I had gallbladder surgery on July 16th and I am still having problems with nausea. I have never had diarrhea. I see my surgeon again on the 12th and then I will more than likely need to see a gastro doctor to get to the bottom of it. To date they are telling me it takes around 6-8 weeks for the duct to stretch so that it can hold some of the bile that my gallbladder used to hold. I see some improvement from before but still the nausea continues. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat or don't eat. I have even thought post nasal drip my have been the problem and I am addressing that now. Has anyone else had this problem for such a long time post surgery?
I am back from the previous post. I am not sure about the post nasal drip- but I would bring anything up for your dr to listen to. I went back to my surgeon several times after my surgery (it was back in Feb) and finally went to a gastero specialist back in April. But they haven't found much of anything. They had done all those tests- the barium xray, the upper gi scope thing, blood drawn for varius things...
I had an appt with my dr yesterday and he basically said some people, as a result of "trauma" to their stomachs- like the stomach flu or a bad gallbladder- can have their gi tracts "messed up" for a long period of time afterwards. Something happens and your stomach muscles etc just don't contract properly. So he gave me something called Buspirone which is actually an anti anxiety med but is supposed to help relax your stomach. I have to take it 3 times a day. He said it won't start working for a couple weeks though. Now, I am taking all this with a grain of salt because I truly believe there is something wrong! I brought up the sphincter of oddi dysfunction, but he seemed to think I didn't have that. He said I would have been throwing up violently all the time, and losing like 10 pounds in a month. Plus they don't do any type of procedure here, so he'd have to send me to ST Louis, and then the procedure to look at that is invasive- some sort of surgery just to see if thats what it is. So I'll try this medication and see if it works. If not I may go back to the Reglan and Phenergran.
I am not sure I believe my dr, but I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and at least try this medication. Maybe ask your gastero specialist about this medication I am on and see what he thinks? I couldnt' find anything on the internet about it helping with nausea. It be interesting to hear another dr's opinion.
Boy, I don't know it sounds like he doesn't believe you and thinks its your nerves. If he fixes that then you will be all better, but you and I know its not in our minds. We weren't sick before the surgery and we expected to be better 8 weeks after at least. I remember years ago I went to doctor who didn't believe that I had fibromyalgia and he started giving me all these drugs for nerves and after years I finally went to a specialist and he told me what it was and it was a long time ago, 30 years. Before they knew much about it. I am very drug senstive so I try not to take anything unless I really have to. What about a second opinion, or go to a teaching hospital for a doctor? I sound paranoid and I hate that it sounds that way. But I really don't think the medication will help nausea, it would help if you were depressed though.
This is just my opinion and I surely know in life I have been wrong many times. But it is something to think about.
I have a friend on that medication you are talking about she takes it for panic attacks.
Hi Joy and Marn and others on this thread! I have not had the nausea for several days now and even ate a sub sandwich with zero fat dressing, and I had no problems. I saw my doctor today here in Rapid and he says that the colestid is what is really doing the trick. It can be slower acting than the granuals, (I take the tablets) but it is what has relieved me from the nausea and diarrhea so I really suggest you gals talking to your docs about it. It is not a statin so it might be ok for you, Joy.
I'm glad to be living back in town and not way out on the prairie. I love my little apartment and even interviewed for a couple of jobs. Next week I have to go see about buying a used car.
Joy, you might also think of taking the phenergren so you can get past the nausea and start getting well. My doc today said that post op from gall bladder surgery takes at least 6 months before symptoms subside.
Take care and I will pop in later when I get my internet installed on Tuesday. Sophie
Its been almost 7 months for me, and still not much of a change. But I have heard all sorts of different time periods as to how long it takes to get back on track. I think though, most of the time people are talking about getting sick after eating extremely fatty foods- that it could take up to 6 months or a year or whatever to get back to eating stuff like that. But our problem (at least mine anyway) is that we are getting sick with whatever we eat. I had teddy grahams the other day and got sick! Hello- not exactly a fried steak dripping with grease and cheese.
I did call my dr to get some phenergran to help when I do get really bad. Joy, you are not paranoid- I know what you mean. It does sound like he just doesn't know and is throwing something at me. But I'll give it a month, and see what happens. I did have a slight feeling he didn't believe me. But if i was a hypocondriac, I'd be having loads of other "symptoms" too. Next month, if I am still the same, I'll try to get a second opinion somewhere else. Maybe I'll go up to Kansas City where my parents live and try to find someone there. Sophie- that is great you haven't had nausea for 3 days!
Isn't is just so frustrating to be like this? Its hard to play with my 2-year old because sometimes I just want to lie on the couch because I don't feel well. My husband and I have decided to put off trying for another baby (we were going to in November) because of this. This is life altering! This isn't just something to dismiss, you know? Well I know you all know because you are going through the same thing. Maybe those drugs will work because sometimes I just feel so depressed!
glad you started a new thread Joy.. I am in nyc till the 19th, and so nervous that my stomach is going to go crazy here. My stomach has been ok lately besides the constipation! Thankfully, the fibre kicked in yesterday. I had a weird phantom pain last night where my gb used to be. Has anyone had this? It hurt for a few minutes then went away. Joy and Abby, I'm so sorry you are dealing with that icky nausea, there has to be a way to treat it, at least until it finally goes away. Are you both drinking tons of water? Sophie, good to hear from you and i'm glad you are having some nausea free days. I'll post tomorrow, night everyone.
Marn, I am glad you are feeling better and the fiber finally kicked in.
Sophi I am so happy you are around more people and can get to stores and Doctors easily.
Abby, Hope you start to feel better soon, 7 months is a long time to be sick. If I have the nausea that long I don't know what I will do.
I still get the nausea off and on during the day but no anything like before. I eat very light and often. It seems to help. I ruled out the sinus problem and post nasal drip, it had nothing to do with my nausea. I will give it a little more time. We are getting our new puppy on Tuesday, maybe that will keep me too busy to think about it...LOL She is a little Cavalier King Charles tri puppy 10 weeks old we named her Emma. We have a 2 year old Ruby named Brinkley of the same breed. The biggest they get is about 20 lbs and they are very good with children. I have a bunch of grandchildren...LOL
Do any of you have nausea when you bend over. I am a gardener and still can't do that...if I feel fine as soon as I start bending over I get the nausea back so I have stopped the gardening for now. Is this a problem for anyone???
The Emertrol seems to be working if I take it the first hint of nausea. The drugs the doctor gave me either didn't work or gave me too many side effects.
Good morning all-
Miknan- I am not sure if I have had a gastric emptying study- . I had a barium xray which I think may be the same thing- I drank the awful barium and then they took xrays while it went through my intestines. I had the upper gi, and then blood work. But the gastric emptying may be different.
My symptoms are pretty much just nausea whenever I eat. Its been off and on- I don't get it every single time I eat, just most often. It doesn't matter what it is- I took an extensive log for almost a month to figure out if it was a food allergy but it didn't really make any sense as to when I got sick. I'd eat something one day and be fine, the next day I'd eat the same thing and be sick. I do get cramps, gas and diarrhea sometimes but its mostly just nausea 1/2 hr to 2 hours after I eat. I did try cutting out dairy but that didn't seem to make any difference.
Marn- Have fun in NYC- are you there for a vacation or business? It sounds like you are on the track to recovery which is really good. Water is pretty much all I drink unless its the occasional glass of lemonade or cup of hot tea.
Joy- at least your nausea is tapering off. I haven't had any problems bending over- maybe its the sudden change of bending over thats doing it? I am not sure about that one. Have fun with your new puppy! My sister wants a Cavalier King Charles.
Well, I am hanging out with my daughter today, and then she and my husband leave town tomorrow until Thursday. He has a conference in Vegas for work, and she is going up to her grandparents so I can work and not worry about finding a babysitter. So I'll just be at home with my dog all week- but i know I'll get a lot done around the house. Catch you all later!
Sounds like your stomach isn't emptying very fast although, since it isn't doing it everytime maybe this isn't the problem (hopefully not). A gastric emptying study is when you eat radioactive eggs and sit under the nuclear med scanner for 60-90 minutes. Are you taking Reglan or similar drug? After my gallbladder surgery (in May) I was sick every minute of the day for months until I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. I'm on Domperidone now and it has helped a lot but it is still a constant, unpredictable battle with my stomach.
I guess i haven't had that test done. When I go back to my dr in a month I'll ask him about it. I always thought it might be something like that- where its just not digesting fast enough or something. I was on reglan right after my surgery and I got diarrhea from it but I didn't have the nausea. So I am trying this new stuff- Buspar- that is supposed to relax my stomach. I am trying this for a month and if it doesn't work I'll go back to the reglan. I am so sorry you are going through this too. Does the Domperidone help with your nausea?
Domperidone has done wonders for me. I really don't know what I would do without it. I am not sure if it is really is an anti nausea drug but nausea was my problem (because food/bile just sits in my stomach) and this drug along with a complete change in diet my symtoms are now manageable. It seems most people with gastroparesis end up on this after trying Reglan. Unfortunately, it is not FDA approved so it is not so easy to get. If your doctor writes a prescription, some compounding pharmacies have it or you can get it from Canada. Online you can get it other places just over the internet but there is a chance customs could seize it. Best thing is to ask your doctor (probably only a GI could write you a script for this) .
Well, I am constipated again, which sucks because i am on a business trip and was hoping to feel good. I woke up at 7 am with a weird pain in my left side, almost like a gallbladder pain but on the opposite side. It was throbbing for a bit and then i fell back asleep. Joy & Abby, how is the nausea doing? I hope it is a little better for you both. A puppy sounds amazing. I love cavalier king charles. My friend has one and he is so so cute! My husband wants an english bulldog so bad, so we might get one soon. Sophie how are you? Good I hope. Well, i'm off to do some shopping in the city before monday rolls around and i have to work. Hope everyone is enjoying the day.
I use glycerin suppositories Marn, when I can't seem to go. They are very, very gentle. You can get them in the drug store. If the pain is on the other side it might be your bowel. I had diverticulitis a few years ago and that is how it started. Now I use the suppositories if I am having a hard time going and I haven't had an attack since then, plus I take a colace every day. They even have the suppositories for babies so you wouldn't need to worry about them. Try it! I think it will work for you. The last thing you want is the stool not passing through how it should and making more trouble.
Hi Sophie, How is your nausea doing?
I have been pretty good the last few days. If I get nausea I take a little drink of the emertrol and it seems to help. I stopped putting it over ice and it seems to work even better. I only had to take it once today. Yesterday a few times. But it isn't as severe or as long. I am not going to say I am getting passed this. I made that mistake before and got sick all over again..LOL!!!
Marn, that pain on the left side- thats not the appendix is it? My mother has several friends who had their gallbladders out and quite soon after had to have the appendix out as well. I am always on the watch for strange pains but I don't remember what side the appendix is on. It may just be gas- I've noticed since my surgery I get weird pains like that in my stomach area and it seems to be just gas. Joy- what is emertrol? Does it help with nausea?
I got pretty sick last night but it was my own fault- I had my husband pick up a new york style pizza because I really wanted some and hadn't had any in months. In fact- probably since before my surgery. Well I paid for that! In addition to feeling a bit dizzy from my Buspar I got so nauseated I had to take a phenergan and go to bed. I thought I was going to throw up all over my daughter when I was putting her to bed. I am better today though and I haven gotten sick. I am making some pasta for dinner, so hopefully I'll be okay with that.