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Gas Pain After Appendectomy
An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more
My aunt had an appendectomy last week and she's experiencing very strong gas pain. Is there anything safe that she can take to relieve the gas pain?
I'm having trapped gas pain on my right side. I have been passing gas & belching. I just had a laparascopic appendectomy 19 days ago. Is this normal?
Yes: With laparoscopic appendectomy there is alway a certain amount of inflammation in the region of the cecum and adjacent rt. colon. There can also be a minimal degree of ileus or lack of peristalsis in the bowel causing gas accumulation and retrograde motion of gas or belching. One should wait several wks for resolution. ...Read more
Had appendectomy in may, pain never stopped and is a lot worse now, and gets a lot worse whilst menstruating or if I need to pass gas. Help!
See your doctor: What you describe is unlikely related to your surgery performed 5 months ago. Was there appendicitis or a normal appendix? May need gynecology evaluation too, but start with an exam with your primary care physician. May need blood tests, radiology such as pelvic ultrasound, etc. ...Read more
A Few Simple Rules: The most common cause of gas pains after abdominal surgery is GI dysfunction secondary to inflammation in the abdomen+/-anesthesia. The best thing to do is to limit narcotic pain medicine, which is known to worsen the gas pains. Also, don't push food until your appetite is normal. Lastly, try to be somewhat active--it's best not to stay in bed all day (for many reasons). I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Post pain appendectomy pain after 3 weeks on left side. It's a strong ache that can have some sharp pain at times. Could it be gas? What is it?
After my appendectomy, I'm experiencing co2 gas pressure pains in my stomach, how do I get rid of the gas so I don't have pains?
Breathe: The co2 gas from laparoscopy (which I assume you had) normally goes away within 7 – 10 days after surgery. A bit is removed each time you breathe so get up, walk around, eat, and, above all, keep breathing and the gas wi be gone in a few days. The remaining pain is sure to the surgery and the port site placement. If pain continues, see your surgeon for an exam. ...Read more
Had an appendectomy 2.5 weeks ago. Did heavy lifting 2 days ago; now abdomen hurts. More pain plus gas and bloating after eating now. Should I worry?
Probably not but....: If you are passing gas and having bowel movements that is reassuring but in anyone with recent surgery who finds themselves suddenly having worsening abdominal pain it would be prudent to see their primary care provider or general surgeon who did the surgery if the pain worsens or persists. ...Read more
3 days post open appendectomy, have fibroids, and pregnant. I feel very full, have some pain on the non-surgical side, and gas pains today. Is it norm?
Maybe: But don't guess. Call your doctor to get instructions and make an appointment to see your obstetrician ; your surgeon as soon as possible. Needs a full physical exam that cannot be done here. ...Read more
3 days post op: laproscopic appendectomy and lysis of adhesions. Passing gas, but abdomen distended, intermittent sharp pains, dizziness. Now what?
Call Surgical servic: Need re-evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Three days out from an appendectomy. No decrease in symptoms and I'm again experiencing LRQ pain. I have not had a bowel movement or passed gas. Bladder pain during urination. I have difficulty sleeping and eating. Does this warrant an appt?
Had appendix removed a week ago. Recovering ok but having gas and a lot of diarrhea. Is this normal after laparoscopic appendectomy?
Yes: Yes.If it persists see your internist.Get a more detailed answer ›
My 6.5 month old all of a sudden started crying from what seems like gas pain. She rarely is inconsolable but every 45 min or so she wakes up crying?
In Pain!: Your little one must be in pain. We should treat these precious little people like we would wish to be treated. It's difficult to say what the cause is but it does need physician assessment very soon. I hope you can reach your physician otherwise go to the ER. ...Read more
Gas!: Gas-x will break up the large gas bubbles into smaller ones. Charcoal tablets will prevent the production of gas from various things. More importantly, you could consider decreasing the gas producing things in your diet, such as broccoli, beans, and cauliflower. If you eat those things take beano. Also, carbonated beverages can also make you very gassy. Good luck! ...Read more
Several OTC products: Beano has enzyme that breaks down moderate-sized sugars in beans, peanuts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts. Lactaid has enzyme that breaks down milk sugar in dairy products. Gas-x et al. have simethicone that helps reduce bloating. Activated charcoal has tiny pores that absorb carbon dioxide. Use one for the food(s) giving u gas problems. ...Read more
Depends: All babies can have reflux. Reflux becomes a problem when your baby is not gaining weight and has difficulty feeding. The best thing to do is to talk to your pediatrician to see if your baby needs any intervention such as a medicine or a reflux formula. As far as treatment of gas pains, usually no medicines are necessary. Some parents believe mylicon drops can help but talk to your doctor first. ...Read more
Midback: Gas trapped in the esophagus may cause midback discomfort but usually there is associated discomfort in the anterior chest area as well. If there is recurrent upper or midback discomfort, I would suspect a musculoskeletal cause more than gas entrapment. It's best to have your physician evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more
Anti gas: There are several products that will help you by decreasing gas production, most of them over the counter. More importantly, most of them work the best when taken prior to eating. Make a diet diary and attempt to narrow down which foods seem to trigger the most gas. Adjusting how much a how often you eat these gas producing foods will also help. ...Read more
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