Post op sharp pain nearly 3 weeks after surgery

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Embroidery Queen
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   Posted 11/5/2012 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I am nearly 3 weeks post op Nissen Fundoplasty I have had a one off sharp stabbing pain as I turned over in the night the pain was intense but went away leaving me with a dull soreness and my skin feels like it has sunburn around the area, two days prior to this I had developed a very heavy cold and cough, while it was uncomfortable to cough and sneeze there wasn't any sharp pains or prolonged pain just a bit uncomfortable leaving a bit of a bruised feeling.

Since surgery I have had no pain for at least a week and I consider it to be the best move I have ever made, immediately after surgery I was able to drink and after a day able to eat very sloppy food and best of all no reflux.

The surgery turned out to be more complicated than expected because there was a considerable amount of scaring and a larger than expected hernia but I had been fine and would say to anyone have the surgery if meds don't work, I had standard meds plus carried a bottle of gaviscon around permanently using at least one large bottle a week.

I am concerned about the sharp pain has any one else had the same thing happen?

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   Posted 11/5/2012 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Embroidery Queen,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Are you still sleeping with the head of your bed elevated, or are you flat?  If you aren't elevated, you might find it more comfortable as you heal.  Are you taking pain meds at bedtime?  That might be helpful as well. 
It's totally understandable that you are having some pain when turning over in bed.  Your insides have been manhandled, and inside you've had major, major surgery.  I'm not sure if your surgeon warned you, but your wrap becomes increasingly swollen over the first two or so weeks.  This can create more pain, as well as difficulty swallowing.  This will subside as you continue to heal.
As long as the pain is in response to a move or change in position, and doesn't stay with you all the time, I don't think it indicates a problem.  Of course, if you ever have a pain or symptom that is bothering you a lot, be sure to contact your surgeon.  That's why he/she gets paid the big bucks!
Once your wrap has more time to heal, you'll start being more comfortable. 
It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  It will take time to get back to normal, but if you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier.  You can't rush this process...just go with the flow!
Happy healing!
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   Posted 11/5/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
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