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Old 01-22-2007, 10:24 AM   #31
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

I still have my gallbladder, but after reading all your posts, I keep wondering if that's my problem. I thought I was having heart problems. Went to cardiologist who ran all the tests to include monitors, nuclear stress test, etc. All was okay. I do have heart palps and some sinus tach.

I went to a gastro doctor. So today I just had an endoscope done (easy procedure, and I was really worried about this one). From the scope he saw today, it came back okay. My pain is always constant under the left breast, chest area. Like a dull ache. Or sometimes pains that feel they are from the heart on the left side. Does seem to be worse whenever I eat, so I've lost weight by hardly eating. Now that the endoscope shows no problems with esophagus and stomach, I keep wondering about gall bladder. I thought a gastro doctor would run tests for gall bladder too? I always heard pain from a gall bladder would be on the right, but from what I read in your notes, a lot of times it's on the left. I'm really scared. The gastro doctor today put me on an antidepressant (Nortriptlyline) and I don't want to take it. I just do not believe this is my esophagus. He said it might relax that area. So I don't know what to do. I think the gastro doctor should do a HIDA scan? That's what I heard is accurate for gall bladder diagnosis. But I guess my question is did you all hurt on the left upper chest area? I don't have heartburn, or acid reflux. And the cardiolologist keeps telling me everything is okay.

 
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:57 PM   #32
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

Wow. . . no one seems to have come up with an answer for all these post-gall bladder removal problems. I had mine out 1 1/2 years ago after having attacks on and off for several years. Of course, the surgeon never mentioned I should follow up with a gastrointerologist if I developed any problems. I have only had a colonoscopy to get that procedure out of the way. I can't enjoy food anymore and never know what will set off the horrid bloating, mid and upper back pain, lethargy, (constipation - which seems to be the opposite of everyone else's problem!) I ate a banana and thought I was going to have to go to the ER; ate a pear the following week - same thing. Small baked potato last night - same thing! This is just a small example for a years' work of gastric hell!!! A nurse friend said I might need an "enzyme replacement" prescription. Has anyone heard of this or tried it? Helpless in San Diego!

 
Old 01-31-2007, 01:55 AM   #33
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

Im actually in shock right now that I finally (after like 2 years!!) figured out I wasn't crazy. I had my galbladder taken out spring of '05 and Its been so hard I've actually considered talking to a doctor about getting on like a gallbladder transplant list (just kidding lol, but it would be nice). I couldn't eat a full meal for like a year without feeling full after 2 bites. I went from 130 to 85 pounds from spring to fall not to mention the diarrhea and constipation (and sometimes both at the same time..dont ask me how because I still dont understand it) and on top of all that crap, Id get a pain in the middle of my spine that slowly moved toward my sternum and then for like 30 minutes Id have to lay on my back barely able to breathe.

I tried everything. The specialist told me i had pancreatitis (which i dont) that sometimes happens after abdominal surgeries. But apparently, since reading this board, its some sort of esophogial spasam.. But anyway

The whole reason I replied was to tell everyone I have found the cure for those dibilitating "esophogial spasms". Vitimin D whole milk. seriously. Its almost instantaneous. It has to be VD whole milk because it doesn't work with 2% . And best of all it doesn't cause me any digestive problems when I drink it. I never go ANYWHERE without my milk. I take it right at the start of the spine pain because if it gets up to my chest, the only way to make it go away is to make myself throw up. Throwing up sucks, but it beats the crap out of laying on my back in pain. anyways, I hope somone reads this and tries it and it helps them as much as it has helped me.

Every step towards normal lives helps,
Amber, 22 years

 
Old 01-31-2007, 12:57 PM   #34
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

This is such an eye-opener. So many people with awful symptoms of no gall bladder.

Today is a bad day - I am feeling unwell. When I look back at what I ate yesterday I cannot find anything that would cause this. I seem to get like this every 2 weeks. I feel yuk in my stomach, have diarrhea, feel like I need to lay down and get light-headed and dizzy.

I feel quite desperate - scared and wish I knew why I feel like this and how to stop the light-headedness.

Anyone else get this?

 
Old 02-02-2007, 01:37 AM   #35
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

I was light-headed and dizzy all the time at first . My doctor said its because I was eating foods that my body couldn't digest so it just flushed it out. I was in basically starving myself while still eating 3 meals a day. I completely cut out all meat except boiled/baked poltry and fish and watched the grams of fat intake daily while replacing the meat with lots of fruit and veggies and TONS of sugary sodas and the dizziness has completely stopped and I gained 8 lbs It takes a little while for your body to get used to the shock, it took me like a year of thinking I was going to die everyday before I figured all this stuff out. Stick with the low fat - high sugar diet and you should start feeling better.
Hope that helps,
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Old 02-04-2007, 01:36 PM   #36
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

hi experiencing the same type of "gallbladder" pains after having gallbladder removed eight years ago.........since my gall bladder removal have experienced many many bouts of diareaa mucosy,sometimes yellow in color........could eat any type of foods and might or might not get the same bowel movements......just five months ago pain began in upper right quaudrant of my abdomen sometimes radiates to the shoulder.....might have it intermittinly for days or might go days without it........usually occurs in the evening.........also radiates across the upper abdomen.......anybody have any idea what this could be..........also has anybody experienced the same kind of symptoms...........please reply.............

 
Old 02-09-2007, 10:04 AM   #37
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I had my gallbladder taken out almost 10 years ago. The only problems I have ever had was the yellow diareha, untill my last pregnancy. At about 32 weeks I started having the exact same symptoms you are having. I thought for sure my gallbladder had grown back, because it felt exactly like a gallbladder attack.
I figured the baby was just pushing on something inside and as soon as I had her it would get better. And it did until a few nights ago. I had the worst "attack" yet. Even worse than when I had a gallbladder.
I am having your same symptoms. Some nights I do fine, and some nights I don't. I hate this. I am so nrevous it will happen. Do you have any idea what it is?
I have been told it could be a blocked bile duct.

Tanya

 
Old 02-09-2007, 02:33 PM   #38
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yes i have heard that it could be a blocked bile duct or small stone in duct......also another possibility is sphincter of oddi dysfunction......sphincter muscles in this area liver and pancreas narrow and tighten causing this biliary pain that mimics a gallbladder attack.........i have been reading as much as i can on this subject and i think that is what i have.........have not seen a physician yet............tooooooooo scared..............but because of your pregnancy they say that hormones play a part in these digestive organs........also........i have also heard that a procedure called an ercp which widens these bile ducts can also cause other problems.......im going to have bloodwork done and see what my liver enzymes are and maybe try some meds before i have any procedures done...........thanks a lot for replying let me know what you find out..........

 
Old 02-10-2007, 06:46 AM   #39
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

Hello.....I had my gall bladder removed on Jan 11th.......I am having RUQ pain, under the ribs....radiates to the back.....had a dye contrast CT scan yesterday....they said it was clear....."great"......blood tests come back normal........thrown up bile every few days......I have an appt with a gastro DR on Monday........I feel like everyone else...people that haven't had the pain, do not understand...I feel like they think you are making it up......no matter how many pillows you put under yourself, it is still difficult to find a comfortable position to try to get some sleep.....I've read about the SOD and other problems..........I just wish this pain would go away...I really thought I'd feel better after the GB surgery. Thank you for listening.

 
Old 02-11-2007, 05:17 AM   #40
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

I had my gallbladder out 5 days ago, and am moving house today. I feel sick on and off and keep getting sharp pains in my back and chest.. I donít feel hungry at all. But am trying to eat. I cant eat much as I feel full very quick. I feel so helpless my family are helping me move house but am just stuck sitting down, am trying to help but I feel so tired all the time. The worst part is the pain in my back and chest. Feels horrid.

 
Old 02-11-2007, 03:53 PM   #41
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

Hello all,I have just recently had surgery on 2/2/07, taking my friendly gall bladder out. To no avail everything was great the first 4 days (no pain, feeling great, even went back to work) then low and behold here set on the pain, pain in the abdomen, mild back and right rib pain, just like when I had my first attack and it went on for hours. I have been blown off by my physican, they state that this is normal and I was doing too much, and I'm probably one of those who needs a bland diet. I have had this pain continuous for 4 days, I'm not one who takes or likes to take pain meds at all. Am I going to have to do this for the rest of my life? I'm so afraid to even eat anything anymore not knowing if I'll be out in the floor at work, or driving. I've read some of your messages and am going to try to take Prilosec and other stomach meds but it really makes me nervous that the rest of my life might be like this. I feel that if I would have known that this was going to happen and I was going to be "one of those", then I would have never bothered to do the surgery. I thankyou for whom ever started this...it's been a great relief to know that I'm really not crazy!

 
Old 02-11-2007, 06:35 PM   #42
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BUZKIL004 -- You are the first person I've ever seen that mentioned esophagal spasms. I'm sitting here at 9:45 pm in Georgia, and hurting. I'm anxious to try the Whole Milk tomorrow. I don't like milk, and never drink it. I'm going to try the whole milk tomorrow. Can't wait to go to the store and buy. Has anyone else tried this for esophagal spasms??

I'm scheduled for a HIDA scan on Friday, February 16. I'm stressing over it. Was it bad? Thanks for the tip on the esophagal spasms, as my gastro thinks this might be my problem. My spasms are getting worse. I have the chest pain on the left, and it's been about 4 months now. Cardiologist says not a heart problem, so that's why I have gone to gastro doctor. I did have endoscope. It was very easy, and I was so scared of it. So for those of you that are worried about having one, it was very easy. They put me to sleep, then I woke up, and went home (course someone must drive you home).

 
Old 02-11-2007, 06:37 PM   #43
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One other thing I meant to mention, I've known about 4 people that have had their gallbladder removed, and have not had problems since then, and are glad they had their gallbladder removed. They did say they had a lot of gas after surgery, but that went away.

 
Old 02-11-2007, 07:48 PM   #44
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

I've read through this thread and I'm so sorry to see so many people having trouble after surgery. I have posted a thread here called "Has Anyone Had Successful Gall Bladder Surgery? " because I have surgery in my future and I'm hoping to find out what to expect afterward.

I've heard a lo-fat diet is essential after the surgery. I'm wondering... for those of you who have had trouble, are you still on a lo-fat diet? Or are you eating a "normal" diet?

I'm planning on staying lo-fat pretty much forever (with the occasional trip to the Mexican restaurant)

I'm just concerned about having long-term trouble after my surgery and wondering if it could be avoided with a strict lo-fat diet.

Thanks for any input!

zia

 
Old 02-12-2007, 07:45 AM   #45
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Re: Strange symptoms/pains, months after gallbladder removal

I was so happy to find this that I had to sign up to share my story; I will try to condense a novel into a short story. I had my gallbladder removed more than 5 years ago. Everything went fine, but like many of you here, I still experienced right upper quadrant pain. After many doctors, you just learn to live with it. Anyway, nearly 3 years after the surgery, I suddenly developed diarrehea and cramping that would not go away. I lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks! Many stool tests and antibiotics later, my physician referred me to a GI dr. Without any other tests, he put me on Questran and it has worked fine. I thought he was a miracle man! Well, all good things must come to an end. Along about Christmas, I began to notice that I could no longer tolerate dairy products; you just know once you develop a lactose intolerance! But, even despite cutting dairy out (I've switched to soy everything), I still have cramping or pain and gurgling, some heartburn from everything I eat or drink. Even water can put me on a burping/flatulence jag for quite awhile. I went back to my GI dr. who was less than enthusiastic and just said I would have these problems since I didn't have a gallbladder. He just told me to increase the Questran, prilosec and zantac. Well, I've been doing that and still have the same symptoms.
I am now trying enzyme therapy along with acidolophus. I've quit taking my garlic supplements and had 2 pretty good days in a row. I will keep you all posted if my natural methods are successful. Would also welcome anyone's advise.

 
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