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Hi all,

I've been up all night so bear with me. My couple of days in the hospital went great, my surgery went great. But my first night home, I've been dealing with just a ton of pain. Today was the first day I've been able to rid myself of any "surgery gas". When it starts coming down and traveling through my intestines...I seriously start crying the pain is so bad. The pain was so bad that I Was sweating and having tachycardia. I called my surgeon and they suggested that, while some of this is normal, I go to the ER just to make sure. So I did-everything looks fairy normal except theres still gas to pass.I also got an enema to move things along.

I've also been feeling a lot of pain from taking my meds and don't know how to work around this. I feel so overwhelmed that I regret my decision in the moment.

Does this get better? Did any one else experience severe pain and get through it ok?

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It does often get better, but its good that your team suggested going to the ER to be safe and sure about the problem. Were you prescribed any anti-gas meds?

Try crushing your tablet meds (if allowed) into a fine powder and adding it to 30 ml of Water (mix very well). liquid meds can be easier on the system.

Good Luck and speedy recovery ❤

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the pain does subside the gas is horrible walk as much as possible to get it moving

it does really help i hope this passes quickly and you are on you way to recovery

cheers !!!!!!

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1st Congratulations on making this decision for yourself, it's not easy and takes a lot of mental strength, so good for you.

This happened to me. WALK ALOT and make sure you crush all pills and Vitamins until you reach week 4 or 5 post-op. LOTS of Water, drink it SLOW. Drinking water too fast trapped gas for me and I had to walk to get it out, it was not pleasant.

The pain is real! I was 2 seconds away from going to the ER myself. As you move into the pureed food stage, same thing eat slow, cuz if you think the gas hurts in the liquid stage imagine gas stuck with a soft food in your new little stomach.

Anyways...You got this! ;)

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I was the same way.. So comfortable and pain-free in the hospital getting morphine every 2 hours... Then I got home and once the last dose of morphine wore off -- I was in a lot of pain, but it only lasted a few days. Days 3 and 4 were the worst for me. I also regretted it on day 3 & 4... but every day - my pain lessened. Just trust the process -- everything will get easier with time. Just take things slow and be gentle with your body... it is mad at you right now for putting it through this... but things will calm down. I promise!

Keep us updated and good luck! You got this!

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I went through severe pain too. It does pass eventually. Wishing you all the best. x

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Thanks all for your response!

A quick update: doing better. Once I got past that first night and a slight crying episode on the phone with the surgeon's nurse (I regret nothing), I've been keeping everything in stride. I'm a strictly liquid diet which has worked wonders and, knock on wood, seems to have given things time to heal.

Thanks all for your support-sometimes those little reassurances give us an edge during hard times.

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