referred back & shoulder pain from nissen-is this normal?

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1 day at a time
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   Posted 12/15/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm almost 4 weeks post laparoscopic nissen. I was doing pretty good 2 weeks ago, but have been having progressively worse pain in my upper back & shoulders. Think it's probably referred stomach pain (stomach also still hurts). Has this happened to anyone out there?
I know this thing is still healing, but at 4 weeks most docs would say you shouldn't really have any pain. I did go back to work at 2 weeks out of necessity. I have to drive a lot for work in addition to sitting at a desk. I can't sit for more than 20 mins or so before I have to stop & stand up to alleviate the pain. Really hurts to sit for extended periods of time.
Still on mostly liquid/soft diet. Heavier foods cause hiccups & get stuck. I'm probably just impatient. Any info greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

narquiett
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   Posted 12/17/2012 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am almost 3 weeks post op and over the weekend I had the worst pain in my mid to upper back and chest.  It was the worst pain I've felt since being home after the surgery.  I too went back to work at the 2 week mark.  I too can only eat soft foods.  Does anyone know if these symptoms are normal???
 
Thanks...
Nicole

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   Posted 12/17/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that pain for about 6 weeks.  I was told its gas pain  build up from the surgery.  Walking and doing mild stretches helped.  So did a heating pad on my back and abdomin.  Hope it clears soon
 
Nancy

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   Posted 12/18/2012 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 1 day at a time and Nicole,
The pain is caused by a combination of loose gas from the surgery and irritation of the diaphram.  In my case walking made a huge difference.  When you get up, take a little walk to the bathroom, a lap around the hallway...whatever works in your situation.  Just make sure you get moving. 
 
As far as eating goes...take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew.  Don't swallow anything that hasn't been chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency.  No bread that hasn't been toasted, no steak, only tender meats.  Crock pot slow cookers work great for combining veggies and meats and cooking them to a soft consistency.
 
You're still at a very early stage of recovery, and it's likely that going back to work has made your recovery tougher...instead of hanging out on the couch you're in the work-world, which is definitely harder on you.
 
You will always have to eat more slowly, take smaller bites, and chew very completely.  You have had an unnatural barrier placed between the esophagus an the stomach, which is great for keeping reflux at bay, but also keeps us from being able to swallow chunks of unchewed food the way we used to.
 
My surgeon set me free to use my own good judgement and eat "whatever could be chewed to a liquid (no bread/sandwiches/steak)" on Day 5 or 6.  Of course at that point I stuck to soups and crackers, and other softer choices.  Still, as my recovery progressed I was able to eat a wide variety of normal foods following that rule.
 
This recovery takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  I had continued improvements into the second year.  Patience!
 
I know the shoulder pain is incredibly painful and annoying.  Been there. Try the walking and see if it helps at all.  It will subside, but it takes time and patience.
 
I hope you both get feeling better soon!
Hang in there!
Denise
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1 day at a time
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   Posted 12/20/2012 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 30 post Nissen now. Wondering about gas bloat syndrome. I've heard that in some folks it goes away eventually, but others it never goes away. It's pretty painful when the gas intensifies & expands to the point where my belly distends. I've tried staying away from gassy foods, but still have trouble with the gas pain and accumulation regardless of what I eat or drink. Is there anything that helps with the bloating & pain?

dencha
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   Posted 12/20/2012 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi one day,
Gas bloat is definitely a problem for many during recovery.  My stomach was able to burp itself post-op, so I didn't get it much.  For the vast majority of people it disappears gradually and becomes much less frequent as healing progresses.
 
Even though my stomach can burp itself, I do very occasionally get bloating even now.  Maybe once or twice a year.  I had it in August when I was celebrating my son's engagement with two glasses of champagne.  I had a mimosa cocktail containing champagne since then with no problem.  I can drink a couple sodas, or beers, and it doesn't bother me at all.  I guess champagne's aggressive bubbles are too much for me.
 
When the gas gets ahead of your ability to burp, or the food/beverage's exit into the lower GI tract, it pushes against the wrap, and seals the stomach.  At thirty days you've still got some residual swelling. 
 
Once you can burp a little Gas-X can help a lot, as long as you can get ahead of the gas before it pushes hard against your wrap.
 
You're still in the thick of early recovery, so it will take time to improve.  It will get better as your recovery progresses, but as I said, it's always a possibility to get an occasional bout of bloating.  Still, I wouldn't trade my improvements for anything.
 
Hang in there...it'll get better!
Good luck,
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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Eckhart Tolle
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