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pain after gallbladder surgery
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pain after gallbladder surgery

2 weeks ago i had gallbladder surgery, and im still having really bad gas pains and diarrihia. its like everything i eat goes right through me and im always in the bathroom, im wondering if anyone has any advice on what i should do, or if there is anything i can take. and is it also possible to still have stones in my bile duct even after surgery?
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I had gallbladder surgery also.Pain following surgery such as gas is normal.Stay away from spicy foods.The doctor told me to eat a bland diet for about 3 weeks.It is possible for a small stone to be lodged in the biliary duct.If you are concerned you should have an ultra sound done or a ct scan.

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I had mine removed surgery 18 months ago and have lived in and out of the hospital from phantom attacks since. I was a manager at the same store for 7 yrs and now cannot work, they can't find what went wrong. I just digest food minutes after eating it. I've been through so many tests, my mind and body feel like **** all of the time now. I have diarrihia around 5 times a day and it lasts about 1hr 1/2 each time. I haven't been able to work since Nov. 9, 2000 and am at the moment being claimed as disabled by Dr. Bailey and my former employer. I hope yours doesn't get the way mine has. It started out with everything I ate now I don't have to eat for it to come, I try not to eat, and it still comes it's more of of a mucus then anything. They've even ran tests on that and don't know what or why it is. And until they know they won't give me anything for it
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I have had similar problems. I have mentioned this before,
but a few weeks ago I got Flagyl and that really helped.  They
also thought I have stones in my bile ducts, but an  ERCP yesterday did not show that.  
I was told that a few months after the surgery things would be
wonderful, but I swear my digestive system never went back to normal.  

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IHAD SEVEN BIOPSIES DONE LAST SUNDAY FROM MY COLON DURING A COLONOSCOPY WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A PANCREATITIS ATTACK.  I HAVE HAD MY GALLBLADDER REMOVED LAST SEPTEMBER.  SINCE THAT TIME I WAS PUT BACK IN THE HOSPITAL 2X'S FOR BLEEDING INTERNALLY & WITH BILE LEAKS.  TALK ABOUT PAIN.  MY CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY LOOKING FOR WHEN THEY DO BIOPSIES?  I HAVEN'T RECEIVED THE RESULTS FROM THE GI DR. YET AND I AM VERY WORRIED.  CAN ANYBODY GIVE ME SOME CLUES AS TO WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR.
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Hello all

I had my gallbladder out 17 months ago by big surgery (open)
and I,m still a bit sore especially when I sit still for a while
I guess it just takes time, at least I hope so
regards Howard
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I had my gall bladder removed about 8 years ago and suffered with the same symptoms that you are describing. It is very discouraging and pretty darn inconvenient, to say the least. However,  about 5 years ago was told by my family doctor to try Fibercon Tablets. I was hesitant as I had tried many other fiber powder mixes in the past with no luck. But I tried it anyway and within 1 week I noticed a huge difference. Don't know if this would help anyone else but it sure improved my quality of life. It my be worth asking your doctor about this. (Note: I have just recently been treated for H-Pylori and am not taking anything except Prevacid. So far so good! Makes me wonder if the HP contributed the the gall bladder disease, etc.????) Good luck!
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Hi:  Anyone experiencing gall bladder attacks after removal have your calcium levels checked.  On a whim our doctor checked our 25 year old daughter and thought her levels would be low but they were extremely high.  Very rare occurence.  It is uncommon but if they are high which are daughters were you need to see an endrocronologist right away.  It could be parathyroid. She is seeing the specialist on Mon. and a scan on Tues.  Hope this helps anyone.  Karen
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Here's a new wrinkle to post-gallbladder surgery that I'm hoping to hear other opinions about.  My laparascopic surgery was 3 years ago, but since then I've had a "crimped" small intestine as a result of the surgery.  Used to be I'd only have a nighttime cramp or two once a month or so, but now I suffer occasional complete intestinal blockage that necessitates visits to the ER.  When I ask doctors what precautions to take to prevent these incidents I'm told "there is nothing you can do except to deal with it when it hits."  Any comments?
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Thank Heavens!  I am not losing my mind.  I have had IBD for years, which was also diagnosed as Crohn's by 2 drs.  I became extremely ill in Sept. 01, and thought this was the Crohn's.  Unfortunately, when I was rushed to the hospital I had Pancreatis (pancreatitis), and needed to have my Gall Bladder removed.  Since then I am constantly nauseaus.  There are many times I cannot stand the smell of food cooking.  This has really put a damper on my early Sr. years.  Any ideas???
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hi, im just having an awful time recovering from my gallbladder surgery, im wondering what exactly pancreatitis is, and is it possible for me to get it after gallbladder surgery? thanx
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I've recently found out my gallbladder probably should come out but after reading all your posts, I'm hesitant. I just don't know how long I can live with a non-working gallbladder. Somedays are great and others...well, not so great. Everyone I've talked to that has had Gallbladder surgery has nothing bad to say about it until I came to this forum. Yikes!
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I have recently had a painful gallbladder attack.  I was considering going through with the laparoscopic surgery to have it removed until I read the posts on this message board.  I just want to know one thing:

WERE ALL YOU PEOPLE THIS STUPID BEFORE THE SURGERY, OR DO YOU BLAME STUPIDITY ON THE SURGERY AS WELL?  

By the way, diarrhea is not spelled diarrihia!  Any of you imbeciles heard of a dictionary?  How about spell check?
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I really can't say what Pancreatis (pancreatitis) is so to speak, but apparently my blood work was way out of sinc.  They could not do the surgery until a few days later when the blood work was better.  The drs. said it was quite serious and I was really sick with it.  SEE YOUR DR. FOR BLOODWORK, if you have any question.
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This comment goes directly to you Richard.How dare you attack anyone on this board.Everyone here has some sort of stomach problem and is just giving their own personal experience.I guess that is why you have visited this site.Take our own personal experiences for whatever it is worth or just ignore entirely.
if you dont have a procedure that you need done (I am only assuming ).because of what you have read on our experiences.Then we are not the ignorant ones ,are we?I am very relieved to have had my gallbladder and stones removed.If I had not,there would be serious problems ...I assure you.You need to listen to your doc.Just because a few of us have problems now due to gallbladder removal...it doesnt mean everyone does.

Pretty pissed off!
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Perhaps I was a bit harsh in my previous comments; however, my original point still stands.  Become informed!  And I don't mean inform yourself solely by listening to people on the internet who, for all you know, could have three eyes and a lobotomy.  Get information from more reliable sources as well.  Perhaps you could dust off those reading glasses and pick up a book.  Medical journals or websites from medical professionals could prove useful.  By all means listen to the accounts of other patients, but I urge all of you to read, reason and discern between what is plausible and what is not.

I apologize for offending anyone with my earlier comments.

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A bit harsh? LOL. Maybe your gall bladder pain is getting to you?You are assuming that we haven't read books and researched our medical problems. Many of us are suffering from problems that are not easily solved. Sometimes it helps to hear advise from those who are going through similiar problems.

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I have had Gall Bladder surgery and my stones removed and am having considerable pain and nausea.  I am also in the Medical Profession.  How dare you judge people who just want to share with others who may have the same problems.  It made me feel as though I truly was not losing my mind - because there were others who have had the same experience.  Hope my spelling is ok for you.
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I am hoping someone can help, my husband had his gallbladder removed about a month ago and is having some unexplained problems. He had an infection in his colon that possibly moved to his pancreas after his surgery. The doctor said it was caused from all the antibiotics he received through his I.V. in the days before his surgery. They said the antibiotics killed the "good bug" we have in our colon and allowed the "bad bug" to take over and caused the infection. They re-hospitalized him and put him on an antibiotic through I.V. called Flagyl and sent him home with the same medication. Our problem is he is still having severe lower abdominal pain where his appendix is located.the doctor said there are no problems with his appendix his labs and urine samples are all returning showing nothing. He is also having severe muscle cramp like pain in the same area after he urinates. He is also having continuous pain just under his breast bone. On a few occasions there has been blood in the toliet after a bowel movement,along with the severe diarrhea that is not ceasing.  The doctors keep saying everything is fine,nothing is showing on his labs but he seems to worse than before his surgery. He is being to feel the doctors think it's all in his head. I am worried and confused. Is he just having a slow painful recovery are is there some post operative complication that isn't being diagnosed?
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I think I can shed some light on what Pancreatitis is.  In the first place, it is the most god awful stomach ache you will ever experience in your life.  They treat it by keeping you on narcotics and a clear liquid diet.  I developed Pancreatitis after having an ERCP done.  There is only a 5% chance of that happening after that procedure.  I spent 3 days in the hospital and another 3 weeks off work because of it.  You can get alot of information just going through this forum and looking what others have to say about Pancreatitis.  And yes it is diagnosed by doing blood work.  And if you have elevated almyse and lispe counts, you definitely have Pancreatitis.  Once you have had pancreatitis you are prone to get it again.  Hope this information helps.  Have a GREAT day!
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