I recently had a c-section and have been having extreme pain in my chest, upper back and shoulder. My doctor said it was trapped air from the surgery. I was curious if anyone else has experienced this and if there was anything to help with the pain.
you might want to try gas relief medicines and gentle downward massage to press it out... this is so painful I know.. I experienced in the hospital after having my boys... I took A LOT of gas x and sat in awkward positions to help it escape out... hope this helps
I had the same thing after my c-section! my friends called it "back gas". Ha, Ha! really! I had my husband massage the painful areas and it really helped. however, I think time will be the key. good luck!
yes, I've had it after 2 surgeries 1 adombinal and 1 emergency c-section. It sounds gross but the best thing to do is to pass the gas as much as possible to get it out. I could remember the pain and discomfort as one of the "bubbles" went from my lower torso into my chest. The first time I thought I was having a heart attack. Only time helps and as they say, this to shall pass.
Yep, I had the same thing with my c-section almost 2 years ago. Most of mine was while I was still in the hospital. The nurse game me a heating bad to put on my shoulder to help with the pain. I would also agree with getting up & walking around, that will help move the air pockets as well.
Hopefully, they gave you postsurgery instructions, including warning signs of complications. You should take your pain medicines as needed, but remember they can cause constipation. Be sure you are on a stool softener and add fiber to your diet with an adequate amount of water. The hospital should of recommended a stool softener, such as Surfak. Walking can also help relieve the gas buildup. This should subside several days after your c/section. You should call your doctor if you are not improving several days post-op. If you experience pain, redness or swelling in your calves, shortness of breath, or you have severe chest pain, call him ASAP. These are just precaution with any type of abdominal surgery. More than likely, it is just gas that needs to be relieved. In addition, someone had mention they experienced the same thing from a cyst removal. Usually when an ovarian cyst is removed, it is through a laparoscopic procedure, which introduces air inside the body so that other parts of the anatomy can be moved out of the way in order to see what they are doing. This type of procedure can cause extreme discomfort. You had an open procedure and there is a big difference, but both procedures can cause painful gas. Blessings and congratulations!
Well, I haven't had a "C" section, but I have had a laporascopy(surgery for endometriosis) and my doctor told me that I was going to experience some pain in my joints from the air they had to use to raise my organs. It lasted for about a week. It gets better as the time passes by, so you should be fine in a couple of days. I would definitely check back with the doctor if the pain persists after a week. Congratulations on the new baby!!
I'll admit I didn't read the other responses, and I'm late as always, but I had this same thing after my C-section. It is the most awful pain!! The one thing that helped me was walking around. Though it's not easy, actually getting up & walking around helps get that trapped air moving and feels much better.
I had some awful nurses postpartum, but one I had was very nice & explained that she had been through the same thing with her dd just a couple months before. When she empathized & helped me with trying to walk again, it made all the difference in the world- without meds to add to all the others I'd already had due to complications!
A., boy have I been there (3x). Take Mylicon. I'm surprised that your dr. didn't suggest it. It can be taken very often and will not harm your baby if you are breast-feeding. In fact, it is intended for infants. You buy it in the baby medicine section of the grocery store or drug store. Also, try to sit propped up as much as is comfortable for you and drink Sprite or 7UP in between the Mylicon when you can. You just need to burp and you know what else to get all that air out of you. Mylicon and Sprite should do the trick. Also, stay away from any foods that tend to give you gas. Good luck.
i had the same thing in the hospital after both my c-sections and (this sounds so weird) but passing gas is the only way to get rid of it. try lying on your side (supposedly that makes it easier) and just take the pain meds. i know it's an awful feeling - at one point i could barely move for the pain in my neck and shoulders. it does go away!
Congrats on your new baby!! HOW EXCITING AND BUSY!!! I have two sets of twins and a singleton all done with c-sections. Yes, your body has trapped gas that is working its way out of your body. There is really nothing you can do but take Advil and gas medicine and make sure to walk. It is painful, but this too will subside. I trapped so much air that I bloated back up and looked like I was still 9 months pregnant after delivery, but it all went away and I am back to my "normal" size.
I had a c-section in A., and the same thing happened to me. However, when I got home I couldn't pass the gas or anything. I was in so much pain for almost a week (trying to fix the problem myself). Finally, I called the doctor and he told me to take Colace (stool softner). It worked shortly after I took the 1st pill. I would also eat lots of fruit. My nurse gave me warm peppermint tea, and that relieved alot of the pain, too.
I had trapped air which caused pain in my right shoulder after my second c section a few weeks ago. It started during the c section and went on for about 5 days. If you continue to have pain I would get a second opinion.
You have to get up and walk it out. I had the same thing. The pain was so severe I felt like I was having a heart attack...then it moved up into my jugular vein (felt like it anyway!!) The only way they said it would go away was to walk a lot. Sorry there is no other way around it.
I had the same problem and it was miserable. I was in so much pain in my right shoulder that I couldn't even nurse on that side for several days. It was horrible and I went back to my OB and there was nothing they could do. I cried and cried and couldn't sleep and it was the worst part about the whole birthing experience. I did get a massage 2 times and that seemed to help temporarily. If you can find a place that does prenatal massage they usually have a special table to accommodate your sensitive tummy and breasts. It took about five days for mine to finally go away. I know this doesn't help much but you're not alone!
I know how you feel so I offer what the nurses told me in advance. If you want fairly instant relief an old fashion enema with like a quart of water not these little disposable ones. Or... drink hot prune juice. I know that sounds yucky but it's really not to bad if you even sorta like prune juice or even prunes. it will take 24-48 hours but it does work. Hope this was of some help.
I had multiple c-sects and I had the trapped air every time. I was given some kind of medicine, it was pink chewable and tasted nasty. It helped to expel the trapped air (gas). The bad thing, it makes you fart like a man. The nurses gave me that, pain pills and had me walk. I have had numreous abdonimal surgeries and it happens to me everytime.
I had to have laparoscopic surgery a few years ago, and the doctor told me I had trapped air as well. Since this was shortly after my third and last child, the air movement kinda reminded me of baby movements...until the air traveled to my shoulders. That's where the pain was, but honestly, unless the doctor prescribes something, there's not much you can do except for over-the-counter medicine. But it doesn't last longer than a few days.
Hi A.: I was told to expect this after I have a cyst removed from my ovary (and that was just an incission through my belly button!). I remember my shoulders and back being sore (but I was also on some pain meds, so it could have been worse and I just don't remember!) It only lasted a few days. Try to move around as much as you can to dislodge the trapped air. Walking and light stretching should help. Although anything that causes pain around your c-section area should be avoided--If it hurts, don't do it.
I had the same experience after my c-section. The doctors thought I was having panic attacks in the hospital. Nope...just couldn't breath!!!! The only thing I found that helped me was sitting up. It seemed to bother me the most when I laid down. Unfortunately, I don't think there is anything you can do to speed up the dissipation...it just has to work it's way through your system. Good luck.
I had the same thing after having my gallbladder removed, it was awful. Unfortunately laying down helps most so the air doesn't move to your chest and back but since that's not an option I would take Motrin or Advil, it should go away in a few weeks. Of course if it gets worse go back to the doc!
I had two surgeries in one year with two different doctors. The first one I experienced all the pains in the joints, the other I didn't. What I did find out before the 2nd surgery was... walk. Walk all you can, even if it's small trips to the kitchen, bathroom, to the mailbox.... walk.
When you walk, the is a natural method of passing the gas from your body. Your body is moving and moving it to other others... burping, passing gas. When you rest, lay down, the gas take longer to leave.
no i have never heard of that but i'd be sure leting the Dr hear about it alot until it stops he's getting bad the big bucks to make you comfortable so make him do his job
good luck feel better L.
After my procedures, I was instructed to lay on my LEFT side (somehow it works better that way - placement of organs, etc.) and try to relax completely to allow myself to pass gas - don't hold it in as it only makes it worse. This shouldn't last very long - if so, let your doc know.