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post gall bladder surgery HELP!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 28, 2006
  • 01:49 AM

I had my gall bladder out in April 2006. My pain was only when I would sit on the floor and bend forward, also would get nauseated. I could eat any food and not have any problems. Went and had a scan of my gall bladder and they said it needed to come out. That was suppose to solve the pain and discomfort. For the past 2 months, I am back to having the same pains like before I had the surgery. Does anyone else have this problem and if so could you tell me what it is? My doctor started me on meds but doesnt know if they will work. He is talking about doing a upper GI next. HELPPPPP

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  • You need to see a gastroenterologist ASAP! They should be able to find out what is happening or send you to a hepatic specialist. You may have had some damage done to you bile ducts either because of the surgery or because of stones in the common bile duct. You don't want to waste time and lose your bile ducts to injury or infection--which is what will happen if bile starts pooling in the ducts within or outside your liver. There are many tests that can be done from a ERCP to a PTC, but do not wait. A liver function test may also be able to tell you something. Do not waste time with your family doctor. Ask to see a specialist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
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  • I'm having the same trouble. Ten years ago, my gallbladder was removed becuse I was having attacks and there was a huge stone in the gallbladder. Now I am having discomfort in the surgical site and pain if I eat certain foods. Sometimes it's almost like an itching sensation as well. I'm seeing my gastro guy today. I suspect additional stones in the bile duct or an inflammed liver or pancreas because of some of the meds I take - Dilantin, Trileptal, synthroid. It could be having an effect on other organs, but I've had this before adding Trileptal to the list. So, it is my advice that you do not fool around with this. If there is scar tissue or adhesions, it's pretty easy to treat. If it's a stone, then sometimes they can remove it endoscopically. We shall see what the diagnosis is today.Say a prayer for me.
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    • January 3, 2007
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  • Well, I have now had a ultrasound on my stomach. They looked for liver, pancreas, and gall stones. Got the results and they found nothing. Now they think it may be a nerve that they hit or scar tissue is wrapping around a nerve. They numb the area of my top scar and gave me a shot of some steriod to try to numb the nerve. To say the least, it didnt work at all and now has made the pain worse. It now happens when I am standing or sitting. Dang it! So the next step they want to do is, go through my belly button and see what is up around the area that I am having the pain. So still no good results to my problem. The doctor has admitted that he is not sure what is going on.
    misher71 2 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
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  • Hi! I Had My Gallbladder Removed In August Of 2006. Sometimes I Have Yellowish Runny Bowel Movements. Has Anyone Else Experienced This? I Have Liver Function Tests Regularly And All Is Normal. Could I Just Be Eating The Wrong Things? Is Anyone On A Special Diet Following The Surgery?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 08:14 PM
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  • A liver cleanse is really good. Everyone has stones in their liver. You can do it your self and there is no pain and it is all natural. It is with Epsom Salts which opens up the bile ducts and flushes the stones out into the toliet. No pain at all. If anyone is interested, I do have the receipe and I can email it to you. It only takes 1 day of cleansing and the next day you will see hundreds of green pea stones come out. Everyone should do it every six months as stones in your liver are parasites that the liver couldnt get out so it puts a coating around it to stop it from doing any damage to your body. But over time the liver needs to be cleaned. My email address is alatina@bigpond.net.au
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 07:47 AM
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  • Hi there. My dad is 67 and had his gallbladder removed back in Feb 07. Apparently. because it had "fused" with surrounding organs a bile duct was cut. It is now May and is still hospitalized. Several times he vomits and gets a fever and is constantly battling infection. I am worried and don't know what to do. Can anyone reccomend anything?
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  • After my gall bladder removal, i experienced the same intense pain attacks as before. If i chewed 1 ASA (aspirin) tablet, the pain stopped within a couple of minutes. I now have excess-alkalinity attacks from time to time that are immediately cured by ingesting acid.(The medical world just gave me pain killers.)
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  • After my gall bladder removal, i experienced the same intense pain attacks as before. If i chewed 1 ASA (aspirin) tablet, the pain stopped within a couple of minutes. I now have excess-alkalinity attacks from time to time that are immediately cured by ingesting acid.(The medical world just gave me pain killers.)I am experiencing the exact same pain too! I have had 2 major attacks since I had my gall bladder removed in Jan this year. Have you had any further tests done? My doc had me go through another CT, which showed nothing. Now he wants me to see a gastro doc. I have been taking Pepcid AC when I start to feel like another attack might be coming, and it really helps. I thought it was overwith when they took my gall bladder out...now what?
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  • I am experiencing the exact same pain too! I have had 2 major attacks since I had my gall bladder removed in Jan this year. Have you had any further tests done? My doc had me go through another CT, which showed nothing. Now he wants me to see a gastro doc. I have been taking Pepcid AC when I start to feel like another attack might be coming, and it really helps. I thought it was overwith when they took my gall bladder out...now what?If, by "major attacks" you mean spending the night appreciating the cool of lying on the bathroom floor, while feeling as if someone was stabbing you below your ribs, very nauseated and having diarrhea (just as before the removal) - that's exactly what chewing an aspirin or two when the pain and sweats start - fixes for me. I also had adhesions on the muscle layer of the scar, but it was a very different kind of pain: a sort of tearing feeling right at the scar that went away as soon as I stopped stretching it (e.g. shovelling gravel or raking).My gall bladder and the 200+ stones inside it were removed in 1975. It took me more than a year of trial-and-error to figure out how to stop the repeat "attacks". Both types of pain only come back occasionally and I know how to make them go away, so they're no longer an issue and certainly easier to deal with than the attacks I had every night following a dinner of greasy and/or spicy foods before having my gall bladder removed.My resources were limited to that one night following the surgery, in the emergency department where they just gave me lots of codeine tablets to cope with the pain. Plain old uncoated ASA works within a couple of minutes of chewing and swallowing it.) Also now I just stay away from "exciting" foods - no more Thai food for me.If you have the time and resources to look into your attacks, I hope they can test your stomach juices for hyper-alkalinity when you are in pain. Maybe you're lucky and that's all it is, just like me. Or if Pepsid AC works to stop an attack, maybe that's all you'll ever need?I hope it isn't something complicated like Pancreatitus or the stuff in the other posts. Good luck!
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  • Hi! I Had My Gallbladder Removed In August Of 2006. Sometimes I Have Yellowish Runny Bowel Movements. Has Anyone Else Experienced This? I Have Liver Function Tests Regularly And All Is Normal. Could I Just Be Eating The Wrong Things? Is Anyone On A Special Diet Following The Surgery?im with you...had mine out 8 years ago and the last 2 years seem like im back where i started..i have yellow "leafy" bowel movements..often..my doc says its bile and gave me carafate to help bind it all together..it works half the time..im extremely tired,dehydrated and malnutritioned!! when i express my concerns im pumped up with fluids and sent on my way until the next time!! good luck
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  • Had my gallbladder removed, it was the size of a huge fist (it is only supposed to be the size of a thumb), the gallbladder attacks were horrible. The worst attacks happened at night when I was sleeping and I would wake up and run to the bathroom and then just freeze b/c the pain was so bad. I remember trying to call for help, but I was in too much pain to due so. I almost always blacked out. Anyway, I had severe pain after my surgery for awhile, felt like something was wrong, lost and gained weight. Your whole system gets messed up for awhile, but then it returns to normal and you just have to find the right foods that work for you. The incision site still hurts when I sleep on that side at night.
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  • Hi! I Had My Gallbladder Removed In August Of 2006. Sometimes I Have Yellowish Runny Bowel Movements. Has Anyone Else Experienced This? I Have Liver Function Tests Regularly And All Is Normal. Could I Just Be Eating The Wrong Things? Is Anyone On A Special Diet Following The Surgery?I had my Gallbladder removed a little over two months ago. I was suffering from pain under the right rib an into the back, nausea, bloating and so on. Since my surgery the only thing I don't still have is the nausea. I spend a great deal of time in the restroom daily as well. I was told all my symptoms would disappear and I would feel like a new person. Bull ----! I know how you feel and then some.
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  • Hi! I Had My Gallbladder Removed In August Of 2006. Sometimes I Have Yellowish Runny Bowel Movements. Has Anyone Else Experienced This? I Have Liver Function Tests Regularly And All Is Normal. Could I Just Be Eating The Wrong Things? Is Anyone On A Special Diet Following The Surgery?Hello I know this is an older post but thought I would answer in case it would help someone else. I to suffered this frequently to the point where I could not go out to eat socially. I have found drinking a small amount of red wine such as Oliver wine to help ( about 4 ounces around 5 times a week) . Along with eating Dan Active yogurt. Personally I believe it has something to do with the good bacteria in the body being off balance. Ive talked to several other people about the problem and several of them who have had their gallbladder removed suffer from the same thing. Bad news is its been about 5 years since I had the surgery so its an ongoing thing that you have to take care of.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 1, 2008
    • 03:52 AM
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  • I had my g.b. surgery almost four months ago and continue to suffer many of the symptoms I have read about here. Extreme abdominal pain, upper chest pain, especially on the right. I have also had numerous tests with no results, CT scan, colonoscopy, upper G.I. scope and blood work. I am curious if anyone has had the ERCP test and how safe the procedure is. I would also appreciate any advice of other tests to request to find a solution. Daily life is very difficult with this level of pain.
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    • December 22, 2008
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  • I had my g.b. surgery almost four months ago and continue to suffer many of the symptoms I have read about here. Extreme abdominal pain, upper chest pain, especially on the right. I have also had numerous tests with no results, CT scan, colonoscopy, upper G.I. scope and blood work. I am curious if anyone has had the ERCP test and how safe the procedure is. I would also appreciate any advice of other tests to request to find a solution. Daily life is very difficult with this level of pain.I had my gallbladder removed March 08. I vomited six days later and felt like I tore something where my GB had been. The surgeon at the post op appointment said "If your pain is actually real has NOTHING to do with the GB removal and you need to see a GI Dr." He also went on to say my GB wasn't bad enough to be removed, I had a 1 or 2cm stone, and that something else must be wrong.I was without health insurance until Dec 08 so I wasn't able to see a GI Dr until then. I saw a GI Dr 3 days after I had vomited the morning after eating a piece of pizza. the pain was so bad at the GB surgery site I couldn't stand up straight for almost 4 days. On Jan 9, 2009 the GI Dr preformed the ERCP and found I had a growth covering my bile duct. My liver had showed signs of swelling since 7/07 but my GP Dr decided to ignore it even tho I said i wanted to know if that could pinpoint my excessive vomiting and pain in that area. The growth turned out to be scar tissue and a week or 2 later my liver function tests were normal :)The GI Dr cut an opening in the growth to allow the backed up bile to drain. I vomited for over 7hrs and was admitted instead of being sent home. The recovery nurse, 3 drs and the pharmacist couldn't figure out how to stop the vomiting. they finally knocked me out with dilauded and ativan and that did the trick.Since that episode I have only vomited once but the CONSTANT pain in the GB area has been much much worse. I am guessing that I damaged something with the severity of the vomiting. My severe fatigue I've been fighting for over 2yrs is gone and I do have some of my old energy coming back finally but the pain is non stop. I saw another surgeon and he dx the nerve damage, referred me to a pain clinic and put me on Nerontin. I took it for 30days before almost causing myself a divorce and my husband asked me this past weekend to stop taking it and find a support group online to research my options.The pain clinic has ignored my referral for over 3 weeks now and my husband wants me to call the surgeon and get a scrip for Lyrica. AT this point I'm so afraid of loosing my mind again I'm willing to take the pain over the med side effects.I too am looking for ways to cope thru the pain in my daily life. I cannot do anything without causing major pain that I cannot even hide from people :( I hide at home for fear of people seeing the pain.
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  • I know this is an older thread, but seems like there is so much of this happening. In the last few years I have known/helped/and spoke with ppl who needed their gb out, or were having pains that were being neglected and pushed to the back burner -one could say- So many people are having Ultrasound(s), blood work(ups), Xrays, CTs, HIDA Scans, Scoped.... and the only thing they are receiving are large amounts of medical bills!!! Its ridiculous because it seems like nothing is ever found the first time around. Needless, to say, I understand! At the age of 19 almost 20 i delivered my son on 3.22.06. Shortly thereafter, I began having bizarre pains i had never had. Well after testing and xrays and finally a HIDA scan I demanded a surgeon who would remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy), they had saw possible stones with the Hida scan. On 10.31.06 i had the surgery felt much better... recovery wasnt bad at all. I had the laporscopic procedure and minimal scaring.I learned real soon that I still couldnt eat greasy fatty foods or dark pops; i would have attacks, but they were different. After No doctor had a clue, I discovered Dumping Syndrome. After researching and deciding that i did have high cholesterol (and the medication would help reduce that aswell) I asked the dr for a Rx for Cholestyramine (Generic); the brand name I got was Questran (http://www.medicinenet.com/cholestyramine/article.htm) it was a powder i mixed in Orange juice. It wasnt great and i found i could handle it with COLD oj and PULP bc i didnt like the grainy texture...Drink it real quick and i was golden haha.. but after a few months of that and eating less and i started eating a few bites of a cheese burger and things that i missed... just to see how i would do. at first I would wait days or weeks in between. (I did really well on cereal and toast and breads. ha. surprisingly i didnt get fat. haha.) Eventually I was able to eat more and more and now I do pretty good. I dont drink that stuff. =) Although, I have issues with GERD still which Nexium no longer controls so i switched to protonix and that seems to do better. I can go out to any fast food eat pretty much whatever but just watch size and i stray away from super greasy foods---- i try not to piss my stomach off too much, and he returns the favor hahaha. Hope i have helped.Just be persistent and remember we know our bodies better than any doctor, so if you feel like something is really wrong with you; dont give up. and Dont just settle for ONE opinion. You have that right to get more than ONE =) O and JUST for clarification for those doctors that are completely wrong... there is NO SPECIFIC blood test to test the levels of a gallbladder/ they test the pancreatic function (enzymes) and the liver function (enzymes) AND NOT ALL THE TIME ARE THEY ELEVATED you can be having and episode or an attack and have none to low level or very high..... and get---ask---- copies of the blood draws to know what they are really looking for... just helpful tips bc if a dr sees u care sometimes they care a little more too. so read up on things first and seem knowledgeable =) Good luck everyone!here are a couple links u might find helpful? or atleast know that you arent the only one... http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=78670 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumping_Syndrome http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec03/ch030/ch030d.html# http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec03/ch030/ch030c.html http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec03/ch030/ch030b.html
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  • I'm 18 years old and had my gallbladder removed 4 weeks ago. Had severe attacks leading up to it (you all know the drill!), anyway after it was removed my surgeon said it wasn't nearly as inflamed or "sick-looking" as he thought it would have been considering the pain I was in, yes there were a lot of stones, but not very red or angry looking at all!As i said, it was almost 5 weeks ago that I had surgery - everything was fine, I healed nice and quick, I eat a healthy diet, but now the pain has come back. With a vengeance. It's horrible, nausea, back pain, everything...I'm at a complete loss as the why its come back.I guess where I'm leading with this is, if my gallbladder didn't look "sick" at all, and the pain is still happening, does that mean it was a misdiagnosis? And if so, that means I had pointless surgery, and wasted expenses. Has any one occured the same issue, and what did the problem actually turn out to be?
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  • can you please tell me what ASA is?
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  • I had my gallbladder removed in 1979 in 2001 i had been having same pain went to emergency room and was told by doc that you can have gallstones without having a gallbladder they were in my bile duct!!!!! I have recently seen where people can die from this they did a scopic thing through my mouth and broke them up!!! But it could have been worse!! Go to doc asap!!! I also had pancritis!!!
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