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Old 12-03-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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Hi, you can call me Wony. I'm a 25 y/o female, 5'5'', 195 lbs, otherwise healthy. I'm new and not sure where to post this thread so I chose dizziness since that would be my first symptom in a multitude of symptoms that have presented themselves in the past year. I should start by saying that this is going to be a long story but I wanted to be as thurough as possible. So, to begin with, on October 16th, 2009 I underwent Laporoscopic Gastric By-Pass R-en-Y beacause I was morbidly obese. Since then I have lost approximately 190 lbs (give or take a few depending on the day). Since this surgery, which I thought was the miracle answer to all that ailed me, I have been suffering almost every day. Not only was I not informed of all the complications post-op that could occur when undergoing this operation, but since my insurance ran out while I was still recooperating in the hospital, my surgeon has refused to see me for any post-op checks. I had a jp (a tube and pouch) in my stomach to help with draing of the fluids that can accumulate (sp?) that after almost a month and tireless calling of my surgeon, was removed. It was like pulling teeth trying to get someone to take it out. I had been to the ER in my area multiple times and was told no other doctor would pull it since they did not insert it. So, under pressure of a malpractice suit I'm guessing, my surgeons assistant removed it and I have not seen anyone at that hospital since. So, after recovering from this very invasive and life altering procedure, my life seemed to be turning for the better. I had lost quite a bit of weight, I was able to move around better, breathe, and I was actually starting to feel happy again. Until about 2 months post-op. I started getting these dizzy spells which I can only describe as the feeling you get when you stand up too fast and you get that head rush sensation. These were not frequent eppisodes but still an inconvenience. I reported this to one of my physicians and was told that I was dehydrated and probabley malnurished, all common effects from gastric surgeries. Drink lots of fluids, take your vitamins and relax was the answer given. I stay up on my vitamins, eat healthy and drink excess ammounts of fluids but still I would get these dizzy spells. Over the next couple of months, not only did the dizziness occur more frequently but it was getting worse and lasting longerr. I also developed a new symptom. I started feeling this tugging sensation in my abdomen, on the left right under my breast accompanied by a sucking and cramping sensation. It was very uncomfortable but not too alarming, at first. Then slowly it worsened. Every time I ate anything, I would feel all these symptoms. It got so bad, I would vomit everytime I ate, sometimes not even getting through an entire meal. I was taken to the ER by my husband one night after an extremely painful episode that left me curled up in a ball, sobbing uncontrollabley. I was told by the ER doc that they couldn't find anything wrong. Blood work, CT scans, x-rays, urine, etc, all looked normal. I should just watch what I eat and take it slowly. This went on for a couple of months. I was back and forth between hospitals complaining of these same symptoms and was told the same thing everytime. My husband finally told the doctor that I was not improving, I couldn't eat or drink anything and I was in constant pain so obviously something was wrong that they could not see. The doctor said, unfortunately, their hospital did not have any bariatric specialists and that I should see someone that specialized in this area. The next day I called my mother and told her all of this. Me and my husband had been up all night at the hopsital and he was very tired so my mother came over after work and took me to another hospital about 30 minutes away that specialized in bariatric surgeries. After explaining everything to the ER doctor, another round of tests, and a call to the bariatric surgeon, I was admitted. I was told the next day that the surgeon suspected I had a hernia and I was going down for emergency surgery. This is 7 months to the day after I had my gastric by-pass. So I had been suffering with this for about 7 months. After the surgery to repair the 2 hernias, 1 in my mesintary and 1 in my bowel, which was also done laporoscopically, I stayed in thee hospital fo 3 days. They did an endoscopy to see if anything else was wrong since I had vomited the day before release but I had been on IV pain medication this whole time and not eaten in 5 days so when they tried to give me oral pain medication, of course I vomited! So They let me eat, and I was fine!! Or so I thought. Shortly after recovering from this surgery I started to feel pain in my abdomen again, accompanied by bouts of nausea and vomiting after meals. I should back track a bit and say that before the hernias were discovered I had been experiencing chest pains that felt like what I have been told similar to heart attack pains. I never thought much of this because I had injured my neck in March and I thought the chest pains and arm pains were related to my neck injury. Ok, so, now I'm still vomiting after meals, having these dizzy spells that were increasingly worsening to the point of syncopy (fainting) and I was now having these abdominal pains that were on my right side now. I had been back and forth to multiple doctors and the ER and had so many tests to include ct scans, x rays, blood work, urinalysis, etc, and all were coming back normal. I was basically told that I was fine and I should watch my diet. Although, everytime I was seen in the ER, I was asked if I had problems with my Gall Bladder, to which I replied no, because, how would I know? No one had ever said to me that I had so I figured that it was fine. But since my blood work was normal and ct's never showed anything, gallbladder was ruled out since I didn't have an infection or signs of blockage. Well, the dizziness was getting so bad that it was now occuring not only when I stood up, but when I had been standing or walking. The pain was worsening, the nausea was worsening and the chest pain was worsening until one day, around middle of October, I was standing at the dryer removing clothes and I started to feel dizzy. This has been happening so often by this time that I didn't think too much of it until I started to fall and if I had not had the sense of mind to put my hands out in front of me to catch myself, I would have hit my head on the dryer and most likely been knocked out. Enough was enough. I gathered my strength and drove myself to the ER. I know I shouldn't have driven but I was so fed up and just need to be seen ASAP. WHile at the ER, I reported to the attending all the symptoms Ihad been experiencing as well as everything leading up to this day, my gastric surgery, the symptoms that led to the discovery of my hernias and now all the "new" symtoms. If I had not told him about the chest pains and right abdominal pain, I don't think he would have ordered the ultrasound. It was discovered that I had gall stones, which cannot be seen on a ct and since my gallbladder was not infected, would not show in my blood work. OH, this was like a miracle I thought. My aunt and uncle and best friend had all gone through this before, complaing of the same symptoms I was for months and going untreated. My aunts' stones were only discovered when she went to the ER thinking she was having a heart attack. I guess gall stones can cause chest pains, as well as a gassy bloated feeling which I failed to mention earlier that I also experienced. I was so gassy, it was embarrassing. I belched and passed gas so much, I cannot even begin to say how much in excesss. well, my mother was with me when I got this news. She had been there with my aunt when she learned she had stones and remembered how uncomfortable it was for her and how she should have though about the possibility of stones when I first mentioned the pains in my abdomen, chest and...my back. I mentioned earlier that I had injured my neck but I had also injured my back. I injured to lower left side of my back though, but more recently had been experiencing pains in the upper right side of back which was somewhat relieved with pressure. my mother recalled how when my aunt was in the ER suffering a gallbladder attack that she just wanted some one to press on her back. My mother and my cousin took turns pushing as hard as they could on her back. Months later my cousin went to med school and while reading a text book discovered that the back pain and gallbladder pains are somehow linked. Apparantly it has to do with pressure points or something, but it did explain why I had this mysterious pain that I though had to be related to my injury. November 1st, 2010 I had my gallbladder removed again laporoscopically. So this is my third surgery in 1 year!! I was so ready to be done with pain and nausea and we all thought this was the end. WRONG!!! About 3 or 4 days post-op, I started feeling this sharp, and I mean SHARP pain on my right side just under my ribs, radiating down and around into my back. I told my mom and aunts, whom were staying with me because my husband was out of state working. It was very strange and frustrating because we thought I was done with all this. 6 days post-op, the pain was not susiding and I was so very nauseated that I called a nurse line and told them what I had been experiencing. I was told that by 6 days post -op I should not be feeling any of this and to go to the ER because I could have an infection, pacreatitis or something else severe. My mother took me in and after suffering through the same battery of tests that they always do, I was sent home, still in pain and with no answer as to why. The next day I went in for my poest-op visit. I told him everthing I was feeling, he examined me and then he said he had an answer. The pain I was experiencing was very common with type of procedure. The toold they use when doing a laporoscopic cholocystectomy are place right under the ribcage and are moved and tugged quite a bit, so I was most likely inflmaed and sore from that and it can last for a couple weeks. I should be feeling better with in a week and able to resume normal activities. As for the Nausea and diarhea, since I had the gastric by-pass, my stomach was already sensitive and adding 2 more abdominal surgeries, I was more sensitive and I should watch what I eat and try to remember that I am recovering from 3 major sugeries. If problems persist, go see my physician. So now it has been 1 month and 2 days since my gallbladder removal and I am still presenting with nausea, vomiting, diareah, pain in my right side that is constantly achy and episodes of sharp, drop you to your knees pain that can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to all day!! I still have pains in my chest and arm from time to time too. I'm still having the dizzy spells which are getting more and more frequent, I fell twice today. The pain in my side is radiating in to my back and it is also constant. My life is practically at a stand still now because I am in so much agony that I, most of the time, cannot move. If I do leave the house, I have to calculate how long it will take and if there is a bathroom along the way so I do not have an accident. I'm also experiencing frequent urination with pressure in my back, loss of concentration, constantly feeling fatigued, sweats, headaches, allergies have been acting up, ears itching, short of breath, cannot sleep, my legs and arms sometimes twitch especially when I'm trying to sleep, heart palpatations, bloating and I noticed this before I had surgery that my legs will sometimes be covered in bruises that I cannot explain. Please, if anyone is experiencing these symptoms or knows someone who is, could you please resond back to me?? I feel like I am at the end of my rope and I am so frustrated with all the doctors I have seen! Any advice or answer will help! Something I could bring to my doctors attention that maybe was not concidered before. Thank you.

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: It started with dizziness...

Some people (like me) suffer from a condition in which their ear crystals are out of the canals. This is treatable. An Ear Nose and Throat doctor diagnoses it and sends to a Physical Therapist who performs the Epley Maneuver (no pain) to shift the crystals back in place. This takes away the dizziness.
If you like, you can try to see if your vertigo is caused from this.



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Hi, you can call me Wony. I'm a 25 y/o female, 5'5'', 195 lbs, otherwise healthy. I'm new and not sure where to post this thread so I chose dizziness since that would be my first symptom in a multitude of symptoms that have presented themselves in the past year. I should start by saying that this is going to be a long story but I wanted to be as thurough as possible. So, to begin with, on October 16th, 2009 I underwent Laporoscopic Gastric By-Pass R-en-Y beacause I was morbidly obese. Since then I have lost approximately 190 lbs (give or take a few depending on the day). Since this surgery, which I thought was the miracle answer to all that ailed me, I have been suffering almost every day. Not only was I not informed of all the complications post-op that could occur when undergoing this operation, but since my insurance ran out while I was still recooperating in the hospital, my surgeon has refused to see me for any post-op checks. I had a jp (a tube and pouch) in my stomach to help with draing of the fluids that can accumulate (sp?) that after almost a month and tireless calling of my surgeon, was removed. It was like pulling teeth trying to get someone to take it out. I had been to the ER in my area multiple times and was told no other doctor would pull it since they did not insert it. So, under pressure of a malpractice suit I'm guessing, my surgeons assistant removed it and I have not seen anyone at that hospital since. So, after recovering from this very invasive and life altering procedure, my life seemed to be turning for the better. I had lost quite a bit of weight, I was able to move around better, breathe, and I was actually starting to feel happy again. Until about 2 months post-op. I started getting these dizzy spells which I can only describe as the feeling you get when you stand up too fast and you get that head rush sensation. These were not frequent eppisodes but still an inconvenience. I reported this to one of my physicians and was told that I was dehydrated and probabley malnurished, all common effects from gastric surgeries. Drink lots of fluids, take your vitamins and relax was the answer given. I stay up on my vitamins, eat healthy and drink excess ammounts of fluids but still I would get these dizzy spells. Over the next couple of months, not only did the dizziness occur more frequently but it was getting worse and lasting longerr. I also developed a new symptom. I started feeling this tugging sensation in my abdomen, on the left right under my breast accompanied by a sucking and cramping sensation. It was very uncomfortable but not too alarming, at first. Then slowly it worsened. Every time I ate anything, I would feel all these symptoms. It got so bad, I would vomit everytime I ate, sometimes not even getting through an entire meal. I was taken to the ER by my husband one night after an extremely painful episode that left me curled up in a ball, sobbing uncontrollabley. I was told by the ER doc that they couldn't find anything wrong. Blood work, CT scans, x-rays, urine, etc, all looked normal. I should just watch what I eat and take it slowly. This went on for a couple of months. I was back and forth between hospitals complaining of these same symptoms and was told the same thing everytime. My husband finally told the doctor that I was not improving, I couldn't eat or drink anything and I was in constant pain so obviously something was wrong that they could not see. The doctor said, unfortunately, their hospital did not have any bariatric specialists and that I should see someone that specialized in this area. The next day I called my mother and told her all of this. Me and my husband had been up all night at the hopsital and he was very tired so my mother came over after work and took me to another hospital about 30 minutes away that specialized in bariatric surgeries. After explaining everything to the ER doctor, another round of tests, and a call to the bariatric surgeon, I was admitted. I was told the next day that the surgeon suspected I had a hernia and I was going down for emergency surgery. This is 7 months to the day after I had my gastric by-pass. So I had been suffering with this for about 7 months. After the surgery to repair the 2 hernias, 1 in my mesintary and 1 in my bowel, which was also done laporoscopically, I stayed in thee hospital fo 3 days. They did an endoscopy to see if anything else was wrong since I had vomited the day before release but I had been on IV pain medication this whole time and not eaten in 5 days so when they tried to give me oral pain medication, of course I vomited! So They let me eat, and I was fine!! Or so I thought. Shortly after recovering from this surgery I started to feel pain in my abdomen again, accompanied by bouts of nausea and vomiting after meals. I should back track a bit and say that before the hernias were discovered I had been experiencing chest pains that felt like what I have been told similar to heart attack pains. I never thought much of this because I had injured my neck in March and I thought the chest pains and arm pains were related to my neck injury. Ok, so, now I'm still vomiting after meals, having these dizzy spells that were increasingly worsening to the point of syncopy (fainting) and I was now having these abdominal pains that were on my right side now. I had been back and forth to multiple doctors and the ER and had so many tests to include ct scans, x rays, blood work, urinalysis, etc, and all were coming back normal. I was basically told that I was fine and I should watch my diet. Although, everytime I was seen in the ER, I was asked if I had problems with my Gall Bladder, to which I replied no, because, how would I know? No one had ever said to me that I had so I figured that it was fine. But since my blood work was normal and ct's never showed anything, gallbladder was ruled out since I didn't have an infection or signs of blockage. Well, the dizziness was getting so bad that it was now occuring not only when I stood up, but when I had been standing or walking. The pain was worsening, the nausea was worsening and the chest pain was worsening until one day, around middle of October, I was standing at the dryer removing clothes and I started to feel dizzy. This has been happening so often by this time that I didn't think too much of it until I started to fall and if I had not had the sense of mind to put my hands out in front of me to catch myself, I would have hit my head on the dryer and most likely been knocked out. Enough was enough. I gathered my strength and drove myself to the ER. I know I shouldn't have driven but I was so fed up and just need to be seen ASAP. WHile at the ER, I reported to the attending all the symptoms Ihad been experiencing as well as everything leading up to this day, my gastric surgery, the symptoms that led to the discovery of my hernias and now all the "new" symtoms. If I had not told him about the chest pains and right abdominal pain, I don't think he would have ordered the ultrasound. It was discovered that I had gall stones, which cannot be seen on a ct and since my gallbladder was not infected, would not show in my blood work. OH, this was like a miracle I thought. My aunt and uncle and best friend had all gone through this before, complaing of the same symptoms I was for months and going untreated. My aunts' stones were only discovered when she went to the ER thinking she was having a heart attack. I guess gall stones can cause chest pains, as well as a gassy bloated feeling which I failed to mention earlier that I also experienced. I was so gassy, it was embarrassing. I belched and passed gas so much, I cannot even begin to say how much in excesss. well, my mother was with me when I got this news. She had been there with my aunt when she learned she had stones and remembered how uncomfortable it was for her and how she should have though about the possibility of stones when I first mentioned the pains in my abdomen, chest and...my back. I mentioned earlier that I had injured my neck but I had also injured my back. I injured to lower left side of my back though, but more recently had been experiencing pains in the upper right side of back which was somewhat relieved with pressure. my mother recalled how when my aunt was in the ER suffering a gallbladder attack that she just wanted some one to press on her back. My mother and my cousin took turns pushing as hard as they could on her back. Months later my cousin went to med school and while reading a text book discovered that the back pain and gallbladder pains are somehow linked. Apparantly it has to do with pressure points or something, but it did explain why I had this mysterious pain that I though had to be related to my injury. November 1st, 2010 I had my gallbladder removed again laporoscopically. So this is my third surgery in 1 year!! I was so ready to be done with pain and nausea and we all thought this was the end. WRONG!!! About 3 or 4 days post-op, I started feeling this sharp, and I mean SHARP pain on my right side just under my ribs, radiating down and around into my back. I told my mom and aunts, whom were staying with me because my husband was out of state working. It was very strange and frustrating because we thought I was done with all this. 6 days post-op, the pain was not susiding and I was so very nauseated that I called a nurse line and told them what I had been experiencing. I was told that by 6 days post -op I should not be feeling any of this and to go to the ER because I could have an infection, pacreatitis or something else severe. My mother took me in and after suffering through the same battery of tests that they always do, I was sent home, still in pain and with no answer as to why. The next day I went in for my poest-op visit. I told him everthing I was feeling, he examined me and then he said he had an answer. The pain I was experiencing was very common with type of procedure. The toold they use when doing a laporoscopic cholocystectomy are place right under the ribcage and are moved and tugged quite a bit, so I was most likely inflmaed and sore from that and it can last for a couple weeks. I should be feeling better with in a week and able to resume normal activities. As for the Nausea and diarhea, since I had the gastric by-pass, my stomach was already sensitive and adding 2 more abdominal surgeries, I was more sensitive and I should watch what I eat and try to remember that I am recovering from 3 major sugeries. If problems persist, go see my physician. So now it has been 1 month and 2 days since my gallbladder removal and I am still presenting with nausea, vomiting, diareah, pain in my right side that is constantly achy and episodes of sharp, drop you to your knees pain that can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to all day!! I still have pains in my chest and arm from time to time too. I'm still having the dizzy spells which are getting more and more frequent, I fell twice today. The pain in my side is radiating in to my back and it is also constant. My life is practically at a stand still now because I am in so much agony that I, most of the time, cannot move. If I do leave the house, I have to calculate how long it will take and if there is a bathroom along the way so I do not have an accident. I'm also experiencing frequent urination with pressure in my back, loss of concentration, constantly feeling fatigued, sweats, headaches, allergies have been acting up, ears itching, short of breath, cannot sleep, my legs and arms sometimes twitch especially when I'm trying to sleep, heart palpatations, bloating and I noticed this before I had surgery that my legs will sometimes be covered in bruises that I cannot explain. Please, if anyone is experiencing these symptoms or knows someone who is, could you please resond back to me?? I feel like I am at the end of my rope and I am so frustrated with all the doctors I have seen! Any advice or answer will help! Something I could bring to my doctors attention that maybe was not concidered before. Thank you.

 
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