On March 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM Pacific Time, KathrynC wrote:
Hi All, I am coming to all of you experts looking for help. I have been struggling since mid October with sharp pain on my left side. The pain comes and goes throughout the day and it does not seem to be related to when I eat. Sometimes it is so sharp I cannot stand up.
had RNY on 7/31/08 and everything was going great until October. They did an EDG the first of November and discovered I had an ulcer, was put on meds for that. But, the sharp pain still was there. Then they did a CT scan and determined I had Gall stones. I went into the hospital mid December with sharp pains and they couldn't figure out why my pain was on my left side if my Gall Bladder is on my right side.
I had surgery on Dec. 15 where they removed my Gall Bladder and also repaired a hernia and removed scar tissue on my left side (the site of my pain). Bingo! We thought my pain problem was solved. No such luck. I have the pain on a continuous basis since. I have had an upper GI where they also looked at the small bowel. That was normal. I had a colonoscopy and another EDG and they were normal. I had another CT scan about 3 weeks ago and that was normal. I have been on Carafate, Prilosec, Citotec, Flagyl and was prescribed Valium (which I did not take because I hate the way it makes me feel.)
I really feel my doc is taking good care of me but just does not know what else to do. I have to call his office again tomorrow to check in and see what they want me to do next.
At 7 1/2 months out I still am not able to eat much. I have been getting nauseous when I eat, so I am wondering if I have another ulcer. I have lost 85 pounds and am 5 pounds over my goal. They don't want me to loose any more, but I just can't eat much without having pain.
Has anyone here gone through anything like this, or every heard of such a thing? I am so frustrated with feeling bad all the time, and being afraid to eat. I would love to hear from any of you.
There is a woman on the Connecticut Forum who had all kinds of complications...don't know the whole story exactly but you might just hop on over there and ask. I know she's had surgery again an is doing a lot better. Her username is Mickey D.
Just a thought...good luck!!