Post Nissen Pain when did it finally subside

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/7/2012 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, I'm two days post op. Very early in the recovery process.

I wanted to know about when did most of the pain from surgery, stomach, chest, etc. subside....two weeks, one month, etc.?

I know we all recover at different rates but wanted some kind of gauge.

Thanks guys.

bowecho
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   Posted 2/7/2012 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped taking prescription pain meds after 10 days, then used tylenol as needed for a little bit. All constant pain was gone around 10 days, but I had some random soreness now and again for another couple of weeks. I'd probably say it was 1 month before I felt no pain or discomfort any longer from the surgery.

I had bloating for a few weeks that could be painful. It was a few weeks until I was able to burp. Sounds like you can burp fine already, so you'll probably not have to worry about those issues.

Once the pain was gone and I felt better I had in years, my body would deceive me. At 4 weeks I felt, "wow, I feel amazing, bet I can eat anything!" then I'd eat something dry or solid and it'd get stuck for a while.
I had to remember that even though the pain was gone, recovery was still going on.

imstarryeyed
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   Posted 2/8/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Max, I quit taking pain pills at about 10 days. Still had some pain but not enough to medicate. Then at 2 weeks I had terrible pain whenever I sat down, stood up, basically moved. It lasted for 2 weeks and suddenly disappeared and I've felt great since. The surgeon thought it might have been an internal stitch that was irritated or caught on something after I'd bent over. That's when it started, I had bent over several times within an hour. I had felt good before that. Moral of story: Don't bend, lift, reach too soon. And take pain pills on schedule for as long as you need them so you aren't chasing the pain.

Starry

tclvr
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   Posted 2/8/2012 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
imstarryeyed- Reading your reply put me at ease a little bit. I had the nissen done on 1/25 so I am just at my 2 week mark and started experiencing pain when I sit, stand or move. I went back to work on Monday and that's when it started. I called my doctors office and they told me to go to the ER! Ridiculous! I wasn't in life threatening pain, but enough pain that ibuprofen wasn't helping. Unfortunately, I don't feel like my doctors office cares about my pain. I was given a prescription of 5mg percocets the day after the surgery and was finished with those in about 4 days. When I called to get a refill they acted like I shouldn't be in so much pain and told me I could only have 5mg vicodins. After being on percocet for 4 days, the vicodin did barely anything.

After reading that people have been on pain meds for up to 10 days, now I don't feel so crazy. I almost wanted to ask my doctors office if my pain wasn't normal, since they acted like I was a drug addict for wanting a refill!

I took Tuesday off and am back at work today taking it very slow. I have a desk job so it's not that strenuous, but just getting up and down from my chair hurts a little since it's all core muscles that are working.

Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for sharing. Hope everyone is getting better with each new day!

Dimkom
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   Posted 2/8/2012 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery 7 days ago. I took pain killers only during the first 2 hospital days. I have difficulty to burb and I have occasional strong chest pains during my unsuccesful efforts to burb. Other than that, no other severe pains and never took other pain killers. 5 days after the operation I caught a flu and had the desire to vomit. My dry heaving lasted for about 5 minutes, but no vomit came out. Since then, I am worried whether my wrap was actually damaged, which I hope not, since I put a lot of pressure during this dry heaving incident. I still have difficulty to burb, but liquids seem to go down more easily after that dry heaving incident. I also eat some massed foods too (massed potatoes with massed meat) which go down relatively easily. My main problem now is the toilet. I went to the toilet 2 days after the surgery. Since then though, 5 days now, I cannot defecate. I wonder if this related to the limited amounts of solid food that I eat over the past week. My mouth, also, smells very badly.

DK

imstarryeyed
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   Posted 2/8/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
tclvr, I'm glad my post helped. The pain was not something I was expecting, from everything I read, so I was somewhat alarmed, but very relieved when it went away. It was a month before I could lay on my side, in bed, which also helped me to sleep and heal better.

DK, I think all bodily functions are disrupted by the trauma of surgery. It's not unusual to have things not working normally for a while. You are still in early recovery. Have you tried a stool softener? It might help. It took me about 10 days to get back to "my normal." I think burping is related to how tight your wrap is done. I could burp in the hospital. Hang in there!

Starry

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Two days pot-op now.

As long as I do not move am feeling pretty good. I had no nausea and am able to stick to the liquid diet, since I have no appetite. However I keep falling asleep. My surgeon said that I could start on mushy foods tomorrow.

My key symptoms now are pain!!! As soon as I try to get out of bed, or a chair or go to lie down, I am having excruciating pain. An ice-pack helps a little but as does the meds. I am so swollen that it looks, at least to me, as if I was pregnant!

Good to know that i should have less pan by 10-days!

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
StellaNY,

I know what you mean about the the pain from getting up and lying down. I'm at day 4 post op and the pain has gone down a lot from Day 1 but it's still there. I'm still on liquids but no pain medicine. I don't like to take those pain meds but the first two days it was necessary. We are in for a battle but I hope things get better

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/9/2012 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus808 and other members: I am now in day 17, I was in the hospital for 7 days, as my surgery was an open one. The first 3 days my pain was controlled by an epidural with some morphine to cover some "open" pain areas. Once the epidural was removed my pain was in the area of 8 out of 10. I had morphine until day 5, when I received 5mg of oxycodone every 4 hrs. Once home I've had oxy. available once every 6 hrs. Day 12 the serious pain had left me. Right now in the 17th day the pain in the lower abdomen and the drainage tube area are still pretty angry. Sleeping on my left side is a no-no, the incision is 13 inches long. I have been pretty active, this takes away some of the pain. I am following the strict diet, I tried a few no-no's and paid for it. Overall I am very pleased with my progress. I have only had 3 bowel movements since coming home, but my water is passing fine.         Cheers

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also running 100.6 degrees and have taken 3 naps so far today. The pain is a little less from this morning but much greater then I had anticipated.

I have been taken my perocet every 4 hrs (including in the middle of the night)and just drank some liquiid tylenol for the fever.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
JTF,

Is there reason why the surgery wasn't done Lap vs open? Did you have previous surgery in the abdomen? That's great that you're active now. I'm trying to be more active as well. I am also on a strict liquid diet. I'm mixing it up with Jello, Soup, Boost, and Water at the moment. So far it's ok. I can manage that. I had two regular bowels at 4 days post op. Pain is maybe a 2-3 without pain meds. I'm trying to keep myself warm to not catch a cold. I'll keep you all updated and please update us as well JTF and StellaNY. Let's all get through this together. Be positive and believe that this was the right thing for us. Good luck.

Max

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/9/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Max, Hello. The main reason for having an open surgery as opposed to a laparoscopic surgery has to do with an enormous amount of scar tissue which formed after having emergency surgery after stepping on a IED during my tour in asia. I suffered a severley punctured diaphram, two collapsed lungs, both punctured, loss of spleen, collapsed breathing airway, stomach puncture, kidney and liver tears, broken right shoulder and knee. Needless to say, my surgeon did not want to risk disturbing any healed organs. Mind you this was 10 years ago. This was a piece of cake compared to that.  I'm glad to hear you are coming along. The diet sucks, but it is the smallest problem for us now.                                          Cheers

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, you went through a battle. Sorry but what's an IED? Ya I feel you on the diet but as long as I'm not tempted with steaks and burgers all over.

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/9/2012 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Max: Improvised Explosive Device. Probably responsible for half of soldiers deaths. They are buried underground on roadways and walkways where the soldiers have to patrol. We fought a war against cowards who would never come face to face against us.                    Cheers

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, we appreciate your service and courage. Amazing story. You are living proof that you can overcome anything.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
@StellaNY, You shouldn't be running a fever. Call your doctor.

@Max, I didn't need but one dose of pain killer during the 24hrs I was in the hospital. I did
have to take loratab for four days after that.
Joy

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Is lortab a pain killer?

Today is day 4 and the pain level is tolerable without meds. I have about 8 more days of oxycondone left. I don't want to take it too long....

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Up to 4 naps for today alone. Never slept quite so much before.

Doc said that I should call him if only my fever went above 101; so mine does not qualify. I feel fine as long as I do not move at all!!

Tomorrow I can begin on mushy foods- so can hardly wait to eat a scrambled egg for breakfast!!

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/9/2012 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
StellaNY,

What day post op are you?

StellaNY
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   Posted 2/9/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Surgery was Tuesday so that makes it 2 day post-up.
How long until you can go on soft food? It seems like every doc has a different opinion.
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