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grawwill
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   Posted 3/31/2014 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi this is my first post here. First I want to comment on how helpful this website has been for me in the past year. I am very gratefull for all of the insight that I have gained.

I got a nissen four days ago for reflux that I have been dealing with for four years. My situation is a bit different because of my age; I am twenty. The surgery went pretty well, I had it at nine a.m. and I was discharged the next day at noon. I have had a pretty easy time dealing with all of the post op conditions. There was a bit of shoulder pain the first two days which had to be remidied with hydrocodone, but aside from that it's been pretty pain free. I have been able to eat soft foods with extra chewing and I have been able to burp when needed. Swallowing pills has been tricky, as well as battling the fullness but other than that it's been fine. I feel like I am having a very easy time compared to the rest of you, and that has my anxious mind in overdrive. I'm worried that my surgery won't be effective because of my seemingly quick recovery. Has anyone else had a pretty mild recovery? Also I am wondering about the risk of the wrap becoming undone. This has been at the top of my mind everytime I eat and I'm wondering if anyone has experienced or heard about this. Finally I have been getting some strange and mildly painful hiccups and feelings that are reminiscent of reflux but there is no actual acid coming up. Is this something that any of you have experineced? Sorry for the ramble and thanks in advance.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/31/2014 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
grawwill

Welcome to Healing Well and the Wrapped Club!

This recovery is a little different for everyone, but some have a very easy one and some have a very difficult one. That really isn't an indication as to how well it will work for you. It's just how your body reacts.

That said...you probably will start to have a tougher time here in the next week or 2 as the swelling peaks.

The hiccups are very normal and can be very painful. Mine showed up when my stomach decided it had enough in it. That was my cue to stop eating. It is caused from the work on the diaphragm. Holding a pillow to your belly when you hiccup, cough, or sneeze helps ease the pain. Also ice and heat both help the painful areas.

Some of the incisions will get more sore later, seems to almost always happen. again usually normal as long as there isn't any discharge or redness.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn, Kidney disease

Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 8/24/11

Uniandra
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   Posted 3/31/2014 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I have also had a pretty mild recovery. I am almost three weeks post op. I was worried as well about my NF coming undone, but everything seems to be doing just fine. I can do nearly everything I did before, except for eat solids. I can barely eat cottage cheese, and I am not swallowing pills yet. It is a little frustrating to me, because I want to be able to eat solids, but that will have to wait for at least another week for me. However, there are some people who can eat solids sooner than me, but unfortunately, I'm one who has to wait.

I wouldn't worry about your NF coming undone. I'm thinking that it is a pretty permanent surgery, and hard to ruin at least with things like burping. You sound like everything is pretty normal, especially for your newness in recovery.

Anyway, I hope you have a speedy recovery.

Uniandra :)

grawwill
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   Posted 4/3/2014 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies1 I am having some severe shoulder pain from the gas and I am wondering if it is okay to take a weak NSAID for it. Tylenol is not cutting it and the vicodin makes me pass out.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/3/2014 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
grawwill

I have taken Ibuprofen after my nissens without any issues. I would give it a shot.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn, Kidney disease

Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 8/24/11

Medic48
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   Posted 4/11/2014 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey,

I just had my NF on 3/31/14. I am not as young as you, I am 33. I suffered GERD/reflux since I was 14. I ended up with a hiatal hernia around x mas and not a single PPI worked to save my life. So here I am. I had no trouble swallowing pills the next day. I walked that night like crazy. I then got a head cold which was really annoying. I kept thinking when I coughed that I would blow the surgery. I was really improving each then then, After I stopped taking the liquid Hydro I finally had a BM. A very painful one. Since then I have had watery stools even after a sip of water. My stomach makes loud noises and once the noises get lower and lower then bam watery time. Since then I have stopped eating any food and am hardly drinking. I know this is bad but its just what my body wants to do. It wants to not eat till it goes away. I am also afraid its c-diff. I also do get a horrible burning in my stomach after I eat. I wish my recovery was going as well as yours, but I am positive I could be a lot worse off.
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