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UFCSam
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   Posted 7/15/2013 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sitting in my hospital room. It's 6:30 PM, and my surgery was 10:30-1. Aside from general discomfort (gas pains in shoulder, belly tenderness), I'm doing well. I'm also on morphine :-)

I had "dinner," which consisted of jello/lemon ice/tea/clear protein drink.

I don't have any swallowing pain, but I am taking it easy on the swallow-size.

Overall, I'm optimistic and excited to potentially be done with reflux hundreds of times each day (confirmed by Bravo pH test).

Background, I'm a 33y/o male, and about 290 lb. I've had reflux since my early twenties at least. It definitely got worse as I gained weight over the years.

Let me know if anyone has questions. I will be discharged tomorrow, and pan to take 2-3 weeks off work.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/15/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
UFCSam

Welcome to Healing well and the Wrapped Club!


Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Tarachriso
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   Posted 7/16/2013 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Club. Take it easy and don't push yourself to much take it slow my best advice. What you do today will effect you tomorrow.
Tara

dencha
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   Posted 7/16/2013 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi UFCSam,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad you've joined us.  It's good to hear that things are going well so far.  If you can get up and walk, it would help a lot with getting rid of the shoulder pain.  I found the more I walked, the less my shoulder hurt.  I actually walked laps around the hospital floor/nurse's station, dragging my IV pole along for the ride.  Give it a try.  I think you'll find that the walking will help tremendously.
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

UFCSam
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   Posted 7/16/2013 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I completely agree. Walking around helped the shoulder pain a bunch.

I'm home now, and I was discharged with Vicodin. It helps with the general discomfort.

Overall, my only issue right now is with hiccups. Anytime I take a drink bigger than a teaspoon, I get like 20 minutes of hiccups.

I got them the first time when trying to swallow half of a Vicodin, then I I scantly got them again when trying to eat some vanilla pudding.

Ay ideas? Is the wrap more swollen today (day 2)? I didn't have any issues in the hospital.

Side-note, I have zero reflux. First time in years.

dencha
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   Posted 7/16/2013 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi UFCSam,
OUCH!  Fortunately, I didn't have hiccup problems, but many suffer with hiccups during early recovery...the diaphram was irritated with the surgery, so hiccups can be expected. That will subside after things heal more.   
 
Maybe you could start a new thread: "Hiccups After Nissen...Help!" and see if you get any hits with advice.  I can only suggest that you just take it slow with eating and drinking, but I know that doesn't help at all.  Wish I had experience that I could share, but unfortunately, I'm woefully ignorant regarding post-op hiccups. 
 
I found this on a hiccup-related post, and it's not the first time this remedy has been mentioned:
I can stop a spell of these hiccups immediately by taking some candied Ginger root, chewing it in my mouth carefully, swallowing the juices and spitting out the pulp. The ginger has the effect on me of soothing the esophagus and halts the hiccup urge. It has worked repeatedly for me. It may be placebo effect, but if you Google it, ginger is listed as something for hiccups. Plus, it tastes really good. Just don't swallow the fibrous pulp!
Hey, it's worth a try!
Good luck, and happy healing!
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

UFCSam
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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 7/16/2013 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the idea, I might give that a shot. I'm finding that little sips are helpful. I was a FAST eater (big gulps, etc) pre-wrap, so it's really taking some serious self-control to sip.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/16/2013 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
UFCSam

I got the hiccuos with all 3 of my nissens and I still get them when I am full and try to push a little extra food in. For me it's an indicator I am full. As with coughing I found if I held a pillow tight to my belly it helped the pain from the hiccups.

I also was a fast eater, thanks to the military, it's hard but you will have to learn to slow way down.

Take care,
Bill
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