I had my gallbladder removed in April 2010, due to gallstones. Since then I have been experiencing the same severe pains that I had before I had the op, and now have more severe attacks that last longer. Am so depressed and thoroughly fed up of it, as no-one seems all that bothered about it, doctors can't find a reason for it, so therefore are no help whatsoever. Its kinda like, just go away and get on with it. Don't wanna live the rest of my life like this. Has anyone on here had the same problem and if they have, what is the answer to somthing that could help it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I am getting close to breaking point about it.
I really don't have a good answer to your question, but have the doc's checked your pancreas, liver, stomach,possible ulcers in the duodenum (first part of the small intestine;right after your stomach), and female organs? Also, we do have a Gallbladder forum here on HealthBoards. I'm sure others will chime in with their opinions of what may be causing your pains. Sorry I couldn't be of better help...janiee
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Thanks for your reply Janlee08, the docs have looked at just about everything. Have had MRI scans, CT scans, x-rays, cameras down my throat, you name it, I've had it, but still they say they can't find a cause. Its so depressing, as I think that they feel as though I am making it up, which I'm definately not. Its the most painful thing I have ever had in my life, and to think I may have to put up with it for the rest of my life is devastating. Anyway, thanks again and I will keep going on at the doctors until they have got it sorted x
Hi, I've also had my gall bladder removed due to stones and infection. Did the docs not explain that you would have "fantom" pain and attacks for a while, sometimes months. It won't last forever, I promise. But for some reason it takes your body a while to realize the gall bladder isn't there anymore, due to the re-routing of fat absorbtion. How often are you having attacks at this point?
Hi Kat, Thankyou so much for your reply. No, the doctors didn't mention anything about phantom pains, they said having my gallbladder out would solve all my problems, and that I would be back to normal as soon as it had been done. I was ill for nearly all of last year, I had the op in April and was in and out of hospital for the rest of the year. Have had countless scans and tests done, but as yet, nothing to show for it. I am having at least six attacks a month.They vary in severity, sometimes they last only an hour, sometimes a couple of days. I get sick a lot, but that eases the pain a bit, but then it builds up again, until I have to get sick again. Am seeing a specialist in London at the mo, but they don't seem to take it that seriously, because its not life threatening, its not treated as urgent. But it is ruining my life, as I am getting very depressed as I never know when the attacks are going to happen. I never used to get that many attacks when I had my gallbladder, I really wish I had never had it done. I just hope that eventually they either stop or they find out whats causing them. Fingers crossed! Thanks again for your relply.
Did you have the surgery this past April, in '11 or last April in '10? If it was last year you should well be over the phantom pains...and you're having an awful lot of pain. It seems like it would be something else. have you considered that they may have made a mistake during the surgery? have you requested a copy of your surgical report and notes and read over them yet? I think I would if I were you.