Aching around ribs/chest after gallbladder surgery

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Good evening,

I just recently had surgery to remove my gallbladder two weeks ago. Everything has been fine, post surgery wasn't too bad and I have nearly full movement again. Just recently in the last couple of days, i've begun to have this aching feeling in my chest and ribs area, almost feels sore. It's not painful most of the time, it almost feels bruised maybe. I can feel it when I breath deep or lay on my side, or even if I bend over a little bit so that my chest compresses.

Is this just a normal side effect from having surgery in general or should I be concerned? Like I said besides this aching, there's really no other pain and everything is healing up nicely, at least from what I can see on the outside.

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    I dealt with it for about 6-8 weeks after my surgery. It comes and goes. But it's been pretty well for a while. From what I've heard, it's a side effect from the surgery.
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      Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that's what it was. I'll be sure to let my doctor know about it at my next follow up, I just wanted to see if it was anything that was like an emergency. I've never had surgery before :P
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    Hello Isandil,

    I am currently 5 weeks post op. I amhaving teh same issues. I was told these issues could be around for 6-12 months. For some people it really never leaves. Honest truth is we had a serious surgery. Will take time to heal.

    I have my good days and have my bad ones..

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    Don't worry I saw my doctor the other day and after 6 weeks i still occasionally have that pain. when i asked the doctor about it he reminded me that he removed an organ from my body and that it would simply take time for my body to adjust/heal to having it cut out of my gut. So don't worry. smile It reminds me of how long it took to get the surgery in the first place now i just have to wait again lol
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      Hello Sensfan,

      So how you feeling these days?

      I am now 6 weeks post ops today. My symptoms on my rib cage area are starting to go down. But still getting chest pains at leat once every two days. Kind of in the center of the chest area and kind of moves a little to the left and right.

      Thanks

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    Perfectly normal. I'm nearly 5 weeks post op and at one point I thought I'd torn my stitches or something. It felt sore or bruised and I realised I'd just been doing too much so tried to rest as much as I could and it settled down. Not feeling anything now
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      Hi Renee

      im getting similar symptoms now' I'm nearly 4weeks post op now and feel really sore/achey,,, felt really good Saturday but feeling crap today :-(.  

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    Hello Isandil,

    So how you feeling? I recently been geting abdominal pains. I have not been sticking to my diet as of late. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.

    7 weeks post op

    Thanks

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