Mar. 12th, 2013

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I'm going today to see the surgeon who did a couple of surgeries on my guts (gastric sleeve, complications) and he also did the procedure that saved my dad's life a few weeks ago. Last time I saw him it was 3am and he just finished that one. Anyway, I've been having abdominal pain since November, the first time I went into the ER, it was November 10, the pain was SO BAD that I saw spots, thought I would pass out, prayed I would pass out. They took my gallbladder out. Who knows if that was what needed to happen but they said it was gangrenous so probably. I have had this same pain 4 more times, on 1/12, 2/20, 3/2, and 3/7. I went to the ER on 2/20 and they did a CT scan and didn't see much. The other times, I self medicated (booze, vicodin, benadryl) until I fell asleep and the pain went away. I'm all out of Vicodin now, so I need to get back to the doctor and figure this out. The main concern is that it could be a "Petersen's Hernia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_hernia - which in layman's terms is when a loop of intestine gets caught in a hole they made during a previous surgery to get the trocars (thingers that hold other things during laparascopic surgery) through. It is basically like a "kink" in your intestine similar to a regular hernia (but on the inside). When you go to the ER with it, unless the doc is a bariatric surgeon, they kind of have no idea what it could be and do CT scans which are inconclusive 95% of the time unless read by a bariatric surgeon or radiologist familiar with the unique anatomy of a GBP patient. Anyhoo, it can be super dangerous (like you can die) if it gets strangulated and doesn't resolve on it's own.

As much as I don't want surgery again, I want to stop living in fear that this pain is going to come back. It seriously has been increasing in frequency and I'm totally scared its going to happen again and I'm all out of the good pain meds. I do have some mexcellents (tramadol) but I don't know how much I can take and since they were never prescribed for me, and they're like a year old, I mean it's like a crapshoot right? Anyway, I am hoping the news is something like "oh yeah we can fix this" and not "lets wait and see"

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Sharon Bruhn

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