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Unread 02-04-2003, 11:58 AM

Hello Ladies,
I am 4 days post-op. My surgery went well. I seem to be recovering well except for one thing - nausea. I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia and threw up right after the surgery. I stopped for about 24 hours then on the second night post-op the nausea started again. I came home the next day. I am a little nauseated off and on throughout the day, but when I go to eat, I have a hard time. It feels like I will throw up, though I don't. I also seem to have a hard time getting the gas out. It hurts! Is the nausea and gas normal and is there anything I can do to help it get better? I am so frustrated because otherwise I feel pretty decent right now.

Thanks for any advice,

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Unread 02-04-2003, 12:53 PM

Hi Melody, Have you talked to the doctor about the nausea? I think the doctor could give you something to keep you from being so sick feeling each time you go to eat. Also, ask about the gas. I was told by my doctor that I could use GasX and it helped me a lot. Check with the doctor first though. I also found several small walks around the inside of my house daily would help me relieve some of my gas.
Take care!
Unread 02-04-2003, 01:00 PM

The pain medication can make you nauseated. When I was discharged, my doctor gave me a prescription for Reglan, which helped with the nausea. Another thing which really helped as I eased off the Reglan was eating 4 soda crackers and a glass of milk before I took my Vicodin, if I wasn't taking it after a meal. Slow deep breathing also helped me. Good luck. It is the pits being nauseated. And unfortunately, I suffered from the gas pains, too, and occasionally still do at week 4. Hang in there.
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Unread 02-04-2003, 04:41 PM
gas, nausea

My TAH/BSO was done 12/16/02. I have a history of nausea following anesthesia. My doctor told me to ask the anesthesiologist to give me something to offset that. What a difference!

As far as gas... I would imagine that is the gas that was injected for the purpose of the surgery. I had a hard time passing mine, as well as uninating on my own. I was taken off soft foods and put back on IV fluids for another 24 hours. I don't remember the reasoning behind that, but the next day I began to pass copious amounts of gas and when the catheter was removed the second time, I was able to uninate on my own as well. That kept me in the hospital for another day and a half. I was nauseus for two weeks. My Dr. suggested it might have something to do with my being constipated following surgery. He explained that the stomach acids weren't emptying into my intestine since so much waste was backed up there. I put myself on the B.R.A.T. diet for two days and that helped more than anything.
Unread 02-04-2003, 05:08 PM

I too have a history of nausea with anethesia, and the doctors thought they had it under control during surgery. Nope! 24 hours later I started throwing up and I couldn't eat. So they prescribed Reglan and it worked for me. I requested a prescription for home use and needed it for about a week until I could eat without that queasy feeling.

Talk to your doctor, and good luck as I know it's frustrating!

Unread 02-05-2003, 12:49 PM

Thanks Ladies for all of your advice! I talked to my doctor by phone yesterday afternoon about the nausea. She suggested that I cut out or at least cut down on the Vicodin she gave me. Since then I have only taken 2 pills and am feeling much better. I substituted the Vicodin with a Naprosyn prescription I had been taking for menstrual cramps (won't be needing it for that anymore!!!) and that seems to be helping. I was able to eat breakfast this morning without feeling like it would come back up. My doctor prescribed the anti-nausea medicine Compazine for me in case the nausea continues for a while, but I think once the Vicodin is completely out of my system I'll feel much better. Still having problems expelling the gas because of the pain, but I expect that will get better with time. I'm 5 days post-op and am feeling better every day. Thank Goodness!


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