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Maybe TMI, but it's beginning to be a problem.

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TillieSOK
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First of all, I'm 8 months out from surgery and the right kidney area (where there is nothing anymore) is still kind of "bulgy" and tender.  That I can deal with...don't like it but I can deal with it.  What I can't deal with is the persistent gas that I have and have had since the surgery!  I mean, it's BAD!  If I get up from a chair...I toot...walk...toot...etc, etc.  It is NOT controllable, and my husband is getting really tired of me looking at him when we are out some where, like HE just tooted instead of me! I know it sounds funny, but the humor is quickly going downhill.  Has anyone else ever had this problem?  I'm wondering if the bulge on my right side with the tenderness is maybe like a hernia and somehow my intestines have gotten twisted or something and is causing the gas situation.

I am watching my diet and trying to avoid gas producing food.  Doesn't appear to matter what I eat.  Right now I think the natural gas people are ready to lease mineral rights from me....

todd121
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Wish I had something to say to help. You haven't changed your diet?

I'm pretty sure the kidney isn't connected directly to the intestine, but I never made it to medical school! I have no idea why you'd have this so many months after your surgery. Were you on antibiotics at some point?

Reminds me of a funny problem I had after my surgery (and this is definitely TMI), the second or third day after my surgery when I was home, I went to urinate and at the end as I was finishing, air came out instead of urine. It was the weirdest thing I'd ever felt in my life, and I freaked out. I knew the doctor had removed my kidney, and they had left the ureter, and I convinced myself the doctor had forgotten to tie it off and the air in my belly from the machine they use to blow your stomach up during the lap surgery was making its way into my bladder. It really, really scared me.

I called the doctor's nurse right away to ask, and she laughed. She said it's not an uncommon side effect of the foli catheter being inserted and that sometimes it pushes air into the bladder, and it might take a few days to get it all out. Whew! I'm so glad they don't tell you all the things that "might" happen, but maybe they could tell you some of them...

Well, I wish you luck in resolving this (and your husband!!)

Todd

izzycohen
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Tillie,

I'm afraid I can't be of help.  Outside of the gas they inflate the abdomen with, I have experienced nothing unusual.

Izzy

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Djinnie
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Hi Tillie,

 I can imagine that the problem has become beyond a joke! I just wondered if your food is being digested properly, you should be able to tell if it's not. You may find that a good digestive enzyme helps along with a probiotic. You can either buy bitters as a digestive aid or just a regular digestive aid, also take ginger or drink ginger tea which calms the bowel.

I have a bulge which is painful if I bend for too long, it is hard so I assume it's a herniation! I don't have gas though! this sort of gas is usually due to fermentation in the lower bowel, so something to help break food down and speed ellimination should help!

Djinnie x

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then get a dog. We always blame it on the dog....even if she isn't in the same room! We say that she is a fartriloquist!

Ha ha ha - but don't laugh too hard! The pressure my toot one out!

 

:)

Jojo

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DJ, you crack me up..!!  OK, I too get some gas... no where near what you are describing.  It seems to help if I eat small meals, just more of them.. space them out a bit.  Maybe that will help..?

Ron

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I had pain and bulging months after my surgery, but 4-1/2 years down the line, the buldging is gone and the gas-- ain't.  When it gets bad a take activated charcoal tablets for a couple of days, and the gas is gone for weeks or even months.  My doctor said gas is healthy-- it lets you know your intestines are working properly, but he could understand that excessive gas is a nuisance to the world-- at least to the world within 10 feet of you.  He recommended Gas X or something like that, but another friend recommended the activated charcoal, and I found it to be quick and easy.

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Djinnie
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Activated charcoal is very good for gas! You have to be careful with it though because it is used to detox the body. It will bind itself to any toxic substances including drugs, so if you are on medication you have to ensure you take it at least two hours apart:)

 

Djinnie

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You're right Djinnie!  I take my meds in the morning and at night, so anything else that could interfere is taken midday or early afternoon.  That's just my routine so I forgot to mention it. Activate charcoal does work wonders, though, and it's fast-acting.

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Oh dear Tillie, bless your heart! 

Other than the initial gas escaping after surgery, I haven't been too gassy.  I do however, have a good size bulge in my tummy.  It tends to get bigger as the day goes and at times, my belly is really lopsided.  I can no longer wear things that tie around my waist because the bulge causes the cinched waist to ride up, making me look pregnant.  Not sure how I will deal with this in a bathing suit while on my cruise next month.  Luckily, I won't know anybody.  Makes baring the bod a bit easier, knowing I'll never see those people again.  I'm sure tho, I'll get my share of double takes as I'm sipping my little umbrella drinks, looking 7 months pregnant.  Maybe I'll light a cigarette, rub my belly and walk with a waddle...that oughta teach em to stare, hehehe. 

To me, the bulge feels like a muscle.  I've read of others with the bulge, many of them claiming to have developed the bulge slowly, over time but I've had mine from day one.   Having had multiple herina repairs through the years, I've come to know what they feel like.  They feel squishy, not hard, like my bulge.  The more bloated my tummy gets throughout the day, the harder and bigger my bulge.  The bulge also causes my belly button to be misshaped.  It's really bizaar looking. 

Being a landman, I couldn't help but laugh at the reference to leased minerals.  What a toot, I mean, hoot you are!

Hope you find relief soon!!

 

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foxhd
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Are you guys saying that when I fart in public now I just have to say, "Excuse me, I have cancer." I like it. What are they gonna say?

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icemantoo
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Here are some possabilities:

RCC

Surgery

Weight Gain

Food

The dog

Your spouse

Yourself

Global warming

Getting older

Fracking

The recent cold spell

All of the above

 

None of the above

 

Icemantoo

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GSRon
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So, the last few days, I have some real stinky gas...  time to blame it on Tillie..!!  Laughing

 

Ron - I don't want a pickle.. jus wanna ride my motor sickle...

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TillieSOK
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Nuh-uhhhh!  You can't blame it on me!  I don't even take responsibilities for my own! LOL. My "gasification" seems to be slowing down some, but my bulging upper abdomen is getting bigger and I've been having horrendous (sounds more severe than horrible!) indigestion for the past 4 nights. Eating TUMS like candy at night....yuck.  But, I've gotta admit, burps are better'n farts. :)

 

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GSRon
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Oh yes, sure can blame it on you... you keep saying how aromatic you are.. heck it easily can travel what 2,000 miles..!!   Sealed

 

As my Mom used to say...  "better out than in..."..  

 

Ron

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foxhd
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Jojo, What do you think? Maybe I should invite everyone to my house. My wife has 5 dogs! Just don't walk barefoot.

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GSRon
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OK, now I did it... hope this makes all of you laugh...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRsPGLwvwXk

Ron

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Jojo61
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Five dogs, Foxy?? Does your wife have something to hide? Addicted to eating chili? Or lactose intolerant, but likes cheese? lol. I am not bragging or anything, but I only have 1 little, tiny dog....but our little fartriloquist is pretty busy in this household. So now we also have a cat. Embarassed The ironic thing? Remember how I was worried about being in the hospital and having to pass gas while having a roommate? (even if it was a male roommate who would have been fine about it). Well I could barely pop one out - but I needed to before I could go home. But as soon as I got home, our little fartriloquist was performing non stop. Ah well, good for a laugh, if nothing else. But, oh, the stories I could tell.

And thanks, Ron for the link to the splish splash song - and for the chuckles. You guys are a gas!

Jojo

 

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GSRon
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Tillie.. this could be your new theme song......  Embarassed

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o2ke5nnw5k

 

And this one.. well, I am NOT responsible if you pee in your pants..~~  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXL6KZJnRtg

 

Ron - running for cover...  

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TillieSOK
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Laughing my butt off!  Makes me feel better cause I KNOW I'm not that bad!  Better watch what I eat today though, cause sweet hubby is taking me out to an elegant restaurant  for my birthday dinner tonight.  I'd hate to embarrass him! LOL

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Djinnie
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Ronnie! I think whoever coined (better out than in) phrase lacked a sense of smell!! 

My little dog is the worst woofer ever! He has a tendency to drop one then leave the room sharpish, a very clever tactic. My other half trained him well, hubby is an expert at it! he always has plausible deniability! 

 

Djinnie

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Tillie,

 

I've been dealing with gas like what you've described myself. I'm a little over 2 yrs out from a partial (60% removed) Neph. I've got a hernia in that area that is bulging... I don't know if it's bule or the hernia... I've got to lose a lot of weight before I can have it repaired...

as someone mentioned earlier I get all sorts of gurgling and noises and gas when bending over and it can get quite embaressing...

 

I also had my gall bladder removed a year after my nephr. so that also adds to my digestive issues... so... it's possible it could be a # of different things adding up to annoying flatulence...

I like the idea of just saying..."sorry I've got Cancer"  Sealed

 

-Ross

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