I had my lap nissen done over 3 months ago, at the end of January. In many respects the surgery was a success, I don't get any heartburn or reflux.
However, I suffer from extreme shooting / stabbing pain in my left shoulder and sometimes neck and even arm! This always happens after I eat, and sometimes it just randomly comes on also maybe first thing in the morning or whenever. I am so sick and tired of it, I am having too much time off work and nobody knows what to tell me, even my surgeon.
I noticed it immediately after I woke up from the surgery. I first thought it was the gas pains, but now it is evident it's something else. It comes on after I eat, especially if I have too much food (which I have rarely over eaten). However, it is more than just me over-eating, because today I had 2 bites of a sandwich and the pain started shooting and shooting, it's sooo sooo painful.
I am seriously depressed with it, and I feel like I have done everything I can to try and sort it out, but no surgeon or doctor knows what it is! I saw the surgeon a few weeks ago, who claimed it's completely unrelated to the surgery! Hard to believe, as I woke up from surgery with this exact pain and they had to give me morphene for days. My GP said it may be my gallbladder, so I went for an ultra sound scan, but they now tell me I definately don't have gall stones. I am due to see the GP again this week. But I am so worried because it's been 3 and a half months since my surgery, and there has been no improvement to my pain. As far as my stomach is concerned, it feels a lot less swolen and quite normal, but still I get this intense stabbing pain in my left shoulder. WHY!?!? Can anyone give me an idea?
I have heard it could be nerve damage, and if this is the case will I ever get better or will I live with this pain, and having to eat hardly anything at all for the rest of my life? I'm a healthy 25 year old male, and the thought of going through this everyday is just a nightmare. I honestly can't see how I'm going to cope for much longer. And I am so shocked at how my surgeon denies all knowledge, he didn't even suggest any possibilities of what it could be!