10 Days post Nissen - pain after eating

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amanster
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   Posted 2/9/2012 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I am 10 days post op and things have been going fairly well so far. I have not had any problems swallowing but I am very careful to chew everything to mush before swallowing and I take very small bites. Yesterday I had an egg for breakfast - a whole egg, which is much more than I had eaten prior and I think I might have irritated something. I kept having bad pains at the wrap site and it felt like the muscles around the wrap incision kept cramping up all day. It would settle down and feel better but then as soon as I ate something again it would hurt for several hours. I finally took some motrin late last night and it is feeling better this morning but I am going to stick to liquid foods today.

Is it possible for the wrap to get irritated from food passing through it? Have others had this sharp cramping pain at the wrap site after eating? Since it gets better from rest I am assuming it is nothing serious but it would be nice to hear from others if this is a "normal" part of the recovery process.

Thanks in advance for sharing!

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/9/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
You are at 10 days post op, which is around the time where your stomach is at peak swelling. This means you can experience a lot of things including more pain at the wrap area when food is trying to get through.
I myself had a lot of problems with food getting stuck above the wrap which lasted for at least 4 weeks (towards the end it was less of a problem and it didn’t hurt so much)
I am sure you are experiencing some of the symptoms of this peak swelling but in doubt you should call your doctor.

elsiem
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   Posted 2/9/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amanster,

I had the exact same thing happen to me. I had really bad pain after eating an omelete for breakfast one morning when I was about 4 weeks post op. I thought at the time that I had just eaten too much because after rest it went away & I just had liquids for a while afterwards. My GP said that some foods can irritate the stomach especially after this kind of surgery because all the nerves have been messed with. Now I am 7 months post op & I can eat anything (even foods that were once triggers) but not eggs. For some reason I still get pain & nausea whenever I eat them.

This recovery is all about trial and error & it appears that no two people are the same.

It sounds like you are doing everything right so hang in there & keep taking things slowly.

Take care

Lynda

kyheart
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   Posted 2/9/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Amanster
If you are 10 days post op, you are approaching the peak swelling of your wrap. Usually the wrap will continue to swell until the 14-15 day. Then it will begin to recede at it's own rate. I was on full liquid until the beginning of my 3rd week. If I ate things that my stomach was not ready for there was pain near/at the wrap site. You have had major surgery.. your insides have been moved and lifted and jiggled around like never before. Your outside may be healing but it takes the inside a LOT more time. I am at 10 months and there are still one or two things that bother my wrap.. like soft bread. Garlic bread toasted well doesn't bother me but, I have to watch what kind of bread I eat. Also some types of beef still do not agree with me.. but by and large, I can eat everything I did before.

Please, do not rush your recovery. If there is one thing I learned quickly, if you surrender to the recovery, you will breeze through it. If you fight against the recovery, you will not have a good time. Recovery is what you make it.
If you irritate the wrap by moving too quickly with your food choices or eating too much or not chewing thoroughly enough, you will have some pain issues. Everyone is different in what they can tolerate and how quickly they can advance their diet choices. You have to let your body determine what you are ready for. If it seems to let you know that whatever you have eaten is irritating, you need to rethink that choice and try it in a couple of weeks. The first couple of weeks are still in the swelling period, give it some time... try different things daily or every other day, but eat a small amount frequently not a large amount 3 times a day.. Just remember that if you cannot tolerate regular food for a while, your blender will be your best friend.. stew is great blended.. just because there are no chunks doesn't mean you have no flavor or consistency.

I hope this has helped you a bit and I hope you will come back to the forum and ask any and all questions you have. We discuss pretty much everything here because we know there is a lot of gas after this surgery and there are changes in the way things move... if ya know what I mean??? We will try to answer your questions as honestly as we can. We have all been there or we know what is happening or going to happen..
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dencha
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   Posted 2/9/2012 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amanster,
At ten days your wrap is swollen, and that swelling will increase over the next week or so, until you reach peak swelling on our about Day 14.  Of course the timing isn't exact, but my surgeon said that I could expect my swallowing to get worse over the first two weeks as the wrap continued to swell.
 
Your poor stomach has been stretched, wrapped, and stitched, and you can't blame it for complaining.  It will take quite a while for your upper GI tract to adjust to its new configuration, so you'll have to be patient.  Your outsides will heal and you'll be back to your normal life long before your insides are ready to party.
 
Yes, your wrap can become irritated.  During the early days/weeks of healing there were times when I could tell that my wrap was tired and it complained loudly.  Be patient with it...it's been through a lot!
 
Unfortunately your healing process won't be a consistent progression, but rather a lot of fits and starts, and ups and downs.  Ups become a little higher, and downs not so low...eventually everything settles out.
 
Hang in there.  You're in the thick of the most challenging part of your recovery.  This too, will pass!
 
Best wishes,
Denise

amanster
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   Posted 2/9/2012 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! It is so reassuring to hear that other's have had the same experiences. I have stuck to liquid and pre mashed foods with liquid today. The wrap area is still sore but seems to be getting better. It is so hard to take it slow but I know it is for the best. What I wouldn't give for a nice salad and a turkey burger right about now!!!

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/11/2012 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Amanster,

I definitely feel you. My family was in town this week and we've been going to restaurants.....I'm ordering soup....and they're ordering combo meals with a nice salad bar, burgers, steaks, ahhhhh! But I told them I'm find it ;)

I know I don't have to, but I always explain to the waitress that I'm on a special diet cause they're like "just soup?"

Good luck on your recovery ;)

Max

amanster
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   Posted 2/11/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, thanks for sharing your experiences and insight. It helps me get through all of this sanely :-)

I am still getting along ok, not great yet, but not too bad either. I keep getting the sharp spasming sort of pain under the large incision site (and I assume the wrap site). My thinking is that the swelling is at its peak right now and eating gets the wrap irritated which in turn causes the spasming in the muscles in that area. I have found that lying down takes the pressure off those abdominal muscles and eases the pain. Does anyone have any other tips for easing the pain? I can't be lying down all the time after all. :-)

Dimkom
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   Posted 2/12/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, it is 11 days after the operation now. Like yesterday, I have trouble swallowing and the pain lingers on for up to 5 minutes after a swallow of a liquid or mushed food. Also, I have, since yesterday, some strange hiccups. I feel often some burps coming close but never happen after all. This creates some additional pains in my chest area. It's probably this swelling of the wrap area; I am not feeling very well today and I hesitate to even drink water.

DK

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/12/2012 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi DK,
Like I told in the second post in this thread I was just like that. For me it lasted about 4 weeks and only slowly going away.
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