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Same Pain after gall bladder surgery

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 8, 2007
  • 01:57 AM

Had gall bladder removed 2 years ago but have very little relief from original pain. Lately pain has worsened and doctor said we have to start over again with testing. Pain is in upper right area under rib where gall bladder "was" and I believe it is something to do with liver. Problem seemed to begin 2 years when I took Zetia for high cholesterol. Had a very bad reaction to drug with chest and upper abdomen pain after about a week. Stopped taking, had CAT scan which showed enlarged liver. So much discomfort for months with pain in gall bladder area radiating across stomach into left abdomen and wrapping around back. Dr. finally removed gall bladder but as stated above, not much relief. Had scan to look into pancreas ducts which showed only some fat in pancreas. Has anyone had similar problems after g. bladd. surgery? Something is definitely wrong with persistent pain but sometimes I'll have a day or 2 that is not so bad. Would appreciate input if anyone has any experience or a definite diagnosis from knowledgeable liver specialist.

K

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  • hiive had the same for what will be 2 years in april...i really thought having my gallbladder removed would be the end of all my pain, but as with you that wasnt the case.ive had tests done for almost everything now and still no answer,ive searched and searched the internet looking for some answers but have found nothing, the only my doc tells me is , some people have post operative pain and theres nothing that can be done...alright for him to say, anyway just wanted to let you know youre no alone...
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  • GB and Liver pain is very well treated with acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine. I have some patients with chronic pain and this is the only thing that helps them. It is possible the zetia caused some liver damage - this drug has some awful side effects. Google it or look up zetia on www.drugs.com It will take some time to get your liver back in balance, but you should see lasting relief once it does. I suggest an elimination type diet as certain foods can adversely affect your liver function and worsen a fatty liver.Please visit www.wholeapproach.com and print out their food list - it is a great all purpose list for promoting health. Best wishesDOM
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  • Am extremely thankful for the replies from both of you. Makes one feel like "not alone" and I am almost braced for all tests to be fine. Pain almost stops me in my tracks but I'm considering doing a kind of cleanse with lemon and olive oil -- with doctor's ok. I've gotten some relief overnight when I tried about 1/2 tsp app. cider vinegar with warm water and honey. Can feel and hear system working and digesting. Have noticed that don't have much belly noises as in younger days. Something definitely slowed down or ???? Thanks again. K
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • WOW' and i thought my husband was the only one wth these symptoms he has a constan right side pain before and after gb surgery(lap) plus as soon as he eats he get diareaha. and i nean everytime we cant go to returaunts because he has htese problems ad he is 38wow we thought after surgery he would be better ,, and noe my mom just had surgery(lap) and she has be hospitalized 2 times and 1st she was sent from surgery to ocu with complications and then we had her transfered to a diffrent hospital and after 13 das she was sent home and now shes back in there and they pulled a littere and a half of blood from the liver area due to the dr didnt do his job right and now she has fluid around er liver and all we went in for on januray 24 was for gb lap surgery wow huh and her it is february 23 a month latter and she is still in hospital ....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 05:37 PM
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  • I thought I was alone in this. I had mine out three years ago/ I'm scared to eat because of the pain and bathroom visits. I'm young and full of life but yet cant go any where due to the bathroom problems. No one can help me they don't know whats wrong.
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  • I thought I was alone in this. I had mine out three years ago/ I'm scared to eat because of the pain and bathroom visits. I'm young and full of life but yet cant go any where due to the bathroom problems. No one can help me they don't know whats wrong.Cheer up, it will get better. My surgery was almost a year ago. After a while, you will learn what you can eat with no problem, and what you can eat with a restroom nearby. Some people do hat a lot of diarrhea for a long while...if so consult your physician for medication to help with this.Best of luck to you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 27, 2009
    • 02:43 AM
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  • I had my g/b removed in May 2009 and I did have the pain before the surgery. My g/b had crystalized from cholesterol and the fact I am 50+/- and having to take estrogen for menopause did not help. I had the laproscopic surgery and the surgery itself went great. I still have the pain in my upper right side. Some times I think I am going to faint from the pain. Sometimes I have muscle spasams in the area where the g/b was. That has to be the worst pain ever. It does not hurt all the time. I try to monitor my intake but it does not seem to matter too much. If anyone ever finds out what will take the pain away, please let me know. I would love to live pain-free.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 07:56 PM
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  • Had gall bladder removed 2 years ago but have very little relief from original pain. Lately pain has worsened and doctor said we have to start over again with testing. Pain is in upper right area under rib where gall bladder "was" and I believe it is something to do with liver. Problem seemed to begin 2 years when I took Zetia for high cholesterol. Had a very bad reaction to drug with chest and upper abdomen pain after about a week. Stopped taking, had CAT scan which showed enlarged liver. So much discomfort for months with pain in gall bladder area radiating across stomach into left abdomen and wrapping around back. Dr. finally removed gall bladder but as stated above, not much relief. Had scan to look into pancreas ducts which showed only some fat in pancreas. Has anyone had similar problems after g. bladd. surgery? Something is definitely wrong with persistent pain but sometimes I'll have a day or 2 that is not so bad. Would appreciate input if anyone has any experience or a definite diagnosis from knowledgeable liver specialist.K[/QUOTE {I RECENTLY READ ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM,AND I MYSELF HAVE HAD A TERRIBLE ORDEAL WITH MY GALL BLADDER REMOVEL.I HAD WORSE PAIN AFTER AND MY STOMACH BEGAN TO SWELL.I RECENTLY WENT TO THE DOC. FOR SOME CAT SCANS OF MY STOMACH AND THEY FOUND OUT I HAD A CYST ON MY LIVER THAT COULD BE CAUSING SOME DUCTS TO FORM,MAYBE OR IT COULD BE MORE SERIOUS.I SUGGEST YOU GET MORE TESTING,AND GET YOUR VITA - D CHECKED
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
    • 03:20 AM
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  • hi ya! just read ur story. im 3 weeks after having my gall bladder out for the same reason as you. today im horrifed cause i got the same pain its dreadfull. went to my g.p whom told me that i could have gall stones in my tubes and hopefully they will pass. but he very much doubths this will happen. have a letter for a/e when i get next attack. they didnt flush my gall bladder before my operation and i think they should have, cant beleive ive gone through all of this for nothing! ive a friend with same case and they have no anwsers for her. im not letting this so want it sorted
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    • November 12, 2009
    • 05:13 PM
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  • i had my g/b removed 4 weeks ago, im 17 years old and have had diareoroh (however you spell it) ever since. I am also getting the exact same pain but worse than before, much much worse. I have pain down my right arm and shoulder, through my abdomen and then through to my back. The pain is so bad i have panic attacks because i cant breath, i get extremely worked up which of course doesn't help the panic attacks. I have another appointment on friday at the hospital, i hope it will lead to something being done, although probably wont!
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  • Had gall bladder removed 2 years ago but have very little relief from original pain. Lately pain has worsened and doctor said we have to start over again with testing. Pain is in upper right area under rib where gall bladder "was" and I believe it is something to do with liver. Problem seemed to begin 2 years when I took Zetia for high cholesterol. Had a very bad reaction to drug with chest and upper abdomen pain after about a week. Stopped taking, had CAT scan which showed enlarged liver. So much discomfort for months with pain in gall bladder area radiating across stomach into left abdomen and wrapping around back. Dr. finally removed gall bladder but as stated above, not much relief. Had scan to look into pancreas ducts which showed only some fat in pancreas. Has anyone had similar problems after g. bladd. surgery? Something is definitely wrong with persistent pain but sometimes I'll have a day or 2 that is not so bad. Would appreciate input if anyone has any experience or a definite diagnosis from knowledgeable liver specialist.KI had my gallbladder laproscopically removed 3 weeks ago, and I wanted to come on here and post my results because people's horror stories really scared the ***l out of me when I read them before getting the procedure done - in fact, I almost didn't get it done because of the side-effects that people spoke of. My stats, so that you know them: Female, 29 years old, 5'6, 150 lbs.If you need to get your gallbladder removed, don't fret too much - while there are certain less-than-ideal side effects that CAN happen, the fact of the matter is that they usually don't. Gallbladder surgery is THE most performed surgery in the USA with over 500,000 operations performed each year. The handful of people online who post serious problems are the minority - the vast majority of people experience little or no side effects, and therefore don't go looking for gallbladder forums to post to. I had my surgery 3 weeks ago, and I've been pleasantly surprised with how few side effects I've experienced - the procedure was a cinch, I went home the same day. It was quite painful to use my abdominal muscles for about 3 days - I was on Percocet for about that long. After the 3rd day, it was still painful (obviously, I mean they DID cut me open) but it was bearable with just an OTC pain reliever. Getting off the Percocet quickly is definitely something I'd advise, as it constipated me pretty badly - I had to take stool softeners, a laxative, and milk of magnesia to get my bowels moving (don't be afraid to take these - they make pooping unpleasant, yes, but pushing is NO fun right after surgery... Gross? Yes. But the softer, the better). Now that I'm off the Percocet, I go once every day in the afternoon and that's it - I have absolutely no dietary restrictions, I eat whatever I want. One thing that I've noticed is that I'm unable to eat as much as I did before, and I've lost a few pounds since the surgery, so that's a positive side effect. I don't have any emergency poops, I'm not running to bathrooms. My cuts are healing nicely, but aren't all the way healed so I can't speak to scarring - but they are very small, the 2 in the center of my stomach are about 1" wide and the 2 on my right side are about half an inch. I'm still sore, but healing nicely and hoping to be back at the gym in a couple weeks - I was walking around by the end of the first week. Anyway, since there's so much negative out there on this subject, I figured I'd post something positive - the surgery and the recovery, while not the most pleasant thing I've done this year, weren't as bad as I thought. The side effects weren't either :) Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 21, 2010
    • 03:11 PM
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  • I too have had the same pain after having my gall bladder removed. I have had every test. I have had my bile ducts cut open, the SOD cut open, spinal taps to block the pain, acupunture, etc. I've been told I will have to resort to pain management the rest of my life. I keep looking and hoping someday someone will figure out what is causing it. Its been close to ten years now. Even with the pain meds, it gets to be too much to handle sometimes.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2010
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  • I was told the exact same thing,that the pain I'm feeling is post operative pain! Unbelievable. I actually think it's a joke and trying the "natural" way of taking care of my body since G.I. Specialist has no answers. Abdominal pain, and nausea seem to still bother me. I do vomit more after surgery. He has tested me for Celiac Disease. In my follow up appointment, he tells me "I don't think you have Celiac Disease". Then goes on to say there are two blood tests for this disease, and the one I took is sensitive and came out positive. Isn't that like almost saying "your almost pregnant, but not quite". Unbelievable. He decided to run that test because after surgery, I had eaten a plain slice of wheat toast, within minutes I had heartburn and abdominal pain. So, I've been gluten free for a week, so far so good. I'm keeping a food diary. I also cannot have dairy, it makes me sick to my stomache. hiive had the same for what will be 2 years in april...i really thought having my gallbladder removed would be the end of all my pain, but as with you that wasnt the case.ive had tests done for almost everything now and still no answer,ive searched and searched the internet looking for some answers but have found nothing, the only my doc tells me is , some people have post operative pain and theres nothing that can be done...alright for him to say, anyway just wanted to let you know youre no alone...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 02:28 PM
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  • i had my gallblader remove 1 month ago but i still having the same pain like before the sergury in my right uper side i dont know what to do :( and i have a lot of diarrhea too and the surgeon he tell me its normal but he dont understand how is to live like this, i thought i am the only one with these symptoms...
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  • my wife had gb surgery over two years ago. now has same pain as before removal. she can't lift or strain because it feels like her insides are ripping open.says that she would rather deal with hysto pain than this. now she also has to take nitro for some type of spasms in throat or heart. never had that before surgery. had all test but everything "normal". HA!!!
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  • i had my gallblader remove 1 month ago but i still having the same pain like before the sergury in my right uper side i dont know what to do :( and i have a lot of diarrhea too and the surgeon he tell me its normal but he dont understand how is to live like this, i thought i am the only one with these symptoms... hey i just foundn out my husband has the same problem
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  • Hi,I had my gallbladder out a month ago after repeatedly going to my doctor who told me I had Gastric Reflux. Once they did a scan they could see the gallstones so I had the op. Following on from this I was making a good recovery then 2 weeks later I ended up back in A&E (same pains) they scanned me again checked my bloods and sent me home saying it was post op pains. Spoke to my doctor who prescribed me more liquid for gastric reflux !!!Ended up in A&E again the following week with the same pains - this time my bloods showed that my liver was affected so they kept me in. Did another ultrasound which showed nothing (at this point I thought it was all in my head!) Luckily they then did a MRI scan which showed that I had a gallstone lodged in my bile ducts which was affecting my liver and pancreas. They had me booked in for an ERCP for 4 days time to remove this as can be quite dangerous and monitored me. I experienced horrendous pains 2 days after the diagnosis and it turns out I passed the stone naturally which was a relief.Its now 1 week on and I am back to eating normally with no pains. Not drinking alcohol due to the pancreatitis but foods are all going down well.Please be persistent with the docs if they send you away - sometimes stones don't show up on ultrasounds so you need to insist on an MRI scan if you are still getting the symptoms after having your gallbladder removed.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 11, 2011
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