How did you feel at two weeks post op?

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/17/2012 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
How were you feeling two weeks post op?

For me, it has been up and down. Initially I felt everything was going perfect and smooth it was almost too good to be true. The surgery pains healed fast but the LPR pains (sore throat, mouth, etc.) was not going away as fast as I'd hoped. I do feel better than pre op but I was hoping at 12 days post op I would be in tip top shape. I am able to eat more foods and my activity level is up. It's just this LPR throat/mouth thing I wish would disappear. Sometimes it gets me and I start doubting the successfulness of the surgery itself even only 12 days out. I know I need patience with this but sometimes it can get hard.....

couchtater
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   Posted 2/17/2012 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I was still weak and had some pains and LPR symptoms for two months after my surgery. I had to wean off my nexium slowly to prevent rebound.
Joy

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/17/2012 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, you probably mentioned this before but what kind of LPR symptoms did you have again? Was it after two months that you started feeling better?

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/18/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Max. You are way, way too optimistic about the recovery time. Especially for LPR.

I had my op at 8th of Nov 2011 for LPR and I am still on full PPI’s twice a day. Only around week 11 did my LPR symptoms start to subside some and only to come back over the last 3-4 weeks and now I am back at “square one”
I had my post operation follow up 3 days ago, and even though my surgeon had hoped for more progress, he told me that it was quite normal to have ups and downs. He told me to have another checkup in 3 months’ time and only then would he expect the system to be stable.

In other words, you are in for a long recovery my friend. You probably need to wait it out another 10 weeks before you see any relief from the LPR symptoms.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/18/2012 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I was coughing almost non-stop for three years. I would gag and choke on reflux. It kept my lungs inflammed all of the time.

It was around two months before I fully stopped coughing and began to feel better.

Be patience...it does take time to heal.
Joy

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/18/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. That does make me feel better. Jesper what kind of symptoms did you have pre op? It seems like 2 months is the norm to see a difference for LPR right? My symptom now if is slight throat and mouth discomfort, like a a slight burning sensation. It's hard to tell if it's different from pre op. I get paranoid sometimes and I check my throat often to see if it's healing....I probably shouldn't do that....

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/18/2012 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
No, don’t do that. It is not going to happen any time soon.

I had the usual suspects like:
- Constant throat clearing
- Throat irritation
- Excessive phlegm
- Globus feeling
- Hoarseness
- Post nasal drip

I actually felt like I was choking sometimes. The throat clearing was a little better after 12, but it is still there. The phlegm has gone down a little bit but I am still hoarse so overall I am not a lot better than before the op. Having said that I do think it is a little better like one point on a “ten-scale”, but it is still annoying and I am still on PPI’s twice a day

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/18/2012 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
yes 2 - 4 month seems like the norm. But as Denise is preaching you will still see progress after a year

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/18/2012 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok thanks guys. It's hard cause I guess we all want instant or quick healing. You're right the best I can do is not even check my throat on a day to day basis. I have to try and forget about it an go on with life. I'm trying to be a little more active with doing more fast paced walking and even walking some stairs to get some exercise in. I tried some eggs today (day 13 post op) and had a little difficulty. I can eat pasta fine though...that's kind of weird. I don't mind sticking with liquids longer. I'm just hoping to see some improvements in my symptoms. Overall I do feel like my symptoms went down a bit. I guess patience is the key...what more can we do at this point right?

amanster
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   Posted 2/18/2012 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maximus,
I have had trouble with eggs too, I think they cause a lot of gas in your stomach during digestion. I didn't have any problem eating them, they didn't get stuck, but after I eat them i have pain in the wrap area. I am assuming this is due to gas/ bloat. I didn't have any of the throat symptoms you had but I am now 20 days post op and feel pretty good. A little pain if I overdo it physically or with food. I am still taking it very slowly with food, perhaps too slowly but I would rather be careful than sorry about what I ate. I have found the discomfort after eating is getting better day by day.....slowly. :-)

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   Posted 2/18/2012 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus

Your post asked how it felt 2 weeks post op. well I am 62 years old and I went back to work at day 18.. at day 14 I was still feeling pretty much like a truck ran over me... I was on a full liquid diet and I didn't start soft foods until the beginning of week 3. by the time I went back to work, I felt OK but not great.. I wish I had waited another week but, I made it. The diet was definitely the biggest challenge. I altered the foods I eat completely.. more fruit and veggies than ever before. I find it is very good for me.

You will find that every day you will feel a bit better than the previous day. Just relax into your recovery and listen to what your body tells you. If it says you can't have a certain food.. wait for a couple weeks and try it again. Don't push it... I am now at almost 11 months post op and I feel good.. I have a few other health issues right now but the GERD issues are all but gone.. the only thing I have a problem with is some types of bread are still hard for me to eat and steak and most beef that is not ground just doesn't sit on my stomach well.. but everything else is great...
Please continue to come to the forum and ask all the questions you like.. do not hesitate to also complain if you want.. we have all done it at one time or another.. we know what you are feeling... we will support you through it all..

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/18/2012 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am at 13 days post op and honestly it hasn't been all rainbows and sunshine.

Initially post op, I felt great....pains from the surgery but I felt my LPR symptoms subside. I had a constant burning feeling in my stomach, throat and mouth.

My throat was always sore but the stomach discomforts went away, I was thrilled.

At about Day 10, the surgery pains were really subsiding but I felt that all too familiar LPR burning sensations again. It's such an odd feeling. It subsides when I eat or drink something but comes back right after.

At first I was convincing myself that it was the surgery pains that could mimick this but I'm not so sure.

I don't mind the diet or surgery pains but I what I really wanted was the surgery to work.

I know day 13 is still early. But when start feeling things similar to what you felt before it gets real discouraging.

Can anyone provide some encouraging words.....I think need them.

I was optimistic in the beginning and now I am so doubtful......it's so strange.

bowecho
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   Posted 2/19/2012 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember seeing my surgeon at either 1 or 2 weeks out and he could tell I was discouraged. He said it was normal at that point to doubt the success. He told me to do my best to refrain from having negative thoughtst and to decide if I was happy at week 8. He was confident that he would be able to say, "I told you so.". Well... He couldn't have been more right. The Nissen is not an instant gratification surgery, we have a very long recovery road ahead of us afterwards. Recovery is annoyingly slow, and the emotional part of your brain will try to make you doubt things, but all you can do is hang in there. Then, it will all of a sudden be three months, and you'll laugh about doubting the recovery early on, because you feel so great. That was my experience.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/19/2012 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Tony, so even you were disappointed at two weeks?

bowecho
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   Posted 2/19/2012 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Even though the logical part of my brain knew it was impossible, I was frustrated I wasn't seeing immediate results. At 2 weeks I also was having rough bloating that I was worried would be an ongoing problem. It cleared up a week later. I hated the diet and it made me really grumpy. I was still having trouble telling if my chest pain was gone, or if it was just post surgery pains. Soon after i realized it was really gone. Even though every single person here said recovery was slow, I thought I'd recover faster. Ha! Wrong!

Since your symptoms are LPR related, it's going to be slow going. I know you know that, but it is really hard to get the logical part of your brain to explain it to the emotional part. Emotions don't want to listen to medical facts! The best you can do is just focus on improving, returning to a normal diet, returning to a normal life routine. I wish there was a faster option, but I haven't seen one yet!

Jesper A
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   Posted 2/19/2012 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Max, if you read through some of the older posts you will see that a lot of people, including myself, experience reflux several months after the operation. It is absolutely normal. You have to wait another 10 - 14 weeks before you can start evaluating the success.
And even though I am actually at 14 weeks my doctor still ask me to wait another 14 weeks before really evaluating.

LPR is nasty thíng, it will not go away in a flash
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