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problems after laprascopic gallbladder surgery

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 18, 2007
  • 03:09 PM

a few weeks after my gallbladder surgery I started feeling really fatigued,
was running a fever of 102 and above, sweating profusely and pain in
right side. I finally was taken to hospital from ER with high white count,
high liver enzymes, fever and pain in right side.
The surgeon who performed the gallbladder surgery had test done, and
they showed that the common bile duct might be swollen, however, when
an MRI was done, the radiologist couldn't find any stones and the test
was negative. I was given antibiotics through an IV, kept in the hospital
for four days and the fever started to subside to 99.9. The sweats did
not. The pain let up. The doctor said that I was being tested for hepatitis
and that the results wouldn't be back for a few days. I was released
and am feeling a little better, but not back to normal. The doc said that
he didn't think it was hepatitis and did not know what was going on.

I have been in remission from Hodgkins disease for nine years, so the doc
wasn't concerned about that. He said the liver enzymes were slightly
elevated and the white count was slight, and he didn't seem too worried.

What's going on with me? I feel like everyone thinks I'm crazy and
a hypocondriac. Can anyone share their thoughts.

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  • I had gallbladder removed in august. Then in October had the same severe pains that I had when I had previous attacks. Rather than lasting a night it lasted for several days. I was told at the ER that I was constipated. After 6 days pain went away. Then Nov 14 same pain as previous month. Went to ER several times. They checked for kidney stones each visit. One of my visits they checked my liver panel and it came back abnormal, said the same thing probably just stone stuck in bile duct. Scheduled a HidaScan, but before that could happen started vomiting, couldnt' eat, severe pain. Went back to ER did another liver test, this time they were sky high, and bilirubin was extremly high. Sent me home, scheduled appt. with doctor for following monday after thanksgiving. Ended going back to ER the day after thanks. and they admitted me and was in the hospital for 3 dyas, sent me to gastro dr. who performed an ERCP. With the ERCP they usually and x-ray, and dr. said that the small stones did not even show up. When I spoke with other dr. at hospital they said they wouldn't have even showed up with the hidascan. So your best bet is make an appointment with a gastro dr. and suggest an ERCP.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 02:51 AM
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  • thanks for your reply. But just what exactly is an ERCP?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 02:02 PM
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  • here is a link that will explain it better....http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ercp/index.htm
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 05:38 AM
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  • thanks for the info. I just got out of the hospital (third trip), three day stay.My temperature was out of control. They did a CT and found fluid in myintestines. I now have a cathether tube hanging out of my side draininginfection. The doctors say they do not know what caused it. Said it mightbe that the gallbladder was so infected that some of the sludge ran out intomy bowel. Um? Anyone have any experience with this? They sent me homewith the cath and I'm to have another CT in a few days to see if all thedrainage is gone. I can't believe that I went in for a simple gallbladdersurgery and ended up this way.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 00:48 PM
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  • It depends on how bad your gallbladder was to begin with. My husband's was gangrenous by the time they figured out what was wrong with him. He was on large amounts of prednisone and his white count and temp were normal, so the ER kept sending him home. In the end, he required an open incision and two surgeons to remove the damned thing - one to unstick the gallbladder from what it was adhered to and the other to repair the holes the unsticking left. It was a pretty nasty operation over all. If you aren't keen on an ERCP (done through a scope inserted through your mouth usually under "twilight" sedation) you can request an MRCP which is done externally and with no sedation. It can image the bile ducts fairly well. My husband has one or two MRCP's a year to keep up with an issue related to his Crohn's disease. Beats the ***l out of an ERCP, let me tell you.
    bugdog 14 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 01:37 PM
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  • I had gallbladder (open) surgery 11-19-08, they damaged my bile duct during surgery. I have not been the same since. I told my Doctor today that I was still hurting in my stomach, at my ribs and through my back. He said the CT scan was good, no leaks from my bile or no liquid at all leaking. I have been going through this since November. He ask me today, which made me feel as if I was lying about my pain..he said how is you MENTAL state!! OMG I was so mad that he would even suggest that! I have been through pure ***l since my GB surgery and I hurt all the time. When I take the least of a breath I hurt so bad through my back on the right side. I got jaundice, turned all yellow I looked like I was about to die. Bacterial infection in my blood, I had 2 jp drains and a T-Tube coming out of my stomach for 3 weeks. Liver level went so high I was in the hospital for 9 days after my GB surgery. Week later I had to have a stent put in my bile duct and taken out a month later, just in December. So I say to you, find a good doctor because I know what it feels like to hurt like you described, I am still there after today and My doctor doesn't think anyhting is still wrong. We know our bodies, we know our hurt. I will give it a month and I will find another doctor. I really wish you well because I am still in pain and it is so hard because I know I will never be the same. I will ALWAYS worry when I get the least bit of a fever or chill that something is wrong with my bile duct and liver, so I wish you well and take care.
    sjb123 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2009
    • 05:54 AM
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