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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, everyone.

I had a Nissen done 21 days ago and have a few concerns that I thought I would get some feedback on. Overall all is well -- basically eating what I want with the exception of soft breads and tough meats. And most importantly, no more burning!

(1) The first, which I assume is normal, is I still have quite a bit of pain right under my rib cage on the left side of my chest/stomach. Coughing or sneezing is very painful, and it is still painful to get up out of bed. It is at the point that when I am up walking around it hurts when my shirt rubs against my skin... not very comfortable. It feels like a huge bruise. Is this normal after 21 days?

(2) I also have pain on both sides (but usually not at the same time) where I assume my kidneys are located. Is this location normal after this procedure? I worry because the pain is very sharp and can take my breath away.

(3) Finally, I have noticed that my stool looked like clay this morning (very, very light colored). I have not taken any meds so it cannot be that -- is this something that others have experienced?

Anyway, thanks in advance -- I very much appreciate any thoughts/comments.

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!
I had rib pain there for a long time. it can take a couple months honestly for all that rib pain can go away.
Make sure you hug a pillow and try to support the area when coughing or sneezing, it will help.
Childrens motrin helps as well if you can not swallow pills yet.
I took ibuprofen for a few months.

Clay colored stools can be a few things, its common when you take acid reduces like zantac or PPIs. If its not medication, just track if for a few days and if it doesnt get better let your doctor know. Sometimes its a sign of an issue with your gall bladder. I occasionally get that for no reason though.

Are you dehydrated? I cant really help too much with the kidney pain, you might want to call about that one too

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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my surgeon yesterday. I didn't have the kidney pain but back pain in general. The surgeon told me he worked a lot on the back part near the spine.

Are you having trouble standing up straight? Could be the muscles?


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   Posted 12/10/2013 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome aboard and to the Wrapped Club!

As SJ said the left incision is a troublesome one and will take a couple months at least to heal. They use that port to hold the liver back so it gets a lot of abuse.

The stool issue is normal. Expect all types of weird things for about 6 months to a year after this surgery. your digestive system has been over hauled and needs time to adjust to the new design. Also the gas used to inflate your belly causes some trauma to your insides and they need to heal also. Strange color to loose to constipated can happen and is from the healing.Early on your body doesn't get quite enough nourishment and this is a big reason for the color.

Is the other pain towards the back on your sides? This is where kidney pain is typically located, but can show at the lower front too. Be sure to stay hydrated. If you think you are drinking enough add some more to be safe. Healing is hard on all the body systems.

Take care,
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my Nissen 21 days ago also. Doing very well so far. You might want to read my log so far.

Fifty years with GERD

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   Posted 12/28/2013 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, all. Very helpful.
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