Did I Tear It ?

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mello1
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   Posted 8/25/2014 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I am at almost 7 days post wrap it is the middle of the night and I am worried that I tore my new wrap. I am being very careful about not lifting. I am sleeping on a wedge pillow and realized that I am lifting my body a little when I scoot back on the pillow. And now at 3 am I feel that familiar acid throat... So stressed...

Brianala
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   Posted 8/25/2014 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mello,

Chances are really good that you have not done any damage to your wrap. I asked my surgeon what the possibility of damaging it would be, since I lift weights, and he said anything short of a car crash with impact full on to the sternum is unlikely to damage it. So, hopefully this will help calm your fears!

mello1
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   Posted 8/25/2014 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Brianala. I don't want this all to have been for nothing. Reassurance really helps.

ldrunner
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   Posted 8/25/2014 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mello. You'll get a million things that make you think the surgery has failed over the next few months. I know it's hard but you have to ignore them.

Your wrap is swollen, and this will give you different symptoms every day. You're also full of scar tissue which is healing and pulling and causing strange symptoms. Also you were probably on PPIs before the surgery and may be going cold turkey.

I must have thought I had damaged my wrap about 20 times; feeling something give at the gym, crazy stomach pressure and pain on an airplane, my kid jumping out of a tree and me catching him... the list is endless.

I got the acid throat again a few days after surgery. I was devastated. A Dr advised me to go back on the PPIs which I did for a few months then weaned myself off them and I've never had it since.

Also, they say you know the inner scaring has healed when the outer scars are pale and smooth. Until then the inner scaring will be pulling and causing all sorts of symptoms.

I guess the only advice is be gentle to your stomach and op site, and be emotionally gentle on yourself. It's a difficult time but you'll get through it.

ldrunner
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   Posted 8/26/2014 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
In hindsight I was probably a bit irresponsible saying blindly ignore everything... if you're worried or things are severe definitely speak to your doctor.

I guess what I was trying to say is you go through heaps of different symptoms, lots of which will convince you your operation has failed, and you'll drive yourself crazy if you take them seriously. You'll also accidentally lift too much weight, have crazy wind and a whole host of other physical issues which you think will affect it.

Given time they all subside.

mello1
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   Posted 8/26/2014 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ldrunner. I think you are right though and I will be nervous. Today I dropped something while I was sitting on the couch and grabbed it with my feet and bent my knees so I could grab it with my hands. Apparently I'm a descendant of monkeys. Anyway, I started thinking: that's using stomach muscles... Or the opposite of bending over... And could that do damage ??? And I'm already worried about opening the glass door at work next week... I will worry...

ldrunner
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   Posted 8/28/2014 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
mello1 said...
And I'm already worried about opening the glass door at work next week... I will worry...


Lol, yeah, I remember that. I didn't even try to open doors "face on" either by pushing away from me or pulling towards me. My abs were too wrecked to handle the force.

I found if I stood side on to the door, put my arm straight out to the side and used by weight plus a little force to either pull or push the door, the muscles at the side of my body could handle it fine.
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