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papasgirl
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there everyone,
 
 I have had a really long and bad month lately first i went for a hernia repair and was put on alot of restrictions such as no lifting,bending,reaching and no work and no driving that was ok because i knew about it and had time to plan a little bit for it. I was 2 weeks post-op and i descovered a lump on the middle right side of my abdomen and my incision i had for the hernia repair broke open and alot of fluid and stuff came out so i went to the doctor. He said the fluid coming out was normal and it would heal on its own but was very concerned with the lump so he ordered a cat scan. When the scan came back he said it looked like i somehow had gotten another hernia and since i was already out of work and stuff and it was causing me so much pain that he would do another repair asap and put me on dialodid for the pain of it.(the pain from this was worse than the pain from my first surgery). So that next week i went in again for surgery and when he went in to fix the hernia he found that there wasnt one and what it was is a huge sack of infection from a staple that he believes a doctor used on me 2 years ago when i had surgery then and it was attached to my intestine and was causing a big infection i feel lucky that it didnt break inside of me cause that could have been really bad. My problem now is that my hands and arms are doing alot of jumping and twitching or tremoring whichever you would call it.I dont know if it a fibro related thing or if its because im slowly stopping the dialodid that i was on for about 2 weeks...Im also really nervous and have anxiety lately and when they woke me up after the last surgery i freaked out on them and was so scared but i dont know where this fear is coming from all of a sudden also my incision is still draining so i cant take a shower and i reel like a grub lol i guess im just wondering if anyone has been thru anything like this and has any advice for me it would be appreciated ...thanks alot for letting me vent lol ~papasgirl

fibro,arthritis,many spinal problems,herniated disk,bone spurs,muscle spasms,chronic neck and low back pain,chronic fatigue,anxiety,panic attacks,depression,ect hahaha i think thats enough now lol
 
3rd degree burn all over back and sides skin graphed also surgery in jan 07 for perforated diverticulitis and a surgery in april 07 to do an ostomy reversal 
 
meds: percocet,ativan,lodine,protonix,cymbalta and benadryl


myjoy
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   Posted 7/8/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry for the rough month that you have had. I sure hope you start on the road to recovery. Just take care of yourself and do all that the doctors tell you.
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lost in philly
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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, so sorry you have had such a rough couple of months! The twitching could very well be a medication/ withdrawal issue. Your body has been through alot of trauma the past couple weeks (and really years with that infection brewing!) it makes sense that it will have some reaction. If you are worried or the twitching is strong--call your doctor.
Try to honor your fear and really look at what you are feeling. It is unusual for someone to have to go under the knife like that back to back. The better you are at accepting your fear, journaling, talking with others...the better you can heal from this trauma with less lingering emotional issues.
What you went through sounds very scary. You deserve to be handled with kid gloves for awhile.

Gentle hugs & a speedy recovery,
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Marlee2
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
You have been through a lot in the past month smhair   I went through the diverticulitis resection many years ago before I got fibro and it was a hard surgery to recover from. I didn't have to have an ostomy, thank God. Mine was oozing and poisoning my whole body. I think I would be looking for the doc that left the staple in me. mad
 
I tend to get anxiety when I am idol and can't do anything. For me if I'm not being productive somewhere in my subconscious mixed up mind the anxiety comes. I have gotten pretty good at self analysis over the years to figure out what is causing the anxiety. Give yourself permission to heal and find something to occupy your brain.
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had major abdominal surgery and have never heard of staples being used inside the body.  They used stitches inside and staples on the outside when I had surgery. 
 
Many years ago I had minor abdominal surgery and did get an infected stitch and it drained...just like you mentioned.  It did close up and heal.
 
If they used mesh for your surgery, I'd certainly check into that.  Many people have problems with the mesh and it causes pain and other things.  There could be some nerve involvement that is causing the hand and arm jumping.  And maybe it is the medication, too.  I could be wrong.  I am not a doctor.  But, if I were having these problems, I'd start asking questions.
 
I hope it's something simple and you are feeling better in a hurry! 
 
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papasgirl
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there
 
 Thanks for your responses i do want to clarify it was a stitch that was left inside of me instead of the staple which i wrote, sorry about that...
The doctor that i had that did that has since moved away and we are thinking maybe there was a reason he is now gone lol... The twitching and jumping i will ask my doctor about if it doesnt get better. I was doing pretty well when my daughter and i was going for walks everyday but lately all it has done is pour so im stuck inside the house altho im getting tempted on one of these warmer rain days to go out and walk in the rain hehehehe i always loved that when i was a kid so maybe my daughter would too... Also my son has been living with his dad while ive been going thru all of this and so i havnt seen him for awhile and thats had me kind of bummed but he is supposed to be coming home today...i dont really have anyone to talk to about all this my hubby isnt a talkative type and dont want to worry the kids but my stepson who is 25 is here and probally ends up hearing more about it than he wants to but he has been a good help to us with cleaning and helping with my daughter as my hubby just had triple bypass a few months ago. I was also wondering if it is normal to have nightmares after being put under the anestesia i really dont think those are helping with my fear issue where i never used to really remember my dreams much. Again tho thanks so much for responding to my post you are all so nice and i hope you all have a great day and bye for now!! :-)
fibro,arthritis,many spinal problems,herniated disk,bone spurs,muscle spasms,chronic neck and low back pain,chronic fatigue,anxiety,panic attacks,depression,ect hahaha i think thats enough now lol
 
3rd degree burn all over back and sides skin graphed also surgery in jan 07 for perforated diverticulitis and a surgery in april 07 to do an ostomy reversal 
 
meds: percocet,ativan,lodine,protonix,cymbalta and benadryl


donnaeil
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I had hernia surgery. It hurt. Get well soon.

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Chutz
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   Posted 7/8/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey PG!!

I'm glad you're finally past all of the surgeries and that at least your doc wasn't shy about going back in to fix whatever is wrong.

As far as the anxiety/fear goes it's not uncommon at all to have that along with nightmares and hallucinations after surgery with anesthetic. My mother had a heart cathiterization several years ago and when she came out of the anesthesia she was absolutely unbelievable. Mother was a fairly reserved and always considerate and polite woman...diminutive and sweet. She stayed in the hospital for several days and from the first night on she was trying to leave because of the 'rituals' they were preforming in the nurses station all night. <no kidding> She told me that after everyone left then pushed out all of the furniture and wheeled in tables and shelves. There were small coffins with dead babies in them and some sort of ritual was going on. This was all from a very sane and stable woman! The nurses explained to me that it's common especially as we get older and if the surgery was major or heart related. Still, it was a long time before mother believed that it never happened and at that point she was mortified that she had reacted that way and caused the nurses problems and that I had to drive to the hospital at night to calm her down.

So I would guess your anxiety will subside also but always keep your doc posted too. Especially is it doesn't let up. We cane about your emotional health as much as the physical stuff.

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papasgirl
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   Posted 7/8/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
hey chutz
 
 I know how your mom was feeling i gave them a really hard time when they woke me up this last time i was trying to climb out of bed and everything was such a blur that it freaked me out and then i started to hyperventilate s/p and i remember the woman going u need to calm down dont u remember me we used to work together upstairs and i said yes but i cant see you then i started crying uncontrollably and they ended up having to give me verset and get my hubby in there to get me calmed down then i grabbed him so hard at one point he asked if i would let go cause i was hurting him lol.... since ive been home ive asked him about it and he said i didnt say why but that i was just really scared of everything going on... the nightmares are so real that the other night i had one and in it my kids ran away and i couldnt find them and when i woke up i felt like i should be giving them hell for running off on me hehehehe that would have been a shocker for them... thanks tho for awnsering my post u made me feel a little better and that im not the only one that has gone thru this and hopefully that means im not really going crazy lol have a great night and thanks again    ~papasgirl
fibro,arthritis,many spinal problems,herniated disk,bone spurs,muscle spasms,chronic neck and low back pain,chronic fatigue,anxiety,panic attacks,depression,ect hahaha i think thats enough now lol
 
3rd degree burn all over back and sides skin graphed also surgery in jan 07 for perforated diverticulitis and a surgery in april 07 to do an ostomy reversal 
 
meds: percocet,ativan,lodine,protonix,cymbalta and benadryl

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