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my surgery was last wednesday...been at home since Friday..when do you start feeling good, how soon before you can go out? how long do i continue to take liquid pain meds? Anybody have a suggestion

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The one thing I've learned by reading through all these posts is that every single person is different!

I had my surgery the day before you. I was feeling terrible until I realized I wasn't getting enough Fluid and once I really focused on sipping constantly I felt much better.

I've been going out to run errands since Friday simply because of necessity. I just pin my JP drain inside my jacket and walk slow!

And as for meds, right now I'm taking liquid Tylenol every 8 hours. Starting tomorrow I'll try cutting back to every 12 hours but I'm a big fan of staying on top of the pain before it gets out of hand!

Hope you start feeling better soon!

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First of all, do what your surgeon said. With that disclaimer out of the way, listen to your body next. No driving for a few days after being put under--standard safety. Second, no driving under narcotics, right? If you are feeling super great by day four, and the strongest meds you are taking is Tylenol, then take a short drive if it pleases you. I had my sleeve done last February and I wasn't really ready to take a drive for a week. Not because I was popping pain meds, but because I felt like a melted poop pile and that was enough to make me feel like NO driving was safer for everyone. I had a revision to a bypass the Friday before Thanksgiving due to complications from my sleeve. Went in on Friday, came home on Sunday and I was ready to go out driving on Monday! Listen to your surgeon first, then your body next. Melted poop=no driving 💩!

HUGS! Feel better fast! Congrats!

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FULLY good? Around 5-6 weeks, that’s when the fatigue finally leveled out. I was still getting sharp pains at times until maybe 2 weeks out. I was back at work a week after surgery, I think - able to work from home three days after surgery, though in retrospect I wouldn’t recommend that. ‘Can do’ and ‘should Do’ are different things. No fun to stop mid-presentation and get an expression on my face like someone had knifed me.

If I remember correctly the ache-pain was gone pretty quickly, maybe 4 days (Used liquid tylenol), the sharp/movement pains within 2 weeks, and then right around the end of week 3 I got the fatigue whammy. I suspect that’s the root of a lot of regret posts we see here - you’re finally feeling better and then you suddenly get completely draggy and exhausted. But that goes too.

One thing I did get immediately post-op was nausea from the anesthesia.

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Even with my ulcerations, stomach pouch cramping, and weight plummeting I am so much better off than I was a year ago. And I still have the hope of being repaired, of ultimately feellng healthy again. in 2016, 2917 I did not. I am enduring this Ohio Midwestern winter but Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and on and on, the new revined, reconditioned, remodeled Frustr8 will break the last of her Fat Shell and even the 🌏 outside will see the True Frustr8 that has been hidden away so very long!

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9 hours ago, BurBur said:

First of all, do what your surgeon said. With that disclaimer out of the way, listen to your body next. No driving for a few days after being put under--standard safety. Second, no driving under narcotics, right? If you are feeling super great by day four, and the strongest meds you are taking is Tylenol, then take a short drive if it pleases you. I had my sleeve done last February and I wasn't really ready to take a drive for a week. Not because I was popping pain meds, but because I felt like a melted poop pile and that was enough to make me feel like NO driving was safer for everyone. I had a revision to a bypass the Friday before Thanksgiving due to complications from my sleeve. Went in on Friday, came home on Sunday and I was ready to go out driving on Monday! Listen to your surgeon first, then your body next. Melted poop=no driving 💩!

HUGS! Feel better fast! Congrats!

Totally Agree! It does get better as the days go by and before you know it you will be back to your old self.

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thanks for all the encouragement... 2 weeks is the day after Christmas... I fell much better... crashed a couple of days after delivery Christmas presents.. but feel much much better....

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I am 6 days post-op and was feeling pretty good until yesterday. That's when I started getting a sharp pain on my left side. Its becoming more unbearable as the days go by. I don't have a fever, don't have high heart rate, but have had diarrhea a couple times today. I am not sure if this pain is "normal" or if I have something wrong. Thoughts?

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Had surgery on Dec 20th, Released the next day and haven't used any pain meds,, Gas pains seem to be subsided today and no sign of indigestion. I think it's a crap shoot from person to person.

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Surgery on the 20 th, home on the 22nd and reallypainful doing everything , drinking, moving , etc until the 24 th when I woke up fresh as a daisy . Did a fair bit of walking every day , that really helped gas and chest pain. But sneezed last night and it was excruciating!!! Owwww! Feel like I will try to extend walks now and get to 30 min continuously - hope to spin in a week to 10 days . Using liquid Tylenol to sleep at night

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On 12/16/2018 at 10:33 PM, lizzie101 said:

my surgery was last wednesday...been at home since Friday..when do you start feeling good, how soon before you can go out? how long do i continue to take liquid pain meds? Anybody have a suggestion

Everyone is different. My mom had hers the day of Thanksgiving and 4 days post op other then not being able to bend over without discomfort she felt fine, in fact she felt so good that she over did it and pulled something in her stomach and had to be put out of work for even longer.

Myself though, I didn't even leave the house until day 5 (because it was Christmas) and by 5pm I felt exhausted and I could barely stay away. I also had to sleep on my couch because sleeping in my bed was absolutely painful. I slept in my bed the first time last night with minimum discomfort. I went to wal-mart to do some shopping today and I was there about 40 minutes and only the last 5-10 minutes of the trip. I find getting in and out of the car has gotten easier too. I'll be honest I haven't taken any pain meds since I got home from the hospital because they were making me throw up. They also didn't give me liquid they gave me pills and it's awful to swallow I choke on them. Today has been my best day by far. I even cleaned up some mess from the Christmas chaos yesterday. My doctor said the best way to heal is to get up and move. Take it slow but don't be a couch potato all day. It can only go up from here!

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I started to feel normal day 5 post op and definitely day 5. I’ve been taking a little liquid Tylenol at night , but don’t really need it now so I will skip tonight . I am wrestling with having to eat so often and I am doing a lot so when I run out of gas (like tonight! ) it’s a challenge because I can’t get much food in me . Definitely a work in progress ! My suggestion is try to get back to normal and move as much as possible , but be kind to yourself and take rest breaks as needed !

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Has gastric sleeve 12/11 and didn't have to take any pain meds either in the hospital or at home. Now 15 days post-op feeling GREAT, sleeping through the whole night, even went to the gym today to do some cardio. Hang in there, it gets better.

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