post-surgery stomach muscle cramping

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   Posted 3/10/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Anyone had this experience? Two weeks after laparoscopic surgery the feeling of the pain in my stomach muscles around the larger cut (extraction site?) has changed. It seems now to be associated also with localized muscle cramps, particularly when I have been sitting. I can feel the tightness with my fingers. I can usually make it die down by pushing out my belly or arching my back or lying flat which seem similar to stretching a calf muscle cramp. I worry that the cramping may be pulling on the internal injury sites and prolonging the healing process or increasing the scarring in those muscles.

Always gotta have something new to worry about.
Jim - born June, 1950
8/08 PC diagnosis, 3 of 12, 3+3
2/24/09 DaVinci RALP - UNC Hospitals, Dr. Wallen
Path report all PC well inside prostate,
nothing outside or near edges
cath out 3/06/09

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/10/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been a while but I remember a fair amount of discomfort too. (not counting the dire urge to scratch the incession area)

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
Catheter in for five weeks.
Dry after 3 months.
10/03/08 - 1st Quarter PSA -> less then .01
01/16/09 - 2nd Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember those feelings as you describe the first 3 to 4 weeks after my open surgery. If it were me, I would be calling my dr to make sure it wasn't something else going on. Hope you do better

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 3/10/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I recall having infrequent cramps more on the right side of my stomach for a while after surgery. For a period of time, all I did was sit around after surgery.

Age now 44 (43 when dx)
Pre-op PSA:  0.9
Biopsy: 3/12 cores pos  20% 30% 50%
Gleason 3+3=6
Robotic RP:   Aug 08 1 day hospital stay, cath out on 8th day.
Post Surgery Pathology Report: Gleason 6, pT2c, tumor 10% contained in prostate gland, all margins negative. Negative lymph nodes
Post Op PSA: Dec 08 <0.1
Post Op PSA: Mar 06 <0.1

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