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I'm six day post surgery and still bloated feeling and I find it's hard to take a deep breath. Has anybody else had this problem? Any advice on how to fix it or does it just have to fix itself in time?

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It will resolve with time. I actually started to have trouble breathing at 2 weeks post op and after an afternoon in the ER and a blood clot scare I was diagnosed with Pleurisy. So keep an eye on it, but as your swelling and gas goes down it should resolve Congratulations!

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Thanks. I know I worry about any little thing but I just wanted other's opinions. I know it's soon but I was just wondering. I would feel good if it wasn't for this bloated feeling.

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It just resolves itself in time. Hang in there.

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Did they send you home with an incentive spirometer? The thing that you blow in? Using that a couple times an hour should help to clear your lungs and get things moving to make it easier to breathe, but I would definitely make a call to your surgeon to make sure everything is ok

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Thanks for the info!

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Yes, I have a spirometer and I use it. I figured it would have to resolve itself but I figured I would ask anyways.

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Yes, I have a spirometer and I use it. I figured it would have to resolve itself but I figured I would ask anyways.

Sounds like you're doing everything right then [emoji106] hope you feel better soon!!

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I did, too, but they made me do deep breaths and cough while pressing a pillow into my stomach 4-5 times a day for about two weeks.

Those muscles have been cut and they're trying to repair, so of course it's gonna suck a bit trying to do anything that involves using them, which unfortunately includes breathing sometimes. Hope you feel better soon.

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I did! It took a few weeks to stop.

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