weeks after surgery - healing pains?

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uklass
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   Posted 5/25/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I had small bowel resection 10 weeks ago and just getting used to my 'new' body and its various functions. I'm getting some strange twinges/pain and wonder if anyone else has had these?
 
1) tingling across whole belly - feels 'scratchy' at times: I had a 9 inch incision down my front so is this just muscles/nerves getting going again and will this fade? I'm just getting to be able to wear normal trousers without it feeling too tender
 
2) I'm getting sharp, burning pain in lower right abdomen that is debilitating at times. I've been trying to do a process of elimination (no pun intended!!) to figure out what is causing it. I am having formed bms but going several times/not quite finished/not urgent so prob not inflammation or stricture? It doesn't seem to be related to any particular food and I'm being quite careful around that at the moment. I wonder if it is again related to nerves/muscles - I went swimming and had jacuzzi last night and pain much less today.
 
There's so much info about surgery and immediate aftermath but not the general healing process weeks later or how to avoid becoming a hypochondriac!!!! I'm giving in and taking pain medication but it would be so much better if I understood why it's there. any help please?

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   Posted 5/25/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
the itchy feeling usually means it is healing.

But burning pain is something I would see my doc about. It could just be a chemical burn sensitivity around where your intestines have been sewn up, but since it is pretty severe at times. To be on the safe side I would talk with your doc.
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Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/26/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I kinda have the same thing except the itching. I had apain on the right side for a day, and than the next day the pain was on my left side and it hurt to the touch. The left side pain hurt for a couple days and it still is not 100% yet.
I don't know what it is, I'm not having any pain before or during a BM, so I don't think it is intestinal. I think it is scar tissue or muscles still healing. I'm going to call doctor today and see what they say.
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cmn1957
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   Posted 5/26/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my 3rd surgery on march 20, 09 I'm having those same pains . Told my doc he scheduled a small bowel series just to be safe. I've also heard that after a few surgerys hernias can sometimes be a problem. So if nothing shows up on the sbs, I will check into that cmn
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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember after my resections of getting that tingly feeling and also as time went on some electrical like shocks. I think alot of it is just healing. But if you are concerned, then do see your doctor. Good luck!
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uklass
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   Posted 5/27/2009 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   

thanks for your replies everyone

Wolfie - did you check with your doctor what it could be? given my history (and total lack of previous awareness) I worry more about obstructions and adhesion problems now & unexplained pain is not good for a control freak like me.

anyone - I'm not seeing my consultant until 17th June and have lots of questions for him. last time it didn't seem that they were in any rush to do SBS or Colonoscopy, just to put me on Imuran - should I push for this?

I'm back to work next week so hopefully there will be more balance in my life than constant reminders of a malfunctioning body and a confusing amount of scenarios to contend with. not looking forward to explaining to people I haven't seen for weeks what it's all about - especially with no 'answers'
 
cheers
 
Penny x

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   Posted 5/28/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to see my doctor on Monday, the last time I was there I asked him about doing a colonoscopy in 6 months to see if the disease had come back. I would then decide if I would go on Imuran. He sais that he does not need to scope for 5 years unless I'm having problems. I'm going to ask him again and hopefully he will do a scope.
I don't know about your pains or mine, I've chalked them up to healing pains. The body can take up to a year to completely heal itself.
Good luck!
Wolfie
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