Pain After Having Kidney Removed Lathroscopically

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Pain After Having Kidney Removed Lathroscopically

by Yippee1999 on Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have a friend who had a kidney removed lathroscopically 3 weeks ago. I think that's right... that it was done lathroscopically... through a small incision... through her bellybutton? In any case, she has been in alot of pain. She cannot stand up straight, nor can she bend over to do things or pick things up. She has basically been sitting up on her couch or in bed for 3 weeks. She has some type of special bed pillow which helps in sitting up, and gives a bit more support. Besides her belly being in pain from the surgery itslef, she said her lower back now really hurts, presumably from her lack of activity, and from just sitting around. She has only left her apt. on I thikn 2 occasions, when she had freinds around to escort her. Right now no one is staying with her and she's alone. She can't consider even going out for fresh air because she lives in a very populated area, and people on the sidewalk would whiz by her, bump into her etc. Are there any ideas as to what she can do to help with the back pain? Either she hasn't stressed to her doctor how much pain she's in, or he "doesn't care", but in any case she said his office isn't giving her any suggestions, and only asks her rote questions each day to ensure the wound is healing properly and not getting infected. Any ideas? Thank you!

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by Sheree on Tue Apr 26, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi. I had back pain for over one year after a radical nephrectomy, (open incision). the time is slow recoving . It is a major organ that was removed, even with a small laprascopic incision, it is still very painful. She really wouldn't be expected to drive or move around much, but gentle walking around her apartment helps the pain. I think your best bet is to have her call the nurse at the surgeon's office, or oncology and get pain meds so she can move comfortably. I had to take them for a couple of months, and then it was a milder pain killer after that for about 6 months, not every day, but some days. I used to have to protect my side with my arm if I went around any crowded areas. Best wishes to your friend. This is a truly miserable operation and disease. S

Radical Nephrectomy Pain

by Bonzai900 on Tue May 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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I had the surgery four weeks ago and the pain is subsiding. I had full open and I find that the bulk of the pain is deep in my stomach muscles, with less (but certainly noticable) pain where my kidney used to be. I was told that they had to be more destructive because the tumor was larger than they had originally expected. Although it can be painful, I find that walking helps. Sounds strange because it hurts to walk at first (actually it hurt to do almost anything), but each successive day after walking, I felt better and able to move more easily. I still find sleeping troublesome and need pain meds to get through the night.

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by BarbaraG on Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello Sheree,

I came across your message when I was looking for a reason for all the back pain I have been having since my partial nephrectomy on Sept. 27th, 2007.  You said you had back pain for over a year.  Did the doctor ever say why or what was causing the pain?  Thank you for any help you can give me on the subject.  I hope you are doing very well now.  Sincerely, BarbaraG  

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by jnctbcjmt on Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 1/15/2008 BarbaraG wrote:

Hello Sheree,

I came across your message when I was looking for a reason for all the back pain I have been having since my partial nephrectomy on Sept. 27th, 2007.  You said you had back pain for over a year.  Did the doctor ever say why or what was causing the pain?  Thank you for any help you can give me on the subject.  I hope you are doing very well now.  Sincerely, BarbaraG  


Hi BarbaraG,

My mother had a radical nephrectomy on April 13, 2007.  Yes, Friday the 13th!  Since the surgery, she has developed pain exactly where her kidney was, in the back.  She recently had a CT scan which showed inflamed pancreas and duodenum.  The gastrointerologist thinks that this is a CT error and her pain is originating in her lower rib due to coughing.  We go tomorrow for an endoscopy to check on the panrcreas..  The back pain she feels causes great fatigue and pain.  She has been given lidocaine patches for the pain.  Please respond if you have gotten any helpful information about this mysterious pain.

 

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by BarbaraG on Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hello,  You are surely right that the back pain also causes great fatigue and pain.  I was on so many different pain prescriptions.  I think my situation and your mother's problem are of different causes.  I am diabetic and I was told part of what I'm having is diabetic neuropathy. I never had that before the surgery so I guess the surgery triggered it.  I also have osteoarthritis (I'm 62 years old).  I hope your mother will be feeling better soon.  Sincerely,  BarbaraG

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by dreamwriter1 on Thu Mar 18, 2010 05:30 AM

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I'm the mother of a 19 year boy who had a partial nephrectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma. He has been in extreme pain ever since, which is over a year. He was not living with me until about 6 weeks ago. He has constant pain in the flank, vomiting daily, and battles nausea. He has seen many doctors. They have found no more cancer cells. I'm getting him into a cancer treatment center next week and to see a counselor to help him with the emotional turmoil. I'm trying to gather a team of doctors for him. A Urologist, Oncologist, Counselor, Nutritionist....and I'm a personal trainer, I'm hoping that I can have the chance to help him in that way eventually....

I've been astounded by emergency medical doctors and local small town doctors who show no mercy, will give no pain prescriptions and do not want to be responsible for him as thier patient. What jerks!

I noticed that many of you have had this pain for as long as my son. Please help me with any advice whatsoever..please.

A mother...

 

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by sabrown4 on Sat Apr 03, 2010 05:13 AM

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Radical Nephrectomy is the worst surgery ever. They don't tell you how much pain you will be in nor do they tell you how difficult it is to sleep at night. I tried to find a pillow online to help me sleep at night because it hurt to lay on my side of the surgery and it hurt to lay on my back. I was cut from front to back that required 22 staples to close. The drs don't tell you any of the things you will experience. I had back pain not only from the surgery but from sitting and not being able to move around as much. I would use two soft pillows to prop against while sitting in my recliner and reclining was the most comfortable for me. Several of people I have talked to says it took about a year for them to completely heal and not have any pain. I have a lot of nerve tingling and itching around the incision and this is just all the nerves trying to heal. I still have some numbness in my stomach area from where the nerves were cut and this might not ever heal totally. I still have some back discomfort from time to time where my kidney used to be but it doesn't bother me. I am allergic to any pain meds with codiene in them so when the hospital sent me home with a prescrip of pain meds I didn't know it had codiene in them and they made me sick and throwing up. That is no fun when you have 22 staples in you. So I finally got some different pain med that worked good for me and I also went to see my OB/Gyn dr to let her know what was going on with me and she gave me prescrips for sleeping med which I had problems sleeping for a few weeks after my surgery and she gave me pain med prescrip and she told me if I needed anything else to call her. I am fortuante to have a dr that will help me when needed. I hope you find help for you son. God Bless!

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by TXpetro on Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:33 AM

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Just went through kidney removal on Mon-23rd. Ginning around the house (slowly-slightly bent) but moving. My doc told me that the bed was for SLEEPING- couch/chair for SITTING and that I needed to move around-slowly! No picking up anything heavier that a drink glass. Came home on Wed and am slowly picking up speed. The back pain of your friend is from the "bed" that they use it is shaped like a ^ - the only reason to be afraid is someone "elbows" you, which would result in them becoming injured also as they would be catching me! But as anyone who has had surgury before knows that if you don't move sooner, the longer it takes to heal. I do not envy her as this has gone on for so long, but she has got to start moving! Watering plants (out of a small glass so more trips are needed, fluffing pillows(slight bending and arm movement) or just going to the closet and rearranging the hanging clothes. Heck just sitting at the computer typing this I realize that I have to sit up straight and then get out of the chair so more exercise.

Good luck to her!

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by Jacs1958 on Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:35 PM

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On Apr 03, 2010 5:13 AM sabrown4 wrote:

Radical Nephrectomy is the worst surgery ever. They don't tell you how much pain you will be in nor do they tell you how difficult it is to sleep at night. I tried to find a pillow online to help me sleep at night because it hurt to lay on my side of the surgery and it hurt to lay on my back. I was cut from front to back that required 22 staples to close. The drs don't tell you any of the things you will experience. I had back pain not only from the surgery but from sitting and not being able to move around as much. I would use two soft pillows to prop against while sitting in my recliner and reclining was the most comfortable for me. Several of people I have talked to says it took about a year for them to completely heal and not have any pain. I have a lot of nerve tingling and itching around the incision and this is just all the nerves trying to heal. I still have some numbness in my stomach area from where the nerves were cut and this might not ever heal totally. I still have some back discomfort from time to time where my kidney used to be but it doesn't bother me. I am allergic to any pain meds with codiene in them so when the hospital sent me home with a prescrip of pain meds I didn't know it had codiene in them and they made me sick and throwing up. That is no fun when you have 22 staples in you. So I finally got some different pain med that worked good for me and I also went to see my OB/Gyn dr to let her know what was going on with me and she gave me prescrips for sleeping med which I had problems sleeping for a few weeks after my surgery and she gave me pain med prescrip and she told me if I needed anything else to call her. I am fortuante to have a dr that will help me when needed. I hope you find help for you son. God Bless!

Hi, I had my left kidney removed as there was an 8cm growth in it on 10th November 2008, luckily for me they caught it in time and none of the cancer is anywhere else, it was contained inside the kidney, I do go back for 6 monthly check ups and scans, my most recent scan showed all was clear apart from a blood clot in my left lung (this was found 6 months after surgery) then had to take warfarin but not taking it now, I just recently had my 6 monthly check up at the hospital and was told all ok, my bones are ok and all clear, I did mention however that I have terrible back pain in my lower back which starts if I am washing dishes, hoovering standing up too long, walking for a bit or even walking around the supermarket, my consultant sold me it would be when they had gone in to remove my kidney they had to go right down to my lower back and they could have I think he said either removed or damaged the nerve endings, which why I was experiencing the pain, told to take paracetmol 4 times a day and see how that goes, still have the pain, has anyone else experienced this if so what pain killers are you taking etc., I came across this site today and I do not feel as if I was the only one this has happened to, hope to hear from someone thankyou

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