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Jason M.
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Date Joined Nov 2013
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   Posted 11/17/2013 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

44 yr old male.

I'm on my 3rd day after surgery and things are going horrible. I feel the surgeon should have provided me with more realistic expectations as I may have chose not to have this surgery. I am unable to eat or drink without hiccups, even sips of water cause them. I'm frustrated. I understand things will take some time to heal but drinking water is challenging. Medication prescribed for hiccups is not working, however I will say the pain is mild. Any advice or encouragement is appreciated.

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   Posted 11/17/2013 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am a 36 year old male. I know what you are feeling. I regretted the surgery for about 2 weeks after because of eating and odd pains. It was horrible, but it does pass.
I needed the surgery because my voice box was being flooded with acid and I had a 5" hole in my diaphragm that wasn't helping matters. There are a few people here that talked me down off my emotional ledge so to say.
I don't think my surgeon gave me enough realistic recovery information because I am young and in good health otherwise. He said I'll go back to feeling normal in weeks but never told me how many that really was, and I wasn't knowledgeable to ask.
Tomorrow I will be 5 weeks post op. I do not regret having the surgery now and my brain and anxiety has calmed down over it. You will get there also. It's tough and we should be more prepared for it, but I promise you will get there. Someone told me once that the recovery for this is comparable to open heart surgery.
 Different recovery but same length of time. Your swallowing will get worse before it gets better. Warm liquids seemed to help me the most. I started being able to get liquids down better about week 2, and now I have quit losing weight because i am getting enough food down to maintain. I have lost about 15 lbs.
Your swallowing will improve, mine still is after 5 weeks. Just have to remember to be patient and keep yourself out if your own head. That was my biggest problem. The people here are so helpful and got me through days I wasn't sure what was happening.
If you have a question ask, if you have severe pain and a problem call your doctor. Keep your head up... Your on your way to a normal life again... Patitence will be your best friend.

Here is my recovery. As you can tell I was pretty freaked at first. Ask any questions you have. There are a lot of people who have good information.

I couldn't find Denise or Stephanie's journal. They are the people who helped me a lot by reading their post, and several other people who would answer my questions for me.
edited with breaks for easier reading and made link to journal live

Post Edited By Moderator (dencha) : 11/17/2013 12:23:06 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/17/2013 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
The hiccups will pass. That's just your diaphragm irritated from being moved or healing from a HH repair if you had one. It gets better

Jason M.
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   Posted 11/17/2013 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
MCord, thanks for your reply and information. I will try and stay off the emotional ledge but pretty difficult at this point. The hiccups are the worse so far. I will keep reading these posts for encouragement. Thanks again

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   Posted 11/17/2013 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jason,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad you've joined us!  This is a great place to get support, encouragement, and information.  Most surgeons don't prepare their patients sufficiently for their recovery, and I'm not sure why.  Please read through other journals here.  You'll see that the experiences you're having are very normal, and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
I had the surgery in February 2009, and found this forum shortly before then.  The people here gave me tips and provided such outstanding support that I decided to stick around after my recovery to help others the way I was helped.  Here's my early recovery journal:
Here is StephanieJean's recovery thread:
Hopefully, she will post on this thread soon, and share her recovery experience and provide lots of tips and encouragement.  There are lots of members who are at various stages of recovery right now, so you will be hearing from many of them soon.  It's a great place to hang out while you recover!
Hang in there. The first two weeks are the toughest, and as MCord said, your swallowing will get worse before it gets better, as swelling increases.  It takes six months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest.  Of course you won't feel like you feel now for the first six months! Give yourself a few weeks, and you'll be amazed at the improvements you'll make. It takes time, patience, and trust to make it through this recovery.
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it leads you, you'll find it much easier.  Relax and allow your body the time it needs to heal.  You can't rush it, as much as you wish you could.  Hang in there and go with the flow.  You're in the midst of the roughest part of recovery--it will get better!
Hopefully some of the other members who've had hiccups at your stage will have some tips for dealing with them.  I know they're painful.
Again, glad you've joined the forum!
Happy healing,
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

"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

Post Edited (dencha) : 11/17/2013 12:38:57 PM (GMT-7)

Jason M.
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Date Joined Nov 2013
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   Posted 11/17/2013 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise for your encouragement and positive outlook. These hiccups are killing me, otherwise no major problems yet. I will keep you updated on progress. Thanks again. Jason

Jason M.
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Date Joined Nov 2013
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   Posted 11/18/2013 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to document my experiences from Day 1 through Day 4, I believe they are very similar to other experiences. As previously noted, I'm a 44 year old male with acid reflux and a hiatal hernia. Nexium was helping a little but things were progressively getting worse with sleep and quality of life.

I decided to pursue the Nissen which was also recommended by my gastroenterologist. After surgery I had no isssues with the anesthesia which was welcomed for sure. Day 1 was pretty eventless, I was able to hold a few pudding cups down in the hospital but I had to laugh when the nurse brought me a straw and cup of water.

Day 2 I was sent home with mild narcotics and instructions on what to eat on a liquid diet. I was only able to eat one cup of pudding and a few sips of chicken broth and one bottle of apple juice.

On Day 1, I weighed in at 208 lbs and on Day 3 I weighed 204 lbs. Day 3 was pretty much the same, unable eat or drink much. I decided to take Motrin two or three times a day to see if that would assist in swelling and local pain.

On Day 4, I noticed I was able to drink more fluids and ,had some interest in trying different soups. In the past 4 days I have had alot of mucus in my throat which apparently is normal and the hiccups have been challenging to say the least. I feel if I could get these under control, I would be good to go.

On Day 2 the doctor prescribed me some hiccup medication, doesn't work in my case. The five incisions seem to be healing well with one of the incisions looking like I've had a tummy tuck. Reading this forum has helped me so thanks to Denise and MCord for their comments and feedback. Right now I'm not liking this but hopefully with time I will embrace it. :)

edited with breaks for easier reading

Post Edited By Moderator (dencha) : 11/18/2013 5:43:02 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 11/18/2013 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jason!
Sorry you are having a rough time of things. It really does get better. I think the majority of people who go through the NF about a week in think "WHY DID I DO THIS!?!?"
I think its pretty normal. Luckily I had this forum to help me out with those feelings.
It takes a long time to heal, even if you are pretty healthy otherwise. I still struggle with anxiety over what "normal" is supposed to feel like.
Warm tea helps with the hiccups if the medication doesnt work for you. I had such bad hiccups for about a week, then they just started getting better and occasionally I still get them, but they do not hurt like they did in the beginning. Pay close attention to your breathing and it helps control it.
It does get better!

Retired Seabee
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Date Joined Feb 2013
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   Posted 11/18/2013 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I just turned 74 years old and I suffered for years from Hiatal Hernia and GERD. I also experienced a serious lung abcess due to aspirating particles of vomit during nightly reflux episodes. I was on Nexium for years with good results in controlling the acid but not the reflux--the reflux became silent. I still had reflux but it wasn't painful from the acid. At my age I could have lived out my life on a restricted diet and careful management of my lifestyle. I chose to examine other alternatives.

After all of the standard testing and on the advice the military doctors and that which I received from this forum, on March 11th of this year I had surgery to correct the HH and NF repair. It was the first time in my life that I ever spent a night in the hospital and first surgery that I ever underwent. To say the least I was scared. I realize that I may be the exception to the rule, but from the start of the recovery process I didn't shed one drop of blood nor did I experience the least pain as a result of the operation. My incisions were glued together and surprisingly had no bleeding or scabs. I did not need the prescribed pain killers or the anti-nausea medications. I was on a soft diet for three weeks and at the end of that time the Surgeon told me that I could resume normal activities on a limited basis. I immediately resumed small meals of regular food, limited soft drinks, and resumed playing tennis. I can now eat anything that I want and am fully recovered. It was the best thing I ever did medically. I hope that in the course of things the results of your surgery will be the same.

Jason M.
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Date Joined Nov 2013
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 11/20/2013 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Retired Seabee, thanks for your comments. I'm glad it was successful for you and that you are back to normal.

Day 5 and 6 update:
Hiccups have disappeared thankfully but still tough to get foods down. Currently I'm only consuming 500-600 calories a day, appetite is still not there yet. I am able to burp still which I was surprised about but Dr said is still possible. Pain has subsided for the most part in chest. Weight loss total so far is 9 pounds. I feel like I'm turning the corner and going back to work. Thanks

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   Posted 11/21/2013 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I notice the only time I get hiccups is when I eat too big of a bite or I don't chew it up enough. It is irritating but it sure beats chest pains from acid reflux! Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone with these darn hiccups! :-)
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