- CASE FILE
Severe stomach pain and lump on left side two years after bariatric sleeve surgery.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have struggled with my weight since I had my last baby 18 years ago. My sister and mother went and got the gastric sleeve surgery and looked amazing so I went through the process and got the surgery two years ago. I lost 80lbs and suddenly stopped losing weight. I would take pictures of myself to document the weight loss and one day seen that my left hip was bigger than my right. It was a lump. At first I didn’t experience any pain but thought it was weird. A few moths later, I started experiencing this very sharp and dull pain in the area of the lump. It feels like cramps or labor pain because it will get really intense and then slowly go away but then get intense again. The only thing that would stop the pain, temporarily, was pain meds. I was unable to eat because that would also make the pain worse. I finally went to the ER and they did a CAT scan and ultrasound. They did see that I have a cyst on my left side but said it was normal. But it wasn’t there before I had the surgery so I don’t know how that’s normal. They did a pelvic exam and said I have an infection and prescribed me metronidazole 500mg. That did nothing but cause more pain. I went to the ER three times because the pain is so severe. They only treated the pain with morphine but when that wore off, the pain returned. I then seen a gastroenterologist and got a endoscopy done. I was told that everything was normal and that there was no cancer found when he did biopsy on the sample he took. I still experience the severe pain and the cyst is still very noticeable and painful. The pain is really bad when I have my menstrual cycle. I also get the pain if I go without eating for hours. I have had to take a leave of absence from work because the pain is too much to handle. I want my life back. I want to be able to lose weight again. I want to be pain free. I don’t know of this matters but I also have very bad arthritis and nerve damage in my lower back that travels down my left side all the way down to my foot.