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Unread 12-11-2003, 08:26 AM
pain in left side, now diarrhea too

Hi ladies.

I have never posted in this forum before, but I haven't gotten any real answers in the post op forum about this so I thought I'd try here.
Since the beginning pretty well, I have had this pain on my left side - about 3" down and 3" to the left. It isn't really a pain but a really tender spot that if I run my fingers over my skin it feels VERY tender. If I press slightly it hurts. Now this tender area seems to be spreading down over to the right on top of my incision - about an inch about it. (This is hard to describe!) The last 3 days I have also had diarrhea which has not happened before post op, much. (Maybe the odd isolated case of one bm)
At my 6 week check up my surgeon told me it would go away on its own with time. I called 2 weeks ago to say it hadn't gone away and it is getting worse so I FINALLY have an appt. next Monday - the 15th, but I'm curious - any ideas? Anyone have anything like this?
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Unread 12-11-2003, 11:49 AM
pain in left side, now diarrhea too

Dear Shelley...

...well since you were asking for ideas here goes....

I am wondering if it is related to your muscles... in particular the obliques. I just say this because you mention that it is tender to very little pressure which suggests to me abdominal wall pain... and the way you describe it sounds like it could be the lower obliques which I think are the external obliques (since you mentioned it running down to your scar etc.)

I have had many years of trouble with my abdominal wall muscles. I have myofascial trigger points in pretty much all of my abdominal wall muscles. These developed as a result of referral from my pelvic pain which has been mostly due to endo.... there is a definate way the viscera refer pain into the muscles.

So, it is just an idea if nothing else shows up.... since I know from my personal experience that MDs tend to overlook abdominal muscle problems.

Anyway, I am glad you have an appointment. Perhaps the diarrhea is just coincidental. Let us know what your doctor has to say because he/she would have the best ideas.

Unread 12-16-2003, 07:32 AM
pain in left side, now diarrhea too

SBlumen, you were right. My doctor said it's a trigger point in the abdominal wall. He suggested using hot and cold compresses to try to get it to break, and to give it time. He said if it doesn't improve in about 2 months to come back and he'd send me to a pain clinic where they do injections - I think you've had those, right? But it eased my mind to know that I don't need another surgery, and that the pain isn't harmful, just a nuisance.
As for the diarrhea, he gave me something called Dicetel to calm my bowels, and so far (after only 1 day) it seems to be working.

What would life be without a few bumps in the road, right?!
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Unread 12-16-2003, 08:35 AM
pain in left side, now diarrhea too

Dear Shelley,

Well, it is good that the problem doesn't require surgery... those trigger points can be persistant and from my experience painful as well... I have not had much luck with the trigger point injections but know many people who found them VERY helpful. Another option for trigger points is neuromuscular massage... from my experience it is a gentler way to break up the trigger points than the injections.... if you have access to that you might want to give that a try. It is also helpful for breaking up scar tissue between the skin/fascia/muscle layers that sometimes causes problems....

I am glad the meds for the diarhea are helping so well. That must be a relief as well.

I know I have all sorts of myofascial pain problems but it is unclear how much of my pain is from that and how much is from something else (like possibly endo). I still find it difficult to believe I could still be having endo troubles but I guess time will tell.

Keep us posted.


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