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Help: Pain in Throat, Chest and Back

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Started by cisco29, Jan 15, 2008 2:18 PM
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    cisco29

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Posted January 15, 2008 - 2:18 PM

#1
Hello, I just had my lap band surgery on 12/12/07. Everything has been going good until this past Sat. I started noticing some pain off and on in my chest and back. I didn't think much about it but decided I needed to start paying attention to the signs. Now for going on 3 days I have had intense pain in my chest and back and pain in my throat. I have not eaten in a couple of days. I have been doing some liquids. It hurts to take a deep breath and to burp. Can anyone give me any tips on what to do??


    WASaBubbleButt

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Posted January 16, 2008 - 2:00 AM

#2
Go to your doctor. Pain is not a diagnosis, it's a symptom.


    ForwardLeap

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Posted January 16, 2008 - 11:58 AM

#3
I would go to the Dr.

Do you have your gallbladder still? I had similar symptoms like that. My ultrasound showed the gallbladder was fine, but when they did a test showing it working it actually was not working properly.

Also if you have a hiatal hernia this can cause pain in chest, back and reflux which causes pain in the throat. I used pepcid over the counter chewables and it helped slightly with acid.

Just sharing my experiences and once fixed I felt like a new person!

Hope you feel better soon

Christie


    cisco29

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Posted January 16, 2008 - 3:56 PM

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I had my gallbladder removed 3mo prior to surgery and the doc fixed my hernia during my lap band surgery. I did have acid reflux prior to surgery to the point of taking Nexium daily. I haven't taken any medicine for it since surgery. Maybe it is reflux. I have been trying to contact my doc for the past two days but he has not returned my phone call yet. I have a pretty high pain tolerance. After my surgery I did not take any pain medication for fear of stomach upset. However, this pain is relentless and it is driving me crazy.


    POWERWING

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Posted January 17, 2008 - 6:16 PM

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:frown:I too am having extremley bad chest pains. Right in the middle of my sternam. I have every test under the earth for my heart, even a rush endoscopy. They found bleeding ulcers as a result of HPyloria but that is not where they found them. The Gastro Guy suggested today i remove the band. I am hoping once the band is out that this nerve wracking painful chest pain goes away.

surgery to be removed - 1/28/2008 AND CANT WAIT. LIFE CANT GO ON PAINFUL LIKE THIS!!!!! I prey the pain ends thereafter.


    ForwardLeap

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Posted January 18, 2008 - 3:12 AM

#6
Keep calling your Dr. I also took nexium believe it or not they increased my dosage to several times a day 3 weeks prior to surgery. I was so miserable. I know what you mean-it is awful.

Did your Dr. fix the hernia, 3 times I had endoscopies, and 3 times they did nothing for my hernia. I have no clue why. This caused me to endure pain for 5 years needlessly.

I to have a fairly good pain tolerance and it was awful. I actually aspirated in my sleep-hello you would think they really would have fixed the hernia! I was actually hospitalized (they thought I was having a heart attack) they actually did another rush endoscopy (I had one done 30 days before) and still did not fix the hernia! I absolutely insisted when I went to my surgeon for consultation for the lap band, that if I could only get 1 surgery done--it was to be the hernia repair.

I am sooo glad it is done now. No nexium, no reflux, no pains (it is still a little sore once in a while on my side where they stitched the hernia up.) I can not tell you the difference in the quality of my life now. I can sleep through the night. I can breathe, I used to wheeze so much especially if I laid down. What a world of difference! No more pressure in the chest.

Best thing I have ever did was get the hernia repaired by a skilled surgeon who's main activity is to be a surgeon. Lots of experience, in fact part of repairing my hernia (guess out of all the many the dr has done he had never seen one as large as mine.) One of the processes he had to use very few surgeons can do. I looked it up and he was the only one at the hospital who was qualified to do it! So very glad I had a skilled surgeon.......

Best of luck,
Christie


    cisco29

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Posted January 21, 2008 - 5:52 PM

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My Doc finally called me back 27 hours after my initial call. His advice was for me to go to the emergency room. I sat in the ER for 7 hours. They did xrays and a barium swallow. They said the band did not appear to have slipped, however the barium swallow showed a 12 second delay for the water to go down. The band is too tight. Keep in mind I have never had a fill and why would the band just all of a sudden be too tight. They did not find any obstruction. I mentioned Acid reflux. The ER Doc said that could be all or part of the probelm. He gave me meds through an IV for the acid reflux and told me to go see my Doc the next day. The next day the pain in my back was still there but had eased considerably. It is now 4 days later and I have been taking protonix (split in 1/2 of course) for the acid reflux. I am feeling better and better each day. I still have pain in my chest but it is not constant. My doc suggested that I go back to liquids for two weeks to allow the swelling to reduce. The upsetting part of all of this is that I had been lead to believe by my Doc's office that after surgery I would no longer need acid reflux meds.


    iheartcats

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Posted January 21, 2008 - 6:30 PM

#8
Well, I'm glad you got some help. You may need the pills now, but it may be temporary. Do what you need to so you don't hurt and maybe later down the road you don't need them. What a bummer though. I'll be thinking of you :lol:


    cisco29

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Posted January 22, 2008 - 9:49 AM

#9
Thanks! I hope to someday not have acid reflux. Tomorrow will be six weeks post op for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for food once I go back to real food. I have been living on choc milk, really creamy mashed potatoes and soup. I just dying to have something really good to eat. Thanks again for all the support and advice.:tongue:


    Coco

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Posted January 22, 2008 - 1:41 PM

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Thanks! I hope to someday not have acid reflux. Tomorrow will be six weeks post op for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for food once I go back to real food. I have been living on choc milk, really creamy mashed potatoes and soup. I just dying to have something really good to eat. Thanks again for all the support and advice.:rolleyes2:


Hi Cisco,
Six weeks is a really short time. The swelling must go down and once that happens which can be up to eight weeks, you will notice your band will be a lot looser, and you will be begging for a fill.:tt1: My surgeon recommended getting back to normal food once I was able, staying on liquids or mushies too long can be detrimental to losing weight. The liquids and mushies go through the band too quickly, don't fill you up for long enough and as a result you have more. The idea of the band is to fill the pouch, (the upper stomach), that should take about 2hrs to empty and as a result you will be full for much longer with a lot less food. Start by putting your food on a smaller plate, at least half what you would eat pre band. Put your fork down between mouthfuls and chew, chew, chew and then chew some more. This is a lot more difficult than it sounds:lol: but its worth getting into the habit of if you want to prevent pb's and sliming. Don't spend any longer than 20-30mins at your main meal. If you've not finished it by then throw it out.:lol: Once you get to your sweet spot you should be losing 1-2lbs a week just by cutting down on the food. Add in a bit of exercise and the sky's your limit. Good luck and welcome to the losing side.:huh2:


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