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Unread 08-19-2016, 05:22 AM
Severe pain in shoulder 1 day post hysterectomy

Did anyone experience excruciating should gas pain??? I am one day post op and in sooo much pain- looking for relief suggestions!
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Unread 08-19-2016, 06:32 AM
Severe pain in shoulder 1 day post hysterectomy

You didn't indicate your surgery type; mine was laparoscopic, and I remember that pain quite well! It's from the gas that's used to expand the abdomen for these procedures; what's left over migrates up into the diaphragm, where it presses on the nerves in that area. It should work its way out within a few days; to help it along, take regular walks, and have some peppermint tea. Also, don't forget to join your recovery thread, where you can share your experiences with your surgery week sisters. Best wishes for your continued recovery!
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Unread 08-19-2016, 06:36 AM
Severe pain in shoulder 1 day post hysterectomy

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Originally Posted by Tiger_Eye View Post
You didn't indicate your surgery type; mine was laparoscopic, and I remember that pain quite well! It's from the gas that's used to expand the abdomen for these procedures; what's left over migrates up into the diaphragm, where it presses on the nerves in that area. It should work its way out within a few days; to help it along, take regular walks, and have some peppermint tea. Also, don't forget to join your recovery thread, where you can share your experiences with your surgery week sisters. Best wishes for your continued recovery!
Mine was Lap as well. Thanks for the advice!!
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Unread 08-19-2016, 06:42 AM
Re: Severe pain in shoulder 1 day post-op

Let me guess... you had laparoscopic/robotic surgery! No, I'm not clairvoyant . To make room in your abdominal cavity so the surgeon can look around, they'll pump you up with gas like a flat tire. While it's often attributed to trapped gas and could be, the diaphragm and shoulders share the same main nerve and disruptions to our breathing or pressure on the diaphragm can result in shoulder pain. Try GasX, a heating pad, lying flat on your back with your knees propped, and walk around the house. You're probably already on pain meds, otherwise I'd suggest ibuprofen or acetaminophen (don't add anything unless your doctor prescribes it).

Rest well, and hope that goes away soon!
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