almost 3 months post removal, yellow stool, pain and nausea

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Hello I had my gallbladder removal on 1st Oct minor complication of a bile leak which was washed out in theatre during operation. Since the operation I've had lots of different problems in not sure if all related to removal.

1. Hot flashes now and then (I'm 33)

2. Temp elevation my temp with tympanic is always 37.4-38 degrees Celsius I don't know if this is only after op as I never really checked before.

3. Yellow stool, now and then sometimes loose bit mainly normal form but always with urgency now if I need a bm I need it now I cannot wait. Is this normal I knownirgency is bit the yellow stool? Today half was brown half yellow. Sorry if tmi!

4. Last 2 weeks experienced nausea and a burning pain in stomach not extremely painful bit annoying and stops me enjoying life.

5. Since I woke up from the surgery I have had intermittent hoarseness and throat clearing gp thinks its laryngeal pharyngeal reflux but I think its odd it only started right after sigery isn't it more likely my throat was damaged by the anaesthetist?

Dr has prescribed ppis he thinks pain is gastritis but I haven't taken them yet as I read I could be h.pylori bacteria and if you tale ppi gje test wont be accurate so I want to see Dr again and ask for that test.

I'm so lost and fed up and very scared all these symptoms are something like cancer.

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    IM SURE IF IT WAS CANCER THEY WOULD HAVE FOUND THAT LONG AGO SO JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR AND ALSO THAT CANCER DOES NOT USAUALY PRESENT WITH PAIN. ITS USUALLY PAINLESS. I'V NOT HAD MY GALL BLADDER REMOVED YET BUT AM SUFFERING ALL THE ACHES AND PAINS EVERYONE ELSE HAS. I KNOW FROM PAST OPS THEN WHEN I HAVE HAD TUBES DOWN THROAT IT CAN BE VERY PAINFULL AND SWOLLEN AND HARD TO TALK FOR A FEW DAYS. THAT IS CERTAIN.IV READ A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE HAVING TO GO TO THE TOILET URGENTLY AND HAVING TO TAKE MEDICINE TO STOP THEM HAVING LOOSE STOOLS. I DO READ UP ON MOST OF THE POSTS AND OTHER READING I HAVE DONE ON GOOGLE AND OTHER SITE. AND IT DOES SEEM AS IF YOU ARE ADJUSTING AND GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. IM NOT SURE ABOUT THE HOT FLASHES AS I GET THEM  AND IM IN MY 60'S AND ALSO MY TEPERATURE I TAKE ALMOST DAILY AND IM USUSAL ALWAYS 36. BUT SINCE HAVING GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS IT HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN LIKE A YO YO. IT WAS 34.6 AND UP TO 37. I TAKE IT BECAUSE OF THOSE HOT FLASHES YOU TALK OF. BUT PEOPLE GET HOT  FLASHES FOR LOTS OF DIFFERENT REASON. AND I DONT THINK THERE IS ANYTHING LIFE THREATENIGN WITH THEM. SORRY AOBUT THE SPELLING.I JUST HOPE OTHERES WITH MORE EXPERIENCE WILL COME ALONG AS MOST OF WHAT I KNOW IS ABOUT ALL THE PAIN BEFORE GALLBLADDER REMOVAL AND READING POST. AND OTHER READING. ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU MICHELLE. I KNOW THAT HOT FLASHES CAN BE CAUSED BY WORRY AS WELL. AND I DO KNOW FOR SURE ABOUT THE THROUT AFTER HAVING A TUBE DOWN IT. AND IT WILL GO AWAY AFTER A FEW DAY.S IHOPE I HAVE BEEN SOME HELP TO YOU. LOVE CHEEKY.🌹
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      Thanks cheeky, it's nice to have some support. Sorry to hear you are having problems too.are you going to have the operation? I know there's lots of people that are fine afterwards.
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    Oh Michelle,

    You are obviously very poorly and your mind is working overtime.

    It is still very early days for you.  Your body is adapting and recoverying from the operation.

    I think you should discuss your concerns with your GP.  I too have had gastrisis after my removal op and had problems with my throat.  I take acid suppressants.  I also take anti nausea medication and I find that really works for me. 

    Drinking lots of water might help with your stomach and throat.

    You will still be watching what you eat in terms of fat content I'm assuming with reintroducing fats as you. 

    Good luck to you.

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      Thank you for taking the time to reply. Its interesting that you also had gastritis after op, how did you cure it is it cured? Also what sort of problems did you have with your throat? The constant need to clear my hoarse throat is very annoying!

      I'm wary of taking drugs based on a diagnosis without any testing. Did you have any tests to diagnose anything?

      Since the op I also seem to catch anything going around have had 2 ear infections a wound infection and about 3 different viral bugs all since October I just feel pretty much constantly ill which is why I worry about something serious going on.

      I've moved over across the country a month after the op andive already been to the new Drs 4 times with various symptoms as they say you can only discuss one thing each time but I just need a Dr to listen to all my symptoms and they might be able to figure something out.

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      Well, I had a difficult removal operation.  This was in August 2013.  I nearly died in the surgery and I bled out.  I was told by my Surgeon that if I hadn't had the op I would've died as the gallbladder was in a very bad way and fit to burst.  I recovered very well. 

      But around a year later I started to feel a lump where my gallbladder had been.  I went to the GP who said it was psychosomatic.  All very well until January of this year when I became unwell and just put it down to stomach flu.  In March I went to the GP and since then it has been an endless stream of Hospitals and all sorts of tests and scans. 

      It was last year that I had problems with my throat.  It didn't necessarily hurt, I had a constant cough and kept losing my voice.  I saw an ENT Specialist who said there was nothing wrong with my throat itself.  I had to do 5 days without speaking at all.  So effectively, resting my voice.  I was told never to whisper as this puts too much strain on the voice.

      Gastritis was diagnosed after I'd been taking lansoprazole for 3 months.  I've been taking Cyclizine for about 3 months to stop the permanent nausea I had and they work brilliantly.

      I have some sort of post operative mass in the gallbladder region.  They don't know what it is.  It may or may not be causing all my issues in my stomach and upper and lower abdomen.  It may be a gallbladder remnant but they are not sure.  I'm going to have surgery in the next couple of months to remove it and see what effect that has.  But I have such pain in that gallbladder area that goes up and round.  I'm on morphine and everything and the pain is still there.  The other meds I mentioned control the vomiting and stomach issues.  I'm incredibly bloated and for most of the time am very tired with flu like symptoms.

      I was very lucky.  I moved a year ago.  The first time I saw my GP in March he knew exactly was was going on with me.  A shame different hospitals didn't.  To add into the mix the inital ct scan showed cysts in my ovaries which for a while they thought might be cancerous.  So, it's been a big roller coaster ride and I'm still stuck right at the top not knowing if I'll get to the bottom or how.  So, lots of different things going on all of which are unusual with no one knowing whether they account for all or any of my symptoms.

      In all of this and with all the research I've done, lots of people have simple operations and recover well.  But when it can go wrong it can be spectacular for folk and life changing.  People can have all sorts of different symptoms and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.  It is trial and error for most.

      I wish you good luck in getting sorted.

       

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      Wow little miss dolly, you have really been through the mill. I really feel for you. I'm sorry you had such a difficult surgery. I hope you are sorted soon!

      I'm actually wondering if I might have a cyst as I've been getting a pain in my left groin usually a few days before my period I also get a bit of brown spotting at the same time. I haven't told the gp as I've got so many different symptoms in scared they will think I'm making it all up.

      Do you know if it is normal to have yellow stools sometimes after gallbladder is removed it isn't diarrhoea though sometimes a bit soft.

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      Ah Michelle,

      Thank you for your kind words.  Much appreciated and gratefully received.

      That does sound like a possible cyst.  Ah, bless you, but best to get it sorted.  That might be explaining your yellow stools too.  I think that is normal after your surgery.  It is still early days for you.  But it is annoying isn't it and you just want to be well and able to enjoy life.

      Take care

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    IM JUST COMING BACK TO YOU AGAIN AS IV RE READ YOUR LETTER AND AND IT IS NATURAL TO GET THE RUNS AFTER GALL BLADDER REMOVAL. TRY TYPING SOMETHING ELSE INTO THE SEARCH BOX LIKE.LOOSE STOOLS AFTER GALLBLADDER REMOVAL AND YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF ANSWERS. ALSO THEN TRY ANOTHER SEARCH. WITH PAIN IN THROAT AFTER ANAESTHETIC. IM SURE YOU WILL GET MORE ANSWERS DEAR. IM PRAYING FOR YOU. NOT THAT YOU NEED THEM ANY MORE THAN ME BUT JUST TRY NOT TO WORRY. WATER IS QUTE A HARD SUBSTANCE TO DRINK SO NICE HERBAL TEA OR WATER WITH SOME ORANGE JUICE IN IT. WILL HELP. IM THINKING ABOUT YOU DEAR AND DONT LIKE TO THINK OF YOU SITTING WORRYING. HONEST I'V READ SOME STORIES ON HERE AND YOU SOUND NORMAL. 🌺😀JUST LIKE MOST OF THE OTHER ONES THAT ARE NORMAL.
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    I feel for you. This is why I am hesitate to get GB out.  I had it scheduled once already, and cancelled it about a month ago.  I consulted with naturopathic, and have been trying supplements. And it helped for a few months.  But, back pain, and rib pain where GB is, still persists. And seems like it has gotton worse in last week. I thinking I should ask for a HIDA test.?  I am tried of the pains, and am about to just resign to getting GB out...
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      Elizabeth, my daughter has gall bladder dysfunction/biliary dyskinesia. She is always sick and has stomach aches and nauseas all of the time. She JUST had a HIDA scan Friday. They want to remove her Gallbladder. Nothing works as far as food restriction or reflux medicines. She has also lost about 20 pounds in 6 months! She is 11 years old, any help will be appreciated. I am nervous about the surgery and how it will affect her life. sad   Are you always nauseas? She is, especially in the AM... She was taking supplements as well but they did not work. Still always feels sick. 
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      I dont blame you, she is young!  Poor girl!  I was told to eat legumes daily,  also metamucil 2x a day. I also take supplements for liver support, and vitamin C. And 4 omegas daily.  Its helping, but not curing.  I know they say the natural route takes longer. But if she didnt pass the HIDA scan, from what I read, it usually means taking out.  

       

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    Hi michelle sorry to hear youve had a bad time sad

    I think we had ours out the same week. Ive had the same with the toilet but its clearing up now it tends to be after chocolate and coffee so im steering clear. I too have been scared to go to drs as had terrible stomach cramps but i went he took a stool sample to look for that h pilori bacteria luckily results back today saying all clear. He said give it time to settle down it will get easier.

    i hope you find ease soon, big hugs, hannah xxx

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      Hello Hannah! Yes I think you had your gb out a few days before me. I'm sorry to hear that you have had some problems too.

      Its so annoying I had this belief that this op would be the end of my problems.

      Over Christmas this burning was a bit better but it's back tonight. I've made a gp appt for next week will ask for tests.

      How are you feeling now?

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    Hi Michelle   The hot flushes could be down to your menstrual cycle, as maybe your temperature.  With regard to the yellow stools - I too suffered that (I had my GB removed last April).  It may be coincidence, but for the past three weeks I've been making myself fruit smoothies each morning which includes avocado, apple, banana, papaya, blueberries and mango and I found that my stools lost that awful dayglo yellow colour and were more normal.  I was told I may need to always take immodium because of diahhorea and this turned out to be the case.  I haven't experienced the burning sensation in my tummy, but then I do take omeprazole so that probably helps; however, I have felt nausea on and off.  When I woke from the op I could hardly speak at all, though that didn't last long, having said that my mouth became infected with thrush; my doctor thought it was because I was a little low after the op - it did soon clear, but like you, I'm sure it was caused by whatever it is they put down your throat whilst the op is going on.   If you're at all worried please go to your doctor.  I don't think it could be cancer, your symptoms sound very familiar to me as post gb op.
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      Thank you moonday your post was reassuring! I've bought a nutri ninja blender today in the sale so I'm going to make some smoothies and try to eat more healthily.

      I'm starting to think my hormones are all over the place! As for a long time my skin was clear but I've got lots of spots at the moment. Teenage style spots! My temp and hot flushes are worst at the time from ovulation until my period. I wonder if going on the pill would help.

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      I'm sure you will gain many health benefits from improving your diet.  Since 2004 when my husband had bowel cancer I have realised the incredible bonus of a good diet.  Amongst the worst foods you can consume is refined sugar and that includes all the many foods (junk) and drinks that contain it - I became aware of this when my husband went for his first scan and was asked to drink a jugful of what looked like blackcurrant juice.  I asked the nurse what it was and she told me that it was a sugary drink because cancer cells LOVE sugar and it makes the scan easier to read!  I couldn't quite grasp what I was being told -  by a nurse who tended people with cancer; didn't it occur to them to warn patients to stay off sugar at least?   Anyway, I researched a great deal and found that good food (plenty of fruit and vegetables) and good clean water goes a very long way to a healthy body.  My eldest son and his family are on a raw food diet and they have found that so many little health concerns just seemed to vanish.  It was he who advised me to make the fruit smoothies each morning.  As I mentioned, within a very short time my stools became a healthy colour once more.

      (PS:  my husband has been cancer free since 2008 - I believe his diet went a long way to achieving this).

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