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#1 Veruka.salt

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:02 PM

Hi,
I'm 5 days post op and I am absolutely miserable. I haven't been able to sleep since I had my surgery. I have tried laying down but I get this horrible stinging pain by my sternum and it wakes me up in a panic. I try to burp but nothing comes out. I have been sleeping in a recliner or just sitting up in bed.
Today I felt like I was about to vomit but a tiny tiny little burp came out.
I am extremely weak and cranky from lack of sleep.
An I the only one that feels like this?
If I could go back to that moment in time right before surgery I would have walked out and came home. I regret getting this thing. ;(

I need advise

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:14 PM

It's not unusual to not be able to sleep in our own bed comfortably in the early days post-op. I cat-napped with the aid of more pillows and I couldn't sleep on my side for a good few days.

Put a call into your surgeon's nurse and talk with them about the stinging pain though - I never had that.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:50 PM

I am unsure...but good luck on everything and hope you feel better..

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:21 PM

Try a heating pad, and lots of pillows. Also, even though you are weak you need to get up and walk. The more I walked the more I burped. After a while it was all feeling alot better. In the mean time the heat really helps. Good luck.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:55 PM

I used a hot water bottle where ever I had pain and it worked so great! I also built like a pillow fort and every night I was in a different position, but I so craved sleeping on my stomach. The pain for me was really bad, my advice stay ahead of the pain with medication, if your pain pills are too weak, ask for stronger ones. It was so rough for me the first couple of weeks but then OMG you will feel so much better! Any questions or fears you have just email or message me, so many people on this site were so kind to me and really helped me through this.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:42 AM

I find I sleep better in my bed if I have two pillows under my head. It puts me at a incline but not so much I can't sleep. I am not a back sleeper so this has been really hard. But this is the only way I can sleep
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

I miss laying on my stomach too. What I do is I create this pillow cave. I use a body pillow on one side and I have two fluffy pillows for my
head. Then on the other side I have just one pillow. Once I get my body in the middle I am able to sleep at an angle to the left or to the
right. I think the body pillow is the best!

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:02 PM

I have similar pain, three days out now, have to sleep on my side, propped all crazy ways and i get relaxed, my heart beat drops then i wake suddenly. There are fleeting moments when i ask myself, why did i deliberately put myself through this, and then i remember the ongoing long battle, which has exceeded the pain im feeling right now. Bank on what the others say will happen, find comfort, pillows, propping, meds, walking, and some love and support!! Take care!!
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:59 PM

I'm also 5 days post op and I see no end in sight. My wounds keep bleeding, I have horrific wind in my shoulder, nothing works, tried peppermint tea, hot water bottle , wind ease gaviscon and no rife at all! I have to sleep on my recliner because it's too painful to lay flat! Pain killers just don't work but I can't get anything stronger ... My stomach is constantly turning with acid, I'm trying to stick to the it's op diet but it's killing my stomach .. I don't know what to do :-( x

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

I was also unable to sleep lying down for about a week - I ended up sleeping on my side on the couch with a pillow under my abdomen, much more comfortable! Ice packs and heating pads help too. After the first week I tried sleeping in bed again and it was ok.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:27 PM

I am four days post op. I am able to fall asleep on my back but always turn onto my side in my sleep. I was even sleeping a little turned in the hospital bed. I have a elastic band they gave me to wear when walking. Wearing this in bed has helped make me more comfortable with turning a little.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:31 PM

Where can I get a waistband from... This sounds silly but I cut up some big pants I had from Evans that went up to my boobs, it helped because it straightened my back. And helped with my posture but they were just too tight... Is there an official waistband and can I get it straight away? Thanks for being there everyone x

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:00 PM

I had lap band surgery last year in March. I clearly remember that same feeling that you had if I tried to lay down. I had to sleep in my sofa with many pillows on my back for two weeks. TWO LONG WEEKS!!!! But it was the only way that I could sleep. I am about to have bypass surgery, so I am sure that my first 2 weeks will also be the same. :(

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:54 AM

Where can I get a waistband from... This sounds silly but I cut up some big pants I had from Evans that went up to my boobs, it helped because it straightened my back. And helped with my posture but they were just too tight... Is there an official waistband and can I get it straight away? Thanks for being there everyone x


During previous abdominal surgeries, I found that wearing an abdominal binder helped a lot with post-op pain and promoted good posture. I decided to look around my area and it seemed that everything I saw either was insanely expensive or seemed way too hot for summer.

Saw this at our local Walgreens and decided to take a chance on it - only $14.95 for a set of 2. It's called Trendy Top and it's supposed to be for layering under a shorter top, but it's elastic, breathes, washes easily, and keeps my tummy contained nicely. I just pull it up to cover my whole abdomen and it works great - LOVE this product!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

I'm also 5 days post op and I see no end in sight. My wounds keep bleeding, I have horrific wind in my shoulder, nothing works, tried peppermint tea, hot water bottle , wind ease gaviscon and no rife at all! I have to sleep on my recliner because it's too painful to lay flat! Pain killers just don't work but I can't get anything stronger ... My stomach is constantly turning with acid, I'm trying to stick to the it's op diet but it's killing my stomach .. I don't know what to do :-( x


You put a call into your surgeon - they should be able to give you something to help settle your stomach.

Acid issues are a know complication of the band and it's not something you want to continue: http://news.health.c...surgery-reflux/

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

I slept in my recliner for almost two weeks before sleeping in my bed. If you have one give it a try.