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It hurts. So much. But I tried again and I did it. I don’t know if I’m happy or not. The pain makes me think man things but I did it. I hope all the pain and suffering is worth it. I hope I can do right by me. There is not turning back.

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Some do have a tougher time post surgery & I’m sorry you are. But it does get better. The pain subsides, the swelling reduces, you’ll move more easily, …. Just give yourself time to heal.

Honestly, there will be days in the future when eating or drinking may be tough or your tummy/body will throw you a curve ball. There’s a lot of learning & new things to discover about yourself & your body.

It is soooo worth it.

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Congratulations! I am glad it worked this time! I am 4+ weeks out and can tell you that it will get better. Just work on drinking Water, ingesting Protein and walking. It will be worth it!

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Ok, thank you. What else can I do that to make the pain subside and the gas pains go away? So far I’ve use heating pads, I’ve been just as hot tea, I use Gas-X, I use the stairs and I walk a lot. What else can I do I even do stretches

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It took me about a week and a half for the gas pressure to go away. I used gas-x, walking, sitting as straight as possible while resting (don’t know why but it made me feel better) and sleeping on an incline.

I also found that only drinking Clear Liquids during this time helped. The creamy Protein Shakes I liked before surgery were disgusting and hurt my stomach after surgery. I am not sure if this assisted in the gas pain but it helped in my overall pain and discomfort. I stuck to the Isopure Protein Drink Powder (tastes like Vitamin Water to me).

I hope your pain settles soon.

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19 minutes ago, SarahMan80 said:

It took me about a week and a half for the gas pressure to go away. I used gas-x, walking, sitting as straight as possible while resting (don’t know why but it made me feel better) and sleeping on an incline.

I also found that only drinking Clear Liquids during this time helped. The creamy Protein Shakes I liked before surgery were disgusting and hurt my stomach after surgery. I am not sure if this assisted in the gas pain but it helped in my overall pain and discomfort. I stuck to the Isopure  Protein Drink powder (tastes like Vitamin Water to me).

I hope your pain settles soon.

Clear Liquids, broth and the like, correct? I felt like the nurse wasn’t clear enough

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1 hour ago, Darkerthanblack1964 said:

Ok, thank you. What else can I do that to make the pain subside and the gas pains go away? So far I’ve use heating pads, I’ve been just as hot tea, I use Gas-X, I use the stairs and I walk a lot. What else can I do I even do stretches

Unfortunately, apart from what you are doing, you just have to wait it out. I had no gas pain with my sleeve (don’t hate me) but with my gall removal oh yeah. I walked, I stretched (though because my abdomen had been distended with the gas & gallons of fluids they pumped me full of to up my low BP I had a lot of strained tummy muscles it wasn’t easy) but I totally forgot the gasX. It does ease a little more every day. Took about a week.

You can have shakes, broths, Soups, Clear Liquids. As long as they are completely smooth & free from any residual bits of meat, vegetables, herbs, etc. I strained all my soups just to make sure.

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49 minutes ago, Darkerthanblack1964 said:

Clear Liquids, broth and the like, correct? I felt like the nurse wasn’t clear enough

Clear liquids (according to my diet plan) are Water, broth, sugar free Jello, calorie free gatorade/powerade, sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles, unsweet tea, Decaf coffee, calorie free- non carbonated drinks, and clear Protein drinks. And if it is really needed, pedialyte.

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