Barely an appetite following 3 weeks post op of gallbladder removal

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Hi,

I had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago as of Friday. My incisions are healing well and I don't have much pain. The only discomfort I have is not being able to sleep on my right side still. I do not have much of an appetite at all though and I'm having issues with nausea too on and off. I forgot the last time I actually felt genuinely hungry and found food delicious. I'm pretty much eating at this point because I know I have to for my own good. I feel like I'm lost a lot of weight and I'm very worried. I get depressed over this often and cry. I thought this surgery was supposed to resolve my issues. I had mine taken out because I had gallstones that were causing me such painful and unbearable gallbladder attacks. I will have a small twinge of an appetite, but that's really it. When will my appetite get better? I am really scared.

I'm calling my doctor tomorrow to see him, but I just worry a lot. Is this normal? 

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    I’m 4 weeks post op on Tuesday and my appetite is slowly coming back I’ve lost hell of a lot of weight too don’t panic to much! Just slowly start introducing food into your diet basically eat like a child I still haven’t eaten a full meal just bits and bobs now and then and stay away from fatty foods! That’s a must xx
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      Thank you for the advice! It's weird as it's like a switch went back on in my body. Shortly after I typed out this post, my appetite actually came back a few days later. I've been able to mostly eat what I want, besides the obvious things like greasy food or lots of dairy.

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    Hello 

    I would say that seems to be typical for some. I totally get what your saying about not being able to lie on your right side, I was at least 8 weeks before I felt comfortable to sleep that way. Also the appetite is common I think, I ate very soft low fat foods for at least a few weeks afterwards and had little interest in a meal. I think that’s totally reasonable for what you’ve been through leading up to the operation with pain and the usual difficulties with having had an operation. It really will get better my weight was low after the operation, however 16 months down the line I can eat normally ( however I avoid high fat foods - I think having had gallstones changes you ! ) I wouldn’t be too hard on yourself and maybe thing of foods you enjoy eating in advance so you can ensure you at least eat to avoid nausea. Very best wishes to you i hope you feel better soon x

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    Tmrw will be 2 wks I had surgery and I didn’t have gallstones,my gb just stopped working and had to come out ASAP. My pain is pretty much gone but some pulling on my right side which started this whole thing I hope that will reside. Iam a stomach sleeper but have found if u shove a few pillows on ride side it helps a lot. As far as the eating I started having problems with that 5 mo ago and ate cause I knew I had to and was afraid to because I would have so much bloating and gas I would feel so uncomfortable. Now with it out I still have the same problem maybe a lil improvement but not much but I have not lost much weight due to the ongoing bloating and gas praying this will go away soon. I have found the brat diet has worked the best, bananas rice, applesauce and I skip the toast are tolerable for me. I hope this info will help you in some way.
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    Hey x I’m sorry your still suffering I am as we speak one day post op and im still in hospital. I had all your symptoms, let me make a suggestion to you if I may. Ask your doctor to check your Vit D level, a normal person should be 80-100, and taking 1000IU per day as a top up. IU is (International Units). My number was 6, I’m now on 23, and taking 20,000 IU twice a week and it will take 6-12 months to build me back up. 

    When you have your bloods checked, they now don’t check Vit D, levels, your appetite will return as will your energy, also start taking Magnesium and Calcium.Your energy levels will pop right back up and Magnesium and Calcium will help you. Vit D deficiency will make you very depressed indeed, I cried daily, I was destroyed, I learnt all about Vit deficiencies especially Vit D. But always speak with your doctor don’t just load urself with vitamins, if you are deficient in D, also take Cod Liver Oil tablet as this helps your body absorb D Vit and combats sickness naturally, let me know how u get on.. x

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      Thank you! It would not be bad for me to check my vitamin D level. I live in an area in the USA where it rains a lot. So, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I had a big lack of vitamin D. I'm more than likely going to try and get in to see my doctor on Tuesday morning so I will let you know if I ask him about my vitamin D levels.

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