Re: any advice?
I had my surgery in October 2008. I had a full laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication during with a sliding hernia was also repaired. I was really surprised by how much my left side hurt post surgery. It was very uncomfortable. I had a horrible time with my core as well. Getting in and out of bed or going from prone to sitting or standing position was almost impossible for a while. When I had the stomach pain, it really helped me to curl up and hug a pillow tightly to my stomach. I even found some of those smaller microbead pillows that worked great that I used when I was around the house.
What is your diet like? Have you started on any solid foods yet? I was on liquids only for the first 2 weeks, then gradually added soft foods. I only solid meats and breads in at about the 3 month mark. What types of things have you been drinking? You need to make sure you are getting enough nutrition to help youself heal and keep up your strength.
I spoke to my doctor prior to surgery and received a prescription for anti-nausea medicine that I used as needed throughout my recovery. Zofran worked well for me.
Have you had your post-surgery evaulation yet? What did your surgeon say?
If you are really concerned, call the surgeon and discuss your concerns.
I was very paranoid post-surgery about pulling my stitches, especially when something happened. I had a barium swallow last fall and it shows that the surgery is holding just fine still.
I had severe acid reflux that really impacted my quality of life, ability to function and became life-threatening. I also eventually developed GI issues as well. While I have never been able to go off of the PPI's, I would have the surgery again in a heartbeat. It has been a literal lifesaver for me.
One thing my GI doc told me at an appointment about 1 month post-surgery is that it takes about 8 weeks for most of the swelling to go down in the stomach due to the trauma of the surgery. In his words, "your stomach is angry at you for what was done" and it will take a long time for it to calm down. It does eventually calm though.
Let me know if you have any further questions. In the meantime, try to look at your goal for once you heal. It helped me on the days I was down knowing that the end results would be worth it.
How old is your child? Are there any support resources you have who could help you even for a few hours?
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome