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simple nephrectomy not so simple

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starfari
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You may remeber me from posts over the year over my problems after surgery; maybe not, but the update on me is that my problems are most likely due to the metal left inside me during surgery. My advice: if you think something is wrong do not stop until someone finds it. I have been in a special kind of hell for a year and today learned why.

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pjune127
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Tell us what has caused your problems, please.

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starfari
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Joined: Mar 2012

From the beginning I had complications after surgery. Non specific pain swelling and a constant feeling that something was pushing from my insides. After many complaints to and dismisals from my surgeon I was steered to my G.P. by someone on this site. He explained that I may have sympathetic nerve syndrom and put me on Gabapentin which helped a bit. I began having unexplained spasms which felt like a hernia so I went to see my G.P. today and he sent me for an x-ray. It was there that I found out my surgeon left an unknown metal fragment inside me. It is about half an inch long as best as they can tell.It has been a long painfull year and I may need surgery to remove it. I am unsure how much of my pain is related to a foriegn object left in my body but as far as I am concerned it is the cause of my pain untill I can say otherwise. I must say again : if you feel something isn't right don't go peacefully into this good night....

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icemantoo
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Joined: Jan 2010

starfari,

There is no excuse for a foreign object being left in you during surgery. Hopefully with a few bumps in the road this can be taken care of and you can be compensated for it.

Icemantoo

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pjune127
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It's hard to believe your surgeon never thought to take an X-ray. He probably hoped you and your pain would disappear. Now you've got him...I hope this foreign object can be easily removed and you will heal painlessly. Keep us informed.

Paula

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starfari
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Joined: Mar 2012

Finally found another surgeon who will meet with me,,seems knowing you have a foreign metalic thing in you scares some of them off. I go Friday for consultation..Very nervous about another surgery. I pray this will be the end of my constant pain I am so tired of feeling this way. I have tried to stay clear of strong medicine only taking it when the pain is unbearable (like today) good luck to all of you who are moving forward in your treatments. Keep positive and know your body

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