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Quest2013
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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 11/1/2013 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Had surgery on 10/28/13. Woke up with unbearable shoulder pain. They gave me some medication for it. After being moved to the recovery room I had pumps strapped to my calf. They gave me nausea medication couple times a day and antibiotics etc
It took me all day to eat a jello cup and sip on Apple juice. Every bite I ate made me burp before it went down. Strange!
The surgery site did not hurt as much as my shoulder. I hardly got any sleep since nurses come in every half hour for vitals and medication.
Next day I was able to get up and walk around. I was discharged on 10/30/13. I haven't had to take any pain medication so far. I haven't had a bowel movement since the 28th even though I have stool softener twice a day.
Today 11/1/13 I had some noodle soup. Small bites and chew slowly. I should be back in action by the 4th and back to work. Not bad at all. I expected it to be much worse. The worst part was the shoulder pain and headache on my left side. Good luck to all

lajenner
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   Posted 11/2/2013 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you have NF? I hope you are doing alright. That headache was nasty, I had the same.
Laurie
GERD (Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 2013)
IgG, IgM Deficient
Chronic Pain caused by Degenerative Arthritis,
Asthma, Chronic Sinusitis, Allergies,
Chronic Kidney Stone Disease, Depression/Anxiety

Quest2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I had NF. When did you get a bowel movement. I'm on day 6 and nothing so far

MCord
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   Posted 11/2/2013 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you still on pain meds? That will keep the poop party from happening...lol. My doc told me to take milk of magnesia to help. It seemed to. I am 3 weeks on Monday and still not completely regular, it just takes time. Your limited diet also isn't doing you any favors.

stkitt
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   Posted 11/2/2013 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Did your Dr. prescribe any type of enema or rectal suppository to use?  You may want to check in with the clinic.
 
Are you have any gas pains?
 
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dencha
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   Posted 11/2/2013 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quest,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Wow!  Back to work on the 4th!  Yikes...I was still relaxing on the couch at that time.  Don't forget that your insides had MAJOR surgery, and be sure to baby yourself.  Don't be surprised if you're tired a as a result.  It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest.  During the first two weeks or so, your wrap becomes increasingly more swollen, so swallowing might get dicey.  Just move back to liquids or very soft foods if that happens.
 
The shoulder pain is miserable, I know.  For me it was the worst of all the pains.  If you can get up and walk, it will help.  I found that the more I walked, the better my shoulder felt. 
 
Glad you've joined the party!  We'll be here to cheer you on as you recover and head toward a better quality of life!
Happy healing,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Eckhart Tolle

Quest2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone. I have been walking around. Shoulder pain is gone but something scary happened last night. I woke up in the middle of the night with soup shooting out of my nose. I had eaten soup a few hours prior. It was a very unpleasant experience having stomach acids stinging my throat and nose. Did anyone have this?

dencha
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   Posted 11/2/2013 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quest,
If I were a betting person, I'd guess that the soup was actually sitting at the wrap site and migrated "north".  Once lying flat, there was no gravity to hold it there until it trickled into the stomach. 
 
In the beginning there is increasing swelling at the wrap site, and even liquids can get held up there.  When they irritate the esophagus, it feels exactly like reflux, since the esophagus is a "dumb organ" and interprets all pain as reflux.  Food that ferments as it waits to enter the stomach can be very irritating.
 
Could you get some reflux early on after surgery?  Certainly.  The wrap is swollen and can be misshapen, thus letting some reflux though.  In addition, surgeons don't attempt to bring reflux to zero...just to "normal levels"...as zero reflux would mean the wrap was too tight to allow food to pass into the stomach.
 
I remember times early on when I'd burp, and food would regurgitate into my mouth.  It wasn't coming from the stomach, but rather the esophagus/wrap site.
 
It's highly unlikely that you're getting any reflux of a volume that could travel into your nose.  During this time healing phase, you might want to continue sleeping with the head of your bed elevated, or at least your upper body.  It will give your wrap's swelling time to subside. 
Hang in there!
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

Quest2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise. That makes me feel better. I had all these horrible thoughts of a failed surgery and having to do this again :(.
One more question. Why is tomato soup/ juice not allowed? I'm confused about the diet and the clinic is closed on weekends. Mashed fruits in smoothies are ok but pulp in juice is not ok. Strange

Quest2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt said...
Did your Dr. prescribe any type of enema or rectal suppository to use? You may want to check in with the clinic.
Are you have any gas pains?


I'm on stool softner twice a day but nothing happening so far

Quest2013
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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
MCord said...
Are you still on pain meds? That will keep the poop party from happening...lol. My doc told me to take milk of magnesia to help. It seemed to. I am 3 weeks on Monday and still not completely regular, it just takes time. Your limited diet also isn't doing you any favors.


I'm not taking any pain meds since I left the hospital

lajenner
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 11/2/2013 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to consider adding senna, or another type of laxative. I needed it at that point. I used a combination very small tablet called Easy-Lax. It had both senna and colace in it. The softener was not enough.

Try to stay upright for at least 2 hours after eating. I know you are tired and weak, it's hard. But it does take time for the food to trickle down into the stomach.

I'm going on 8 weeks and still not regular. It's depressing and uncomfortable - but I know it will improve.
Laurie
GERD (Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 2013)
IgG, IgM Deficient
Chronic Pain caused by Degenerative Arthritis,
Asthma, Chronic Sinusitis, Allergies,
Chronic Kidney Stone Disease, Depression/Anxiety

dencha
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   Posted 11/2/2013 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quest,
Tomato soup and juice are highly acidic and can irritate the healing wrap.  As I said, liquids can sit at the wrap site and cause problems, so acidic foods are more problematic. 
 
I'm guessing that when drinking juice with pulp, the pulp can get stuck in the wrap.  Smoothies blend everything to a smooth consistency, so it can go down easier.
 
Hang in there...you are at a challenging time in recovery.  Patience is a virtue at this point.  Try to go with the flow, and follow your recovery where it leads you.  You can't rush it, as much as you'd like to.  Give your body the time it needs to heal.  Everyone heals differently, but if you listen to your body and work with it, everything will be easier.
 
Staying upright for a couple hours after eating is a fine idea, Laurie. 
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

Quest2013
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Date Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 11/2/2013 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise and Laurie. I bought glycerine suppositories. I hope they work
Nissen Fundoplication on 10/28/13
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