I'm still a bit groggy as I write this. I hope it makes sense......
I had DaVinci surgery exactly one week ago and have had by far the worst day - pain wise - yet. I'm only bothering to share this so others may become more aware that those small-probability after-affects of surgery do happen; whether a direct or indirect result.
Yesterday afternoon seemed like any other to start out with. I was slowly feeling better. Getting up, walking, moving, were all getting easier with minimal discomfort. By late afternoon I was starting to get a bit bloated more than normal. I just thought I needed to do more walking, attempt more BMs and maybe go back to three stool softeners a day. I have not been taking any pain meds.
By late evening my abdomen was quite extended and getting more uncomfortable but endureable. I just figured I needed to reposition my self to get things flowing in the bowels, pass gas, etc.. I managed to get to sleep for an hour before the real pain began. I woke up sweating, unable to move, in extreme pain. My abdomen (mid-level and higher) was hard as rock from bloating or something. Over the next 30 minutes the pain became unbearable. I managed to wake up my wife in the other room and we went to the ER. They didn't bother checking me in and just took me straight to a room.
By the time I got to the room, I was shaking, dillusional, and almost to the point of passing out. The first dose of morphine didn't do anything for pain. They maxed out the morphine on the second dose. That helped. I am still feeling its effects....
Being moved onto the x-ray table by my wife and a nurse was the best thing that happened. As they struggled to move me I got a bit twisted and contorted. This did something internally and the bloating pressure started to slowly go away over the next few hours.
The doctors did not find the root cause of the problem but thought it was a result of a colon blockage, twisted/kinked colon, or the colon just quit moving. They said this rarely happens post-surgery, especially this far out but is not unknown. This is all going to be worth it when I get the great pathology report this week.
I consider myself 'special' when it comes to having uncommon things happen - that's why I get overly anxious....
52 yrs old, good health - DX'd with PCa Jan '13
6 of 12 Gleason 6 (left lobe analyzed in pairs): 3+3 17%, 3+3 46%, 3+3 <5%, (All neg perineural invasion)
Positive DRE - 8mm hard nodule -T2a/T2b Gland size 23.5 - very small
DaVinci March 18