3 months post gallbladder surgery

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Hey guys 

so I had my surgery in May and I am starting to feel really unwell. I am still vomitting in the evenings but just in the last couple of days I have had pains in my stomach (prob due to all the throwing up) and throwing up during the day as well and I am very weak. 

Anyone experiencing anything similar? 

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    Hi Tazz I'm sorry your going through this. Have you been vomiting since the operation? Any diarrhea? Have you nausea all the time? Are you vomiting bile or is it food? Yes I started vomiting 8 weeks after my operation and had horrendous nausea. Was in and out of hospital and pumped full of drugs which did nothing but made me feel drugged. Unfortunately this is a side effect of the gallbladder removal. I was told it was rare but then spoke to a lot of people who had the same. Some had it for 6 months and others up to a year. I did have Bad pains in my stomach from vomiting. Are you dry wretching as well? I was also violently dry wretching too and my muscles in my stomach were very sore. I'm so sorry your going this. But your not alone. You probably won't get many replies as I didn't over the many months I posted on here about it. People can't understand how horrendous this is when it hasn't happened to them. Also I had a large cyst on my ovary while this was all going on and feel that was a big part of my problem. Have you had any hormone symptoms? Have you had all the tests to rule out a rogue stone. Unfortunately doctors can be quick enough to remove your organ and then when things go wrong tell you there's nothing they can do for you. Try fresh ginger root sliced in a pot of boiling water. It's the only thing that helped me and acupuncture!! Try and keep positive if you can but it's difficult to see a way out of it. You will get better. It's just going to take time. I've heard of so many who suffered afterwards and recovered. Take care x
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      Vomitting hasnt stopped but getting worse and more regular. Usually it was night time. I vomit both food and bile and dry wrteching, Havent had any test but have an appointment saturday. 
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      That's terrible Tazz. I would wake at 4am or earlier feeling sick and the dry wretching would start. I would usually be worse in the mornings and feel ok by evening. I know someone that has it for 3 months day and night and they nearly lost their mind but it gradually got better and they recovered. Most that I know had it for 6 months and they got better and a few who had it for a year. One woman has diarrhea and vomiting all day and night for 8 months and then it started to get better and by a year she was perfect. It will get better. It's just a gradual process which is hard to deal with. It's very debilitating and stressful but you will get better. It's hard to see a way out of it but there is. Having a good doctor is half the battle as mine had seen this before and kept telling me it would stop. My surgeon on the other hand told me he never saw it before! My gp didn't believe him. I spent over 3 weeks in hospital and spoke to many patients and visitors who had their gallbladder removed and many had these side effects but they all recovered. I hope you get support from your doctors as you need it to get through it. If you need anything give me a shout. Take care. X
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    Hi Tazz, I can totally relate to all your post-op issues! Sometimes the nausea and dry-heaving is pure torture. At one point it was so bad I had to stop the car along the road. Thankfully my daughter was driving. After several hospital stays, I finally found a really good gastroenterologist who did an ERCP and placed a stent in the biliary tube that was kinda clogged with sludge left from the gallbladder removal. I still had a few rare occasions of vomiting after that, but I slowly noticed my body seemed to be calming and things were leveling out as to all those horrendous symptoms. Now it's been about 20 months since the actual initial surgery and I feel like my life is my own again, but with a new normal. I cannot eat very much at a time, several small meals a day, and I really watch the fat content. It just takes time for your body to adjust without the gallbladder I guess. I think what you are going through is fairly normal to most people who have had their gallbladder removed, so try to struggle through because it will get better. And I agree with the other posters, a good doctor is the key. I was really blessed to find mine. Good luck to you and just take one day at a time. It WILL get better. 
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    Hi tazz. Sorry you are having a really rough time.

    I had my gallbladder out at end of April.

    No nausea but still get quite bad stomach cramps on and off.

    But at least I have not got that pain in my right side I had with gallstones.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Love Sarah. xxx

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    Hello Tazz,

    Sorry to hear you are feeling bad. I am about 5 weeks post op. I guess i am still in recovery mode. But i still have pains as if my galblader was still there. I was told this is pretty common. Some refer to it as phantom pain. Make sure to see the doc. Also stay away from the crazy greasy foods. Im not having any vomiting issues like yourself, but make sure to stay on lights foods for a while. Yogurt, rice, breads, etc.. May want to try some peppermint pills from IBGARD.

    Hope you get better.

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