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12-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Post surgery: how to cough without pain...

Looking for advice. I had a TI resection this past Friday. I am still in the hospital, hoping to go home in a day or two. I had about 100 cm of diseased and strictured small bowel removed. They removed two different segments. It was laparoscopic.

My question is this. I got a tickle in my throat this afternoon. When I started coughing (or really trying to cough), was in so much pain I was in tears. I am doing the breathing exercise thing and used a pillow to brace myself. But seriously, I thought it would be easier to just die. It was so painful.

Any advice, besides a pillow. Thanks all.
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Diagnosed: 2004
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TI resection 2013 (60 cm of small bowel)

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12-10-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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Hey there

I'm sorry you're in pain , unfortunately coughing is going to hurt whatever you do, and since you need to clear your lungs from the anesthetic, you can't really avoid it.. I found making sure that my back was supported well by the bed helped, and instead of the pillow I was using a folded up blanket. I was told to press my pca every time I coughed while I could.

Other than that , make sure you breathe through the pain as much as you can, supporting the muscles is important to reduce hernia risk. It will get easier, but it takes time.
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12-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #3
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Looking for advice. I had a TI resection this past Friday. I am still in the hospital, hoping to go home in a day or two. I had about 100 cm of diseased and strictured small bowel removed. They removed two different segments. It was laparoscopic.

My question is this. I got a tickle in my throat this afternoon. When I started coughing (or really trying to cough), was in so much pain I was in tears. I am doing the breathing exercise thing and used a pillow to brace myself. But seriously, I thought it would be easier to just die. It was so painful.

Any advice, besides a pillow. Thanks all.
May sound silly this bit worked for me on 3 ops I have had, if u can turn over face down on the bed, but a pillow under your stomach so your led on it, then put your face into another pillow face down, as your sort of restricted it reduces the intensity o the cough, so you pretty much cough into a pillow
12-11-2013, 04:09 AM   #4
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Besides cough suppressants and drinking fluids periodically to keep your throat lubricated I'm not sure what else would help. I started to vomit after I woke up after surgery so I know how painful it can be. Hope it stops soon.
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Diagnosis: Crohn's in 1991 at age 9
Surgeries: 1 Small Bowel Resection in 1999; Central IV in 1991-92
Meds for CD: 6MP 50mg
Things I take: Tenormin 25mg (PVCs and Tachycardia), Junel, Tylenol 3, Omeprazole 20mg 2/day, Klonopin 1mg 2/day (anxiety), Restoril 15mg (insomnia), Claritin 20mg
Currently in: REMISSION Thought it was a flare but it's just scar tissue from my resection. Dealing with a stricture. Remission from my resection, 17 years and counting.
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