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Roger D.
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   Posted 1/28/2012 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my wrap 6 days ago. Every time I swallow a couple of sips of water or anything liquid the pain in my chest is almost unbearable. I have not tried soft food yet.
Is this normal?  Should I be experiencing so much pain when swallowing liquids?
What is causing this pain?
How long will I have to put up with this?
I was prescribed Oxycotin tablets; cut one in half and swallowed it. The pain in my chest was so bad while it was going down that I almost passed out.  
Can I crush the Oxycotin tablets in water or crush them in apple sauce?
 
Please help; I am scared and desperate because I don't want to consume anything due to the pain it causes and I am becoming dehydrated.  
 
 
 
  

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 1/28/2012 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Time space,

Did you have any pain swallowing before the op?

Roger D.
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   Posted 1/28/2012 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
No pain in swallowing before the op. I had severe heartburn which affected my lungs.
PPIs stopped working months before.
I had a hiertal hernia repaired and a fundoplication.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 1/28/2012 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I see.

I heard of pain from swallowing post op...probably due to the swelling which should subside. I wonder if you can get liquid oxycondone....or something similar. I'm due for NF on Feb 6th too.

Roger D.
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   Posted 1/28/2012 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply. I hope that the pain is due to swelling and that it will subside.
Good luck in your Nissen; I hope that all goes well.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/28/2012 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes you can crush your pain medicine and mix it with a liquid to get it down.
The first two weeks are the hardest in healing.
Joy

Nyteller
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   Posted 1/28/2012 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem. Was prescribed liquid OxyContin and it worked miracles! See if your Dr can get a prescription for the liquid. Boy, do I remember those first days! I'm on day 25 and am still on soups and my new best friend, Boost.

elsiem
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   Posted 1/28/2012 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Timespace,

Im wondering if it could be the temperature of your liquids. Too hot can burn sensitive swollen tissue or too cold can cause spasms so everything is best served at room temperature.

Best of luck with your recovery

Lynda

dencha
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   Posted 1/29/2012 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Timespace,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah The first few days are the toughest, and after that the first two weeks are the toughest...take it a day at a time.
 
Although your outsides don't seem to have gone through much--just 5 little slits, your insides have gone through a lot.  You've had major surgery, and your stomach has been stretched and wrapped, then stitched, around your esophagus.  It's been through a lot.  At Day 6 you're still experiencing surgical pain.
 
Your wrap site is swelling, and no doubt the swelling is pulling on stitches.  This swelling with continue to increase until it hits peak somewhere around 14 days.  Then you're on the way toward gradual improvement.  There are some rough days in the first 14, and those of us who've been through it know what you're dealing with.
 
Hang in there...it gets better!
Here's a link to my recovery journal during the first 19 days.  While every recovery is unique, it'll show another person's post-Nissen experience: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
 
Of course, if you're ever really concerned about your pain, or worried there might be something wrong give your surgeon's office a call.  That's what they get paid the big bucks for!  I remember calling mine more than once...
 
Take care,
Denise

Roger D.
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   Posted 1/29/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Take you everyone for your kind and supportive words and information.
I will be patient and let nature take it's course in the healing process;
it is just that no one prepared me for such an excruciating healing process.
My surgeon was quite nonchalant about the whole thing; I got the impression
that he though that it was not a big deal.  
 

dencha
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   Posted 1/29/2012 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi timespace,
Unfortunately your surgeon's lack of concern over the recovery is not the exception, but seems to be the rule.  I don't think anyone posting here has been properly prepared by their surgeon.  I suspect that situation would be improved if our surgeons had actually experienced the recovery.
 
The only way to prepare for this surgery is to research it yourself.  This forum is an amazing resource.  I found it shortly before my surgery.  The people here at that time (3 years ago) provided me with lots of great information, and helped me find the courage to move forward with having the surgery.  Once I was on the other side, they provided support and lots of great advice.
 
I'm glad you've found us.  You're definitely in the right place.
Keep asking questions!
Denise
PS--are you taking your pain medication regularly?  Be sure to do that.  Crush it and mix it with something that is easy to swallow (be sure it's not time-release).  Liquid is the easiest, so if you could get that it would be best.  For some reason these surgeons who insist that we stay on liquids post surgery think we should be able to swallow large pills.  That doesn't even make sense.  Good luck!

Post Edited (dencha) : 1/29/2012 9:38:36 AM (GMT-7)


wrapped sa
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   Posted 1/29/2012 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am from south africa 4 days post op. Thanks to all for posting on thi site, it has helped me pre and post op. I agree that these docs put us on a liquid diet whilst expecting us to swallow these pills. I had a full wrap and can burp a little already. When can we start milk and porridge in the diet

Jesper A
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   Posted 1/29/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I started milk one day post op and porridge on day 4.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/29/2012 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was sent home on a soft diet with all 3 of my nissens. Told to use my best judgement and back off if things got sore. I too wasn't given much info for after surgery with my first, but after my redos I got a wealth of info from my 2 surgeons. My first redo was done by a surgeon who specializes in swallowing issues and nissen redos, so I believe that is why he gives better info. My last redo surgeon I have had as a surgeon for over 4 years and he talks very frank and in depth about the surgeries and after care. Also my 2nd surgeon gave us his personal cell number and his email addy since we live over 3 hours away and has never failed to get back to me anytime I called or emailed. My last 2 surgeons really went above and beyond to help. Wish this was the case with more of these nissen surgeons.

Oh and I want to re stress what Denise said....stay on top of any pain with the meds. There is no shame in needing them. you had major surgery.

Take care,
Bill
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