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kehorner 04-09-2005 12:26 AM

Post-surgical pain
Had my gallbladder out yesterday. I've been taking percocet (1 every 3 hours). I'm in more pain today than I was yesterday, probably since all of the heavy drugs wore off. I've been laying around, but the only position that doesn't hurt as much is laying flat on my back, and then my back is getting sore and my stomach still hurts. The pain is mostly from the incisions, I think. I took a valium, too, and I think I'm a bit more loopy but still in pain. I have been icing some, too, which helps a bit. Any other suggestions about pain control? I haven't really been able to sleep much at all. Last night I slept maybe 6 hours or so, and I haven't napped at all. So basically I'm just getting really crabby.

So I guess I'm just complaining, and if anybody has any suggestions that would be great. Thanks.

orangecrate 04-09-2005 02:03 PM

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Had mine out on Thurs. the 7th. It is late Sat. afternoon and I just felt like I could sit at the computer to check out the other surgeries this week. I was at the hospital a total of 9hrs. The first night was so bad trying to get out of bed to go pee!!! I don't know how many times I was up. Husband had to help me sit up, then I was okay getting out of bed. Last night I slept in a recliner and only had to get up once and had no problem. But there is a lot more pain then I ever thought there would be. Have been walking around a lot to get rid of shoulder pain. Yesterday at one point I just sat and cried it hurt so bad but then went away. Only have 5 pain pills left. Took 3 of mine for today by noon so have to wait until tonight until I can take another. Don't even remember taking the 3. Took 1 at 6:00a.m. but thats the only one I remember. Feeling much better this afternoon. Took a shower and got off most of the iodine or what ever that was. I had one spot that was like an egg sticking out but now that has gone down. I think that was the area that was hurting so bad yesterday. I think I will be able to sleep in bed tonight if I can get up from the prone position. Hope everyone else is doing okay.

kehorner 04-10-2005 12:37 AM

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Sorry to hear that you feel so bad. I am starting to feel a little better. I think a lot of my pain last night was gas. I was a much better patient today and stayed on the couch instead of going out. Today I slept until 10, then slept on the couch until 3:30. Took two walks around the block, but that's it. I actually took a shower today, too. It's really cool what they can do these days. They painted this clear stuff over my incisions, and I can shower without covering them or anything. Which is really good because I'm not sure how I would have gotten my stomach into a plastic bag! Hope you feel better soon.

StaciL320 04-10-2005 09:40 AM

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Hi! I had my gall bladder out about two years ago. The first day it hurt a lot when I tried to move or walk around, but I did it anyway since I was told the sooner I move the better off I would be. I would say it took about a week or so until I felt a lot better and was able to get in and out of bed pretty easily. The pain and feeling I had was probably similiar to my two c-sections, but within about two weeks I was just fine. Just give it a little time.


orangecrate 04-10-2005 10:45 AM

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I tried to sleep on the couch last night. It hurt too much, I moved to the recliner. A lot of pain when I try to breath. They said to take deep breaths so I have been forcing myself to work past the point of pain. Think I'm feeling better today. Getting more pain pills because they do help. The one hole above by navel is swollen and tender but my husband said they told him that is where they take everything out through. Also have pain in the back lower right. I think all the gas pain is pretty much gone. Guess I will try to walk off some of the other pain!!

diamond79 04-10-2005 01:05 PM

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Your lucky to have the clear bandaids over your incisions. All I had was surgical tapes and I wasn't allowed to remove them for a week! When I did remove them I was surprised to see a gigantic bruise around my bellybutton incision :eek:
Kehorner, I don't know how on earth you can go for a walk so easily!! I could barely get up to go to the bathroom the first 2 days. The gas pain was unbearable for me. It's been 12 days since surgery and I still have a bit of gas lodged in my abdomen...don't know if that's normal :confused:
I wish you all a healthy and pain free recovery!


StaciL320 04-10-2005 04:01 PM

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Some people do seem to have more gas than others after the operation. As for the incision in the belly button, it is true that this is the area where the gall bladder is removed from, so it makes sense that this is the area that will hurt the most after the surgery. I remember complaining a lot about my belly button and couldn't wait to get the stitches removed. I had tape over the area, but only when I went back to the surgeon I realized that the stitches were actually staples. I am glad I didn't know that there was a staple in my belly button at the time. Some surgeons use them and some don't, but either way the belly button is probably the most sensitive area.

boobear6087 04-10-2005 05:30 PM

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Had my gallbladder surgery on March 14th. Had to be at the hospital at 8:00 am and was back at home by 12:30. They gave me a shot for pain and 2 pain pill before I left, so the first day...I slept like a baby.

Next day I was in a good bit of pain from the incision and from the gas. It really took me about week and 1/2 before I was able to get up/down and move around without any soreness.

Just hang in there, it does get better.

orangecrate 04-10-2005 06:46 PM

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My belly button doesn't hurt at all. The one above my belly button is bigger looking, more tape and swollen. One nurse told my husband that was the one they take all the big stuff out. Then the hole to my right over from that one hurts too. My lower back right hurts when I take a deep breath. Just a quick stabing pain. I have not taken my 3rd pain pill for the day yet. Saving it for bed and during the night. Going to try to sleep on the couch tonight. We have one of those electric beds but it is hard for me to get up and out of it. Maybe I will try that and put the back up when I need to get up and then swing my legs and get out. Going to test that out. The couch is lower but still hard to get up from. The recliner was my best sleeping so far!!

kehorner 04-10-2005 08:37 PM

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I guess I'm lucky that I didn't have any gas pains. Mostly, it doesn't hurt too much if I don't move. I went out to dinner tonight and drove the waiter nuts. I asked for a side salad, fruit, and mashed potatoes. He was a bit confused. Being vegetarian and on a very low fat diet just isn't easy! I haven't had any problems eating fat yet, but I'm taking it easy. Lots of fruit, pudding, and graham crackers. Tomorrow I'm going to go to a class. My main issue with going out right now is that I can't wear jeans because they hurt my bellybutton. So I'm going everywhere in my sweatpants. Hopefully I can wear real pants by Thursday so I don't have to teach in sweats. I don't have any staples. They used dissolving stitches and then the glue stuff. I'm a bit confused, as I've been finding some random bruises. It appears that I got two shots in my shoulder, even though I had an IV in. And then I've got an area of spotty bruises on the back of my thigh. Makes me wonder what actually happened while I was out! Happy healing...

Katie G 04-11-2005 10:36 AM

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Hi there - I remember the post-op pain like it was yesterday and I had my GB out in 1997!

I was on Darvocet for a couple days after surgery, but I actually got better pain control from OTC ibuprofen. I took about 600-800 mg every 6 hrs, and within a week, the pains (surgery and gas) were pretty much gone.

Good luck to all of you on your recovery,
Katie G

orangecrate 04-14-2005 09:29 PM

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I had to go back to the Dr. on Tues. I was in so much pain in my lower back and could not breath very well. He tool chest x-ray and did some blood work up. Found a spot on my lung so had to go to hospital for more tests the next day. They check my oxygen in my lungs and the blood flow. The results were back today but the Dr. had an emergency so after sitting there in some pain, not as bad as Tues., for two hours I left. Had to get my pain pills refilled. So they are to call me tomorrow. Just checking to make sure I didn't have a blood clot or something. I think the worse is over and should be better in the next few days. I have never had such pain my whole life!! I figured it was not from the surgery site.

kehorner 04-15-2005 11:19 AM

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Sounds like you are having a rough time! I hope that you feel better very soon and that it's nothing serious. I am doing well with the pain, but I have been getting nauseous a bit the past few days. The good news is that because I've been eating so low-fat and not feeling like eating much, I have lost 5 pounds since my surgery. Maybe it's not the best weight loss strategy, but it's working. I have my followup with the surgeon on Monday. Also, my incisions are itching!!! Again, hope you feel better soon!

orangecrate 04-15-2005 11:02 PM

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Dr. office called today and said everything was fine with my tests. No blood clots. But I did have some congestion in my right lung and I should have another x-ray next week with my regular Dr. It is better but still some pain when I take a deep breath on the right side of my lower back. I'm not having any itching but the biggest hole above my belly button sure is tender and burns. I may have to cover it in the day time so nothing rubs on it. The puppy managed to jump up on me today and hit it with her nail. We are all going to sleep in the bed tonight!! Husband is tired of being in the motorhome with his puppy. I will have to keep a pillow on my chest just in case one of the dogs walks on me!! Last nite I tried to lay on my left side and that really made the pain on my rightside really hurt!! But this morning I rolled on my right side and it felt okay. Still going to take a pain pill tonight.

midwestmom 04-15-2005 11:50 PM

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I had mine out June 2004. I felt a million times better one week afterwards & was 100% 2 weeks after the surgery. The only meds I was prescribed was Vicodin & didn't use them at all after first week. Good luck to everyone :)

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