Pain after resection

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   Posted 8/13/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my first colon resection 1 week ago.  I feel as though I am doing really well.  THey were able to do it laproscopically and I was home 4 days after the surgery.  I felt great on Sunday but monday I woke with pain in the area of the resection .  It feels almost like a muscle cramp or pulling.  It seems to come and go and it makes it hard to even stand up straight.  It is always really bad after I have been sitting for a while or first thing in the morning. After I get up and walk it out, it seems to go away and then return whenever. Other than this happening, everything seems to be great.  I guess I am struggling with what is "normal". What kind of pain is typical?
Any suggestions or help would be great. confused
Diagnosed with CD in Jan. 2008. 
Meds Currently on: Prednisone 30mg, Azathioprine, Sulfsalazene, folic Acid, and Ambian for zzzz's.
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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
First response is that you should talk to you surgeon. If it is a complication, you don't want it to get any worse especially with fresh surgery. But, having had a resection myself, there are things to keep in mind. I don't know how long your surgery was, but it takes a significant amount of time for the anesthesia to leave your body. My nurse told me it was one week per hour under anesthesia. Besides knocking you out anesthesia works as pain reliever. So some of the pain and discomfort you are feeling might just being the anesthesia wearing off. Also, I don't know what your activity level is, but if you're up moving around alot it might be your body adjusting. After all, when you're in the hospital, you can't get up and do a lot of things. There are so many variables that come into play when having a resection that it's hard to put a finger on it. But again, call your surgeon. Let them check you out. If you get the "all clear" then start examining other factors that could be affecting you. Your body has just had a major trauma, it may be just adjusting. Like a car accident where you feel fine the first day or two but then suddenly your back and neck are cramped and sore (and not just for insurance purposes :). The anesthesia and other pain meds could have delayed that cramped response. Good luck and let us know what your doctor says!

diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous

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   Posted 8/13/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Lavender, you are still pretty fresh from surgery. And even though it was done lap you really need to take it easy and not overdo. I remember after my first one complaining to my sister about how long my recovery was, and she said to remember that they were in there moving and cutting and it will take awhile to recover from that, which I did.

If you are still concerned I would call the surgeon. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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