase during the first two weeks.. This, too, will pass.  Once the swelling has subsided, things will begin to improve.
 
It takes a full six months for most of the healing.  You're at 10 days.  We've all been where you are, and know how hard it is.  The more you panic and worry and fight it, the harder your recovery will be.  Just screw up your courage, and make a committment to let your recovery find its way--you will recover.  Surrender to it, and just go with the flow.  When things are hard, take it a day at a time, and keep positive thoughts in your mind.
 
As Tony said, remember the health problems you had that led you to the surgery.  You're now on the other side...your healing will proceed and you will reap the benefits, once your body has had time to recovery. 
 
Your outside incisions are deceiving.  It looks as if you haven't had much done, and gives you the feeling that your recovery should be easy.  Your outsides will recovery quickly, but inside, an "egg beater" has pulled and wrapped and moved your organs around, and your upper GI tract has been significantly revised.  It will take a long time for your body to heal and adjust.
 
If you spend your recovery panicked, and struggling against the reality of life during post-Nissen recovery, you'll have one very long and very unhappy recovery.  If you can turn your mind around and start thinking positive thoughts about the very good things this surgery will do for you once you've healed, it will make a big difference.
 
As far as the lump in your throat that hasn't resolved, it didn't take ten days for it to get that way, and it won't go away in ten days.  I had to wait two and a half months to see improvement in my lungs post-Nissen.  Fragile esophageal (and lung) tissue takes time to heal.  As Tony said, healing takes time.
 
Hang in there, Nancy. 
Denise
 
 

Post Edited (dencha) : 12/19/2011 8:54:42 AM (GMT-7)


Nal
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   Posted 12/19/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had the lump feeling only throat before though. Guess it's from the tubes and such. I got some liquid yogurt down this morning. Dr wants me to go back on the nexium till things calm down a little more.

dencha
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   Posted 12/19/2011 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
I think that's a good idea.  Remember that your upper GI has been through a lot.  There may be lots of different esophageal pains created by that.  It takes your body some time to adjust to the changes.
Hope you're having a good day.
Denise

Nal
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   Posted 12/19/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Almost at the end of day 11.  Im still the same.  Im having terrible back pain right in the middle of my back!  Doesnt matter what position i am in, its always there.  Still a lump in my throat too.  This stinks.  All of this still normal at this stage?
I think I have everything under the sun! Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and GERD. Had my sugary dec 8, 2011

Nancy
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