3 weeks post NF and new problems

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   Posted 12/7/2012 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Today I am exactly 3 weeks post surgery and I have mainly been fine and got on well with many foods.

Today I have struggled with lots of foods which I could tolerate well before. I've had lots of pain and I've been pacing whilst it passes the wrap. I have also brought a lot of bile back up but just from above the wrap and its obvious this isn't from my stomach.

Is this normal? Can I have done any damage to the wrap.



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   Posted 12/7/2012 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Helen,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Healing Well Wrapped Club! yeah yeah   yeah  Don't worry for a moment. During the first two to three weeks the wrap becomes increasingly more swollen.  This is totally normal. 
Many people find that the 14th day or so the swelling peaks and then begins to subside.  My guess is that yours took longer to reach peak and soon it will begin to become less swollen again.  There is a gradual improvement until you're back to "normal". 
It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest.  What's happening is that the food and drinks are being held back at the wrap site, and it's coming back up.  Back off on the foods you're eating and switch to liquid or soft, gradually introducing more aggressive foods once you've started feeling better.
Of course, whenever you have a serious concern it's time to call the surgeon and let him/her know what's going on.  I can tell you, though, that many here have experienced a similar situation and it has resolved itself over time. 
This is a great place to ask questions and receive support as you recover!
Happy Healing!
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   Posted 12/7/2012 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that. I will ease up tomorrow as today spooked me a bit .

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   Posted 12/7/2012 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Same thing happened to me. I'm not quite 3 weeks post surgery & went back to work this week (2 weeks post). I was in worse pain yesterday than I had been since I came home from hospital & also wondered if I tore something or who knows what. Had today off, slept almost the entire day & only drank fluids. Pain is better but also afraid to eat anything more solid than oatmeal. I've had many other surgeries, & I'm beginning to realize that I've forgotten that the recovery process can be a rollercoaster, with ups, downs, you name it. Just have to listen to your body and adapt. Hope you are feeling better soon!
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