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Pain on left side

Since about five days after my gastric bypass I have had severe pain on my left side below my rib cage. My doctor ordered a CAT scan which ruled out a leak. He said he did not know what it was and it would probably go away. Has anyone else experienced this. It has continued for more than a week. I take up to 5 Norco a day, a muscle relaxer for my back as well as other nerve blockers and nothing touches it. Has anyone else experienced this type of pain after surgery? Any idea as to what it is would be appreciated.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Actually I did have the same pain. ALl my Dr said is that its the muscles in there, but I though for sure I was going to die. But i'm 11 weeks out now and I don't get that pain anymore, it took a good 6 weeks for it to go away. Sucks, I know. IT especially hurt at night, my pain meds didn't touch it at night!
krystlmom
krystlmom

Did you check all of your pain meds to make sure they weren't "pouch burners"? NSAIDS will burn the inside of the pouch! You can take a list of your meds to the pharmacist, and they will glad check them for you!

Your Doc won't know you are getting an ulcer until you already have one!

Check your meds!
God Bless!

Janelle
deleted_user
deleted_user

I completely know what you are talking about. About 2 weeks out, I walked too far and I had this heavy pair of jeans on that pulled down on my stomach as I walked...and I think I tore something inside. I don't know if you may have done that or not...just saying I think that's what caused my pain.

The pain you are describing is where they do the major pushing, pulling,etc during your surgery and there are internal incisions around there from what I understand.

My doctor also told me there was nothing wrong, but I couldn't even stand up straight...and I couldn't lie flat either. I had to sleep in a reclined position. Just like you said...pain pills didn't even touch the pain.

For me, it went nearly all away around 6 - 8 weeks after surgery. I'm about 4 1/2 months out now and I still get a little sore right there now and then. So it does get better.

Take care,
Janet
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had the pain and was also nauseated to and throwing up I ended up having ulcers and a stricture. They can do an endoscopy and check to see if you are getting the start of an ulcer. Now if you take prevacid or something like that it she within a couple of doses start helping. Talk to the doc again and let him know if it hurts worse when you eat whether you get nauseated. Just let him know what makes it worse and what makes it better.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I AM OUT 3 YEARS AND I STILL SOMETIMES HAVE THIS PROBLEM. I TALK TO MY DOCTOR TOO AND HE SAID HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT THIS COULD BE. I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT I AM NOT CRAZY. I DO NOTICE THAT WHEN I HAVE NOT HAD ANYTHING TO DRINK OR EAT IN A WHILE THAT IS WHEN IT HAPPENS.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I too had this pain,it was awful,my specialist said it was muscle pain.Go see your dr again and ask for some different pain releif.I am 8 weeks out and mine stopped about 3 weeks ago.It is your muscles knitting together.Good luck hun xxx
gsueaglegirl
gsueaglegirl

I had the same pain. It was really bad a couple of weeks ago, and still get it from time to time. My surgeon said it was either the start of a hernia, a small hemotoma or a small piece of fat in the incision. He said it was nothing to worry about unless I still have it at my 3 month check up.