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Ruthie Cox
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   Posted 11/18/2012 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Densha,

I just have a quick question. I'm about 9 1/2 weeks post op for TIF and laparoscopy for Hiatal Hernia repair and I notice that by night time the pain in my left shoulder and neck keeps coming back, just like it was right after the surgery. Is it a build up of gas throughout the day that settles in the neck and shoulder? How long does this take to stop happening? Do you know? Did you experience this?

Thanks so much,

Ruth

dencha
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   Posted 11/18/2012 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth,
At your stage of recovery I'd guess the shoulder pain is referred pain from an irritated nerve in the diaphram.  I suspect it's still adjusting to the changes that were made when you had the surgery.  I know how painful and irritating that shoulder pain can be.  Are you walking at all?  You might try picking up your walking routine and see if that helps at all.
 
Wish you weren't having to deal with that!  It's the worst pain of the whole surgery in my opinion.  I just don't know of anything to do for the pain other than walking, which was what worked for me.
 
I really hope it gets better for you soon!
Good luck!
Denise
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/19/2012 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Ruth-

I had this with my 1st redo. It was from irritated nerves as Denise said. For me it just took time. I did manage to ease it a bit by taking antacids like malox or tums. I believe it is past of the "dumb" organ issue where the esophagus thinks normal amounts of reflux are just like severe reflux amd sends the same pain signal. It should get better as you heal more.

Take care,
Bill
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Ruthie Cox
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   Posted 11/20/2012 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Denise and Bill,

Thanks so much for your replies. I've been walking for an hour everyday, but I'll just be patient and wait for this annoyance to disappear:) Overall, so happy now to have no reflux and have to say I'm glad I did it. Best of all, I can sing again!!!!

Ruth

dencha
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   Posted 11/20/2012 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth,
Well, I guess you don't need to walk more than an hour a day!  I'm glad to hear that you've had good results with your surgery!  Most people struggle in the early days of recovery and wonder if they've done the wrong thing, but with time are able to experience the positive results and are thrilled with the results.
Have a great week!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle

Sweet Potatoe
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   Posted 11/20/2012 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth,
I find if a sit down right after I eat a larger meal, soon I develop gas and pressure in my esophagus casing local pain with referred pain. So I have now decided to just walk around my house, standing up cleaning up the kitchen after meals for 30 minutes to help the pain to go away. In the morning I will plan to eat breakfast , then walk my dog Rocky. I am 6 weeks post op . I can eat most foods now and I am also happy I had the TIF, Hernia repair. I am taking Denise and Bills experience description of what to expect after surgery very comforting causing me not to panic when I have symptoms of discomfort. We both are making progress fore ward. Keep going it is only going to get better for us TIF GERDIE TROOPERS!! yeah
Happy Thanksgiving.
Anne :-)

Ruthie Cox
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   Posted 11/20/2012 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Thanksgiving Anne! So glad to hear you're doing well too! Yes, I'm very glad I did this and what you describe sounds very much like what I'm experiencing. Hopefully, as time goes on, the symptoms will abate, but if not, it's a small price to pay for the benefits we've gained. Right?!

Ruth

dencha
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   Posted 11/20/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruth and Anne,
I'm very confident that your bothersome symptoms will subside as you move further along with your healing.  There is a lot of recovering still to do, and once healed, your upper GI tract will need to adjust to the changes.  It takes patience and trust, but give it time.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle
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