Pain in hand after surgery...

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tashi65
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   Posted 11/8/2013 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had nf surgery done the Oct. 8 & have had a lot of the same problems I have seen posted but @ 3 weeks ago I noticed that my left had will get a shooting pain or cramp up with pain when I try to pick something up, especially if I bend down.  I had carpal tunnel surgery done on my right hand in May & have never had any symptons like it with my left until recently.  And the feelings I am having with my left are not like what I had with my right.  My left doesn't feel tingly or like it is going asleep. the pain is more sharp, especially if I try to bend over & pick something up or try pulling on my pants.
 
Has anyone else had this?

dencha
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   Posted 11/8/2013 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tashi65,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I've never heard of arm pain from the surgery, but I expect it is very possible that it's surgery related.  You're just a month out, so you're in the midst of healing. Shoulder pain is very common, and the fact that it's on the left makes sense. The left rib incision is where most of the surgical tool manipulation occurs, so it is more traumatized than the other incision areas.  Pain can refer from one place to another, so a pain that originates in one place, may pop up some other place.
 
At one month, you're probably wise not to do a lot of bending.  If you're getting referred pain to your arm when you bend, it's telling you something.  You've had MAJOR just a few weeks ago.  Laproscopic surgery is deceiving.  You've got five little slits that heal very quickly.  Inside is a different story.  Organs have been moved and detached, your stomach was stretched, wrapped, and stitched, and your diaphragm was repaired.  It takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. 
 
Listen to your body and follow its lead.  You'll heal, but you can't rush it...your body will heal in its own sweet time.  My surgeon told me that just when he thinks he's heard it all (post-op/quirky side effects), someone comes up with another one.  In his words, "Anything is possible" at early stages of recovery.  Still, it's always good to follow up with a medical professional if you have a worrisome symptom.
 
Glad you've joined the forum!  It's a great place to receive support from others who've been there, done that!
Happy healing,
Denise
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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/8/2013 8:13:12 PM (GMT-7)


tashi65
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   Posted 11/9/2013 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise - thank you for replying to my inquiry.  I had open hiatal hernia surgery not laproscopic .  My Dr told my husband that because of all the "stuff" he moved around it would be possible I would have back pain.  Making me think this pain & this morning numbness in my thumb is part of it all, like you said.
 
A friend found the forum & referred it to me since it seems at least my surgeon didn't passson near enough info preparing me to deal with the post-surgery healing.  After reading a number of the posts I am reassured that a lot of the things I had wondered about are common & I should give myself a break on taking more for things to heal.  I am normally a "get going" person & feeling continual tired & "ouchy" because I am sore or am hungry but nothing is appealing & then get nauseated when I do eat was getting to me.  I had to laugh about several people's need for burritos because just yesterday I was desperate for some kind of different food/taste that I got a chili relleno & cheese enchilada to try a little bit of. Needless to say I only ate a little of each & the corn tortilla on the enchilada got discarded for the most part.
 
Question... do a lot of people's loose their "taste" for things?  It seems like my mouth always feels like a Russian army has been trooping thru & my taste buds are all off.  What normally would be appealing is not, actually hardly anything is.  I eat to get energy &  because sometimes my body is telling me you are gonna starve unless you put something in me.
 
Again, thanks all for sharing & being there.

dencha
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   Posted 11/9/2013 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tashi65,
The alimentary canal starts in the mouth, and ends at the "back door" of your digestive tract.  It makes all the sense in the world that when part of that canal system is traumatized, the whole tract feels it.  Also, your stomach has been through a major revision...stretched and wrapped and stitched.  Since your stomach isn't feeling perky, your appetite suffers.  It's all part of the healing process, and that hearty appetite will return, once things have a chance to heal.
 
It's great that you're a "get going" person under most circumstances, but when it comes to healing after major surgery, it's better to slow down and give your body time to heal.  You'll be able to get going soon enough. It's important now, that you listen to your body and relax into your recovery. 
 
Bill, another moderator here, always says it's a marathon, rather than a sprint.  You'll be recovering for a year from this.  Of course you won't feel like you do now in 8 months, but your body will still be doing the job of healing, and your upper GI tract will be adjusting to the changes that were made.
 
I don't know if you saw my recovery journal, but here's the link, just in case:
 
It's not a bit uncommon for surgeons to inadequately prepare their patients for their recovery.  I suspect they don't really know the full range of the experience themselves...sure, they have patients who call to report bothersome or worrying symptoms, but as a whole, they really don't know what it's like.  They know in theory, but not what the experience is like in reality.  That's why this forum is so helpful...others who have "been there, done that" are just a keystroke away!
 
Glad you've joined the forum!  It's a great place to be during recovery.
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

Alcie
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   Posted 11/9/2013 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had nausea for a long time. It was controlled with Zofran. Ask your doctor what to do though, as we are just patients.

Also ask the doctor about the wrist. I woke up with both my wrists bandaged. Since I had been an ICU tech for a few years, I knew what that was all about. They'd put in arterial line to monitor blood pressure and had missed on one arm and went and poked the other. Pretty sloppy too since I had a lot of bruising. I was unable to move my right hand for a couple of days.

Alternative suggestion about the wrist - you may have been put in an odd position during in surgery. It's normal to strap the patient to the table and tip it up a lot to let the organs slide down out of the way. It could be that a little pressure was put on a nerve in the arm or shoulder.

You could see a pain specialist or an ortho group and ask for a nerve study.

tashi65
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   Posted 11/9/2013 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie... I had an IV in that arm but I didn't notice that they had changed it during surgery... no other needle punctures. Now I could have been tipped & see the Dr in 2 weeks so am going to check then with him if the pain & strange sensations haven't gone away. Right now the last thing I want is any more poking... know what I mean?
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