Kimber, I've always had upper back pain after any upper abdominal surgery. I think it is like the others suggested. You are using different muscles than before to compensate for the ones that hurt so bad and you are in different sitting/sleeping positions and you are not using the muscles the same way.
Think of it like when you have to use crutches. The extremity that is damaged hurts, but you can use the crutches to get around. Then it feels like you are dying of pain from using the crutches. It takes a long time to adjust to new muscle groups and they will spasm and get really aggrivated with us for making the work. The more we use them, the more they chill out and relax (for most of us anyway). That's why we can't wear back braces for a long time after surgery.....we have to use the muscles or they will atrophy. I didn't think I would ever get that stupid brace gone competely, but I hope to never have to depend on it again. It helped the hurt spot, but made every other muscle group scream in pain.
I do understand. I swear it felt like forever before I was over my GB surgery. Please try to move more if are up to it.
I'll be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts!
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