HELP!! I want to know if anyone out there is suffering from gas pains like I am? My surgery was one week ago today, I have had several bowel movements, but every time I eat something, within hours I am literally buckled over in pain from gas/cramping. Is this normal to be like this...even after I have already been passing gas and having BMs? I am eating the "right" foods (prunes, water, etc..). I just want to be sure this is " normal".
i can assure you its normal. i am 2 years post op and remember it well !!!( even now my "bowels " are still in turmoil!!) at least you've "BEEN" i didnt go for weeks ( i havent a clue where all my food went !!!) just remember everything inside has been jiggled about "a Lot" and probably filled with gas during the surgery ,and it takes a lot of time for things to settle down. Just give it time , its still very early days yet for you,but it will get better i promise (even if you do seem to be spending most of your time on the loo , its the only time in my marriage that i spent longer in the bathroom than hubby LOL) you seem to be eating the right stuff just dont overdo gas producing foods, get rest and a bit of gentle walking and it will ease off.
Yes Summer....Gas X is my savior!! That and I have been using a stool softener too (2xday). Thanks roo for the advice and words of comfort. I will try the peppermint tea too wickedwoman. This site is so great. So good to talk with woman all over the world who have this common "thread". It is very comforting. I wish you all well. You are a great group of ladies. I will talk with you again real soon. Going to go get some rest now. Have a nice evening...
With any *severe* pain it's a good idea to call the doctor. I'm sure that sometimes gas can cause such pain but just in case it's something else you should run it by your doctor. I remember several years ago a member posted that she had such severe pain (which she attributed to gas) and ended up in the ER with something else. Call your doctor and let us know what s/he says. I hope you feel better soon.
I am currently 13 days post op and understand well the meaning of gas pains. Like you, if I eat anything I get terrible gas pains within minutes it seems and they are crippling. I have had them so bad when I thought I would literally pass out and got light headed and clammy from it. My insides are working and moving right along (bad pun sorry) and I am drinking water, eating Gas X like candy and it is not helping. I called my DR and he told me patience and walking. I do walk the neighborhood (3 times yesterday they hurt so bad) but then I get tired and they get worse.
I am going to try the peppermint tea....If I find anything else that seems to help I will let you know.
And I agree this website is a true savior. I would have been scared and clueless without it.