What I thought was acid reflux was actually an inverted hernia/twisted small intestine. Here’s the story…
A year after bariatric surgery I was experiencing stabbing pains in what I thought was my stomach. I would go to the emergency room and be given pain meds and basically sent home.
Finally, after 2 years of this and a pain that would not stop this time in the emergency room, a CT scan was done. It took 3 opinions before they decided to do surgery to see if there were twisted intestines or a hernia. It was the bariatric surgeon who – along with the radiologists – suspected I needed surgery.
Fortunately, laparoscopy showed scarred and twisted intestines which my GOOD surgeon was able to fix without opening me up all the way. He said that usually twisted bowels do not go away, although he has seen patients who have complained with pain similar to mine over a period of time.
If this problem hadn’t been fixed and had continued, I could have faced death.
DO NOT let unexplained pains go. Even after scoping my stomach they found nothing, and I let it go until I ended up in the Emergency Room. You really need a bariatric doctor or surgeon to help you diagnose any strange pains. Don’t trust any doctor and insist on a CT scan if all other avenues show nothing.
I am feeling better and still healing. It’s been a week since the surgery and I’ll be seeing the doctor today.