Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Left shoulder pain 4yrs later



Recommended Posts

I am four years post lap band surgery. Everything is been great no issues recently. About a year ago I had my band loosened a little bit due to throwing up so much. But within the last couple weeks every time I eat no matter how little or how much within the first few bites I tend to have a pain that radiates and settled in my left shoulder. Anyone else experience this? If so what was outcome? My GI Dr set me up to scan gallbladder to see if I have gallstones

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Many bandsters have severe left shoulder pain. I personally had the same issue. It can be caused by the lap-band putting pressure on the Vagus nerve.

  1. You should go for an esophagram to make sure that your Lap-band didn't slip.
  2. If it looks OK, I would suggest removing 3/4 of the saline for a few weeks to give your tummy a little rest. Then go ahead and slowly start adding saline back, a few cc at a time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi I also get really bad shoulder pain on my left shoulder but for me it's random. I'll just be sitting down somewhere and it just starts to hurt out of nowhere can anyone explain this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had this pain for 3
Months non stop at the start of my journey when I laid down or after I'd eaten and discovered it was the
Vagus nerve where your band is resting on your diaphragm. This disappeared as I lost weight and tightened the band...
It's a horrendous thing, I really hope you get it sorted!


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've read on this forum where some folks have a similar problem and had to have their gall bladder removed. How did your scan go?

tmf

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Scans all went good. I went back to my bariatric dr. He had to loosen my band he said the left shoulder pain was due to the band hitting the diaphragm which was hitting a nerve shooting pain up my left side. I am feeling so much better now. Will still have some pain but not often and not near as painful. Thanks for asking

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hey I know your post is over a year old, but may I ask how they diagnosed it was your band catching on the diaphragm causing Vagus nerve reaction?
My band is actually sutured to my diaphragm. I have this off and on excruciating pain at my lowest rib and somewhat up under it on my left side. I can push up and under my rib with my fingertips and get some relief.
I’m just wondering how they diagnosed this for you?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recent Topics

  • Most popular:

  • Recent Status Updates

    • ms.sss

      Looks like I need people around to complete a 10K.  I tried to do one by myself this afternoon and I gave up at around the 7km mark.  Gonna try again on Friday, but I may have to look into joining a running club...
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • d711

      post op 2 months
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • allwet

      My Surgeon asked me a question the other day and i didn't give it a lot of thought at the time.
      He asked "do you tell"
      we were talking about peoples reaction to seeing me since i lost such a large amount of me.
      I answered that i do tell if they ask but that it seems most everyone is afraid to mention it if they haven't seen me in a while or they decided they already know the answer so they don't need the truth from me (we all know those types)
      I have had exactly one family friend come right out and ask me how i lost so much weight this year and i told her i had Gastric Sleeve.
      I am sure family has passed it around to other family (you have that type family don't you? or is it just me)  
      So that left me wondering "do you tell" and i dont mean right at surgery time. more like a year or so down the road do you say how or do you just say cut out the sugar and carbs and WAALAA
      Its a real personal choice to open yourself up to that kind of criticism and we know all about how we took the "Easy" way and yada yada yada.
      hope everyone is having a great week
      · 1 reply
      1. Orchids&Dragons

        If people ask, I am open about it

    • GreenTealael  »  Lynnem6

      💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
      ⚡⚡HAPPY SURGERY DAY & SAFE JOURNEY⚡⚡
      💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • GreenTealael  »  Lynnem6

      💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
      ⚡⚡HAPPY SURGERY DAY & SAFE JOURNEY⚡⚡
      💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
  • Trending Topics

  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs
    ×