Sort of mis-shaped belly.

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gachrons
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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am going to see the Dr' tomorrow but thought I'd get some help here. Been having a little bulging above belly button right side noticeable when standing or sitting. No pain but it feels a little firm, it is above where I had my resection scar. Do you have anything like this going on when I lay down it isn't noticeable like when I bulged when I had my abcess. Just wandering if this happens to your belly ? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


eva124
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   Posted 9/23/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
i dont haf any bulging but my around my belly button its harder than it was before my surgery,it just feeels gross.
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gachrons
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   Posted 9/23/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply . Is it all the way around your belly button or just in a certain area? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


eva124
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   Posted 9/23/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
all round it hurts when u prod it too,my scar just grosses me out lol
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
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Dagger
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   Posted 9/23/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like it could be a hernia. If it starts to really hurt or if it doesn't go away when you lay down, go to the ER. The bulge could be your intestines protruding through a tear in your muscle. If the intestines get trapped, they could die which is very dangerous and definately an emergency.

Having had abdominal surgery makes you more prone to hernias. I had one repaired about a year ago. Mine was also near my resection scar, near my belly button on the right side above it. When I stood up, it looked like an alien trying to escape, we named it Herman. The bulge was larger than a baseball yet the surgeon called it a small hernia.

mom9mom
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
dagger how did your hernia repair go and how dos your belly look now?Mine is also on the right side and it looks like I am 5 months pregnant. I hate how it looks and can not stand that my DR. wants to wait six more months to fix it.

d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hernia's are repaired via surgery. Just had a friend go through this. He waited so long the thing was huga and encompassed major organs. Thank God there was nothing necrotic but some tissue. If it's small it would probably be a minmal procedure. I would consult a dr.
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gachrons
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   Posted 9/24/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Well I went to the Dr. and will be getting a CT done to check things out .It doesn't bulge when laying down and she said she could not feel any lumps but did mention maybe a hernia. I don't have pain but will keep all the good advice in mind.

Dagger how was the repair surgery ? Do you have problems now ?
lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


vadreamer1
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
It is called an Incisional Hernia. I had one. Looked like I was going to have an alien pop out of my stomach. Mine ended up being a double hernia. Small one near the belly button and a very big one below that. Had it repaired via laproscopic surgery. They used gortex instead of the normal mesh, in case I needed a second resection.

Repair went well. I had no issues. Good luck

Dagger
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't want to scare you, but you asked! The hernia surgery was my third surgery, it was six months after having my IC valve removed. It was the most painful thing I have EVER experienced.

My pain was not treated at all after surgery. The nurses told me to leave and get my prescription from the pharmacy before all the pain meds wore off. When I stood up, I was shaking and crying. The nurse put a wheelchair behind me that I collapsed into. I told them I was nauseous so they gave me a bag and WHEELED ME OUT THE DOOR!

My husband asked how they expected me to get up to our apartment on the second floor and they told him to carry me. I was scared and in more pain than I'd ever experienced before. We went to the pharmacy, waited for the pills, I popped a few and we went home. We sat in the car for 45 minutes until the pills started to kick in. It was over 100 degrees outside and our car's AC was broken. I got half-way up the stairs when my legs started to buckle from the pain and I twisted and would have fallen down the stair if my husband didn't catch me. I eventually made it back into the house. For the first time ever, I had to take the maximum amount of pain pills as often as I could. I quickly went through my prescription and fortunately, I still had most of a bottle left from my previous surgery.

I ended up with a large seroma (a pocket of fluid) that had to be drained 3 times and took 6 months to go away. My activity was restricted because the fluid was pushing on the mesh and we didn't want it to tear. I almost had to change jobs because mine required occasional lifting which I was no longer allowed to do.

I complained to the hospital and other agencies in writing. My surgeon was very angry when she heard what happened but she wouldn't say the complications were caused by the mistreatment. This is just the short story, it was actually worse than this. Despite having some of the abusive comments on tape, lawyers weren't interested in the case because I recovered completely.

Yes, we should have been more assertive and made a big scene but we were scared. My husband had never seen me react to pain like this. As the nurses kept telling us, this was a minor surgery, I'd had much worse, why was I making such a big deal out of it.

It's been over two years and I'm shaking as I type this. I won't even go to the library next to this hospital anymore. My experience was not typical, it's just that that they were shortstaffed that day and "they wanted to go to lunch and couldn't go until I left". Yes, that was the hospital's excuse for my treatment.

Dagger
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom9mom,
After my surgery I got a big bulge. It was a pocket of fluid called a seroma. They usually drain on their own, especially if they are small. Ask your doctor about it.

If that's what you have, it's a simple precedure to drain it. They just stick a long needle into the area and suck the fluid out. It's not pleasant but it's over in just a few minutes. I had some pain in the area the next day but not too bad. I had a few extra inches of belly fat for the needle to travel through so that's probably why it was sore.

Mine kept filling back up so I kept having to have it drained. After the third time, I wore a sand-filled ball the size of a tennis ball strapped tightly to the area night and day for a week. This kept pressure on the pocket to stop it from refilling. That's not a normal way to deal with seromas but I was desperate enough to give it a try. I was afraid I'd tear the mesh and there was no way I'd have another surgery after what I'd just went through.
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