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vachilly 07-25-2012 05:29 AM

Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Had emergency gall bladder surgery on Monday. Home yesterday. Deep breaths hurt and all over tired feelings. Any recommendations for recovery?

Titchou 07-25-2012 07:00 AM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Oh wow! Glad you are home and OK. If you need to cough or breathe deeply, hold a pillow to your tummy. That will help. Walk as much as you can if they didn't release all the gas that inflated you (assuming you had lap procedure and not full cut). That will help. Otherwise, be sure to eat - low or no fat - and keep hydrated. Get off any pain meds as soon as possible. They constipate you and that's not fun with everything else going on!

Big hug to you and good healing!

desertlady42 07-25-2012 07:02 AM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Hello, I just had my gallbladder out yesterday and have the same pain when breathing in. I also get severe shooting pains when trying to get out of bed. Been rolling over and lifting my legs out first. My belly is so swollen I look pregant, this must be the air they pump in you.
Have you tried an icepack over the area? They gave me a few icepacks at the hospital. I think it helps a little. I think the tired feelings will eventually go away, I hope you are able to get lots of rest. I have a bunch of bed pillows on my couch to surrround me so that I don't move too much. Have been walking aroundthe house every now and then...this also seems to help a bit. I was not expecting to have so much pain. I have read so many post from people who said it's a breeze. Not so much for me :-(
Get plenty of rest. I hope you feel better soon!

vachilly 07-25-2012 10:32 AM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
[QUOTE=desertlady42;5027041]Hello, I just had my gallbladder out yesterday and have the same pain when breathing in. I also get severe shooting pains when trying to get out of bed. Been rolling over and lifting my legs out first. My belly is so swollen I look pregant, this must be the air they pump in you.
Have you tried an icepack over the area? They gave me a few icepacks at the hospital. I think it helps a little. I think the tired feelings will eventually go away, I hope you are able to get lots of rest. I have a bunch of bed pillows on my couch to surrround me so that I don't move too much. Have been walking aroundthe house every now and then...this also seems to help a bit. I was not expecting to have so much pain. I have read so many post from people who said it's a breeze. Not so much for me :-(
Get plenty of rest. I hope you feel better soon![/QUOTE]

It doesn't seem to be a breeze for me either. I feel pretty bad. I wish you lots of luck.

Titchou 07-25-2012 11:39 AM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
The getting in and out of bed was problematic for me as well. A friend though warned me about that! The best way for me to do it was to get in by putting my knees up on the bed - like crawling on it - and turn the way I wanted to lay and then falling over to the side I wanted to be on. Getting out was kind of the reverse - pull my knees up to my chest, roll over on them and then back off the bed. Hard to describe but it worked well for me.

janewhite1 07-25-2012 01:29 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Hey, vachilly, glad you got through it. Hopefully you'll get consistently better from here on out, though.

Yes, using your abdominal muscles is not going to be fun this week, and you do need to use them to change positions. Still, when I had my laparoscopy last winter, the incision pain definitely was less every day.

Hang in there. Get as much nutrition as you possibly can, I know you've been under-fed for a while.

vachilly 07-25-2012 02:21 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Thanks, Jane. I seem to have a problem that others don't. I still have constipation. Can I take Miralax?

desertlady42 07-25-2012 02:54 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Hello again, I just spoke to my surgeon because I was worried about the intensity of the pain and I also have a slight fever. She said they are both common problems after GB surgery and to make sure I call right away if anything gets worse.. I tried to get some suggestions but was told that unfortunately I will just have to wait it out.
I am also constipated. I was given a prescription for colace before I left the hospital. It is not working. At this point I would welcome the big D.
Hang in there and hopefully you will feel better soon.

Leftywits 07-25-2012 03:50 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Greetings. My 1st post, but wanted it to be in the gall bladder thread. I had an enlarged gall bladder and it was operating at 14%. When they removed it they told me after I awoke, it had pushed my other organs out of the way it was so big. I was in intense pain for days and was tired and no energy for weeks. You have to remember one thing, this was major surgery. Even if they pulled it out laparoscopic, it's losing an organ.

So here's the good news. While I did struggle for most of the year, it's been a year and a half since my surgery. I'm like a new person. I ride my road bike, I hit the gym 3 days a week, I can pretty much eat what i want, and I feel great. Give it all the time it needs to heal. Everyone is different.

good luck healing.

janewhite1 07-25-2012 03:53 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
My surgeon recommended prune juice and fiber powder only, but I had a different procedure.

It's partly the shock to the digestive system and partly the narcotic painkillers, but constipation does indeed happen sometimes.

vachilly 07-25-2012 04:14 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
[QUOTE=desertlady42;5027403]Hello again, I just spoke to my surgeon because I was worried about the intensity of the pain and I also have a slight fever. She said they are both common problems after GB surgery and to make sure I call right away if anything gets worse.. I tried to get some suggestions but was told that unfortunately I will just have to wait it out.
I am also constipated. I was given a prescription for colace before I left the hospital. It is not working. At this point I would welcome the big D.
Hang in there and hopefully you will feel better soon.[/QUOTE]

Do you also have a tight feeling in your chest when you lie on your back. Is that the gas? I also feel like it's hard to take a deep breath.

Titchou 07-25-2012 05:34 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Yes, it is gas. Try a heating pad/hot pack and walking.

Gini123 07-26-2012 12:32 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Had surgery Monday (July 23). Still feeling terrible, I was hoping to be feeling so much better by the 4th day. Guess my expectations were too high. It is reassuring to hear from others that it takes awhile to feel normal again.

What do you think about dairy products, should I avoid them for now?

Titchou 07-26-2012 12:37 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Absolutely! At least for 2 weeks - longer if you can stand it. Then slowly start back with the fat. Don't eat a cheese pizza first thing!

Gini123 07-26-2012 01:14 PM

Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery
 
Ok, thank you. It's the milk and yogurt that I will be missing, but I can hold off. I know a lot of the discomfort is from surgery, coughing or sneezing can send me to the ceiling (OMG)!!!

Cannot wait for two to pass.


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