it seems that with each new day, a new question arises.
when i first found this site i was complaining that i couldn't sleep on my sides yet. well, i have made some progress there--i can for a little while, but definitely not for long periods and easier on my left side than my right.
but now i am noticing that as the night progresses, it feels like i develop a giant air bubble in my stomach--not low where the swelly belly is, but above it--truly in the stomach--i guess.
does that happen to anyone else? it's not gas--that would be releasable, mine usually goes away after i get up and walk around for a bit, but at the end of my fight trying to sleep everynight--this phenomenon gets very uncomfortable.
what i wouldn't give for one full day of normalcy--to me that would be twenty-four hours of not being acutely conscientious about my body from my breast bone down to my hip bones.
I know EXACTLY what you're describing. I thought it was gas too, but apparently it's trapped air that doesn't make it down that far. There are exactly three things that I've found that work for me -- walking, like you've already mentioned, Gas X, although it makes me burp instead of toot (doesn't matter as long as the air pressure is gone), and dry toast (not sure what the deal is with the toast, doc said it could be because it wakes up your digestive juices to get busy).
I have found that it's happening less and less as time goes on, thankfully, so hopefully yours will disappear over time as well.
Hey, I understand...it seems like just after you conquer one annoying pain...something else rears it's ugly head!
I had stomach troubles too. I thought it was gas...couldn't figure it out! Finally got some answers after visiting my gastro dr. Seems the surgery slows down the entire digestive system! Believe it or not I'd never had "Heartburn" before...I was experiencing pain and then a choking sensation in my throat! I thought I had "gas" from my throat all the way down! He explained that was acid reflux! Tummy is slowed down pushing food on through and so acid was coming up into the esophagus.
Try sleeping propped up or even in a recliner chair. Try an antacid and don't eat before bed! Can't hurt to consider this!
I hope you get a good nights rest tonight!!
Happy healing....and I hope there are no more surprises for you!!
WOW, I am so glad I am not alone!! I`m 4 weeks post-op and am having alot of heartburn (which I never really had before surgery). Sometimes when I eat, it feels like the food kind of sticks in my throat. I always keep something to drink close by. Then, I`ve been getting heartburn (after eating).
This was all very strange to me, but it makes sense that the surgery could be slowing down the digestive process.
Thank you so much for that info!!