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severe abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: mysparky
  • June 3, 2007
  • 06:43 PM

In August 2004 I had emergency surgery to have my gall bladder removed. In April 2005 I had surgery for an umblical hernia to be repaired. In May 2006 I went in again for surgery for another hernia repair where they inserted a mesh. In November 2006 I went back in for another surgery for another hernia repair. The dr claimed that the mesh was not big enough so they removed the old one replacing it with a larger size. About a week after the surgery I went to the dr for a post op visit. For the next several weeks after (once a week) I had to go into the office and the dr would insert a needle into my belly and pull out fluid (this ranged from 6oz to 11oz at a time). He told me that this was normal. So on May 10 2007 I was back in the hospital for another surgery for ANOTHER hernia!!! The doctor claimed that my body was rejecting the previous mesh. The mesh was free floating through most of the incision. They also removed another sac of fluid which weighed a little over a pound. Less than a week after the surgery I got an infection where the drain was. The dr prescribed Cipro 500mg for 10 days. By the 9th day(this was a Friday) of taking the antibiotics, I was having severe abdominal pains. I have a high tolerance for pain but this had me in tears. I started taking Perocet (which the dr gave me after surgery). By SUnday afternoon, I was going to shoot myself in leg in order to take some of the pain away from belly. (not really but you get the drift) I decided to go to the ER. They immediately hooked me up to an IV, took blood work, and send me for an xray of my belly. The ER dr called my surgeon who came to the hospital quickly. I was admitted. The dr. started me on some type of antibiotic orally, gave me demoral for pain. On Monday morning they drew blood again and continued demoral and antibiotics. On Tuesday, the dr told me that he had no idea what was going on with me. he said the xray was normal. When I had the blood work done on Sunday my white blood count was a little high but by Monday it was normal again. He said that he was going to get a gastrointestinal dr to come see me because he thought that maybe I had an ulcer. The other dr finally showed up on Wednesday and felt my belly. He said that he didn't think he would be able to help me out because he felt that the pain was associated with the surgery. He ordered a CT scan and an Upper GI. I had the CT done on Wednesday and the GI on Thursday. My surgeon came to me on Thursday and told me that the only thing that the CT showed was a mass of fluid in my abdomen and he was going to drain it out. He took a large needle, jabbed it into my belly and removed 10-12 oz of fluid out. He sent me home that day.
Friday morning I called the surgeon in tears telling him that I was still in agony and the pain pills weren't working. He told me that there was nothing more he could do for me. I called around to other surgeons but no one will see me because it has only been 3 weeks since my surgery. What the ***l is wrong with me??????? I have three children (11,9, 3). I can't even bend over to take laundry out of the dryer or put clothes from the washer to the dryer. I can't stand for too long, I need pillows to sit on the couch without being in agony and sleeping/laying down is a nightmare. What do I do?

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