Really hoping someone can help. I had emergency surgery on 5th March 2019. I have had an umbilical hernia for a few years and until 5th March it never bothered me. On this date it got really sore, red and wouldn't go back. Thus requiring emergency surgery. The OP went well. No mesh was used. I was allowed home the following day.
A day or so after coming home when changing my bandages I noticed the wound seemed to be oozing, yellow and green. Went to my doctors whom did a swab and sent it for testing. In the meantime he prescribed me with co-amoxiclav and told me to take them and he would be in touch when the swab results were back, just in case the bacteria was resistant to the antibiotics he had given me. I also informed him of the chest pain I had been having since the operation, just under the breast area, and the excessive burping. He told me that due to them operating in the abdomen that it could be a build up of gas. Bare in mind the surgery was open and not laparoscopy. I was confused. My anxiety was through the roof. Pulse was 140 as I was panicking so much. He claimed me down and sent me on my way.
It took 7 days for the swab to come back, by which time I had finished the antibiotics and the infection was still present. The bacteria was resistant hence why the first lot didnt work. I was then prescribed fluxoxacillin for a week.
I have finished those and the infection still looked like it was present. I felt like I was getting nowhere and my anxiety was sky rocketing. I managed to get in with a consultant I was under for abdominal surgery who also fixes hernias. He looked and said the wound has a seroma. He drained it and redressed it. He isn't sure why I am burping or what the chest pain is but said he will send me for a CT scan.
I have been told it is IBS and been given tablets. They haven't worked or made a difference. I have been diagnosed in the past with silent reflux and used to take lanzoprazole 30mg daily but found I didnt really need them. I tried them to see if that would help but they didnt. Doctor then prescribed me with ompremazole 40mg which I have been on for 3 weeks and they are doing nothing.
I have no idea what is going on but it is freaking me out. I had no issues until I had the emergency surgery to fix my umbilical hernia. I will list below the current symptoms I have.
Recently started burping and sick is coming in my mouth.
Chest pain and back pain just under the breast.
When I eat food it hurts when it gets to the section just under my breast.
One other thing when i was diagnosed with silent reflux many years ago they also mentioned I have a hiatal hernia. But again this has never caused my any problems.
I feel like my life is ending and nobody seems to be able to shed any light.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this lengthy post and I am grateful for any replies xx