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Would you do this surgery the first time?
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Worrisome
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   Posted 12/6/2012 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
sad  I have been reading alot of post I am at my wits end.  I am thinking about calling it off.  I am driving myself crazy.  I read good things and then bad things.  For the past 30 days I have eaten every thing I could think of that I may miss out on.  Gain 12 lbs not good.  Now my anxiety is rising.  What causes you oxygen lvls to be low.  The pain, the swelling after two weeks.  Not being able to burp/vomit, the bathroom runs.  Is this worth it or just deal with what I got now.  I am scared.  Looking for some thoughts and especially from the newbies. 
 
How long should I stay home especially since I don't have to much leave. 
 
Does anyone who had this surgery have scoliosis?  I am worried that this could complicate matters. 
 
Please help with some thoughts.  Thank you. confused

couchtater
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   Posted 12/6/2012 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((((((((((gentle hug))))))))))))))))))))))
Okay, take a deep breath and relax.
You're having pre-surgery nerves.

I was able to burp. In 3 years I've thrown up 4 times with no trouble. They give you antinausea meds to keep you from throwing up during the healing phase.
I lost 20 pounds during the recovery so don't fret about the weight gain. It will go away safely.
Oxygen levels are affected by previous conditions like sleep apnea. Not everybody has oxygen problems.
Yes, there will be pain, but you will get great pain killers. Just take them regularly until it calms down. I only needed pain meds for 4 days and that was mainly for sleep. I was swollen for 3 weeks outside and inside but it went down easy. I just wore bigger clothes for awhile.
The bathroom runs last only while you're on liquid diet. Once you start adding bulk to your diet it will stop.
Staying home-I was able to go back to work in two weeks, but I had no heavy lifting or a lot of walking.

I have mild scoliosis and it didn't bother me.

Hang in there it is worth the surgery.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/6/2012 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Joy.
 
My drs office called me just a few minutes ago and she informed me that her 24 yr old son had surgery in Sept and is going GREAT. 
 
She stated that once I go to the hospital just to talk to my drs and nurses and voice my thoughts.
 
I really appreciate you replying it has brought me some comfort. :-)

couchtater
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   Posted 12/6/2012 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
You can ask for something to relax you if you feel too jittery. They gave me something after I got my IV going.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/7/2012 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok D-day and less than 3 hrs to going in for pre-op and then coming out as a new member of the Wrapped Club. I done all my research now I just got to relax which is easier said then done. Dr G.K. Gillian is one of the best around my area so between him and my savior I should come out on the better side of life. I will post again once I get myself back into reality. Wish me good fortune. Thank you Joy for the support.

eLaReF
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   Posted 12/7/2012 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
When the anethetist came to see me pre-op and started telling me what he would do I told him the plan was I wouldn't feel a thing. he tried to contradict and I told him again that I wouldn't feel a thing so he just relented and said OK.

This got me morphine pump with a self-administer button on it the day after the op, so I could just hit the button to get pain releif.

Worst bit was when they took this away and I had to have pain relief suppositories...

Good luck, you'll be on the road to recovery before you know it.

OpTiCz
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   Posted 12/7/2012 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 7 days post surgery and doing well. The first 72 hours was a little rough, mostly dealing with gas from the laparoscopic. I had a follow up with my doc yesterday and he was impressed with how well I'm doing. I find that I can eat some soft foods like eggs, noodles, and eve had a little chicken. You want to make sure to chew REALLY well and all should be good.

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/8/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I made the journey, I am at home now day 1. Was able to burp right after surgery, only today I was able to pass gas small but I did pass gas.

At the hospital I did not use the pump not even once. My main complain was a center chest pain like someone was sitting on it. Of course they ran the ekgs and did blood work everything was find.

When I saw my dr he stated he did a lot of work in the area I was complaining about. Walking helps it and sipping on ice and water helps also. They final gave me one of those blowing machines for gas. I can't get it to go to high but I do move the bubble. So my journey begins and I will keep posting to help others.

I have severe scoliosis, panic attacks, no gallbladder and Hashimoto Disease and still did this surgery. So far so good.

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/10/2012 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Well it is day two after my surgery.  I feel ok.  I am having slight headaches and still feeling like something is suck in my chest.  I been eating a full liquid diet.  Which consists of jello (the worst), cream of wheat, homemade potatoe soup (very liquid), water and more water.

 

I have a question though.  I been having post nasal drip since the surgery some of it contains a little blood in it.  Did anyone have this or is this something I need to contain my Dr?

Is it normal to have a feeling of something suck in the chest?  Beside this I would say I think I did the right thing. 


opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/10/2012 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Worrisome-

Welcome to the wrapped club!!!

Yes PND can happen. With O2 and the breathing tube and such things can get irritated. I have issues with O2 drying my sinuses when I have surgery.

Remember you just had major surgery and you will have all kinds of interesting little aches and such along with the expected pains. I have even developed bruises from them moving me around during and after surgery while a sleep.
I would say the slight headache could also just be a side effect of the anesthesia. If it persists I would call the surgeon about it though.

Take care,
Bill
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Worrisome
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   Posted 12/10/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the post and giving me some good advice.  I also spoke with my drs nurse who stated  the
same thing.  I have develope a white tongue th enurse was supposed a script  in but the pharmacy stated it did not rec'd it.  So another day with this dry white tongue.  Moved more today alot of pressure with little to
no relieve.  Any suggestion?  It can get very painful.  I don't eat  or drink much because of the discomfort,  I just want to make sure I don't get  dehydrated   Again any suggestions. sad

couchtater
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   Posted 12/10/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Take your pain meds and try to keep liquids on your stomach. I know it's hard to but it will help.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

IlliniFan
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   Posted 12/10/2012 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
You have to have water. Are you urinating? Try to have an oz. of water ever hour if nothing else. I am about 2 days ahead of you. It is very difficult to eat something you don't like. Ditch the jello. Get some pudding or something more palatable. I found orange sherbet really helped me. I let it melt in my mouth and then swallowed. Walmart also sells some individual containers of flan in the yogurt section which are delicious. Yoplait whipped yogurt melts in your mouth. Key lime is my fav. Hang in there, but get something which tastes good.

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/10/2012 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all the responses.  They are really a life line.  I figure that I am in the swelling srlytage I don't like it at all.  I can bearly eat without feeling I want to burp and can't.  I am staying with liquids right now and you are right jello is the worst.....  I will be very happy when the lump in my chest/throat goes away.  I will continue to post because you make this decision and my journey less fightening.  Thank you..

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/12/2012 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 5: Develope a nice white coat on my tongue about two days ago. I also have bouts of nausea. I dont see my dr until Friday, called my dr office and they odered me a Rx called magic wash. Today is the first day let's see if it helps. Besides that I am doing ok can't wait to the day I can eat besides liquids. I try mashed potates, cream of wheat, yogurt and it just felt like it was stuck. I even tried chicken both with a egg beaten up in it I guess you would called it my p version of egg drop soup it went down nicely but few minutes later I was so nauseated that it took everything I had to keep it down. Has anyone else had problems?

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/12/2012 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy or anyone who has any information on this topic.
 
I have been feeling weird, like my heart is beating fast but still under 100 bpm.  I have a lump in my chest/throat and nausea.  I am worried that I may have a leak.  sotimes I feel like I am not getting enough air and sometimes I feel like I am going to clock out.  Is this part of the healing process or is it something I should be concern with?  Panic Attacks or my body is adjusting to the healing process?  Like I said at the hopsital I have extreme chest pain they did two EKgs and blood work everything ok, but as days go by I feel more frighten.  Any advice would be appreciated.

drtinsac
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   Posted 12/12/2012 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you stop/start medications after your fundo? Which ones?
 
I have noticed that starting (I haven't tried to stop yet) PPIs caused a white tongue coating for me. I think it has to do with the ability of fungus/bacteria to grow when there is a change in the acidity of the environment. When I started PPIs, the acid dropped and the fungus was able to grow. Went away in a few days. When stopping PPIs or when having surgery I can see how the same thing could happen.
 
By the way, relax. Your name on here is "worrisome" and it can be a self fulfilling prophecy after a while. Try distracting yourself with a book, a movie etc, rather than trying to figure out something that doesn't need to, or can't be figured out.
 
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/12/2012 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It's probably a panic attack. Relax and distract yourself. If you have any anti-nausea meds take them.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/13/2012 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Thank you for the responses it helps to have someone who has done and/or on this journey.  Started to drink more liquids it seems to help with the rapid heart rate.  My husband purchase Glucerna shakes for me they are not bad but I fiqure it provided me with at least some protein and of course more liquid.  The tongue still feels like I fur but I just started the Magic Wash for it.   I am looking forward to my vist post op with my PCM, I have lots of questions for him. 
 
IlliniFan how are you doing so far I understand you are 2 days ahead of me?
 
It is wonderful to have a place to voice a concern. May everyone's New Year be one of freedom, happiness and full with abundance. yeah

IlliniFan
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   Posted 12/13/2012 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Worrisome,
I am doing great. I am buying cups of fresh made soups from local grocery or Panerra's and blending them to a liquid in my blender. Delicious. I have been eating hard cheese which I chew to a liquid. I had a new grandchild and drove myself 1.5 hrs each way to see her. Today I am going to varnish a chair. I am probably on the verge of doing too much. I am 9 days post op. I do get tired, I just rest. My advice to you is to eat something you like. A normal heart rate is 60 to 100 bpm. When you are dehydrated, your heart rate will be faster than normal. I am also finding I can drink juice easier than water. Since I need the calories right now, I am doing that. Hang in there. Try to stop thinking of your heart rate. A heart rate of 100 is not worrisome. Go shopping or something. Getting out of the house has done wonders for me.

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/13/2012 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
IlliniFan,
Thanks for repsonding so fast. Your remarks made me smile. You are right I need to relax I have a household full of grownups that act like children. I actually enjoying the Glucerna which happen to help me have a bowel movement today (I would of never thought that would make me happy but it did,,,lol). I am going to try some of your sugguestion with Panera I love them. I be glad when I can eat one of their veggie sandwich again (no time soon but at the 4 mos mark I am going to try it). My heart rate is between the norm it's just that I can feel it pumping and some strong beats along with some SOB after eating. I been telling myself this to shall pass. I have a wonderful surgeon and should be more trusting on what he provided to me. Congrats on the new baby I have my 3 yr old granddaughter who leaves with me she makes me laugh alot. I have been back to work for 4 hrs a day after my operation. I went in on Friday work on Monday. I do computer work and figure that this was the only way I was going to get out and do some walking and socializing with real grownups. Plus if anything did go wrong I would be close to my hospital and surgeon so far it has not been to bad. Please stay in touch since we are so close in this journey.

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   Posted 12/13/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck healing, take it easy and relax!
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IlliniFan
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   Posted 12/13/2012 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I think the reason you feel your heart beat probably has to do with your heart shifting inside you chest ever so slightly since your surgery and therefore does not feel " normal" to you. some people can be acutely aware of changes. Doesn't mean anything is wrong, just a different sensation.

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/15/2012 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

Had a bad spell last night ended up in the ER. Funny I had my first post op visit with my dr and he stated that I looked good even though I told him my urine was still dark and I was taking in liquids but maybe not enough. He just stated to continue with full liquid diet and soft foods. So after I left him I went to Panera and got a calm chowder. I ate some of it making sure any pieces of clam was well chewed. A couple of hours later I started with nausea and then it got really severe. I called my surgeon who told me to drink more fluids that this would pass. But it didn't feel like it was going to pass any time soon. I became SOB, chill and a little disoriented. My husband was ready to call 911. I told him just to take me to the hospital where I had my surgery. In the ER I was given nausea med. I gave urine and blood. Results slight dehydration and a UTI. Given antibiotics and IV

Worrisome
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   Posted 12/15/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Continuation:

Felt better after the IV and antibiotic. Lessen learn always listen to what your bod you is telling. And of course drink drink drink.
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