A wee bit of pain when I roll over in bed

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Blueheron
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   Posted 7/10/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 8 months post op and am pretty much pain free, but I do still notice that when I roll over and lay on my side in bed, I feel a slight amount of pain in my abdominal cavity... maybe in my muscle wall, but I can't exactly pinpoint the source. It hurts a bit more when I lie on my left side, but I also experience it some when I lie on my right side. When I am lying on my left side, the pain is two inches below my ribs on the right side and when I am lying on my right side, the pain is two inches below my ribs on the left... almost as if it is due to gravity pulling down in the opposite direction. It only happens right when I flip over to lie on the other side. Then it resolves in a couple of minutes and I am totally pain-free again. It is something I have pretty much had since surgery and I remember asking my surgeon about it and he really didn't have any answers as there were no signs of anything wrong. Is this just muscle spasms? Could it be a little scar tissue on the inside? My small intestines flopping around? It is not something I am really that concerned about as it is minor. Just more curious as to whether anyone else has experienced this.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

stripey
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   Posted 7/13/2011 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It is probably scar tissue pulling as you move from side to side. I have loads, in fact it is a bit of a mess inside as everything has for want of a better description melted together and so this can pull if I put myself in odd positions or stretches.

No more jumping off wardrobes and swinging off chandeliers for me then! :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

stinky123
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   Posted 7/15/2011 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same pain, last night it was so bad I had to sleep on my back elevated. I changed my bag I had no clue, but I'm guesssing it's scar tissue pain. oh well

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/15/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
i think its just the muscle growing back together again, it can take over a year for it to totally fix itself. and it could be scar tissue too. I had like a little pinchy feeling in my stomach for a year and a half off and on. my dr said it's just the way it goes, not a big deal.
It doesn't sound like it's unbearable or anything, so unless it gets really, or doesn't stop in a few months, you might should talk to the dr.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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Blueheron
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   Posted 7/15/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
It is definitely not unbearable. It usually dissipates in a few minutes once I get in the new position. It is way more minor than the pain I had with UC! I do have a feeling it might be scar tissue related. I won't worry about it unless it gets worse.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010
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