Advice needed post Nissen

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On2Wheels
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   Posted 6/27/2014 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had Nissen surgery done 5 weeks ago and initially everything was going fine until 10 days ago. First I ended up back in hospital with severe stomach pains which were caused by an impacted colon. After 5 days in hospital with a catheter etc I was released last Monday night. On Wednesday evening I started feeling nauseous with a stomach pain that got worse until the point I was doubled up kneeling on the floor leaning over the chair. I desperately wanted to heave and vomit but of course because of the Nissen I can't although did a few dry heaves. After about 3 hours or so the pain eased and I was able to get to bed and get some sleep.

Woke up yesterday and went to see my GP who had a quick check but couldn't find anything and just gave me some anti sickness tablets.

All day yesterday I had a nagging stomach ache, I couldn't face food or any drink with a strong flavour. Last night the pain flared up to agonising again, suffered for another 3 or 4 hours before getting to sleep for a couple of hours.

Woke up with nagging stomach ache again this morning and its plagued me all day, sometimes getting slightly worse then easing, right now its hard to type as the pain is beginning to flare.

Have suspected wind pains as I can't burp but sometimes feel I want to, but even though I passed wind the other way its doesn't ever relieve the pain totally.

Have bought wind tablets today in hope, along with peppermint tea, some digestive enzyme tablets and charcoal pills. Still the nagging pain goes on in my stomach, up under my rib cage and into my back.

I am getting worried now as it has been nearly two days and no relief. I really don't want to go back into hospital again, can anyone suggest anything it might be apart from gas bloat/trapped wind? Stomach feels tight around the middle.

Don't know what to do or how much longer I can bear this. Can hardly bare to move.

dencha
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   Posted 6/27/2014 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi On2Wheels,

So sorry to hear that you're having so many problems. The impacted colon is very unusual, although the pain medication can slow things down for everyone. The stomach pain you're describing is totally out of the norm, and it seems to me that you need to contact your surgeon/GI doctor, rather than your PCP.

What you're experiencing just isn't right. Perhaps your surgeon can get you an expedited appointment with either himself or your GI doc. You need to be seen by someone ASAP.

I wish I could provide more information, but although I've seen lots of things during my years helping out on the forum, your situation is unique.

I hope you get feeling better very, very soon!
Hang in there...
Good luck!
Denise

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ldrunner
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   Posted 6/27/2014 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi On2Wheels,

Are you eating much fibre? The reason I ask is I was getting terrible stomach pains and cramps after about 5 weeks so I spoke to a Dr (in another country, my own ones wanted nothing to do with it) who advised I upped the amount of fibre I was eating.

I chose salad, apples and bran cereal as you can chew them until they're pretty much liquid and the results were amazing. I also eat very slowly and drown my food in olive oil and this helps too - if the food is unsuitable for oil, I just drink a tablespoon ten minutes before eating.

I hope you improve,

LD

PS - the upside of olive oil is it's good for you and allows the food to go down easily. The downside is it allows you to eat very quickly so be careful!

On2Wheels
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   Posted 6/30/2014 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and a massive thanks for your replies, I am sorry I haven't responded sooner but I was really ill again over the weekend.

I had a night call doc come over on Friday night who left me with a load of new meds to try and get things under control - Buscopan, Domperidone and some glycerine suppositories but he said if after a 4 day course things weren't better then I would probably have to go back in. Since then I had a relatively pain free day Saturday but hardly ate apart from a small weetabix cereal mushed in milk and a tiny bit of white chicken me boiled with a little rice which scared me for a moment but wasn't so bad. Sunday was okay with weetabix again but come afternoon I dare to try a little salad with apple (minus skin) in (I had about 2 spoons ful) and a couple of saltine crackers but soon after the pain returned and was doubled up for 2 hours again last night. Today I have got by on the weetabix so far as now just afraid to eat anything in case the pain returns.

Trying to get an appointment with GP for tomorrow and prepared to be readmitted again, as I am literally starving myself at the moment.

Just want to say to you both who replied it was a great comfort just to have your responses on here thank you so much. God Bless you.

John

On2Wheels
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   Posted 7/1/2014 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LD just wanted to thank you as have followed a little of your advice and have managed to begin to take small amounts of food the last 2 days with only a little discomfort. Hopefully I can continue and it will help me get some strength back at least. Still not sure on other problems seeing doc tomorrow to discuss. But anyway I just wanted to say thank you for your help. John

ldrunner
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   Posted 7/2/2014 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey mate, no worries, anything I can do to help.

There's no doubt about it... recovery is a journey isn't it. In the early days when I could hardly eat I found myself making sure every mouthful counted for protein, vitamins, roughage and oils.
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