restriction feeling in throat

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   Posted 1/10/2012 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. 6 days post op from hiatal hernia repair and nissen fundoplication and before yesterday afternoon felt good, no pain, outside wounds healing well, not drinking all thats on diet sheet as feel full after a 1/4 cup of fluid, but now have a restriction uncomfortable feeling in throat, and getting really hot after having a drink, also burbing quite a lot is this normal recovery? any advice grateful

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   Posted 1/10/2012 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jules,
During your first week you can have some very strange and difficult problems.  I remember having a day when my mouth or esophagus was making so much mucous that I had to spit it out. Swallowing it hurt too much and my esophagus and wrap were too tired (that's what I called it :-) ) to handle that much swallowing.
I remember times during the first week that when I swallowed it felt like a giant air-bubble going down.
Swallowing in the first week is especially dicey.  From day to day you'll have different issues coming up.
Remember that your wrap will become increasingly swollen over the next couple weeks, and swallowing will become worse before it gets better.  This week a lot of it is just plain surgical pain.  As the swelling increases, it will create a few more difficulties...
Have you tried warm tea?  Try to get your liquids to room temperature before drinking them.  See if that helps.
Of course, you are the only on who knows what you're feeling, and are the judge of whether or not it's a medical issue that needs attention.  I can just say that the first week is very difficult and there are lots of hurdles.  Swallowing can hurt, your esophagus can spasm...there's a range of responses to the surgery that your upper GI tract can have.
Just hang in there. It's all worth it!  Things will improve. 
We're here for you!

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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had the Nissen about 9 weeks ago, and I too suffer from throat issues. Mine are slowly, slowly getting better (I think). I am still taking my PPIs until my checkup is done (endoscopy and barium swallow). I have had all my LPR problems worsen, like constricted throat, mucus, lump in throat, sore throat... But, as I said, they are slowly getting better (they have to!). Found this link that I found to be useful, explaning some of the pains that can come with difficulites of swallowing:
Also found this link, check out the section about achalasia (simular to what we post-op´s have, I guess)

Could explain your thorat issues. Hope it helps!

Post Edited (Non) : 1/10/2012 9:27:30 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/10/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, thank you again for advice and support , like you say you experience many different symptoms and was discharged without much post op information, so found this site invaluble, this afternoon i have had a bout of diarrea which i am glad to say has subsided , but found out again via net that it is normal post op, so now not unduly worried i will check out the links thank you, ps yes i do take warm drinks which helps, no doubt i will be back with some other questions , regards julie
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