Re: Had enough/swollen stomach after gall bladder surgery
I'm so sorry about this! I've also been struggling with my weight and getting my stomach back after abdominal surgery to remove two hernias. Although my surgery was different than yours, it's enough alike to understand that it's hard getting your body back! I am wondering if they stretched out my stomach muscles and separated them as they had to to get to the hernias. I thought they cut through them, but ever since, I can't get my abs flat if I do any lower ab exercises. I get a pooch that feels hard, and makes me feel like I look a few months pregnant. I am able to work out now, but I realized it was much better for me to stick to workouts that are a little easier and to watch my diet. I'm going to stop doing lower ab workouts right now to see if that helps!
Unfortunately I've heard that some people have symptoms from stomach surgery for some time. I have some numb spots and heard it can take up to 2 years for those to go away, if ever! I'd imagine it can be the same with pain... it can take a long time unfortunately.
I can't offer exact advice on the situation (and it looks like you've got some good replies to start off with), but I WOULD recommend that in the future, look up a doctor on your own instead of going to one you get referred to. I find that you can get a good NEW opinion this way since they don't work with the other doctors in any way. I totally understand the money issue since medical costs can add up, so this is just advice for whenever you can go.
I'm actually looking into some kind of support band for the stomach if I can't get things under control. I wonder if it would be possible for you as well. I was looking into the Belly Bandit, typically used for women after giving birth, especially from C-section surgery. My incisions were very similar to a C-section and about the same size, so I was immediately interested. I've heard of women using this band or similar ones for other abdominal surgeries too! It offers good support and helps you shrink back your belly. I'd look into it! It might help be supportive so you have less pain.