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Gallbladder/Bile Duct

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  • Posted By: swmichigan
  • July 30, 2007
  • 02:04 PM

My nephew had his gallbladder removed a couple of years ago. He went into emergency with severe abdominal pain. The gallbladder was imbedded in his liver. After his surgery he noticed that he still had mild pain (more of a discomfort) in the area of his surgery. His doctor, at the time, told him that it was probably his bile duct, and he performed an additional surgery for the bile duct. :confused:

Since then, my nephew has been in pain, and cannot even hold down a job because the pain is constant. He's been to three other doctor's and they cannot find anything wrong with him. :( He has gone to emergency several times when the pain is intense, and they send him home because they say they can't find anything wrong with him. A few times he's had elevated blood counts. The only other alternative that has been offered to him as been the recommendation of pain therapy. Has anyone heard of this before? There isn't much on line about this (post gall bladder/bile duct/abdominal pain). If anyone has any suggestions on this subject, please notify me!

Thanks!

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  • Has he had an ERCP? Does he have pancreatic pain, which can be severe. Have they done an amylase level? Where exactly is the pain? Is it on the surface, like skin pain? or deeper inside. What does the CAT scan read? Yes, accept some help from pain management. It can be used during the investigative part of a disease or surgical problem. Has he had a KUB xray to see if there is a surgical instrument still in there?
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  • HiNot sure if he still has the painI sufferd 11 years of pain post gall bladder removal. I had 10 ercps... a laparotomy,, nerves severed for pain releif.. you name it I had it to relieve the pain i had all day every day.I finally had surgery a few months ago . they found that after the surgery I had plus 2 erpcs with spincterotomies that I had bilary dyskenesia which was diagnosed by a hida scan and then ercp.I have had the 3rd op in the world to fix this..the op has been done for bile duct cancer but not for bilary dyskensia. Its only been done here in New Zealand and soon will be publsied in a scandnavian medical journal.it was excision of the common bile duct and hepaticojejunostomy.Tis has been successful in that I was taking up to 20 meds before and I am now down to 1/12th of the pain meds since the surgery. and its only been 6 months.The other 2 are both now pain free and I will get there also.without this I would still be incapaccitateddeb
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