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It's definitely normal that it hurts to swallow. I remember just not wanting to swallow--even my own saliva. It's totally typical, and certainly understandable if you think about
what your poor stomach and esophagus have been through.
You just have five little slits, but your insides have undergone major surgery, and you've got to expect a few weeks of some pain. Once you're past the initial surgical pain, you'll do just fine. Take whatever meds you need to stay comfortable, but if you're like most, you won't need the narcotic meds very long.
If you're having shoulder pain issues, be sure to get up and walk. The more you walk, the less your shoulder will hurt. You may find you need the narcotic meds at bedtime even when you're fine during the day. Pain seems to be more obvious when it's dark and quiet.
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier. You can't rush this recovery, no matter how hard you try. Your body will take its own sweet time to heal. Remember that it takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest, so patience is definitely a virtue as you recover.
Be sure to ask any questions that come up! We'll do our best to answer questions and provide support and encouragement...
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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