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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/30/2010 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,Im still experiencing the pain I wrote in my other post  from yesterday  . But,today 7 day post op I had a bowel movement this morning. I am just happy for that wasnt looking forward to an enema. I am still calling the surgeon this morning to ask him if the pain I am experiencing is normal I suspect it is .  I guess I was hopeful because he said I would start to feel better yesterday   but thanks for all of your advice it helped.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel kind of strange saying it, but, congratulations!!! I do actually understand what you are going through. Prepare to stay where you are....there is a lot more to follow for a day or two. This particular surgery has that kind of effect.

Best!
Formerly PrayingForRealRelief...
 
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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Retired mom, I talked to the nurse this morning she said she suspects the pain Im feeling is trapped gas but will email the dr he is in surgery this morning and he will call me back or she will . I am suspecting surgery has to do with the constipation but she said something different is the cause the constipation she is like are you still taking pain meds and I said yes. She said lortab can cause constipation she said to take a stool softner with it . I told her I have been taking ducolax she said good. she said trapped gas can last awhile.so we will see when they call back will tell them about the soreness but I suspect its from moving muscles around during surgery . I was just a little worried because he said i would start to feel better by now. I will let everyone know what he says. Hope he dont say to come in hubby is at work now. I hope everyone has a lpd. I have an appt thursday afternoon with him.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning Kimber! I must say it was so cute to get on line this morning and see this post at the top of the page. It brought a smile to my face :) I'm glad to hear it, but I know that your concerned about your pain as well. I have those same feelings too, and can understand that kind of worry. This Friday will be my 4th week since my surgery, and I still have quite a bit of pain from the surgery itself. Give it some decent time to heal, and again, Im sure that in a week or two, you will be feeling much better.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/30/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Se. I hope you feel better soon. Well i called them at 9 am and its 243 pm here and still havent received a call. I imagine all is ok or they would of called by now. But it will be nice if they called and said what you are feeling is normal which I suspect it is. I dont know if they dont call me by 4:30 if I should call the nurse back and ask if she talked to the dr or just let it be . They close at 5 pm.Or maybe i should wait til thursday and talk to him. I finally broke down at 2 pm and took a pain pill because of the pain. I hope everyone is having a low pain day.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/30/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber it is ok to take the pain meds as prescribed by your Dr. I'm still on my Percocet's, and right now I'm stuck at the 3 to 4 a day. Mentally I hate it, as I want to be off of them, and back to a normal life with out pain. The nurses at the Hospital warned me to stay on them as needed, and not to get behind the pain curve. I have pain meds by the bucket loads, almost 200 of them total between the Percocet's and the Oxycontin's. I'm trying to save them for a rainy day if needed.

Kinber, you sound so much like me here. Wondering when I'm going to take my next dump, and if the odd pain I'm feeling is normal.
I think the both of us will be fine. I did start on the Prunes, and so far I'm doing OK on them. Look them up on the internet as there are many benefits in eating them on a daily basis. You will be surprised at what you will read on them.

On a final note you have every right to know what is going on with your body, especially after surgery like that. So it is my opinion that you should hear something from your Surgeon or his nurse.
I'm a worry wart myself, and once you have gone through this type of surgery, of course we do not know how we should feel, so it is normal to worry.

How do you rate your pain? is it a 10 or a strong 4? I think that if your pain was a very sharp 10, I would be headed to the ER, however if it is a 3 to a say maybe a 5, well then It may simply be tied to the surgery incision site or some bruising in the insides.

Kimber nobody knows better than you how you feel, so I don't think your out of line with your worrying, but lets remember you only had the surgery just a while a go too. Lets hope all is well, and that your Dr will call and reaffirm that your pain is normal.
I will be thinking about you and pray for your quick healing and peace of mind. Stay strong little one! :)

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/30/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Screaming Eagle, I just talked to the nurse he said this is normal part of healing . Just make sure I keep my dr appt on thursday he will examine me and address my issues but as of now dr thinks its normal part of healing. I hope everyone has a low pain night.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


catahoula
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   Posted 3/30/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber-
good for you! at this point I think we all need to be grateful for anything that seems to be "flowing in the right direction"!..hope there is more to follow.
catahoula
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White Beard
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   Posted 3/30/2010 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber

As weird as it might sound, this is a very important issue, and often not talked about, but something that needs to be addressed, especially with certain types of surgery! Having a BM is a very big deal, if you haven't had one in a while! Any straining can be disastrous for some types of surgery!

Anyway I am Happy for YOU these small Victories, all add up!

I wish YOU well!

White Beard

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/30/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, WB is right, it can be a serious issue. My sister has a horrible problem, and she has had to go in to be cleaned out. Trust me, it is not fun. I think a person really needs to go at least once a day, and preferably in the morning according to DR OZ. He just had a show on this subject. I think you can look up his shows and watch them again.

Also, I have a daughter, who as a little girl used to hold herself for days on end, and it was not a healthy thing to do either. I believe she has since grown out of that practice.

Thank you for bringing this up here, and it shows how comfortable we all are, to be able to talk about it here.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, I'm glad to hear the doc thinks what you are experienceing is normal healing. After surgery we see this incision and think, that doesn't look so bad, but if we could see the internal work our eyes would probably pop out of our heads.

My husband watched while the doctor did my c-section and he said they just cut me open, moved all my organs around to remove my son and then just kinda threw my organs back in the hole and sewed me shut. Like I said, all we see is the incision but inside is alot of bruising, pulled muscles and internal incisions. Give your body some more time and remember to rest. Your body has been through alot.

Congrats on the BM. Really try to get regulated because you have alot of stored up stuff in there to get rid of. I too saw the show with Dr. Oz that Michael refered to. Very interesting stuff. Remember to drink lots & lots of water!!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi bs,I also saw dr oz yesterday while I was resting alot of imformative stuff. I have never had a regular bm though even before surgery I only go once or twice a week . I just figured it was normal for me . Hubby has to go shopping soon see if he will pick me up some prunes. Yeah i figured they moved alot of my organs around and they also had to go through my right rib to get to my gallbladder.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, tell your Husband to get more than one container of the Prunes, as they don't last very long, if your eating 5 to 8 of them a day like me. They are like candy to me, and I love them. Make sure you really chew them up good and suck all the flavor out of them you can. Wonderful food from the Gods! :) I think the information on them said that they were very good for your skin as well. If women find this out, I'm afraid there will be a shortage of them in the stores, so keep it to yourself! :)
I have been eating the crap out of Whole Grain bread and the Naturally More Peanut Butter found at Wal-Mart. It has Flax Seed in it and is good for you as well.

I have changed my Diet completely, and did not realize just how unhealthy I was eating before the surgery. I do watch Dr OZ now that I have plenty of time to watch him now. He is a pretty cool dude. Did you know his favorite snack to carry around with him is Walnuts?

Hang in there Kimber, and we can heal together, and learn what is healthy for us as well. I do think my healing process is going to take much longer than yours though.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


kimber9807
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks screaming eagle . Yeah probably I just wish I would hurry up and be healed or starting to feel better. I hope you have a lpd and a speedy recovery.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Oooo! If they moved your rib around I'm sure you are sore. I've cracked a rib before and it took forever to heal and was sore for along time. I'm like Screaming on the whole grain breads. I just love the Brown Berry brand oatmeal bread from Wal-mart. It is yummy. Now for me I also eat Wheaties every morning. It helps keep me moving, I swear by it.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


nurse2
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   Posted 4/2/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, thank heavens someone brought this up! And right now is just perfect for me. This is a perfect subject for those of who chronically have to take pain medications to have some sort of life. I'm in a mess right now. I am uncomfortable. My bowels have never worked "normally" my intire life so that is nothing new and there has been no real sift from that. Yesterday and today I can barely take more than two or three sips of fluid without feeling "full". No pain per say. I just feel horrible all over....sick all over. I've cut back on my pain meds and my muscle relaxers drastically incase it was causing my bowels to backup so I know that has really increased my pain level. My joints hurt terribly and some areas are swollen. Anyway, I went to eating the whole wheat bread a long time ago and it is wonderful. And I've met very few fruits that I didn't like to eat so your Dr. Oz really has some great news.
Nurse2
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, bilaterial knee replacements, total left shoulder replacement, years of chronic headaches and chronic pain, asthma.
 
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