Hello you all,
Yesterday I found this site and I was so happy to do, like most of you I have have a lot of unanswered questions and concerns which my Dr does not solve. I am 35 and late January 2012 I had removed my gal bladder because of stones it was done via laparoscopic surgery, later no more than 2 months after it I began with a serious reflux, reflux that I had previous to that surgery but after it worsen.
I began by prescript
ion with medicines but it got bad and bad each time to the point I had serious headaches and the reflux was intolerable. I had on May an endoscopy and they found out I had no helicobacter pilory , reflux, erosive,esophagitis and erosive gastritis and hiatal hernia. After hearing about
Nissen I was considering until I was introduced to a Dr who does it partially so the recovery supposedly it was easier, he introduced me as well some of his patients who were in great conditions 2 weeks after the surgery and that was my sign to go ahead. I was doubting to do it right away because of recover and because I have a vacation trip early this September, so I went ahead with the surgery last June 6, 2012.
Yesterday it was my 14th day of recovery and Oh my God, what can I say to you. I start since day 1 of recovery, I was at the hospital and the nurses gave my for first meal some ham and bread and of course the bread got stuck in my throat and I was very scared. As soon as my Dr realized he told me to chew chew chew and go with a soft diet, allowing me soft food including eggs, no bread, anything soft and chew.
Since day 1 until today I have been experiencing problems swallowing even soft foods and felling food some times stocked in my throat, you know all what does that feels. I must say you that it was on day 13 that something I swallowed got stuck in my throat and the feeling lasted several minutes which caused me to feel very scared and afterwards I got depressed thinking if the surgery was the solution to my reflux and everything in between I had. I am 5.1" and for surgery my weight was of 45.5 Kilos and now 15 days later I am 42 Kilos, I am really concerned about
my weight also, I am too thin and I cannot afford loosing more weight. On day 13 I started drinking ensure, it is a liquid like a milkshake with probiotics and other vitamins and minerals, ideal for a food add on. But I noticed that since then I have been feeling like heartburn, not reflux and I don't know if to stop it or continue with it.
My Dr is of no help, for him this swallowing problems should not be happening, that any of his patients had it... but he does not realize I am also his patient and THIS is happening to me. He told me to stick to liquids like baby food which is not funny to me and see what happens within one more week if not he does me an endoscopy in order to cause like a dilatation to my esophagus.... really??????? If I had a major surgery there and there are stiches, and we are talking about
flesh not cloths, an endoscopy can do no harm??, he wants to force a dilatation???, sorry but this concerns me and I do not want a teared, ripped or damaged esophagus, I am really not putting my self in that risk and this when my search began again and I found you all...
I am tired to have problems swallowing, chocking, having constantly like air trapped in my throat that comes up like in bubbles and make funny noises in my throat and causing some kind of discomfort, having diarrea almost daily, I don't like and I cannot afford loosing more weight since I am too thin and to petite, and I don't like I am not recovering fast of this and if this continues I probably will have to cancel my vacations which are non refundable and they meant a lot to me. Of course my health comes first and that's why I went ahead with the surgery and more with the recovery plan this Dr told me and his patients too assured me, but know the picture is different and I am very depressed but one thing I am sure, I am not doing any endoscopy or forced dilatation.
that trip that it will involve all day walking, meaning I have to be well eaten and with this soft baby diet and daily diarrhea, I cannot imagine to be in good condition to walk all day long. It sounds like I am more concerned about
my trip, but don't get me wrong, is something I had planned since last year I had it all paid, including airline tickets and all of it is non refundable... Of course I am more concerned about
my actual recovery in my day 15, and seeing I cannot even swallow some soft foods, chocking, etc and everything I told you about
it is pretty scary, I have a life and I want to live it, it is not nice being sick and having health problems, it is frustrating and depressive. I forgot to mention that I am also scared to lose my job because of this constants surgeries I had within a year but honestly I am also not feeling any good to return to my job, Dr extended me one more week for recovery, meaning I will be in total for 3 weeks out of the office and my boss is not happy about
it, and then again my vacations on september which are already authorized but I do not know if after this what will happen...
Can anyone please let me know about
your experiences post surgery and healing time, swallowing problems if you all consider convenient since my situation to do my vacation trip this early september, I would be for then 8 weeks and 2 days post surgery or 58 days.
I really appreciate your help, advice, opinion, words of wisdom, encouragement and light in this pretty dark and unknown recovery process.
Thanks in advance to all of you and I am so thankful I found you... everything happens for a reason!
Warm regards to all of you!
Post Edited (PatriciaMG) : 7/20/2012 7:46:34 AM (GMT-6)