excruciating pain after burping post-Nissen

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jokel132
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   Posted 2/3/2013 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
New here, I am 7 days post lap fundo. Have excrutiaing pain after every belch in my chest. Fearful to sneeze because when the feeling comes I can only imagine the after pain. Please help!!
 
kelly
 
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dencha
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   Posted 2/3/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelly,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You're among friends here, and there are many who've been through the same recovery you're dealing with now.
 
At Day 7, you're in the midst of the toughest part of recovery.  Over the first two weeks, your wrap will become increasingly more swollen, causing more swallowing problems and pain.  This is normal and to be expected.  Once you reach peak swelling, it will begin to subside and you'll start feeling better.
 
As far as coughing and sneezing...if you feel one coming on, push on your belly with a pillow to provide counter-pressure.  If you have specific pain areas, ice is very helpful. 
 
If the belches are coming without your help, there's not much you can do, other than take your pain medication to help take the edge off.  Avoid things that will add to the air in your stomach...no straws, no carbonated drinks.  Stay away from iced beverages as they can cause spasms that are painful.  Room temp water, or warm beverages like tea are the best.
 
Hang in there!  I'm sure others will be by to offer more information and support.
It'll get better!  You just have to get by these two weeks one day at a time!
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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jokel132
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   Posted 2/3/2013 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise

Thanks for the info., I have not taken anything for pain as they gave a liquid narc the sent me back to ER the night I was discharged with a migrane. So I will wait and call on Mon for something different. Since the surgery my vision is extremely blurry, I now take nebulizer treatments four times a day and I have had diarrhea since I have been home. "I still do not regret surgery" I have tossed this around for many years and finally had it done probably due to a continual decline of barretts and tired of drowning in my acid vomitt while sleeping. The gastroparesis hopefully will improve.
Kelly

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   Posted 2/3/2013 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelly,
You said you take nebulizer treatments four times a day.  Does that mean that your reflux was creating havoc with your asthma?  I had my surgery 4 years ago after my asthma became uncontrollable.  I was taking multple neb treatments daily as well, and actually had a lung infection when I had the surgery.  After my lungs had a chance to heal, at about two and a half months post op, my lungs improved 100%.
 
Give yourself time to heal.  Many things will improve.  It is a rough recovery, I won't lie, but compared to the alternative it's a piece of cake.  If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll do fine.  You can't rush it, so be patient and go with the flow.  Listen to your body.  It will tell you what you can handle.
 
Take care,
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

jokel132
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   Posted 2/5/2013 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise
I think I am day 8 post op not in too much pain. Lost 11lbs. in 8 days have chronic diarrhea. i am able to eat maybe a total of a 1/2 c!up of food a each meal. Still doing breathing treaments 4 times a day found out I have fluid on the left lung. Thank the lord the spasms were more controlled today! Each day I notice an improvement. I also removed my scopalamine patch as i think this was the cause of my blurred vision. Now as soon as some of the bruises go away I won't look so beat up!
I think this is great to be able to talk with other who understand!
Kelly

dencha
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   Posted 2/5/2013 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelly,
When you say you have "chronic diarrhea", does it happen all day without warning?  Do you get loud gurgling sound before you have it?  In that case, it's dumping, which is caused by stomach surgery.  It will get better as you heal.  You need to remember that your stomach has been through a lot, and it's rebelling.  Poor stomach.  It has been stretched and wrapped and stitched.  It has every right to be angry!
 
Eating small quantities of food is perfectly normal.  Your stomach is stiff from swelling and your brain interprets this as fullness.  It will subside as you heal more, and you'll gradually be able to eat more.
 
Hang in there!
Happy healing,
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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