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Old 12-07-2009, 06:57 AM   #1
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Pain after Gallbladder Removal

Hey how long were you in pain after this surgery? I have read on here about people only needing pain pills for a couple of days, but I am 1 week post op and still having a lot of pain. I am concerned about it. My pain is at my incision sites, but mainly where my gallbladder used to be.

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Re: Pain after Gallbladder Removal

Aren't you going to the doctor today or tomorrow? It's usually 7-8 days when you go back. I say that because he can better gauge what you mean by "pain." I'm not good at that as I know for a fact that I' more inclined to say something is "sore" rather than "painful." One of the posters on the foot problem board asked how on earth I had walked after a particular procedure that we'd both had because it was painful for him. Well, I never said it wasn't painful, just that the doc said to walk so I walked.

So, what kind of pain are you having - stabbing pain, pain when moving, swelling type pain, pain after eating, etc? And are you trying tylenol or aleve or some other OTC med instead?

 
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Yes I have been trying Ibuprofen. The pain is sharp, and it hurts to breath sometimes. It is in the upper right side of my abdomen right by my rib cage. I peeled off the tape covering all my stitches and the incisions are healing really nicely. They are smaller than I though they were so I feel dumb that I hurt a lot.

I am the opposite of you, I don't deal well with pain. When I was little and needed throat cultures it took 3 people to hold me down.

 
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Re: Pain after Gallbladder Removal

The pain is constant, not just after eating. I even have dreams about it at night because I think I hurt in my sleep. My appointment isn't until next Friday, December 18th.
I am trying to decide if I should call the office. I am embarrased to ask for a refill.

 
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Re: Pain after Gallbladder Removal

Goodness - that's a long time out! I don't know anyone who's had to wait that long to get their stiches out for this procedure. I think the longest I know of is 10 days.
And it does sound like you are just sore from the banging around and all...they do a lot of bruising internally when they do this procedure. I was very "sore" in spots but not what I'd call "pain." Pain to me is what you feel after bone surgery...and that's extremely painful, unrelenting, stabbing, horrid pain. This didn't come anywhere near to that for me.

You could always call the doc and asked to be seen now....that might help allay any fears you have.

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Old 12-07-2009, 01:12 PM   #6
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I have had bone surgery too. I had a spinal fusion with screws and rods 8 months ago and am having another 2 levels done in Jan. I have permanent hardware in my spine and will have even more soon. That was the worst pain I'd ever had in my life and I am terrified for the next surgery, but I am still calling this surgery painful. LOL!
I also have random bruises in my abdomen from the surgery.
I called the doctor and he said it was normal. He even gave me a refill without any problems. He had told my husband when I was in recovery that one of my stones was ginormous. I asked him today just how big it was and it was the size of a GOLFBALL!!!!! Can you believe that!?!?! I am so grossed out by it. I had pictured maybe the size of a marble or something, since I know they can be as small as a grain of salt, but I had never imagined a GOLFBALL! LOL!

 
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OMG! That is huge! I can see why you hurt - that was a big one to pull out thru such a small hole....

 
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Hey I just wanted to tell you that since yesterday, I am feeling pretty amazing. My system feels so much better, I feel like a new woman! My stomach is actually emptying pretty quickly instead of food sitting in my stomach forever and making me feel sick. I have been so hungry since yesterday, and I can't keep up with my growling stomach! Thats good because I need to put on some weight, especially before my next back surgery.
Also my migraines are gone and I have more energy. Who would of thought?!
The surgery pain is just barely there at this point. It was still bugging me on Monday and now all of a sudden I'm fine. I feel great and am so glad I had that golf ball removed. It was making me really really sick!

 
Old 12-17-2009, 10:05 PM   #9
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Re: Pain after Gallbladder Removal

I had gallbladder surgery a few months back and it took a few weeks before I was pain free. In fact the incisions were still touchy after a month.

 
Old 12-18-2009, 04:22 PM   #10
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I had my gallbladder removed on Dec. 9th and have started having pain the past couple days after returning to work. When I went back to the doctor on Dec. 16th I wasn't having the problems that I'm having now. Part of me is starting to wonder if it was even my gallbladder. I'm going to give you all a lengthy history of what's been going on the past few months. If anyone has any insight to offer I would greatly appreciate it.

I'll start by saying I'm a 25 year old female who has never had any sort of major medical problem in my life. I had managed to make it up until a few weeks ago without even having blood drawn, seriously. Back at the first of June I decided to not exactly go on a diet but to start eating healthier. I pretty much cut fast food (which I was eating 4-5 times a week), soft drinks, and sweets out of my life. In the first two months I lost about 20 pounds. In August I started developing some slight stomach issues. Sometimes my stomach would ache when I hadn't eaten or sometimes I'd feel slightly nauseated and bloated after eating. Also the upper central portion of my abdomen was tender to the touch and I seem to be burping all the time. The problems only started to really bother me in October. For a couple weeks everything I ate made me sick to my stomach. A couple times I did vomit but for the most part I just felt really nauseous. On October 22nd I had my first, I guess it was, a gallbladder attack. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning with what was at the time the most intense pain I've ever felt in the upper central portion of my abdomen at my breastbone. The pain radiated to my back and everything from my breastbone down to just above my belly button, over to my right side was tender. This attack lasted for over three hours and I seriously contemplated having someone take me to the hospital. November 6 I had another attack. This one only lasted just over 30 minutes but I thought I was going to die. I literally had my phone in my hand about to call for an ambulance. After that I decided to go to the doctor. He thought it could be my gallbladder, an ulcer, or gastritis. He gave me a prescription for Prilosec to see if that would help any. I didn't notice any improvement from taking it. On November 20th I had another episode that occurred at 3 o'clock in the morning and lasted over 6 hours. This one was more intense than the first one but not as bad as the second one. I went to the doctor that morning. He upped how much Prilosec I was taking and decided that I should have an ultrasound of my gallbladder and scheduled an appointment with another doctor to possibly have an upper endoscopy. The ultrasound on 11/25 revealed what they said was a gallstone or sludge ball. It was 4.5 mm in size if I remember correctly. I met with a surgeon a few days later and he said that I needed to have my gallbladder removed and scheduled surgery for 12/9. In the meantime, every time I would eat a decent size meal I would feel extremely bloated and sick to my stomach. Also, my abdomen had been very tender to the touch in the middle, the right side under my ribs and my back was sometimes aching on the right side. Since June I have now lost 44 pounds by eating healthier, smaller portions, and had been exercising up until the last few weeks. You would think that one would feel better after making these changes but I felt much better before when I weighed 212 lbs instead of the 168 I am now.

Anyway, I had the surgery on Dec. 9th. My recovery went well and I hadn't been having problems with my digestion. I went back to the surgeon on 12/16 for the follow-up and he said that they did not find a gallstone and that the spot on the ultrasound must have been sludge ball. It was hard for me to tell if my abdomen was still very tender to the touch because of the soreness from the incisions anyway. I laid around the house taking it easy for the week I was out of work and felt pretty good. The only thing I definitely still noticed was that I was still burping which is very annoying. Upon returning to work yesterday I started not feeling too great up in the afternoon. I feel the same feeling of pressure/fullness after eating that I had been having and of course the burping. I was working 9 hours yesterday and by the 8th hour I was really starting to ache just under my breastbone. It hurt to stand up. I put a couple chairs together and laid down for like 5 minutes and that made it ease up a bit. It wasn't like the gallbladder attacks but was really aching. The only thing that seemed to help was getting home and lying down. It was still bothering me today and is very tender to the touch just like it has been for months. I haven't felt all that great after eating today. Could this be normal pain and symptoms after the surgery? Why would it just start bothering me a week afterwards when I returned to work? Has anyone else had this problem? Like I said earlier, maybe it isn't my gallbladder. I just want to feel well again! Anyone have any ideas/thoughts on what it could be or what I should do? Thanks!

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I had my gallbladder removed on Dec. 9th and have started having pain the past couple days after returning to work. When I went back to the doctor on Dec. 16th I wasn't having the problems that I'm having now. Part of me is starting to wonder if it was even my gallbladder. I'm going to give you all a lengthy history of what's been going on the past few months. If anyone has any insight to offer I would greatly appreciate it.

I'll start by saying I'm a 25 year old female who has never had any sort of major medical problem in my life. I had managed to make it up until a few weeks ago without even having blood drawn, seriously. Back at the first of June I decided to not exactly go on a diet but to start eating healthier. I pretty much cut fast food (which I was eating 4-5 times a week), soft drinks, and sweets out of my life. In the first two months I lost about 20 pounds. In August I started developing some slight stomach issues. Sometimes my stomach would ache when I hadn't eaten or sometimes I'd feel slightly nauseated and bloated after eating. Also the upper central portion of my abdomen was tender to the touch and I seem to be burping all the time. The problems only started to really bother me in October. For a couple weeks everything I ate made me sick to my stomach. A couple times I did vomit but for the most part I just felt really nauseous. On October 22nd I had my first, I guess it was, a gallbladder attack. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning with what was at the time the most intense pain I've ever felt in the upper central portion of my abdomen at my breastbone. The pain radiated to my back and everything from my breastbone down to just above my belly button, over to my right side was tender. This attack lasted for over three hours and I seriously contemplated having someone take me to the hospital. November 6 I had another attack. This one only lasted just over 30 minutes but I thought I was going to die. I literally had my phone in my hand about to call for an ambulance. After that I decided to go to the doctor. He thought it could be my gallbladder, an ulcer, or gastritis. He gave me a prescription for Prilosec to see if that would help any. I didn't notice any improvement from taking it. On November 20th I had another episode that occurred at 3 o'clock in the morning and lasted over 6 hours. This one was more intense than the first one but not as bad as the second one. I went to the doctor that morning. He upped how much Prilosec I was taking and decided that I should have an ultrasound of my gallbladder and scheduled an appointment with another doctor to possibly have an upper endoscopy. The ultrasound on 11/25 revealed what they said was a gallstone or sludge ball. It was 4.5 mm in size if I remember correctly. I met with a surgeon a few days later and he said that I needed to have my gallbladder removed and scheduled surgery for 12/9. In the meantime, every time I would eat a decent size meal I would feel extremely bloated and sick to my stomach. Also, my abdomen had been very tender to the touch in the middle, the right side under my ribs and my back was sometimes aching on the right side. Since June I have now lost 44 pounds by eating healthier, smaller portions, and had been exercising up until the last few weeks. You would think that one would feel better after making these changes but I felt much better before when I weighed 212 lbs instead of the 168 I am now.

Anyway, I had the surgery on Dec. 9th. My recovery went well and I hadn't been having problems with my digestion. I went back to the surgeon on 12/16 for the follow-up and he said that they did not find a gallstone and that the spot on the ultrasound must have been sludge ball. It was hard for me to tell if my abdomen was still very tender to the touch because of the soreness from the incisions anyway. I laid around the house taking it easy for the week I was out of work and felt pretty good. The only thing I definitely still noticed was that I was still burping which is very annoying. Upon returning to work yesterday I started not feeling too great up in the afternoon. I feel the same feeling of pressure/fullness after eating that I had been having and of course the burping. I was working 9 hours yesterday and by the 8th hour I was really starting to ache just under my breastbone. It hurt to stand up. I put a couple chairs together and laid down for like 5 minutes and that made it ease up a bit. It wasn't like the gallbladder attacks but was really aching. The only thing that seemed to help was getting home and lying down. It was still bothering me today and is very tender to the touch just like it has been for months. I haven't felt all that great after eating today. Could this be normal pain and symptoms after the surgery? Why would it just start bothering me a week afterwards when I returned to work? Has anyone else had this problem? Like I said earlier, maybe it isn't my gallbladder. I just want to feel well again! Anyone have any ideas/thoughts on what it could be or what I should do? Thanks!
Your experiencing everything I am going through. I had my surgery almost two years ago. You last longer than I do standing up. I will go to the mall and walk and after an hour I have to sit down because I feel like a back ache but once i sit down the ache goes away - WHAT IS THAT??? They should have wrote a book about the pains after gallbladder surgery. I spent my whole summer last year going to doctor to doctor - i had all these phantom pains bloating and gas and could not figure out what it was and what was causing it. All the doctors would do for me is give Nexium or some type of acid reflux medicine which did nothing for me. They all said I was crazy and that gallbladder surgery does not do that and these were specialist telling me this. I had every test imaginable. The only thing they came up with is mild gastritis but no known cause. Then they saw my liver enzymes had went up slightly. I was so depressed and lots of anxiety because I did not know what to expect with the pain or was it going to send me to the hospital. I was a normal feeling great everyday 41 year old female. Once i had this surgery, my body went to pot. I have phantom pains day to day. I did my own research and found out that the gastritis may be caused by the bile constantly flowing in my stomach from the liver and because you longer have a gallbladder to catch the leftover. So I take welchol and that also helps stop the diarrehea. I still have gas and bloating. It feels like someone tighten a belt around my waist. I get tired in the evenings, the gas travels throughout my body and causes pain. It is a weird type of gas because no over the counter medicine seems to work. Then i get the pain under the right rib area. Now I have a new symptom - I get gas trapped in my chest and if doesn't come out right away I get dizzy. I have already been to the doctors and they checked my heart and blood - everything was normal. I feared heart attack but it is gas. I didn't know gas can make you feel dizzy. Doctor still continues to look at you like your crazy because they are just not knowing of gallbladder removal and the risks. I did have a fatty liver before the surgery. I did lose 65 lbs and need to lose 50 more. I also thought by losing weight and exercising - it would make me feel better but I feel worse. I do go to acupuncture to relieve some of the pain. I had a colonoscopy too and that doctor told me it might be Spinctor of the oddi dysfunction or the syndrome you get after you have the surgery. I eat very small meals and about to go crazy because once I think I know my body and everything starts working great then I have a setback with pain. I have much more to tell you.

 
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i have pain in upper rt side of back hurts when i take a breath i did not eat low fat foods after two weeks could that be why/ or what is causing pain


ANYONE who had gallbladder surgery please respond i need help here dr is not in until Monday

 
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I had gallbladder out 2 weeks ago i have upper rt sided back pain hurts to take a breath I have all the gas pain as you mentioned the gas gets trapped and you do get chest pain feels like a heart attach are you eating low fat foods? I was but it made no difference people say you had major surgery and body needs to adjust I think anxiety has set in now because i have moe pain than before and feel I should be feeling better not worse i have no fever chills or temp anyone who could offer words of wisdom please do.

 
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Well I don't have good news for any of you! I had my emergency gall bladder removal 5 1/2 years ago and I still have diahhrea, and severe pain in my upper right chest area. My current doctor, 1000 miles away from my surgeon tells me its a torn muscle from the surgery. Only way to correct it is with another surgery. The pain is as bad as the gall bladder attacks on some days. It can be controlled with pain meds, but thats really getting old. Now I also have IBS. Some days it feels like there is water running down the inside of my right chest cavity. Its a weird sensation. I too have gained weight but I think its mostly due to the fact that exercise is totally out of the question due to the pain. I know this is not good news, but I'm letting you know it may not get any better, so be prepared!

 
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I had gallbladder out 2 weeks ago i have upper rt sided back pain hurts to take a breath I have all the gas pain as you mentioned the gas gets trapped and you do get chest pain feels like a heart attach are you eating low fat foods? I was but it made no difference people say you had major surgery and body needs to adjust I think anxiety has set in now because i have moe pain than before and feel I should be feeling better not worse i have no fever chills or temp anyone who could offer words of wisdom please do.
How do you control the gas please read my other post "life after gallbladder removal - can you relate" I just posted it and let me know if you go through the same thing??

 
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