6 months after surgery.. Pain again. Help me :(

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I had my gallbladder removed on the 1st August. 

Since around November I have had a pulling pain, sharp, uncomfortable feeling around that area. 

The kind of pain for example if you stub your toe and you hold your foot to make it feel better, it's like I need to hold the area, but obviously can't because it is inside. And also my bowel movements are very more frequent and mainly loose and mostly painful before I actually go to the loo. 

It's especially bad when I do any yoga, exercise involving stretching and after eating a big meal. 

I thought this was a muscle thing at first, but I believe its something deeper inside..

I haven't spoken to anyone about this as I feel I put my family through hell when I was ill as my aunt passed away (mums sister) from gallbladder/pancreatitis infection 13 years back. I feel like I am becoming a pain.. Always complaining rolleyes i am embarrassed that after the surgery I'm now having something else ... I don't know what to do? 

I have spoken to a client who is a ex nurse and she said possibly about something like the scar tissue inside has attached itself to my bowel somehow? 

I have made a doctor appointment for Monday morning to speak to someone.. I just wanted some advice 

Please. Thankyou 

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    Hi 

    think you are doing the right thing the gp will know danger signs and put your mind at ease and possibly refer if he thinks adhesions .

    personally I hurt in the gallbladder area if I ate rich or fatty food in the end I figured it was my liver working overtime with bile..lower fat food helped and bizarrely I cut gluten out cos i bloat and the aching pain gone. 

    I feel 10 months after op. That your liver has to adapt to being put under pressure to produce more bile when u eat rich food and the healing process takes time too. I can't digest gluten now but it's not awful ..I obviously don't produce enough bile now.

    sounds like you produce a little too much at the moment maybe adjusting your diet less acidic foods might help.

    try not to worry 

    I think we all take at least a year for our digestive system to adjust ..

    hope that helps 

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      Sally, thankyou for taking time to reply to my worry. 

      I have listened to everything you have said, and will take onboard. 

      Thankyou again, for being there 

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    I really can't advise you as I am going back to the Doctor as well, the pain is like I still have my gallbladder,  I have your symptoms also.  I have heard about the scar tissue. They need to send you for scans etc to find out the problem..  I am over this and just want my health back.
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      Joanne.. I feel the same if I'm honest. I even said to my other half its as if the operation didn't happen, minus scars. 

      The pain isn't as bad as before.. But It just makes me so sad I feel like this. 

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    Have you watched the operation on youtube? I did but not until I started to get better im glad I did because I was one of those who didnt recover within a week I felt it explained how I felt. I think I dont produce enough bile and get bloated and tight feeling after eating a proper meal, ok with slice of toast etc. I have been looking at pro and pre biotics and am going to give that a try. Hope you get some answers from the doctors.
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      No I haven't watched op on YouTube? 

      I took at least 7 days to be able to get up on my own without help and at least 14 days before I felt steady on my feet properly. I really struggled if I'm honest. 

      Ok thankyou 

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    I think it takes some of us a lot longer to recover than others and the body has to do a lot of adjusting, think it perhaps depends how ill you were before you got the surgery. One nurse said to me that you're like an iceberg, not much to look at on the surface but its all going on underneath. Plus there must be a good deal of pulling and tugging getting it out, good job we are asleep! Hope you feel better soon.
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    Sounds like you checking with your doctor is the right path. I had my op in Nov. and if I do to much bending and stretching the pain comes back. Do things slowly and for a short time. I would stop the exercises to see if that helps, it could just be to much for you right now.

    Family will support you if they don't you have us here on-line.

    Let us know what the doctor says.

    Lori

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    I had my GB removed 12 months ago. Pretty much straight after surgery the RUQ pains started again. Current ideas from specialists are either Cholongitis, SOD or left over stone in Bile Duct. I'm waiting for a ERCP now to place a stent, with a specialist in Hammersmith, London.

    What has massively helped me through the pain is my Doc prescribing me Buscopan Ampoules and I inject myself at home. It was horrible at first learning to stab myself with a needle in the bum... But it has saved me a number of A&E visits, so just wanted to share with you. It works as a strong muscle relaxant.

    Interested to know if anyone else has similar history to me  

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