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GerdyGirl
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   Posted 2/25/2012 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Wohooo I'm post op!! Recovery has been as expected, painful but improving. I left the hospital after one day and stopped all pain meds but tylenol yesterday. The main thing that's bugging me now is incisional pain, it feels like pulling. I'm getting esophageal spasms too which hurt, but I find that taking a deep breath in stops them. I've also lost 4lbs, which is nice but a little concerning since I'm going to be on liquids for a while and am not overweight. Oh and the gas bloat is wicked! Ugh! I'm taking gas-x and it's tolerable, but it feels like my intestines are wrestling each other. How long does that last? I'm also a little nervous about having to #2, it's been like 4 days and going to hurt! I tried some metamucil yesterday, but am guessing a laxative is next in order...

Thanks for all the supportive comments and useful information here, it was very encouraging :)

Also, when did people start getting back into their fitness routines? I know I have to give it at least a month, but I'm already missing it.

Post Edited (GerdyGirl) : 2/25/2012 10:57:24 AM (GMT-7)


opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/25/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Gerdy-

Welcome to the Wrapped Club. Your insides will feel messed up for quite some time. The gas they use can cause IBS type symptoms because of the pressure. Also you stomach has to get used to it's new configuration.

As for a laxative, I hear Colace is very good.

Take care,
Bill
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GerdyGirl
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   Posted 2/25/2012 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
How long did the gas last?

Papa1
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   Posted 2/25/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 8 days post op and the gas has let up,I did have bowel movement after 5 days,Doctor told me no lifting for 2 months. Worst is the pressure from not being able to burp under breast bone it builds and then slowly leaves, another week at least on liquid diet, have lost about 10Ibs could stand about 30 more though so this doesn't bother me
Good luck
Papa

dencha
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   Posted 2/26/2012 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi GerdyGirl,
Congratulations!  You're on the other side.  You're now a full-fledged member of the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I'm glad to hear that things are going well. 
 
Don't even think about getting back into your exercise "routine" yet!  You can get up and walk around...I got on my treadmill...no incline and slowly at first, but over time you can increase the intensity and distance. 
 
Don't forget that your wrap will become increasingly swollen over the first 2-3 weeks, and then the swelling will begin to subside.  Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.
 
Happy Healing!
Denise
 

GerdyGirl
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   Posted 2/26/2012 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Another IMPORTANT question: when did you start taking caffeine again?? It seems like I'm falling asleep every 3 hours and a little pick me up would be nice (obviously not carbonated).

Not gonna lie dencha, I was very, very tempted to hop on the treadmill and just walk 1 mile today (hey it's only 20 minutes, come onnnnnn). But I'll hold off a bit longer. Definitely noticing the swelling, even getting a little sorbet down was tough.

Last night was very bad actually. I had a bit of a cough but couldn't cough because it hurt, so it felt like I was drowning :( Took some medication to suppress the cough and eventually got some sleep, but man that was frustrating. I also have had constant shoulder and neck pain, I think from lying down so much and sleeping on the couch. I've been using a heating pad but it doesn't get me far (different from the post-op shoulder pain). Hope this lets up soon.

Thanks for all the encouragement.

imstarryeyed
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   Posted 2/26/2012 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Gerdy Girl! Congratulations on making it to the other side! I drank coffee and tea (with caffeine) in the hospital and have ever since. Walking may actually help your shoulder and neck pain. It's quite likely trapped gas contributing to the pain and moving helps it dissipate. Also, if you have someone who can massage that area it's helpful. Every day for the first 10 days or so I felt much better than the day before.

Best wishes in you recovery!
Starry

dencha
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   Posted 2/26/2012 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi GerdyGirl,
You can get on the treadmill as soon as you feel well enough, but your body will tell you not to overdo it.  You have been through major surgery...even though you just have 5 little slits on the outside, your inside has been through a lot.  I worked my way up gradually, but you'll get your strength back pretty quickly--especially if you're already in shape.  Just listen to your body.  If you start hurting slow it down.
 
As Starry said, walking will help with the shoulder pain.  Believe it or not, it's a very common complaint after Nissen surgery.  It's a combination of diaphram irritation and the gas they pumped into your gut before surgery, so they could see what they were doing when they operate.  I found that the more I walked the less my shoulder hurt.  Believe me, I feel your pain.  In some ways it's the worst pain of all--at least the most annoying.
 
Starry is a better one to answer the caffeine question.  I have a very sensitive stomach and have to drink coffee very sparingly.  I can, however, drink tea, and it doesn't bother me.  I started with decaf, then added a caffeinated tea bag, without any problem.
 
When you cough, hold a pillow tightly to your incisions.  It'll help keep it from hurting as much.  Also, you can ice any incision that hurts from repeated cough.  I found the left rib area to be particularly painful for the longest time.  I had a lung infection and coughed incessently during my recovery.  Ice was my salvation.  Be sure to cough and get that mucous out of your lungs.
 
Happy healing!
Denise
 
 

GerdyGirl
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   Posted 3/1/2012 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
The nights are the worst! I start to get abdominal cramping and incisional pain around 3pm, plus a dry cough that won't quit. It gets a little better every day, but it's frustrating. In the mornings I cough up a couple phlegm balls and then I'm fine (gross, sorry). I work in medicine, so I can safely say that I'm not concerned, just uncomfortable and healing. Hopefully things continue to improve. I've also found that if I lean forward or roll over on all four if in bed, the coughing doesn't hurt nearly as much. I also found that the painful hiccups subside if I hold my breath in for a few seconds. Thanks for the ice suggestion, that was brilliant!

I'm still not really craving food unless it is right below my nose. And I've had no problem going back to my daily schedule only 6 days post-op, although I do tire faster. I took a 5 hour exam today without any trouble except a coughing fit lol. It's crazy to think I haven't had any solid food in over a week!

I walked a mile on the treadmill 2 nights ago, it was easy and did seem to help. I'm planning to keep that up. I did have coffee once this week and it was glorious :)

Can't wait to be pain free! Soon!!

dencha
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   Posted 3/1/2012 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi GerdyGirl,
There definitely is a recovery here...I did tell you that, remember?  You've got a great attitude, so you'll do just fine.  As you know, consistent walking can't do anything but help you gain back your strength, as long as you don't feel any pain.
 
Are you taking your narcotic pain meds at night?  In the darkness of night, everything seems worse, so if you can take more pain meds you might have a better time of it.
 
Happy healing!
Denise

GerdyGirl
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   Posted 3/11/2012 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
A rather insignificant update, but hot darn I miss eating veggies and steak!! I'm still struggling with mushy foods and sticking primarily to liquids, almost 3 weeks out. I know it will improve. I missssss salads!!! Other than that, I feel like a normal person again mostly, just occasionally light-headed from not getting quite enough nutrition, but I'm trying.

Dencha- I stopped the night time narcotics a few days out, as soon as I was over the cough. I think the cough was just due to extra esophageal mucous from post surgery irritation.

dencha
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   Posted 3/11/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gerdy,
It sounds you're doing great!  I understand your yearning for veggies and salad!
 
An acquaintance who'd had the surgery two years before me suggested cooking some beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions in a crock pot until it was very done.  She said that it would allow me to get some great nutrition just eating the vegetables.  However, when I tested out the beef, it was so soft and cooked so thoroughly, I could eat that, too.
 
Anything that's cooked to oblivion is pretty darn easy to eat.  Just take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew.
 
Denise
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