Shoulder Pain anyone??

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Darryl
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   Posted 12/29/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys -
 
Seasons greetings to you all! I hope you all had a great one and survived the eating issues that go with these festive times.
 
Me, I'm doing a LOT better after my Nissen. For those still contemplating - go for it!
 
Only prob I'm still experiencing is the shoulder pain now and then. Anyone else suffer from the pain nearly four months post op? Is that normal? And if so, does it go away permanantky sometime or what?
 
Is it caused by the gas or is it a nerve? I'm not yet sure what causes it. Sometimes I think it's from eating too much rich and fatty food. Then, at others I think it could be just from drinking gassy drinks, and sucking through straws. Any ideas.
 
Denise, I know you read everything... Lol - where you from, SA?
 
Well if so, have a lekker day. If not, have one regardless.
 
Cheers for now.
Darryl

Cindy123
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   Posted 12/29/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl. I am so glad to hear someone else out there is having shoulder pain. I have had the surgery 11 months ago and I still get the shoulder pain now and then. I noticed it more so if I don't eat for a while. My stomach starts to hurt a bit and I then start to feel a slight pain on left shoulder. Sometimes too if I eat too fast or too much before I get the first burp out. My burping is back to 95 percent. As soon as I burp the shoulder pain goes. Maybe Denise can shed some light on this. I too am curious to know if anyone else is experiencing this and Does it eventually go away.

Thanks. Cindy

couchtater
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   Posted 12/29/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It's an air bubble pushing on the vegus nerve. The nerve is sending referred pain to your shoulder. It means the wrap is good and tight. Eventually, it will loosen some and the nerve won't get pushed so much.
Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/29/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I got shoulder pain after my first redo for about 18 months. Joy is right, it's from the vagus nerve being irritated. Mine did eventually go away about 3 months before my wrap was torn apart when they fixed my esophageal tear. So far I haven't had any shoulder pain with this last redo. I am wondering if that is because it was done open instead of lap.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 12/29/2011 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,
No, I'm not from SA, but I still like to wish you a lekker day! You're the one who taught me the term!

I wish I could shed some more light on the subject of shoulder pain, but Joy and Bill seem to have it covered. I thought of Cindy when you mentioned it, as I know she still experiences it from time to time. The vagus nerve seems to get irritated easily during recovery, and yes, Cindy, you can still get improvement, even at 11 months!

I'm confident that with time you'll experience it less and less.
Take care!
denise

Nal
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   Posted 12/29/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm only 3 weeks out but I get pain in my left shoulder and only in one specific spot. It happens for me when I eat a little too much too.

Cindy123
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   Posted 12/30/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Guys this is great news to hear. Bill and Joy, thank you. I am definitely on the road of recovery. I can now say that I am happy I did the surgery. I dont even think of the burping anymore.

By the way on a different subject, I had posted a script about fast heart beats. I noticed that if I eat and go to bed within the hour or less and lying on my left side, my heart starts to beat fast. However, if I turn over to my right side, it stops. My friend who had the surgery saw the surgeon on tuesday and he told her that it's because of the surgery and it should go away. No one else has experienced this? Do you think it's because the wrap was done on the left side? It puzzles me!!!!!

Nal my pain is in one particular spot.....right at the tip of my left shoulder. I don't get it often anymore. Maybe once or twice a week. Yours will go you just had your surgery.

Happy New Year everyone. Hope 2012 brings us all better health. You Guys are all wonderful. You have definitely helped me a lot.

Cindy

couchtater
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   Posted 12/30/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy, again it's stress on the vegus nerve which runs over the heart too. It will stop as soon as the nerve calms down.
Joy

Darryl
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   Posted 12/31/2011 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Yeah, it all makes sense - I think if I eat too much, just generally filling the stomach up too much, I get the pain. Also on the top of my left shoulder.

I am fine with the pain. It doesn't last all that long. Better than the reflux that's for sure. It's been nearly three months since my last vommit. How great is that. And I do nearly eat anything I feel like. Just still a bit in the head that still can't believe I can eat whatever and not suffer because of it.

Anyhows - best of 2012 for you guys!
Have a lekker one.
Darryl

tiflady
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/8/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I have had similar experiences with shoulder pain. I am two weeks out from a TIF/Nissen and am doing pretty well. If I get shoulder pain now, it is because I ate too much. This is confusing to my brain, because it seems i am always hungry and so want to eat eat eat, but stomach is saying slow down.

I used to get pretty concerned over the shoulder pain and the esophagus pain, but this forum has helped me realize that it is all part of healing. I am trying to surrender to the healing, and that idea works!! THanks everyone.

JB in Northern CA

Darryl -- is your story posted in this forum? The idea of eating what I want sounds like a dream come true!
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