A question for Nissen Veterans who had LPR or sore throat pre op

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/14/2012 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to ask you veterans how long did it take before you started to see improvements in your throat after Nissen Fundoplication if a sore throat was one of your symptoms?

Right now, I'm at Day 9 in my post op recovery. I know that is not a long time, but it seems like my stomach, wrap, incisions, are all healing very fast. The only thing that is taking time is my throat. My ENT told me it can take months for that to heal but wanted some insight from you folks.

Thanks!

Max

dencha
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   Posted 2/14/2012 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Max,
Your ENT is very wise.  Fragile esophageal and throat tissue takes a long time to heal.  It didn't take a few weeks to get in that condition, and it won't take a few weeks to recover.  This type of healing takes time and patience.
 
My lungs took two and a half months to show improvement.
Relax and go with the flow.  It will happen.
Denise
 
PS--Are you still sleeping with the head of your bed elevated?  That would be wise.  Remember that your swollen and missappen wrap could allow a bit of reflux through during these early weeks, so you'll want to take precautions.  Have you discussed continuing with PPIs for a little longer?  (Can you take PPIs?  I can't remember.) Since you're an LPR case you are more sensitive to any reflux that might slip through.   Just a thought.
 
Happy Healing!
Denise

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/14/2012 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise,

I discontinued PPIs several months ago as I felt little benefit from them.

Good point about "my throat didn't get this way in a couple of days/weeks" it is only logical that it would take time for it to heal.

I think I needed some reassurance. Overall, I'm doing well. Only the throat is giving me issues which I can live it compared to how I was before.

Thanks again.

Darryl
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   Posted 2/15/2012 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya,
 
very true words from Denise the wise. It takes time. I'm at five months now, and although I don't get reflux anymore, I still feel that my throat is in recovery and at times I believe it to be still a bit raw on the inside from the burning over years. They call the esophagus a "dumb" organ. So it will take it a while to get with the program. So be patient, and enjoy the benefits as it gets better and better as the weeks and months tick by!
 
Darryl

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/15/2012 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Darryl.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/17/2012 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darryl,

Can you describe what your symptoms were pre op? Do you get any symptoms post op as well?

My surgery pains are pretty much gone but my throat still hurts and I'm hoping to see some improvement in that area. I have a follow up with my surgeon next thursday and start work that friday. The pain in the throat is tolerable but I just wish it would be gone.......it's hard to be patient sometimes. We all want instant healing. I know it took time for my throat to get into this condition so its going to take time for it to get better. I have to convince myself that everything will turn out fine ;)

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/17/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, how are u all doing? I still have my throat and mouth symptoms. I'm 40 days post op. do u think it is still early in the recovery?

dencha
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   Posted 3/18/2012 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Max,
Did you have you appointments with specialists regarding your symptoms?  Also, how's your search for a PCP coming?  A good PCP can make sense of all the disparate viewpoints of the many specialists you're employing.  Specialists can be great resources, but they see things from specific perspectives.  You need a PCP to tie it all together and help you understand what's going on.
It's worth the effort...
 
Denise
 
PS...40 days is too early to know how your Nissen recovery will be at 6 months or a year.  There's no speeding up the time it takes to heal and for your GI tract to adjust to the changes.  Time is the only answer, and you're just a little over the one month mark...which is at the infancy stage of recovery.
 
If your symptoms are caused by GERD they will be improved by the surgery.  If they have another cause, then you'll have to pursue a different fix for them.  Still, you need to give your surgery time to heal.
Patience...

applesteach
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   Posted 3/19/2012 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a terrible sore throat. I was sure I had intubation damage. It was a really bad upper respiratory and sinus/nasal infection. If you are still hurting, see a doctor. I am feeling much better now. A bit congested but better overall! Hope you feel better soon!

JAM1986
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   Posted 3/19/2012 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus,

I've been very depressed recently with my burning mouth, scratchy throat and all the other issues I mentioned to you. I'm on week 7 with no improvement on my symptoms. Dencha you think week 7 is still to early to tell whether the valve will shut better? Seems like if I get off my PPIs my symptoms seem worst then when I first got on the PPIs right after surgery. Seems like your stomach goes through some serious rebound after you stop taking PPIs. By the way my Nissen was a revision so they had to take the old one apart and rewrap.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/20/2012 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
JAM,

Well, I can't say my symptoms improved. Honestly, I think there are times when I don't think about it as much. My lips around the edges look a little irritated. I think it's related but I don't know. I'm honestly, thinking it's still early and we have 6 months to determine if it worked or not regardless if we still feel symptoms. I do believe if the wrap heals it may get tighter or work the way it suppose to for us LPR sufferers. In the mean time, I'm trying my hardest to keep myself occupied. During the weekdays it's easiest for me cause I have a set schedule, I'll wake up, work, come home, exercise, eat dinner, and sleep....the weekend is a bit tougher cause I have more time to think about what's happening to me. But exercising is definitely my scapegoat for this. Honestly, I don't feel the burning when I'm jogging. I wish jog all day long honestly. But if that what it takes for me to make it through the day. So be it. If lips get burnt, I'll just have to put make up on lol, j/k. It better not get to that. Nah, but hey, we are just a month a week or so from major surgery. My scars on my stomach are still visible so inside must still be a mess I assume. Good luck jam, don't get down man. We gotta get through this together......Honestly, if my lips were perfect, I could bear the pain I think.......I've gotten so use to it already.

rolando
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   Posted 2/14/2014 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hy applesteach did u usually faced pain in ur throat and if yes how severe was it?

Post Edited (rolando) : 2/14/2014 7:12:23 AM (GMT-7)


morco
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   Posted 9/19/2014 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Maximus or anyone with same problems,I was operated for 4 months Nissen Fundo, since then, my lpr symptoms are getting worse,burning in the mouth and tongue,sore throat caused by permanent burp.I have intolerable pain and I feel bad,it will always stay so? or is there hope that it will be better?
must you still burp?you still have severe lpr symptoms? how are you now?
I hope that someone has answer for me, I am looking forward to any help and answer

Marco
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