I had gastric bypass 4 months ago. I'm in chronic pain and have been on strong medications for 12 years! Since the surgery i can't take any kind of slow time release medications because i no longer have as much intestines and i don't digest everything as thoroughly as before. My oxycodone lasts maybe an hour. I'm sleeping maybe once every three to four days and when i do sleep i wake myself up yelling from pain. I'm frustrated, anxious and fatigued and of course in severe pain. They will not operate on my back until I've lost the appropriate amount of weight because of complications with putting a rod in my spine and being obese. I've lost 80 pounds so far but have quite a bit to lose still. How can i get my Dr to understand I'm in such bad pain? If i were suicidal i wouldn't be here anymore. But there's no way i would do that ever.
So sorry to hear about your pain. Have you talked to both the doctor that prescribes your pain medication as well as the one who did the surgery about your pain medication problems? What do they have to say? Maybe you need some adjustment in the Oxycodone doses or a different pain medication. Give us more information. And congratulations on losing the 80 lbs.
ii have had gastric by pass surgery too and i have trouble sleeping and i'm in more pain too!but i have never given it any thought to it could be due to the gastic bypass surgery!just though my back is getting worse !i also have a huge hernia that is needing to be fixed but we knew that this might happen because i am prong to getting hernia's but this should be my last hernia surgery since i've lost 70 pounds the pressureon my stomach has gone down !wishing you the best!
Yes, you are correct, especially if you have any of the newer formulas of the Oxycontin, or Opana. The reason is because you have malabsorption syndrome, and these meds are not being absorbed. Tell you pain doctor this. There are several support groups for gastric bypass surgery on Yahoo that might give you better answers from people who have experienced the same thing.
Best wishes to you!!
I just read a long ariticle about gastric bypass surgery. It changes the hormones in the digestive sysytem. Infact they now think it alone is a cure for diabete, because it bypasses the duodeum where these particluar hormones are made. It isn't all about the amount of food intaken, but how you digest it with these certain hormones in place. Once they disrupt this process, it changes or deletes these certain hormone, so yes, I can see where that also affects your pain meds.There are ove 200 hormones in the in the GI tract, & this greatly affects them. They are finding that because of bypassing the incretins, that most diabetics, people with high cholesterol, & hypertension have been able to go off their meds by having the incretin levels changed by this surgery.
They were saying that the levels of these hormones in overwight people are abnormal & doing the bypass changes the hormones thus eliminating diabetes altogether. So in my opinion if this is ture, it would also changes the way you are absorbing your pain meds too. Your endoctrinologist can do a blood test to see what your incretin levels are. I suggest you ask for this test. Wishing you well...
I had wls 10 yrs ago and you sound the way I was with pain. The help with your problem is... fentanyl patch. It's absorbed thru the skin around the clock for 72hrs and then you apply a new one. I take oxycodone pills for break thru pain. I also just started lyrics this week 75mg 2x a day and this is working and cutting down on how many oxy I have to take. Pills and liquids only last half the time they are prescribed for that's where the patch comes in to help. I do hope this helps... Teena
"Extremely Nervous" , I am a post roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery patient, had in 10/ 1999. I'm female, I'm 45 now and weighed 239 @my heaviest.
I would have to say YES to your question. If we don't absorb vitamins, minerals, calories like " normal " then why would pain meds be any different? I've had so many health issues over these years, until this year when I started gaining my health back. It was hard keeping me out of pain after surgeries, post home care, because I had so many health issues and on IV's or oral pain meds nothing seems to work for any causes.
BUT, July 5, 2013 I had the Roux - En-Y "Take down", meaning it took 1 month in the hospital, 2 Surgeries to get everything done correctly. I still have a high tolerance, Ambien use to knock me out, which I need, but sometimes I end up taking 2 , ex; haven't been to bed yet :/ .
Talk with your doctor. If you happen to be in Houston, go see Dr. Robert Davis. Awesome.
Best wishes to you.
I had my surgery in 2004 and it DON'T get better, the absorption of the meds. The doctor's that no nothing about what we went through for this surgery has no idea how different the medicines respond now. I suffer with chronic pain every day of my life and have gotten to where I won't go to them when I'm in such pain I cannot even function because they don't believe me when I tell them the meds for pain work about an hour, if that long. It feel as if they think I'm at" seeker" which is so far from the truth. I stay depressed because I feel like I'm" stuck" in this chronic pain and depression the rest of my life! What makes it worse is that I am allergic to nsaids /anti_inflammatory meds and we cannot have things such as tramadol after the bypass so I feel like I tell them things I can't take that I am just wanting a high or thrill from taking something for the pain.
I don't expect for any Dr to just give me whatever I want, it has come to the point where I don't know what to do anymore. I am so sorry for ranting about this but I seriously was starting to think I was the only one that responded different to medicine! I am so sorry your going through this but made me feel quite a bit of relief that this is not all in my head. I have no one to discuss this" bypass" problems with because people that hasn't had the surgery really don't understand that this is a life time change and our digestive system doesn't react like before. I hate when I get treated like I do because no one knows what another individual feels, even our Dr s doesn't know how we all feel, if that makes sense! Again I apologize for the ranting and I know it's all rambled together but there is so much I would love to talk about and wish there was someone that understands me without judging me! OH well maybe some day and I wish you the best of luck
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