short of breath 5 days after Nissen

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lizzard3
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   Posted 9/2/2012 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Today is my 5th day and I feel worse than yesterday.  My chest feels tight and I feel short of breath.  I do have scaring in my right lung from GERD but this feels different.  Has anyone else experienced this? 

dencha
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   Posted 9/2/2012 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi lizzard3,
You did it!  Great job of starting your new thread!  I had plenty of shortness of breath both before and after my surgery, and took nebulizer treatments several times daily.  Finally, the surgery did its job two and a half months post-op, and my lungs were finally healed.
 
If you are concerned over your feeling of being short of breath, be sure to call your PCP or surgeon.  Nobody should ignore a problem that is as bothersome and worrying as difficulty breathing.  It's probably fine, but you shouldn't assume that.  Of course it's happening on a holiday weekend--doesn't it always?  Still, you've recently had surgery, so your surgeon's office (who definitely has someone on call and ready to help you) will understand if you call.  Please do, and let us know what you find out.
 
You are at the toughest part of your recovery, and it will get better! You've been through major surgery, although your outsides don't look as if they've been through much, your insides have been traumatized.  It's very understandable that you have pain and difficulty swallowing.  Your wrap will become increasingly more swollen throughout the next two weeks.  Once you get past that peak swelling, things will beging to gradually improve. 
 
Here are two links with some good information on post-Nissen eating. 
 
 
Glad you've joined us and have created a thread of your own.  Please continue to ask questions as they come up.  You'll find lots of support here!
Best wishes,
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) : 9/3/2012 9:55:45 AM (GMT-6)


lizzard3
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   Posted 9/2/2012 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again for the info I will check it out.  I think some of it is anxiety.   This is the first I have heard of the swelling - not even the doctor told me.  He is supposed to be excellent but down played the post op!  Of course he is on vacation now but I will check in with my doctor on Tuesday to make sure my lungs are clear.  No pain in my back tonight which is great!  Your positive attitude is what I needed.  I actually found this site by googling positive outcomes after the Nissen as everything so negative. Thanks again ~ going to check out the sites.

dencha
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   Posted 9/3/2012 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi lizzard3,
It's not at all uncommon to have anxiety after this surgery, and you have a lot of company.  If you can surrender to the recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier to deal with.  You can't rush it.  Just listen to your body, and don't fight what is.  Still, it's always good to follow up on a bothersome symptom.
 
Unfortunately, most surgeons underplay this recovery.  I don't know if it's because they don't want to worry their patients, or that they just don't know.  They're experienced at doing the surgery, but not at the recovery.  Most surgeons only see their patients for one follow-up, and they just don't know what the recovery is like.
 
That's the beauty of this forum.  There are many here who are recovering or have been through the recovery and have stuck around to help others the way they were helped. Keep in mind that most of the healing will take a full 6 months, and a year for the rest.  I found continued improvements into the second year.
 
Do you have anti-nausea drugs?  After having this surgery, it is extremely important to avoid vomiting, as it can damage your healing wrap.  In fact, I always carry anti-nausea drugs, just in case I get a sudden stomach bug, and I'm three and a half years post op.  It has happened to me twice...once at the year mark and once at the two year mark.  Both times I vomited before I had a chance to take the anti-nausea meds, but I was able to stop repeated vomiting episodes.  Even if you just retch without vomiting, it can cause harm.
 
People here generally use the generic forms of Zofran, Phenegran, and Compazine.  My favorite is the compazine suppository, because once I'm sick, I can't tolerate anything in my stomach.  It works the best for me.  Still, I carry Zofran and Compazine just in case.  If you don't have anything, be sure to ask your PCP or surgeon for a script.  A vomiting episode can set your recovery back quite a bit.
 
Glad you had a better night.  Hang in there...it will get better, but it just takes time and lots of patience! 
Very best wishes,
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) : 9/3/2012 8:24:24 AM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 9/3/2012 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely see your surgeon. He may prescribe a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have fluid around lung or some partial collapse. Lung issues are common in post-Nissen patients.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/3/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
lizzard3 said

I have been able to find a variety of info on what to and what not to eat but I reading these posts I see that I was never told of the different stages of recovery. Is there a site that explains the healing process. I did not know that swelling increases after a couple of weeks and why is that?
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/3/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said

Hi Lizzard3,
You don't have to start a new thread to ask a new question. It's better to have one thread labeled something like "Nissen Recovery Issues", and stick to that thread, asking questions and bringing up new issues. If you start a new thread for every question, the main page gets clogged up, and it's more difficult to follow your recovery, questions, and answers.

If you can find something out there that provides all the information you're looking for, be sure to post the link here. I have not been able to find any information that rivals what people who have lived the recovery can provide. If you look at my early recovery journal, you can see that when I had my surgeon's follow-up visit he told me about the swelling increase during the first two weeks. That's why many surgeons keep their patients on liquid diets throughout that time.

Unfortunately, your surgeon isn't alone in doing the surgery and sending you off without sufficient information regarding recovery. Many tell their patients that they'll be back to eating normally in two weeks. REALLY? Unbelievable.

So there you go. I'm no help! Maybe somebody else will be by with the information link you're looking for.
Hang in there,
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.”
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/3/2012 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
lizzard2-

I added your new post here so it is easier to fallow your questions. I am going to add a post on your other pointing to this thread.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

lizzard3
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   Posted 9/3/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks.... and I thought I finally figured it out. So should I change the thread title or just keep things as is?
I appreciate the help Bill, thanks.
Liz

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/3/2012 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Liz-

If you think the title needs updated, by all means please do.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

lizzard3
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   Posted 9/3/2012 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill. Still trying to figure it all out. Do I ever change the topic on my thread?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/4/2012 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Liz-

You don't need to change the title on there. If you want to post something that is a different topic pleas start a new thread. If it's something similar enough to go along with one of your older threads you can just add to it. That way we can keep from bumping active threads to the 2nd page.

Email me if you have any questions about posting and such. My email is on my profile, just click on my user name and it will be there.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11
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