Still having pain after partial nephrectomy

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   Posted 10/2/2017 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
In August 2017 I had a partial nephrectomy to my right kidney due to a malignant tumor. Five weeks after surgery I was still experiencing a constant ache on the right side, when I took a deep breath I would get a pain and eating food would make me feel sick. Contacted my kidney surgeon to tell them issues I was having. Was told to come see the nurse practitioner (NP) at their office. Saw the NP following Tuesday and was told it had nothing to do with my kidney, go see my primary. Saw my primary the next evening and they ordered ultrasound of gallbladder and liver, and bloodwork. Everything came back normal. Contacted kidney surgeons office again, told them I did not have this issue until the kidney surgery. NP had assistant pull up ultrasound info, then got back on phone and told me this has nothing to do with kidney surgery. Kidney is fine. I need to go back to primary. I am very frustrated and feel like a ping pong ball. I am still experiencing a constant pain/ache on my right side and if I take a deep breath I get a sharp pain. I also still get a sick feeling after I eat. Has anyone experienced this? Can anyone help me?

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   Posted 10/2/2017 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had partial back in June, 2016, right side, robotic assisted and laparoscopic. I did not have the pain you're talking about. However, I have had other surgeries before (abdominal and, as such, involving a much larger incision) and I had the kind of pain you're talking about, just not for quite a long. In my case, the pain was like a stomach gas pain. It was caused by the gas thy pump into your incision to, for lack of a better word, inflate the space they're gong to work in, thereby making it easier for the surgeon to operate. The best way to get rid of that pain is to walk, walk, walk and then, when you get tired, rest and walk some more. The walking helps the remaining gas get forced out.
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