scared after nissen fundoplication

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/13/2012 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I underwent laparoscopic nissen fundoplication on wednesday 11th april 2012 (so 2 days ago). I managed to eat some soup last night and a weetabix this morning. However when i have just tried to eat my lunch of soup i almost vomited. I changed from the soup to jelly but to no avail. I still nearly vomited again. Is this normal?i am taking tiny mouthfuls at a time and not rushing but i am experiencing major pain and difficulty. Also i am lethargic yet unable to sleep due to the pain. I am scared to try and eat again incase i were to vomit and loosen the wrap. Since surgery i have also developed a cough and my chest is wheezy. Please could somebody advise me? My family dont seem to understand the monumental amount of pain i am in and how scared i am. Thanks

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 4/13/2012 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I would think you should call your doctor. You should have been given some anti-nauseous medication. I was given it in the hospital after my sugery and a prescription for home. If you think you might vomit it you can get suppositories. I was also given a pain med prescription for home. Vomiting and coughing both is very harmful so you should call your doctor immediately. Today being Friday you'd better call soon or go to the emergency room - it's that critical.

I don't know what a wheatabix is but sounds like a wheat biscuit? I would think you should stick to a liquid diet for at least a week or two is better. Didn't your doctor give you any prescritpions or tell you anything for follow up?

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   Posted 4/13/2012 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and I understand your fears.  From what members have posted here in the forum over the years, nausea is very common after the Nissen.   I recommend asking your surgeon for a prescription for  nausea medication.   
Your upper GI tract has been completely revised; your stomach has been stretched and wrapped around your esophagus, and stitched there. It is normal to feel fatigued this close to surgery. Everything will take time to heal and adjust. Use your pain medications and if you feel there is something seriously going on do check in with your surgeon.
I am truly sorry to hear you are feeling bad. Weetabix is a whole grain breakfast cereal and IMHO I would back off of any product like this for now and stick with liquids advancing very slowly. I know you will be hearing from members with recommendations re diet.
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   Posted 4/13/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi fightingspirit,
Welcome to Healing Well!  You're now a full-fledged member of the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah At two days, you're in the toughest part of your recovery.  At this point you need to expect difficulty swallowing and need to stick to liquids or very soft, smooth foods.  Even those will be difficult and painful to swallow. 
As Kitt said, your stomach has been stretched and wrapped and stitched, and there has likely been a repair of your hiatal hernia as well.
I don't have a lot of time to write right now, but here's a link to my recovery journal, in case you haven't seen it.
Also, here's a great resource regarding eating:
Be sure to take your pain medication.  Don't worry about the eating and drinking at this point.  Stay away from iced drinks and don't use straws, as they can introduce air into your stomach and add to bloating.
Hang in there...this is the roughest part.  It'll improve over time. 
Talk to you soon,

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   Posted 4/13/2012 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your replies so far! I have taken on board your advice and i realise i need to take things one step at a time. Unfortunately i am a worrier. Your journal is wondeful denise and very helpful. The pain meds do little to subside the pain and moving around seems to worsen it? I have been taking anti nausea meds but still feeling nauseaus? The hospital gave me soluble paracetamol and codeine for the pain but i fear the soluble paracetamol are worsening the build up of gas in my chest and stomach due to being fizzy?
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