Post-op day 8 Lap NF

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WHS
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/2/2013 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery on 4/24, stayed in hospital 2 nights and came home last Friday. Overall I think I am doing very well but have a couple of questions. First, how long do you need pain meds? I can't imagine not taking them just yet but am wondering how long it takes to go without them? Also, I'm still on a full liquid diet but every once in awhile a meal causes me lots of pain which I think isn't unusual but is there something I could be doing to avoid this?

Tarachriso
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   Posted 5/2/2013 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I took pain meds for a good 7 days and then liquid childrens motrin if needed. you will feel pains for a while but the one's in the begining deserve strong pain medication. Eating (drinking) does take some time to not have pain with eating.  I am at 12 weeks monday and I still have pains now and then. a pulling kind of riping pain.

WHS
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   Posted 5/2/2013 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response. I just think it is strange how you can eat one thing for a meal today and it hurts and yet ate the same thing two days ago and had no difficulty. One last question would be when did you return to work? My doctor indicated that I could return to my desk job maybe in 2 weeks but my disability plan gave me 6 weeks off. Big range and my doctor I am sure will do whatever I want but I really can't imagine being ready to return in just 2 weeks?

Ingy1968
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   Posted 5/2/2013 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my wrap on April 16th and returned to work yesterday out of financial necessity...I am an administrative assistant. My personal opinion is that 2 weeks is too soon....I have had a rough couple of days! Thank God tomorrow is Friday. My advice, listen to your body and take as much time off as you think you need....I sure wish I had that option.
Stacey

dencha
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   Posted 5/2/2013 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi WHS,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You mentioned that something you ate earlier without a problem can bother you later.  There are a couple things that come to mind...your wrap becomes increasingly irritated as you challenge it with swallowing.  You have to swallow, of course, but the more you swallow (even dry swallowing saliva) causes more stress on your wrap.  For that reason, something can cause you problems even though you happily ate it earlier. I'm not sure what you're eating, but if it involves chewing, you may have taken a bigger bite, or not chewed it enough. 
 
As far as going back to work, I agree with Stacey.  If you have six weeks, plan on taking them.  You'll be very glad you did.  I'm a retired second grade teacher and was still in the classroom when I had my surgery.  I had a teaching assistant, so thought I could go back half time after two weeks.  I'm so glad I didn't!  My class had a lot of illness going around, and my principal didn't want me to come back and get sick.  I ended up staying out 6 weeks and when I went back to school, I was strong and felt fine. I'm certain I would have struggled had I gone back at 2 weeks.
 
In my experience, surgeons don't really know what this recovery is like.  You have to go through it to understand it.  I don't know how much you're lurked around the forum, but if you haven't already read it, you might want to read my early recovery journal:
 
Glad you've joined the forum!  It's a great place to ask questions and get support from others who've been through the same recovery.
Happy healing,
Denise
 
 
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WHS
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   Posted 5/2/2013 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response and yes I have read your early recovery journal and think all the information I have gotten from the forum thus far is just incredible. I know I won't be ready to return to work in two weeks, and I guess I just take it day by day and see how I feel. So far beyond walking around the house, I spend most of my days watching TV and resting. If I do go out I return home and am completely worn out.

dencha
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   Posted 5/3/2013 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi WHS,
You've had major surgery...even though there are only little slits to show for it.  It makes it hard to remember that your upper GI tract and all your insides have been through so much.  Taking it easy is exactly what you need to do!
Happy healing,
Denise
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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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