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kimber9807
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   Posted 4/2/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I have a question . I have noticed that since  my lap gallbladder removal  that I have been having upper back pain. I never had upper back pain before always been lower back pain. I am just wondering if  it is just part of my recovery having upper back pain as I didnt have this before surgery. I appreciate any help and suggestions.
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.


flower123
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   Posted 4/2/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know. Can you call to ask your doctor if it could be because of the surgery?

I have upper and lower back pain. I also get flares in my mid-back, which I know is extremely rare. The majority of my pain though is split b/t upper and lower, with upper often being worse, although lately my lower has been bad.

I really hope that it gets better soon! It's awful to get new pain.

Hugs,

Flower

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   Posted 4/2/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is what I think....Since your surgery you are more stressed and tense...also we tend to try to overcompensate when other parts are hurting. That's why I think it's hurting....

I hope you feel better..

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kimber! If your laying around a lot, your back muscles will go mushy, and these support your spine. Are you laying around a lot? And are you laying in a recliner? This too, can put some undo pressure on your spine.

SE
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kimber9807
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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
SE,Yeah i am laying on the couch alot cause I cant sit up for long periods cause it pulls on my incisions and makes them hurt more. That could be why.
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 4/2/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah Ha! That may just be it! I'm doing the same thing, and for the same reason. I have that pulling pain as well. You take care, and we will get through this together. Maybe some of the other members will have a good suggestion for you and me on this.

SE
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Anniedaze! I hope you did not take my reply wrong. I did not mean to change your position with your back. What i meant was that we need to strengthen our back muscles, because they help support our spine. In short, what I was referring to is exercise. When a person has back problems, one of the first things a Dr will do is send you to PT and this is to strengthen your back. I'm certainly not a DR, so all I'm doing is making a suggestion.

SE
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Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just chimming in Kimber only because I've had upper back pain since I carried my first baby. Yeaaaaaaaaaaarrrsss later, I have chronic upper back pain, but it's caused from a hole in my spine which is beside the point. The point being that I know how bad upper back pain can be. I am certainly not a doctor, I reserved that to several other members of my family of origin. But I agree that your upper back is very, very probably due to "giving" to your surgery area. It is amazing how our bodies work, but not so fun sometimes. I really hope that you get to feeling better very, very soon! You're in my thoughts.
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   Posted 4/3/2010 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,

Kimber, I've always had upper back pain after any upper abdominal surgery. I think it is like the others suggested. You are using different muscles than before to compensate for the ones that hurt so bad and you are in different sitting/sleeping positions and you are not using the muscles the same way.

Think of it like when you have to use crutches. The extremity that is damaged hurts, but you can use the crutches to get around. Then it feels like you are dying of pain from using the crutches. It takes a long time to adjust to new muscle groups and they will spasm and get really aggrivated with us for making the work. The more we use them, the more they chill out and relax (for most of us anyway). That's why we can't wear back braces for a long time after surgery.....we have to use the muscles or they will atrophy. I didn't think I would ever get that stupid brace gone competely, but I hope to never have to depend on it again. It helped the hurt spot, but made every other muscle group scream in pain.

I do understand. I swear it felt like forever before I was over my GB surgery. Please try to move more if are up to it.

I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts!
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kimber9807
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   Posted 4/3/2010 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Everyone. I really appreciate your advice r. mom. It good to talk to someone that had gb surgery to find out what im feeling is normal. I hope everyone has a Happy Easter.
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.


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   Posted 4/3/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, the upper back pain may also be from how you were positioned on the operating table for your surgery. The surgeons place patients in all sorts of weird positions depending on the type of surgery to facilitate what they are doing. Unfortunately those positions aren't always the "best" for the patient's comfort post-op because of strained muscles, etc. I also agree that guarding your incision could be putting weird stress on the upper back muscles. Hopefully when you heal up more your upper back will also. When you feel up to it a nice massage may help release those muscles. I hope you feel much better very soon. Lisa
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