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Posted By : mala407 - 8/6/2007 2:07 PM
Hello everyone,
  As some of you know, I had surgery 4 weeks ago to attempt to remove a nerve entrapement in my abdominal wall area. The surgery went well, however the pathology results came back, and there was no evidence of an abnormality (entrapped nerve) in the section of tissue they removed....ugh I was so upset to hear this b/c my pain prior to the surgery has returned.
 
  So...I see the surgeon a week from Wednesday to discuss this and talk about more options. He said it could take up to 8 weeks to totally heal, however as many of you know, I know my body and pain the best. I know its my old pain now and I've known this for about a week now.
 
 It is so disheartening and upsetting to me, although I knew it was not a 100% guarantee of success for this rare surgery to attemt.  My surgeon did tell my family right after surgery that if this didnt work, they know that the nerve is definitely clipped under or attached to the rib. He said we'd wait and see and maybe consult with a cardio thoracic surgeon. He wanted to perform the least invasive surgery as possible to see first if it was successful....
 
  Thank you all for listening, its just I've been so bummed out, all of this, so many years, and still pain. I know so many people have it much much worse than me, but I am too young to deal with this, yet trying to stay as positive as possible. Sending you all a pain free day....
 
Mala


25 years old, living in Cleveland, Chronic abdominal wall pain due to nerve entrapment. I have IBS-D and neuropathy. Gall bladder removed, failed exploratory nerve surgery, pancreatitis, several hospitalizations for IBS flareups. Medications: Questran, Align, Ambien, Percocet, Thiamine, Zyrtec-D
 
I am a dance teacher and choreographer who loves children and cats!


Posted By : stayingafloat - 8/6/2007 5:05 PM

Mala,

 

I am so sorry the surgery did not work out for you eeaahh.  It is crazy what we will go through to try and get a handle on the pain.  I have pinched nerves in my back and have gone for radio-frequency surgery, I'm not sure this is an option for you, but you might want to check.  I really feel for you, I hope they come up with something that will help with the pain.  It is hard to swallow and I wish you strength and hope for a better outcome nextime.  Good luck!

 Afloat



Posted By : mala407 - 8/6/2007 7:16 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words afloat :) I actually have been having the radio frequencies for years and yes, they do provide some relief, however they have stopped being as effective for as long as they were. My pain doctor is wonderful and suggested looking into this surgery so that I did not have to go through something all of my life that was not very effective. How are they working for you? Many people get prolonged relief and I really hope you are one of them!! Please take care and I will keep you posted and you please do the same...

Mala


25 years old, living in Cleveland, Chronic abdominal wall pain due to nerve entrapment. I have IBS-D and neuropathy. Gall bladder removed, failed exploratory nerve surgery, pancreatitis, several hospitalizations for IBS flareups. Medications: Questran, Align, Ambien, Percocet, Thiamine, Zyrtec-D
 
I am a dance teacher and choreographer who loves children and cats!


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