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I had gastric bypass in december of 2002. Last month I had surgery to release adhesions that had caused my colon to lock in place. I was suffering from pain in my left side, right below my rib cage. I also suffer from bloating, gas, pain, constant discomfort in my upper stomach, typically in the center of my gut; bouts of constipation. The expectation was the most recent surgery to remove the adhesions would eliminate these problems. It did not. Does anyone else suffer from this? My gastroenterologist said I have ibs but none of the medications he has given me have helped. They seem to make it worse. If I eat, I immediately bloat and feel pressure. I'm thrilled with my 125 pound weight loss but very, very frustrated with this constant stomach pain and discomfort. Can you help?
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replied February 21st, 2004
Adhesion Pain
Do you use anything like metamucil or citrocel? I have had the same discomfort right under my left breast and ribcage area with the associated bloating that occurs. Luckily it has not been bad enough to warrant treatment. I did find tho that if I daily use one dose of the above products I feel better. My doc told me it was adhesions as well. Sadly, surgery to release adhesions just causes more adhesions. Try some yoga stretches too. Hope you feel better.
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replied February 22nd, 2004
Thank you for the info. Yes, I do use benefiber every day but continue to have problems. Do you recommend a special diet? Do you know of anything that seems to help or hurt the situation?
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replied March 1st, 2004
Left Side Pain
I am female currently going through the same problem. I have a constant left side ache right under my rib cage that radiates into my lower abdomen and back. They just found that I have a "wheat/gluten" allergy from a simple blood test. Now I have to have an endoscopic exam to check if I have "celiac disease." I guess this can cause a lot of gastro problems due to the allergy. 1 in 133 people have this. Four years ago I had a colonoscopy, ct scan (kidneys & abdomen), and anything else you can think of for the same pain and it would come and go. Now it doesn't go anywhere. I just started taking zelnorm for ibs 7 days ago. Can't tell yet if this will help, it hasn't so far. I also have a adhesions around my colon which could be the problem, but now with this wheat thing, they are looking in that direction. I hope this is of some help to someone.
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