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Anyone else in pain?

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Hi. I am 4 weeks post op. My surgery was in Mexico so I don't have anyone I feel I can turn to so I'm REALLY hoping someone can help me!
I did have a hiatal hernia repair done at the same time, so I don't know if that is exacerbating my symptoms. My abdomen hurts Every Day. I still can't bend or sleep on either side without extreme discomfort or burning sensation. Am I overreacting? Do I need to give it more time? I can eat, and drink with no problems. I've never had any fever or bowel issues either. I've tried Tylenol Rapid Release but it has never had any impact at all. I'm hesitant to take any NSAIDs at this point.
I'm Really Hoping to hear about post op pain experiences!

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  1. Stacey03's Avatar
    I never had pain anything like that. We are all so different though, different physically, other conditions, perceptions of pain. But overall it sounds like something that needs seeing to so I suppose a local family doctor to check you out and refer you on if necessary. or is there a way you can call and discuss with your surgeon in Mexico?
  2. sraebaer's Avatar
    The thing is everyone has a different tolerance for pain, so that's a really difficult question to answer. I was not in pain at four weeks, I had been back to work for 2 weeks by then with no problems. I would ask your doctor. Don't take NSAIDs, doctor prescribed pain meds or Tylenol are really our only choices from now on.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!
  3. Redmustang812's Avatar
    Hi Jlnn, I am 2 weeks post op and I still have incisional pain. It's weird because it can change every couple of days, sometimes it is the incision in the middle but the last couple days it has been the incision on my right side, if i turn the wrong way or use my abdominal muscles I have a tearing sensation that burns. I just keep using my abdominal binder.
  4. nlee's Avatar
    Hello! I had surgery on 8/29, so about 12 days out, and it included a hiatal hernia repair. It was pretty painful the first few days but was able to be off pain meds and only on Tylenol within a few days. I still have a little incisional soreness when bending over or laying on my right side but other than that no issues with the surgery.
  5. MikeMo's Avatar
    I heard from others that I talked with that Hiatal hernia repairs can be a bit more painful than just the sleeve procedure alone. I didn't need it, and the pain really passed pretty quick, within a week. That it has gone as long as it has for you, I'd really recommend reaching out to your doctor to see if they have any ideas or concerns. Hopefully they will have a referral option stateside that can assist you or at least check to ensure there is nothing wrong. Hang in there, it's worth it in the end but it's a pain at the start...
  6. Sandra3's Avatar
    It's hard to compare different surgeries because we had different surgeons, meaning different techniques. For example I had only 3 incisions (2 visibles post-op since the main one was in my belly button).
    NSAID's are not a good idea so close from surgery, and if you take those you have to protect your sleeve with a PPI. But in general NSAID's are not recommended for sleevers.

    If you have no fever at all it's pretty positive but you should consult a doctor anyway, that much pain after one month seems really unusual. Good luck and take care!!