Any one deal w/ pain in their right side post-Nissen?

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   Posted 4/25/2014 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently reported feeling some pain in my right side. I guess it would be around where the kidney and gallbladder is? I was thinking it was more parallel to my navel than it actually is. I suppose it's midway between my nipple and and navel on that right side. Sometimes it goes away for a while (maybe weeks), but it's been a bit more persistent this week. Anyone else experience this? If so, is that relatively normal? I remember it happening not too long after my Nissen, but the GI doctor pretty much dismissed it. It's semi-miserable at times.

Thanks as always.

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   Posted 4/25/2014 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 1039smooth,

I can't remember how long ago you had your surgery. When your surgery was done, there was one port (mine was the rib incision on the left side) from which the surgeon did most of his manipulation of the surgical tools during surgery. That could certainly explain some of the pain.

Also, during the first year or so, if I slept on my left side, I'd be awakened with a very sharp pain after a period of time. I had to train myself to sleep on my back. Still, I'd sleep on my side periodically, and after a couple years I no longer get the pain, and can sleep on my side with no pain or problem.

This surgery takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. I had occasional dumping syndrome that continued past one year. I figured I'd always have to deal with that little quirk. However, sometime during the second year, I realized it wasn't happening any more.

It is normal to have various pains post-op. Obviously, you have to make your own judgment about the severity of the pain, and certainly call your surgeon's office if you have worries. That's why they get paid the big bucks! Hang in gets better!

Happy healing,

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   Posted 4/26/2014 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   

It's been about 8.5 months ago. I had a LapNissen done with the DaVinci robot. Five incisions were put across my stomach parallel with my navel. The incisions healed great with no issues. The scars are tough to see.

I sleep on all sides or however I can get comfortable. I almost never, if ever, sleep on my stomach. Apparently you have better dreams that way, but it's not the most healthy way for anyone. :)

I'm glad the dumping passed for you. At any point during that first six to eight months, did you feel totally healed, and then regress? That's what I'm experiencing now. That side pain did go away for a while if memory serves. I feel if I acknowledge feeling better, then I feel worse. It's a strange mental thing.

My surgeon hasn't seen me in a while and it seems like she's sort of dismissed herself from all this. I'm mostly under the care of two GI doctors. I'm starting to wonder a little about them, too. I expected a call about my barium swallow from the one that ordered it Thursday or Friday (had the procedure Wednesday), but didn't get one. I do call them fairly often, a few times a week at my worst, but I'm always nice. I left a voicemail yesterday reporting the side pain, diarrhea (the GI doctor that ordered the swallow wanted to know about that a few months ago if I had any), and possible yellowing of my eyes (could be in my head). I then inquired about an endoscopy.

I've woken up today feeling pretty bad. Oh well. Thanks for replying. <3

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