Help! Terrible Gas Pain after GB Surgery

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mmbgse
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   Posted 4/18/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had gb surgery a week ago and 6 days after surgery started having severe pains in my right side below the rib cage and into my right shoulder and middle back.  I've been told it's trapped gas, and that is what it feels like, but I can't find any way to get rid of it.  Please help!  This is the end of my 3rd day of this VERY painful trapped gas problem and it's bad enough that I can't even lay down to sleep at night.  I'm taking Gas-X, and 2 other random medicines for relief and they're just not helping.  I've also been walking a lot, as the doctor suggested, but it's also not helping.  I'm having no problems going to the bathroom, but even that's not helping.  Any advice on how to stop this pain would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Marsky
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   Posted 4/18/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Walking is good but in addition to walking I like to walk up and down a full flight of stairs. Several times. Just the up and down gravity motion seems to release pent up gas for my system.

Also massaging my abdomen and sipping hot tea helps (if you can't tolerate regular tea with caffeine there are many herbal teas that was good choices).

But try my stairs tip, it can't hurt.

Hope you find relief soon.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


mmbgse
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   Posted 4/19/2009 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me how long this is going to last? It may sound like nothing, but I am in tears from the pain!!!!!

BIAGINA
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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi

I had a revision nissen with a gallbladder surgery. Awful gas- truly awful.

My surgeon said gas would last until April (I had it Oct 31 2008).

Now I find (not to scare you) that the medicine the GI gave me for post gallbladder diarrhrea gives me gas. I take it only at night but am looking for other meds that do not do that

Goodluck


BIAGINA
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   Posted 4/19/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   

I thought of two other old family recipes for gas

One is ginger in tea (1-2 tsp) NO dairy whatsoever

and the other is lemon juice squeezed intoa glass of warm water

they can't hurt! I feel for you as I had the awful pains and bloating with the gas

 

Betty (biagina)

 

 



Marsky
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   Posted 4/19/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I don't feel as though I can accurately compare how patients feel after a GB surgery, since mine was performed laproscopically during my colon resection. I recall having severe gas pains one night, about 3 days post-op. A young, very kind nurse sat up with me for several hours. I had dry heaves, I was so nauseous, the gas pains felt like tiny golf balls hitting the sides of my stomach. It went on and on. Looking back, what I should have done was get out of that recliner and walk. But I sat. And cried. And she held my hand. She kept saying it took lots of time for the pent up gas to escape. I joked I wished I had packed a few saltines in my suitcase. I was on IV drip only at this point. Possibly ice chips. I told if I had brought them, I would have eaten one. She laughed and said, we'd know it too. I asked - oh how could you possibly know if I ate one tiny saltine square? She laughed again and said - it would come right back up. This is when I knew I had to let the gas work its way out. But I continued to sit and cry.

So get moving. I walked a lot when I got home (by this time I was on board with the walking/staying active approach to healing faster). Sometimes several laps around our house in the grass. I did not care what neighbors thought of me!

Sometimes I would use a heating pad on my stomach too.

Other times I would massage my entire GI tract, a nurse suggested this trick - stand up, start on your lower right hand side down low by your groin. Apply pressure with your right hand and move upwards to your navel. Then push down again, gently and across to your left hand side. Then down. I have no idea if this really works or not. Could be psycho-sematic? LOL But I have done this many times over the past 10 years.

I don't recall the gas being as bad as it was 3 days post-op ever again. It did lessen. Hopefully yours won't be so bad down the road and if it does come back, it will be relieved in a much shorter time (as mine is, my gas seems to be more colon related now, after I've eaten something I shouldn't have).

Hope you feel better soon.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

Post Edited (Marsky) : 4/19/2009 8:57:52 AM (GMT-6)


cheer_me_up_please
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   Posted 4/19/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I had GB surgery last month. I always experience gas cramps so I understand what you are feeling. I had pain medication but also found that a heating pad worked real well.

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I had cramping after surgery, but mine didn't last but a few days. They put gas into you in order to expand your belly so they can see to get to your GB better. That gas should work its way out not more than three or four days after the surgery. Long-term gas is probably a side effect of the GB being gone, not the surgical removal of it. It can take 6-8 weeks for your body to adapt as much as it's going to to the lack of a GB. Eat bland, simple foods. I also had to go off red meat and pork for the 6 weeks after my GB removal because it gave me D and other problems; it's harder to digest than chicken and fish. Also stay low-fat and especially avoid caffeine and carbonated anything. Carbonation adds gas, obviously, and a lot of people with IBS or no gall bladder can't handle caffeine because it's a stimulant (including it will stimulate your guts to work more). Caffeine was my #1 trigger before the GB came out and I have never been able to reintroduce it. I was, however, able to go back to eating all forms of meat, and I can have carbonated drinks, so long as I don't have more than a couple a day and they don't have caffeine.

Oh, and apples are a big no-no. Natural laxative and a gas producer to boot. I don't know anyone on here, with IBS or no GB, who can tolerate raw apples or apple juice. I get such terrible gas cramps from them.

BIAGINA
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   Posted 4/21/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello

I hope the gas problem has lessened for you.

I am one of those rare individuals for whom white delicious apples help. I also can drink apple juice though white grape or dark grape is better for me.

Hope all is well

Betty


mmbgse
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the info.  After 4 full days of severe pain, I am feeling better now.  I'm so glad that's over!! It was actually worse than the way I felt the day I had surgery!  It just had to work it's way out of my system.  Thanks again.

Marsky
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I well remember how painful the gas pains were. I was literally a mess that night (went on for hours). I didn't get any sleep and couldn't get comfortable. Couldn't lie down in the hospital bed so I sat upright in the leather recliner/desk chair my room came with. It literally felt like tennis balls hitting the sides of my stomach, over and over again. At that point I was no longer on Demerol, just Percoset. It only took care of the post-op pain, not the gas pains. The nurse told me I just had to suffer thru it. But she was very kind and kept vigil with me for a long time. So long that when that post-op/hospital stay evaluation came weeks later, her name was at the top of my survey!

So glad to hear you're feeling better.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


stirr
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I found that the Gas-X in liqiud form does nothing for my Gas Pain but the
Gas-X in Thin Strips under the Tongue works great for me?

Cal 1000mg & Mag 500mg before bed for spastic Colon Pain?


I had severe Pain for years and was in ER room three times a week , had Gallbladder removed still had the pain, they thought i was having heart attacks
because of my age mid forties. I found if I stopped eating Wheat & Gluten and
Dairy my Pain subsided. check out (DogtorJ.com) and read (What in the world do
I Eat? ) Have not been in ER room since diet change. Works for me! Good Luck

BIAGINA
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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Since my last message,  I read about Caltrate in the pink box or purple box. (Meaning the box has a pink color or a purple color on it.)
 
It is Caltrate 600 with little magnesium.
 
The person who wrote said to take it 3 times a day. It cut out the diarrhea and most of the gas. (DO not recall what site I read this on.)
 
Right now I am havinga problem with methadone for severe back pain
I believe thathas started the gas problems again/
 
As I cannot take Caltrate now, becauyse themethadone constipates me, I am back to square #1.
 
Hoping phazyme 3x a day may help me. Any ideas appreciated.
 
 
Biagina

Betty

Nissen fundiplication without mesh 2006 .

Nissen revision with mesh 10-08 & gallbladder both by lapraoscopy

Other issues; chronic low back pain;

PLIF surgery '07 and nerve ablation '09- better!!

Arthritis; bum right knee awaiting knee replacement when all else has calmed down.


shalit1
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   Posted 4/4/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is an old thread, but found it while searching something else, I have had this pain before when I had surgery, ten years on I am about to have the same surgery again and brought this up with the nurser doing my pre surgery assessment, she told me to use peppermint water after surgery and that gets rid of all the gases.  I have since search this and everyone seems to be saying that it works really well.  This can be bought in your local pharmacy.
 
Hope this helps
 
Regards turn

zerotheox
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   Posted 8/11/2012 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
The gas was so bad in my case that I had to go back to the hospital, it felt like my ribs were being crushed. The only thing that helped relive this problem was rectal suppositories. Two hours after taking these I was releasing long farts and felt sooooooo much better.
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