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Ribbler
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Date Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 8/24/2012 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I`m new to this site. I recently had a Nissen Fundoplication, on the 15th Sept. Was in a lot of pain when i come round, but after pain relief I was later discharged as was planned. Everything has more or less went to plan, as the surgeon said. I do get a lot of shoulder pain, is this normal?. My consultant/surgeon said  I would be off work for approx 3-4 weeks, However i recieved a sicknote(unfit for work note) as i left the hospital for 6 weeks!  My supervisor at work, is aware of everything that is happening, but he is pressurising me slightly to return after the 3-4 weeks. I work in a factory and it a quite a physically demanding job. He says I could return on light duties, but Im unsure what to do?
 Any advice or opinions, would be most welcome. Thanks.

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/26/2012 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ribbler,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I think you mean you had surgery on August 15th. 
 
To answer your question about shoulder pain...yes, yes, yes.  It's very normal, and can cause more pain than the incisions themselves.  I found that walking helped alleviate the pain.  The more I walked, the less pain I had.
 
Here's a link to my early recovery journal.  It might provide you with an idea of another person's experience:
 
Your surgeon gave you a 6 week note, and that's the one you ought to listen to.  I'm sure that time frame took into consideration your line of work.  It's very important to avoid strenuous work during the early recovery period.  If by "light duty" your supervisor means paperwork, you could probably manage to go earlier.  But if it means bending and packing, or lifting of any kind, stay home and recover.  People who go back to desk jobs after two or three weeks always tell us that they wish they'd taken longer, but they manage.
 
Glad you've joined us.  Be sure to ask any questions as they come up.  We'll do the best we can to answer them!
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.”

Post Edited (dencha) : 8/26/2012 9:40:29 AM (GMT-6)


Ribbler
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Date Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 8/27/2012 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes i meant 15th August confused , how did i get that wrong!  Thanks for the advice, Im slowly but surely getting better and on the road to recovery. I`m going to read your journal that you`ve left the link for, and have read loads of posts and threads about Nissen. If only i had found this great site before I had the procedure, and i could have been a bit more prepared. Many thanks.

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7181
   Posted 8/28/2012 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck! turn
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