Hi, in Seattle. After my takedown I was okay until the second day. Then developed gas pains that felt like a brick was being dragged through my small intestines. Nothing would shift the pain, no medication can solve it because you just have to expel it. It's in there and has to come out. In its own time. I know it hurts to walk when your gut is suffering. But try, try, to walk even if you are hunched over a chair and pushing it in front of you for support. My gas pains were so bad, lasting 18 hours, the nurses made hot, plain black tea for me to drink, saying it would soothe my stomach. I know it kept me hydrated. It's somehow more painful than the big surgery because there is no morphine for gas pain. The thing to remember is -- it WILL pass, and every day you will feel better, bit by bit. The gas is a sign that your gut is waking up and starting the process toward normalcy. My first meal was an egg salad sandwich (no celery!!) on white bread that I requested from the kitchen, and it tasted heavenly, full of protein and easy for my new pouch to digest. I hope you feel better by now.