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dp61
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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 5/1/2012 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Has surgey yesterday, LNF,did not have a hernia.  Had a really rough nigh in the hospital.  They couldn't control my nausea after many attemps with differnt drugs.  Finally about 4am I was able to fall asleep.  The gas pains in my neck and chest are terrible, going to try Phayzme to see if that helps.  Incisions do not hurt at all and I havent needed any drugs for pain.  My biggest complaint is that I feel I cannot swallow, like I have a huge baseball sitting in my through.  Oh well, now to the healing process!!
 

dencha
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   Posted 5/2/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi dp61,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad you're out of the hospital and settling into healing at home.  You're in the roughest part of healing, so hang in there.  It will get gradually better.
 
I recommend that you get up and walk around your house whenever you go to the bathroom.  The more you walk, the less shoulder pain you will have.  As soon as you're up to it, go outside for a walk.  Don't overdo it...just slowly...but the more you walk (at least in my experience) the better your shoulder will feel.
 
You've had major surgery at the center of your chest, so that pain is very understandable.  I expect you've seen this, but just in case, it might help to read through my early recovery journal.  You'll see that your experiences are common.
 
Be sure to take the pain medication you've been given.  As soon as the pain subsides a bit, you might want to switch to liquid Tylenol, since it's a little easier on the stomach and won't make you feel groggy.  It's a good idea to take the narcotic pain meds at bedtime even after you stop during the day.  They'll help you sleep.  Pain always seems worse at night.
 
Be sure to keep a handle on your nausea.  You won't want to retch or vomit at this early stage.  I assume that your surgeon sent you home with a nausea med script.  If not, call and ask for one to be ordered.  You (like all of us who are wrapped) should always have nausea meds handy. 
 
Happy healing!
Denise
 
 
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

dp61
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Date Joined Apr 2012
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 5/2/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise. I already went through the retching which was from the anethesia. It was pretty bad and doc had to do a barium swallow to make sure the sutures were still in the right place. I gas pressure in my shoulder and neck is pretty awful, but my 5 incisions do not both me at all. Have pain meds and have been taking them to get me though this. I know each day will get better.

Regards,
Deb

dencha
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   Posted 5/2/2012 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deb,
I still recommend walking as much as you can manage.  It helps get the gas moving and dissipated.  I think your shoulder would feel better if you did.
 
Even though the retching was from anesthesia, you still ought to get a script for nausea, just in case you get exposed to a stomach bug.  It can catch you off guard if you're not prepared.  Most here have scripts of Zofran, Phenegran, or Compazine.  I prefer the suppository type, as when I'm nauseous can't keep a pill down.
 
Glad your incisions are better.  You're right...as you heal those symptoms will disappear gradually.
 
Best wishes,
Denise
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