lap nissen fudoplation done on may 3rd 2012: complications

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lnfregret
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   Posted 5/22/2012 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
shakehead  had surgery on may 3, 2012. have left upper quadrant pain always, diarrehia 30 minutes after eating since surgery, and very bad sternum pain, with huge abdominal bloating not from gas but fluids.  surgeon says "not from my surdery!" see pcp.  called pcp yesturday and talked with nurse. said she would call back today but still hasnt. in alot of pain but heating pad on high helps with left upper quadrant pain. am able to burp and do pass alot of gas. any suggestions?

couchtater
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   Posted 5/22/2012 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Lots of gas is normal after surgery. Mine lasted for a year. :P

The diarrehia could be from the food type you're eating. Are you on liquid diet still? Try eating some watery Grits to thicken up the "slurry" :S

The pain is normal. You are still in recovery phase. Heating pad will help with the pains.
Joy

lnfregret
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   Posted 5/22/2012 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
my surgeon wants me to eat solids. i said it hurt too. he said eat it anyways. but i am still doing soft foods: a little, with full liquid diet. my pcp got back to me and said sternum pain caused from surgery even though surgeon said it wasnt. its inflammation pain and to take 1 prilosec a day x 14 days. i new i wasnt crazy!

lnfregret
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   Posted 5/24/2012 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i've been on prilosec for 3 days and now i have absolutely no sternum pain any more!! I actually feel pretty good! i can now vacuum etc. i still have left upper quadrant pain and will address that on the 29th with my surgeon. also the awful bloating is going away: its only half as big. on the road to recovery!!

kyheart
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   Posted 5/24/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Infregret

It sounds like you have just moved too quickly with your diet..(and you want to do too much too quickly) some people can move quicker than others with diet but, you must be careful.. most are on liquids for 2 weeks and then move to soft foods.. and I am no doctor but I have been through this surgery and I could not have eaten "normally" at 3 weeks to save my life.. I cannot imagine a doctor telling you to eat solids even though you say it hurts you.. after this major surgery to your stomach.. OMGosh... what is he thinking?????

I had dumping syndrome (random diarrhea) which is pretty much standard.. you have had your inside re-arranged and you have to take it slow with your recovery.. Early in your recovery you are waiting for the swelling to go down in your wrap. then, you must be careful what you introduce and when. Please listen to your body when it tells you what to do.. believe me it will tell you...

I had the most pain for the longest period of time in the upper left.. they say that is where most of the instruments are manipulated from. please you are so early in your recovery... take it easy and take your time.. you will not be healed for some time to come...

I am sure you will have others talk with you soon and they are much more knowledgeable than I am.. they helped me through this when all my surgeon told me was.. full liquids for 3 weeks and then start soft foods slowly.. the people here at the forum care about you.. they will advise you with their experience and be with you throughout recovery if you choose to stay with us...

Reach for the sunshine.. Rainbows will follow...
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lnfregret
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   Posted 5/24/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you sandi. i have stayed on liquids and soft foods even though the surgeon insists i go to solid foods. my body says no so like you said i will listen to it. still have that left upper quadrant pain. be glad when its gone. glad i have a heating pad.

tuffluv
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   Posted 5/29/2012 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Had surgery May 7, 2012.  I'm having so many problems eating, that it's kind of turned me off to food.  Started soft foods, pasta, ground meat, but just can't seem to tolorate it even tho I chew & chew.  My family seems to be done, and I've barely started. Am I trying too hard?

kyheart
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   Posted 5/29/2012 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
tuffluv

You may want to copy and post your first post into your own thread.. that way more of our members here on the forum can read and respond to you.

To answer your question... yes you may be trying too hard. The one thing I have learned over the past year and 2 months is that you must relax into your recovery. I was on full liquids until 21 days post op.. then I started soft such as broiled or baked fish.. applesauce, cottage cheese, well cooked pasta.. food that could be chewed to a liquid.. you are so early in your recovery.

Not every one can tolerate introducing foods the way some can. I still cannot eat some types of bread and I am 14 months into it. It all depends on your body and if your body says NO!, don't do it. Let your body tell you what it is ready for.. if you introduce something and have a bad reaction, back up and eat lighter for a day or 2 until you feel better then try something else. Do not rush your recovery, believe me time will pass quicker than you can imagine...

Please do as I suggested and post your own thread so that you can benefit from the experience and wisdom of all of our wonderful members...

Please stay with us and let us know how you are doing and ask questions if you are frustrated and even complain if you need to.. share your frustrations and triumphs.. let others benefit from your experiences too...

Rainbows are on their way!!!

Sandi smurf tongue turn turn tongue smurf

tuffluv
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   Posted 6/2/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sandy. I guess I'm just expecting too much too soon. I posted this like you said. Hope it works. I've never been in a chat before, so this, not to mention the surgery is still so new to me. My husband likes to wine & dine, so it's been hard on him too. I just look at the menu & get the soup, if I'm lucky enough to find one I can have. Thanks for all your advice.




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