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I had a successful surgery in July 2012 but have suffered with pain every time I have eaten ever since.

4 Months post op I had an ulcer that has since healed, but the pain every time I eat has never gone away.

My surgeon stated that the surgery was a success ("Textbook") and referred me to a GI Group for follow up.

My weight plummeted from 236 to 103 pounds.

Forcing myself to eat I have recovered my weight back to 115 pounds.

The only thing the GI docs were able to do was prescribe opioides for pain management telling me that I have functional pain.

FOUR YEARS post surgery with no relief in sight.

Has anyone on this site ever dealt with this issue?

Please, any help is appreciated.

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3 years out, I feel ill in one way or another about 80% of the Times I eat.

That’s reality for many people.


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How long ago did you see them? What kind of tests did they run? I have had 3 CT scans and 2 gastroscopies for various issues and that seems to get to the root of the problems quickly. There are a lot of people who suffer from varying degrees of pain but I wonder if they get it checked or just live with it. My last bout was kidney stones and a few weeks later high constipation caused by the surgery for the stones and pain meds. So many things are possible.

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This sounds like my life since Jan of this year. I had so many tests done and each one came back normal. My Dr. told me sometimes fat gets stuck in certain places and causes pain. I had surgery 2 weeks ago for them to see what was going on with me. Turns out I had several lipomas (like a tumor made up of fat). Even had one attached to my belly button that hung like a string. I still have some pain from the surgery, but I'm not feeling the same pain I had before every time I ate. Be consistent with them, you shouldn't have to live in pain like this. Hope this helps someone. [emoji18]



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bellabloom- Care to elaborate?




It’s really hard to explain it exactly. But I will try.

When I eat it hurts if I don’t chew my food into pure mash. Which can be really hard to do especially in the company of other people- im talking and forget to chew for example.

Even if I do chew it still doesn’t feel great to eat and swallow. It feels like I have a straw in my stomach that is small and tight and it feels like food has to fight its was down. There is a tight kinda stuck sensation and often like a stabbing just below my rib cage. This is especially the case with dense Protein.

In addition after I eat most of the time i just feel ill. Either slightly dumping or full dumping or slightly shaking or nauseated. Tired and like I need to lay down for a while. Just spent and Ill and sick. This is the case for me about 75% of meals I eat.

The whole point of the surgery is to make it physically difficult to eat a lot. Well, that’s exactly how it works.
You trade the ability to overeat with a lifetime of discomfort eating. That’s my situation anyway.


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