Pain under incision 2 1/2 months after surgery

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Janiepain
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   Posted 5/23/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Two nights ago in the middle of the night, I got the most excruciating pain on my lower left abdomen under my incision (hand assisted lap total colectomy).  It is a real stinging hurt.  It only hurts when I move a certain way.  During the day yesterday it didn't hurt at all, but last  night when I tried to get in bed, the pain came back.  When I turn over, it just kills me.  It feels like the pain is right under my skin.  This morning it's a little sore to touch it, but if I move a certain way, it is very painful--sharp pains.  I can walk, etc. and I don't feel a thing.  Anyone have idea what this could be?
 
Janie

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   Posted 5/23/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Janie please consult your surgeon at the earliest. It may be because of adhesion or some collection (pus) in the abdomen because of some rupture. I had this while I was getting up the pot. The pain is quite sharp. There is also a chance that it may be because of some sutures.

In any case consult your doctor.

Take Care
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
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Janiepain
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   Posted 5/23/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I have a call into him. Of course, it's a Saturday, and we're having a surprise party for my son; he just got his MBA. Of all days...anyway, thanks so much for a quick response!

Janie

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   Posted 5/23/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you are feeling better...take pain meds if needed to lessen the pain. I agree with calling the doc...it is better to be safe than sorry. I hope the party was fun!

Janiepain
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   Posted 5/23/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ohio, party was fun and my son was very surprised. His undergrad degree is in Computer Science, so he had to take 5 business classes before even getting into the MBA program. It's been a long 3 years of going to school at night and having a wife and new baby. I'm so proud of him!!

I called my surgeon's answering service; one of the surgeons from the group called (who I really liked when I was in the hospital, poor thing is ALWAYS on duty!) and said it sounds like I may have an abdominal tear and/or small hemotoma. She said to take pain meds and try using heating pad. If it gets worse, she'll make arrangements to see me tomorrow or Monday. I don't have fever, and the incision isn't red, so I'm going to wait and see.

Has anyone heard of this?

Janiepain
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   Posted 5/23/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel like an idiot....I looked up abdominal tear and it says hernia? Could I have a hernia? Now I wonder if that's what the Dr. said!! I could swear that's what she said, but why didn't she say hernia? Oh well, it still hurts when I move a certain way, and it's sore to the touch. Going to get the heating pad now; hopefully that will help!

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   Posted 5/25/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
janie
 
dont forget you are still under 3 months out of surgery.  you had a lap surgery right?  i had abdominal surgery,, and i get that pain a lot- like a searing burning cutting feeling - it is becasue i had a cough virus straight after surgery and it weakened the weak tissue. i was examined a couple of weeks ago and i dont have a hernia but stil at risk of developing an incisional hernia .  i cant even laugh and coughing and sneezing doubles me up and brings tears to my eyes.  so dont worry too much - you may have been overdoing it like me. x
Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
10 MARCH 2009 - T/C HORRAY FOR A CANCELLATION!
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009
 


Janiepain
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   Posted 5/25/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
Thanks.  I think you're right.  It's much better today; it was so sore for 2 days, but I've been using the heating pad and either that's helped, or it's just getting better.  It still hurts, but not like it did on Friday and Saturday.
 
I'm sure I've been overdoing it....I've painted a bedroom, moved furniture and most importantly, been holding and carrying around my little (big) 18 pound grandbaby.  I'm going to definitely take this as a warning and take things a little easier.  I still have to hold my baby, though!! LOL
 
How are you doing?  Any date for your reversal yet?  Are you excited about it, or are you doing ok with the bag?
 
Janie
 
 

2much2bear
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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Janie - i am doing ok with the bag - it is annoying though and it itches me to death sometimes. 
 
I am worried about having the reversal as i know i will be getting up in the night plus going a lot throughout the day like you go, a lot but in small amounts.  i think i have a slow small bowel.  it takes about 3 hours for food to go through - sometimes longer. it fills up a little in the night and with air too which is a nuisance.  I sometimes go properly though my bum though about once a week - though not a lot, so roughly know what that will be like. 
 
I still have sensitive tum - a lot of food or hard to digest food still swells me .  i have a very stressful life right now due to a family issues, plus my marriage is under stain due to me not working much over the last year and not having an income for 6 weeks. sad
I hope you cope ok when you are back at work
Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
10 MARCH 2009 - T/C HORRAY FOR A CANCELLATION!
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009
 


Janiepain
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   Posted 5/25/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen,
I'm sorry you're not feeling well and are having a difficult time. Try not to worry about the reversal; you may not go nearly as much as I do. I've read lots of people say they go 6-8 times a day. Right now I'm probably down to 8-10 on a really good day, and about 14 if I eat things I shouldn't. I found that taking metamucil in the morning and 1/2 lomotil in the evening seems to help alot. I've been trying different combinations, but that seems to be the best for me. I may even try metamucil another time in the afternoon, because it does help to firm things up without stopping me completely. Evenings are the hardest time for me.

I'm not sure how long it takes for food to go through me; I know that as soon as I eat, I need to run to the bathroom within a few minutes, but I don't have much come out that hasn't digested, so I can't tell what's what when it comes out!! If I eat watermelon in the evening, that doesn't digest well, I will see it sometime the next day. How do you know your transit time? I had tests done before surgery and was told it was slow on one test and normal on another.

I've been home for almost 3 months and I'm not really looking forward to going back!! LOL I think I'm spoiled. I went shopping today for new pants, I've lost 12 pounds and went down a whole size, which was nice. But I still like staying home! I'm very lucky that I only work 20 hours a week most of the time, so it won't be too bad.

My pain on the abdomen is much better. It's still tender to the touch, but not excruciating pain when I moved like the other day. I'll keep an eye on it, but I think my dr. must have been right. A heating pad definitely helps!

Hang in there; I bet you'll breeze through the reversal. I'm sure it can't be harder than dealing with the bag!

Janie

2much2bear
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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Janie

I sort of know my transit time because of what i see when cleaning the bag! ugh. You have to get up close and personal with your poo when you have a bag unfortunately. as after emptying it you then need to clean around the opening and just inside it, plus the smell of course and of course lots of food doesnt digest well like spring greens and tomatoes and salad - so i roughly know. these foods dont agree with me either and can bloat me also, so i still have a really sensitive tummy.
Well i am sure you will be ok at work. thanks for the encouragement. yes it will be good to be bagless as it itches and makes me sticky in hot weather - like we had the other day. i need to think positive i know. it is just good not to have to deal with going to the loo. i empty the bag just 4 or 5 times depending. i dont like walking around with a tshirt on when my bag starts to inflate with air - i am very conscious of it.
Good you lost the weight. i lost a bit - not that much though- i have no idea what but my clothes fit a bit better. take care. x
Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
10 MARCH 2009 - T/C HORRAY FOR A CANCELLATION!
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009
 


Janiepain
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   Posted 5/28/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  Well the pain hasn't gone away, and today I went to the surgeon for an exam.  He has no idea....says it doesn't feel like a hernia because there is no bulge.  I'm having a CT scan next Tuesday and hopefully then will have some answers.  It's the strangest pain....it feels like it's in the muscles, because it hurts most when I stretch, turn a certain way, etc.   I don't have an appt to see him until June 9, so I probably won't know anything until then, darn it.
 
There than that, I'm doing well....except when he did a scope to take a stool sample today.  That was NOT fun at all!
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