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.
- 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)