1 month post lap nissen - still struggling

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   Posted 9/12/2013 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Today is one month since my surgery and I am so dissapointed to still be in so much pain shakehead I'm still eating nothing but soups, mashed potatoes & gravy, yogurt... only very soft foods and in small quantities. I do eat saltines but have been able to do that since about day 3. Everyday at least part of the day is painful, either I feel like I have heartburn, or I have pain in the wrap area that radiates up into my neck (very painful and this just started this week). Dr. has put me on omeprazole 2x per day for 2 wks, and carafate before meals.

Someone please tell me it's going to get better - soon!

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   Posted 9/13/2013 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Im sorry to hear that you are still having trouble. It sounds like you are experiencing swelling. My surgeon had me taking childrens liquid motrin 3 times daily and it helped with the swelling and feelings of tightness and burning in my esophagus and also helped with the wrap swelling enabling me to eat a larger variety of foods.

Healing after this kind of surgery takes forever it seems. I am just a few days over a month out and I still have spasms of my stomach and hiccups, gas pain, incision pain, but it does get better. Just keep an open line of communication with your surgeon, there is a lot they can help to make you more comfortable until the swelling and healing progress

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   Posted 9/13/2013 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the tip about children's motrin... Yes it seems like this recovery is taking forever. I keep having to remind myself that this was not a minor surgery. I really did not know that going in.
Best of luck with your recovery too!

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   Posted 9/14/2013 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, its still early days for you yet in your recovery.It will get better,its just a matter of time. All The Best! Barry

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   Posted 9/14/2013 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
One month post op is the VERY BEGINNING of your recovery.  It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  You've got another 5+ months to get there, so don't be so hard on yourself and your recovery!
Did you ever hear the saying, "A watch pot never boils"?  Well, it's the same with your recovery.  As hard as it is to do, try to just surrender to what IS.  The more you struggle against it, and wish it wasn't so, the harder it is to deal with.  Your recovery is as it is.  Your body is healing as quickly as it knows how. It WILL heal, and you WILL get back to living and eating comfortably, but it takes time.  And it you're always struggling against your recovery, that time drags even more slowly.
As long as your surgeon is aware of the pain you're experiencing and is comfortable with your recovery, stop worrying, and start accepting.  You can do this!  This too, will pass!
Hang in there...Stephanie's suggestion of taking liquid Motrin is a good one.  The very small quantities and early fullness is totally normal.  It will gradually change over time and healing.  If you choose ONLY foods that can be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency, your mouth/teeth will be your blender, and you can enjoy eating more fully.  Take small bites and only swallow things that basically disappear/get creamy when chewed.  Other things should be discreetly deposited in a paper napkin you can keep handy.
Experiment with foods that can be chewed to a liquid.  You'll find that there are MANY.  Hang in there! We're here for you!
Happy healing,
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"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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   Posted 9/15/2013 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement, Barry.

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   Posted 9/15/2013 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you wake up one day soon and realize you've truly been feeling better. The folks here are so helpful.

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   Posted 9/15/2013 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise, thanks for the pep talk and advice. I know, I know, it is very early. It's just that I didn't do any research on lap nissen before I had it and did not know the amount if time involved with a full recovery. So glad I found this forum, everyone is so helpful.

LAJENNER, thanks for the good wishes :)
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