20 yrs suffering finally having surgery 3/14/12

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avantrip
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   Posted 3/6/2012 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. My name is Amy and I have suffered with gerd and a Hiatal hernia for 20 yrs. I am 41. Next Wednesday I am having the nissen fundiplocation surgery. My Dr is board certified and chief of surgery. Thank God. I am glad I found you all. After reading some of the recovery stories I am feeling a little less apprehensive. I'll keep u posted if I can figure out how to get back to this post. Bye for now. Oh tomorrow is my endoscopy and that other test.....?? To measure how tight to do the wrap.

daddypig
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   Posted 3/6/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy let us know how you go, good luck to you. If hes that good you wouldn't be getting it if he didn't think you were a good candidate or that he could help. Hang in there, I had it in august and I was not happy about it but the gerd gave me no choice!!

Kevin

dencha
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   Posted 3/6/2012 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Glad you've joined us.  I found this forum when I was getting ready to have the surgery three years ago.  It's a great place to be when you have questions and need pre and post-Nissen support!
We're here for you...any questions you have, ask away.
Very best wishes.  Let us know how your tests go.
Denise

avantrip
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   Posted 3/7/2012 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. Just got back for the endoscopy and manometry test. The endoscopy test was a piece of cake compared to the manometry test. That was awful. Glad its over. Surgery next Wed.

LBIsummers
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   Posted 3/7/2012 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy,

I'm having my surgery next Wednesday also! We can compare notes on our healing process.

Good luck!

Carole

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   Posted 3/7/2012 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy,
 
Welcome to HealingWell and I am glad you made it through your test.  I am glad you have been reading the posts from our great members and that you are feeling pretty good about heading to surgery.  I wish you the best of luck.
 
Kindly,
 
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avantrip
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   Posted 3/7/2012 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck carole. We will talk soon

WrappedGal27
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   Posted 3/9/2012 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Carole & Amy. I just joined the forum today and had my surgery this past Monday, March 6th. You can read my GERD SAGA Story here:


http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2363603

I HATED the Manometric Test and would have rather given BIRTH to TRIPLETS with NO EPIDURAL then go through that test again. The WORST. I will be praying for your surgery. What state are you in? I had my surgery done in Charleston, SC at MUSC. I was so happy with this hospital & my surgeon, Dr. Katharine Morgan. The entire experience was the best.

Blessings - WRAPPEDGAL27

avantrip
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   Posted 3/9/2012 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Wrappedgal27.
Thank you for your prayers and a speedy recovery to you. Yeah that manometry test was so awful. But very necessary. I once accidently had 3 large kindney stones ripped from my urethra. And that hurt so badly... But is rather do that again ten times than ever do that test again. I'm glad I finished it. My nurse told me many many patients cannot make it through.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/9/2012 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, my dad had kidney stones and he said that was the worse pain he felt in his life. A nurse compared it to giving birth.....

I heard they have a new manometry test where they can do it in 5 minutes or something now. Mine was like 45 minutes of gagging....

JAM1986
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   Posted 3/9/2012 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember the runs a few months after my first surgery. I thought to my self, hey if I no longer get GERD then this is not so bad. Eventually the runs went away after 1 year. The acid in the mouth though is I think a lot more complicated. I will trade my acid in the mouth for the runs any day especially with the meds for that problems out there. I don't know if you agree with me Maximus. I can't figure out why people get LPR when there anatomy is intact. I can understand if there was a hiatal hernia but a normal intact anatomy or nissen you would think would bring everything back to base line normal. Maybe it has something to do with the stomach itself? I wonder. I'm really, really depressed. My tongue hurts right now. Maximus with you engineering skills maybe you can figure out a way to reconstruct the Gastro Esophageal Flap Valve. I think in the future, surgeons should fix the LES and reconstruct the GEV as a supplant to the LES. There has got to be a way since Rudolph Nissen invented the first procedure. My tongue burns and I can only hope.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/10/2012 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Jam,

Where does your tongue burn? Mine is mainly on the edges. I believe it even gets up to my nose sometimes. Do you have irritation on your lips as well? How about the roof of your mouth? I'm seeing my ent tomorrow. I'll let u know what he says

avantrip
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   Posted 3/16/2012 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I had my nissen on Wednesday. Dr said it went well. I was in the hospital 2 nights. Shoulder pain as I expected from the co2 gas. Also left rib Incision pain. It's manageable with pain meds. I am able to swallow liquids just fine with no pain. I had a problem with yougart (my first dairy) it made me very very phlemy which made me cough. And I'm not going to lie, that hurts. So far no bowel movement. Not sure if that Is normal.

dencha
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   Posted 3/16/2012 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad to hear your surgery went well and your home and recovering.  If you can walk, it'll help your shoulder pain.  I found the more I walked, the better my shoulder felt.
 
It's very normal not to have a BM at this point.  You aren't eating much, which slows things down, and you're on narcotic pain meds--another constipation culprit.  When your pain subsides enough to make the switch to liquid Tylenol, it'll help.  You'll probably be able to make the switch during the day before making it at night when pains seem to be magnified.
 
The "phlegmy" issue might even be caused by esophageal irritation.  I remember about Day 4 I was creating so much mucous/saliva I had to keep spitting it out.  I do understand the pain of coughing...I had a lung infection during my recovery and coughed constantly.  If you're coughing and creating incision pain, try ice.  It worked great for me.
 
Best wishes!
Denise

Marcello
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   Posted 3/17/2012 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Amy, take as little pain meds as you can manage. Anything which is 'opioid', eg containing ingredients morphine, codeine or tramadol, will slow your bowel muscles. Plus as Denise says, you're not eating much. Give it time and mobilise as much as you can comfortably tolerate.

Marcello
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   Posted 3/17/2012 3:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh and congrats!

Marcello
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   Posted 3/17/2012 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Btw, Denise you're a machine! Giving tireless counsel to others here!

avantrip
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   Posted 3/17/2012 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the support. I think I may have an allergy to dairy. It's the only time I get phlemy. My surgery ended up being late in the evening on wed. I did not get back to my room until almost midnight. So I'm not even at the 72 hr mark. I am feeling better today. Less pain. Less meds. I have been walking every day several times. And today I took a shower which felt awesome. Shoulder pain is better as long as I keep moving. Broth seems to be the most soothing "meal" for me. Also baby food fruits are pretty good. I'm really not Hungary at,all but I know I need to eat. Take care everyone.

Post Edited (avantrip) : 3/17/2012 10:57:14 AM (GMT-6)


dencha
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   Posted 3/18/2012 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy,
I hope your healing is going well and that you're feeling better today. 
Thinking of you and sending you good wishes!
Denise
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