I've had a couple episodes over the past couple weeks that have really scared me and gotten my attention. I thought it was dumping but my last episode wasn't food related. I'd appreciate some insight if anyone has possible experienced anything like this because it has me a little frustrated and scared.
I had my gall bladder taken at 4 months post-op so it is not gall bladder related. I've been eating and going to the bathroom with no problems since the first episode and even since the second episode. I have normal BM and don't have any issues at all eating pretty much anything.
I'll start at the beginning of the first episode. A couple weeks ago I experienced a new pain in my abdomen after drinking some wine. I've been drinking wine with no problems since I was around 3 months post-op but this wasn't a kind I usually drank. It was a little sweeter than the cab sav that I usually drink. The pain started out as just an uncomfortable cramp and escalated to extreme pain over a 15 minute period. I was having trouble talking and was sweating bullets. The climax of the pain lasted around 5 minutes or so then subsided and went away. I was thinking the entire time that I needed to go to the hospital but I didn't want to ruin my buddy's bachelor party so I just sucked it up and took the pain. Being the dumbass that I am after the pain went away I resumed my drinking and around 15 minutes later it happened again. It didn't last as long the second time around but it was still painful and very uncomfortable. It passed as quickly as it came and I enjoyed my night. I drank and ate with no problems throughout the night and figured that I had a dumping episode that was related to the wine.
On Tuesday of this week I started to experience the same pain in my lower right abdomen. It came on slow and steadily increased over a 20 - 30 minute period with the climax of the pain again lasting for around 10 minutes. I once again thought I needed medical attention is was so bad and was sweating huge bullets of prespiration again. It went away as quickly as it came again and I was pretty much good to go the rest of the day. THIS time it was not related to food. I hadn 't eaten or drank anything (with the exception of 3 grapes) in the last 2 hours or so.
I called my doctor and they said that my bowel could have possibly twisted and untwisted and that's what caused the pain. They said it was related to the 'spaces' that were present because all the fat is now gone. They said there was a 'fix' and it would be something that could only be done with exploratory surgery. I guess I don't understand why a cat scan or xrays won't work but I'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to something like this because from what I've read it's nothing to play around with.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? I wish I could say it was dumping but I didn't think dumping involved extreme physical pain like I was experiencing.
So.... Another day, another surgery. I had to go in for exploratory lap surgery last week because I had a few episodes of extreme pain in my abdomen over the past month or so. Each time the pain started out as an uncomfortable cramp them escalated to extreme, unbearable pain over a 25 minute period. The doctor went in and found a small hernia and closed up the 'space' that was causing the bowels to twist. I find it amusing that I now have 16 'battle scars' on my belly now from where they've gone in. Overall it was a success and they assured me this is the last surgery that I'll have to have.