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   Posted 2/3/2012 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a lap niessen on 1/18/12 to correct a moderate hiatal hernia that had my stomach up in my esophagous. My primary symptom was severe asthmatic coughing and spontaneous vomiting, never any heartburn. My lungs, vocal cords, and sinuses took a beating over the 7 1/2 years since this began.

In the hospital, I had remarkable relief from the coughing but my oxygen was low. I believe I have learned to breathe shallowly to prevent coughing. When I came home, I ate a couple of chocolates and had an intense day of coughing, just like before. Then a few good days. With my doctor's approval, I moved on to tiny, well-chewed bites of foods, followed with lots of water. No issues swallowing, no pain, just get full quickly. However, a few days of this and I again had some severe coughing sprees/bad days. I've been home from work the last few days, soft foods again, and it is subsiding.

Has anyone here had coughing as their primary symptom, and how has your recovery been? Is it common to still have some of the same issues as before the surgery during this time frame? Does it gradually improve over time, or is my surgery a failure? Feeling rather discouraged and hungry. :-)

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   Posted 2/3/2012 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lgjproduct,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You're just a little over two weeks post op, which is very, very, very early in the healing stage.  This surgery takes a full 6 months for the majority of healing to be complete, and a full year for the rest.  I even found some fine tuning taking place into my second year.  It sounds to me as if you're overdoing with your eating. 
I also had my Nissen for breathing issues.  I already had asthma, and the reflux caused my lungs to become very unhealthy.  I was doing nebulizer treatments several times a day during the last year, and my lungs were bad for over 5 years before my surgery.  I was also on unhealthy doses of steroids.
You are about 2 weeks post-op and your wrap is now at peak swelling.  I always tell people (as my surgeon did me) that after surgery your swallowing will get progressively worse during the first two weeks, peaking around 14 days.  That would explain why you're having to move back to soft foods and soups.  This is to be expected, so don't worry.  Once the swelling begins to subside you'll be back in business again.
It took my lungs about two and a half months to respond to the surgery.  It was amazing how much better they got, seemingly overnight. 
Like you, my surgeon turned me loose to eat regular food. His caveat was that I only eat foods that could be chewed to a liquid.  (Also, no bread (untoasted), sandwiches, or steak)  Small bites and chew, chew, chew.  I had my surgery 3 years ago, and although I can eat absolutely anything I want, I still have to eat more slowly and chew my food thoroughly.  The wrap that was created to hold acid in your stomach also makes it harder to get food through it.  That's why you'll want to chew it thoroughly.
Here's a link to my recovery journal.  It only takes you to about Day 19, but you'll get an idea of what someone elses's recovery was like. http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
Hang in there...things will improve over time.  If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it takes you, you'll do much better. Those who struggle against what is have a lot more trouble.
Glad you've joined us!  I'm sure others will be by to weigh in on the subject and offer you more support.
You're definitely in the right place!
Take care,
Denise turn

Post Edited (dencha) : 2/3/2012 9:04:06 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 2/4/2012 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, for a while after the surgery I was also in a panick, thinking I had reflux coming back up my throat again and iI'd gone through it all for nothing. But everyone here assured me to be patient. That recovery is a process that takes time. And they sure were right. It takes time. Believe in it and allow time to make it right. It sorted me out. See my post today about, Thank You Nissen!

Good luck. Hope it all turns out well for you.
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