Re: GB Gang, how goes it?
Hi 2littlemonkeys. Like you, I have good days and bad days. Some days I get shooting pains but those days are gettng less. I know something is different, still hurts a bit when I stretch or move certain ways in bed and out of bed. I also have health anxiety and tend to catastrophize. The important thing is to recognize that you do that and we can be very imaginative. Try to think that if you were the next person, they would not...hard to do but it's a technique that works. Lots of books on this if you search that may be helpful all of them using the cognitive approach. Has helped me some but I am still a worry bird when I get a twinge.
Part of me finds it hard to believe this operation is over and I start to think ok, now what? Will I just be ok now or will I be one of the people with chronic diarrhea or develop some strange malady because of the absence of my gall bladder. I see so many people who have had this done and they don't give it a second thought. They're fine. I wish I could be like them and I am trying.
I am gld to see that you are using bran and ways to heal and stay well. I also changed my eating habits but have had chocolate and pizza and they did send me to the bathroom the next day. I went back to lowfat after that and determined to not goof off for a while.
I have acid reflux and a generally "nervous stomach" which I have had all of my life so I may continue to have symptoms unrelated to the gall bladder. I always had a brain to gut instant reaction, any anxiety would give me instant runs. So now with this compounding things, it makes it tough. All I hope is that everything inside is ok, that the clips don't fall out (this is my obsession despite reassurances that they stay in forever with very few exceptions). And that everything is sealed correctly. I pretty much have stopped worrying but when I get a sharp pain, I get scared. So I distract myself with anything. I think as time passes, we will be more comfortable and confident that things are ok. That's my hope for myself, you and everyone. This has been an interesting experience...not as painful as I imagined. It still seems like a dream of some kind since I expected much worse! Happy healing and good to see an update, hope we do this for a while, it's been very reassuring!