Pain control after Nissan fundoplication

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sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/19/2013 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
What sort of pain meds do they give you after the op do they use injections as you wouldn't be able to swallow pills also how strong would the meds be and what do they send you home with can they give you a liquid form of pain medication ?

dencha
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   Posted 1/19/2013 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi sammy,
You'll be on an IV with pain meds.  I expect (as in my experience) a nurse will take you off the IV and start giving you oral (liquid) pain meds.  She told me that she wanted to be sure that the pain med I'd be taking at home would be sufficient and work well before sending me home with it.
 
The amazing thing to me is that it seems surgeons aren't all that worried.  They send most home with the tablet form of pain medication.  I guess they figure it's not that difficult to crush and mix with applesauce.  Still, it would be nice to get the liquid.  I tried, but to no avail.  Some here have been successful getting it, so check with your surgeon and request that he write the script for an elixir form. 
 
Actually, you won't need it for very long at all.  Be sure to buy some Liquid Tylenol to have on hand.  You'll be able to switch to that pretty quickly.  That may be why my surgeon wasn't all that concerned.  I'm sure the elixir is more expensive.  I found that you will soon make it easily during the day with just Tylenol, but you will want to take the narcotic pain med at night, as that's when all the pains are more noticable. 
 
No worries!
Good luck!
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   Posted 1/19/2013 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I am one of the lucky ones who have been able to swallow the pills after my nissens. I didn't have any problems with my pain pills after mine. I just made sure to drink enough water to get them past the wrap.
In the hospital they will make sure they keep your pain under control with iv meds.

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   Posted 1/19/2013 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
In the hospital they gave me IV pain meds, but at home I had liquid loratab and liquid phenagan.
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   Posted 1/19/2013 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The hospital sent me home with liquid meds which has been very handy. For my other pills,I just put them in a liquid drink and wait for them to desolve

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   Posted 1/20/2013 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to swallow pills within 24 hours with no problems.

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   Posted 1/25/2013 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't allowed to swallow pills until my 3 month post op visit. I had to stick to liquid codeine and crushed pills. I used to take kids liquid Tylenol and Motrin. I had a very tight 360 wrap and My Dr was very strict on following her directions. I was on a liquid diet for a Month and a soft diet for 3. Following her directions to the T has helped prevent pain. Dr. Knows best... I'm glad I listened.

sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/25/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been swallowing tramadol pills no
Problem they're fairly small though other than that I've been given liquid co-codamol dissolve on toungue ibuprofen and dissolvable paracetamol the dissolvable ones make the water fizzy though not sure how good that is for the stomach

eLaReF
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   Posted 1/25/2013 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine was over 9 years ago.

Had morphine in the hospital, but there wasn't any effective liquid pain releif back then so was sent home with suppositories!

sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/25/2013 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I also suffer with visual snow and the tramadol seems to be making it worse hence getting codine worried about taking it due to the constipation side effects

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   Posted 1/25/2013 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy,
Although at Day 2 and 3, it's hard to believe, but you won't need the heavy duty pain meds all that long--probably just a few days.  Did you buy some liquid Tylenol for when you feel comfortable moving to a less powerful pain med?  I found that during the day I could use the Tylenol (and ice) and at night I took the narcotic meds. 
Hang in there,
Denise
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Eckhart Tolle
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