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Hey. I received my kidney pancreas transplant about 2 months ago. I have a few questions..... my stomach always feels like it's swollen or full even when I haven't eaten. Is that normal ? Sometimes it feels tender when I touch it. Sometimes it feels like it's stretching. Is this normal ??

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  • Hi!  First, let me ask - when you say "stomach" do you really mean stomach, or do you mean abdomen?  If you meant abdomen, is it upper, lower, on the left, on the right?

    I wonder if you just haven't healed yet, or are retaining some drainage from the surgery?  Let your doc know!

    My stomach also feels full if I even eat a couple of tablespoons of anything (soup, cottage cheese, etc).  This may be from the meds (steroids irritate the stomach lining) or from gastroparesis if you are/were a diabetic (I was for 50+ years before my pancreas transplant).   The only thing I've found that helps is to eat only very small amounts and to drink HOT herbal tea or water after I eat if I get uncomfortable.   Let your doc know though so they can check it out.

    Let us know how you do!  I'll keep you in my thoughts!

  • In my case, the prograf made my gastroparesis worse. So for quite some time I had problems eating and drinking because I always felt bloated and full. I ended up taking quite a bit of domperidone (motility drug available in Canada) and reglan. At a later point I was taken off the prograf and my stomach issues got better.

    Make sure you talk to your transplant team about this and what can be done to help. It's really important that you eat properly and drink a lot as well.

  • I'm almost 3yrs out tx I'm glad to hear someone else with this feeling after tx. Sometimes where kidney is place seem frozen and sore to touch. Dr sd  your inside still healing and scare tissue... Maybe the same for doubt  tx.

  • Ya, know, after 3 1/2 years I've come to understand that my "old normal" and my "new norman" aren't the same thing.  At just 2-months, your body is still getting over the trauma of the surgery.   You'll get to your new normal soon.  But it won't feel like soon enough!

  • Don't know about kidneys, but I can tell you about livers.  My new liver was smaller than the hole it went into.  So for a few weeks, I could feel that rascal sort of move around.  

    Maybe kidneys need some extra room and you insides have to stretch out till it fits?

    • Also had liver transplant in 2012. My son was living donor. I tell you recovery from kidney transplant a lot easier than liver.
  • Laying in bed last night and stomach was very swollen. Within half hour it was down. Don't understand this.
  • I also had kidney transplant 2 months ago and am experiencing same and sometimes a pinching. Will discuss this with my doctor tomorrow.
  • Yeah that could be it bc the docs told me I could eat and enjoy myself just stay away from processed food and fast food. Being diabetic for over 20 yrs and now being able to eat things maybe I'm over doing it.
  • What kind of foods are you eating? It is probably too many grains or perhaps this is a surgical question for your transplant team.

    Hope this helps

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