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Spasms after LIS

Postby graylene » 13 Jul 2017, 11:23

I had LIS 14 days ago. Recovery was going well, until the spasms came back 4 days ago, and I've had them every day since then. Fissure and incision pain is well-managed with ibuprofen, still using diltiazem for the spasms. I'm keeping up with my water and fiber intake and taking Metamucil and stool softeners. I realize healing is likely going to take a lot longer than 2 weeks... but the return of spasms feels like a backwards step. I'm so so worried that the presence of spasms 2 weeks post-op is indicative of a poor LIS outcome.
Would be so grateful for your words of wisdom, experience, and/or reassurance!
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Re: Spasms after LIS

Postby Laurieb » 13 Jul 2017, 12:48

Hi Graylene,

I guess I had my LIS almost on the same day as yours! Tomorrow will mark my 2 weeks postop.

Are the spasms the same than preop? In the last days have you noticed any improvment in terms of pain?
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Re: Spasms after LIS

Postby Mypoorbutt » 13 Jul 2017, 13:18

Hi I had spasms regularly upto week 6 after LIS but now I only get them when my crohns flares up.
I felt so defeated when I had spasms after my LIS but my fissure was very deep and long and I had underlying issues.
I don't think having spasms means you won't heal as I was in horrendous pain but my fissure still healed 40% by week 5 and totally healed by week 12. Just tell your CRS so they can check what is going on with you. But I'm sure you will be fine
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Re: Spasms after LIS

Postby graylene » 13 Jul 2017, 14:48

Laurieb, wow, we are in this together, aren't we! Pain has been tolerable for the most part. I took Vicodin the first night only, then Toradol for 3 days, and since then just ibuprofen. Right before the surgery, my fissure had started to heal (it knew the surgery was coming so it was trying to lull me into complacency - but after several re-tears, I wasn't falling for it!) So, immediately pre-op: I had almost no pain except for during BMs, and spasms were also pretty much gone thanks to diltiazem.
Immediately post-op: first few days were tougher, but as days went by, ended up not even needing ibuprofen around the clock. Sitting and standing are a different story but I figure that will come in time. (Tried to go for a walk today but had to cut it short after 15 mins - throbbing, yikes.)

Then... 10 days post-op: spasms after BM :( Reminded me of the pain from when this began. Not quite as bad as the agonizing days, but close. This has repeated each day since then - it starts an hour or two after a BM and lasts a few hours. It seems so weird because this was not happening for the first 10 days post-op! Apart from the spasms, pain is minimal! How about you Laurieb? How is your recovery so far?

MPB - thank you for the reassurance, I've now read your reply 50 times at least, just to calm myself down. I can't thank you enough. Will definitely discuss with my CRS as well. My follow up is in a couple weeks. Not sure what I would do without this board and all of you - so much gratitude to all of you!!!
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Re: Spasms after LIS

Postby Mypoorbutt » 13 Jul 2017, 16:19

Your very welcome I know how hard it can be when LIS recovery isn't as smooth as we would wish it.
I was convinced my fissure couldn't have healed even a tiny bit due to the spasms so was very pleased and slightly shocked when it was nearly half way healed.
I truly think some of us for whatever reason just have more sensitive nerves in that area that have become hyper alert over time. Hence why spasms can happen after LIS
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Re: Spasms after LIS

Postby Laurieb » 14 Jul 2017, 09:43

I just posted my last postop update:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12012&start=20

Recovery is going good, pain is minimal - and only in the morning.

May be you could call your CRS office to have a follow up sooner? Did you already have a first post op visit? I hope your spasms will go away soon.
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