Fatigue and poor circulation post cholecystectomy

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I am 11 days post op, and seem to be getting better as far as GI symptoms (am able to eat more, BMs are ok). However, I am suffering from intermittent extreme fatigue and dizziness, and what appears to be poor circulation in my legs. I do get up and walk around to the bath, kitchen, and take a turn around the yard when feeling up to it. But when I stand in one position for more than a minute, my calves start to turn purple and blotchy. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, did it go away after a while? I am starting to wonder if the anesthesia did some damage to my heart. I have a mitral valve prolapse, which the doctors knew about. Any thoughts? Should I be worried?

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    hi, I also felt very weak and tired for a couple of weeks. Did you have low Bp after the operation or do you have low Bp anyway? Sometimes the anaesthetic can make you feel a bit strange for a while. I took a 3rd week off sick before i went back to work but actually wish i had taken more. Get checked out by your Gp if you are worried- take care.

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      Thanks so much for the reply. I had my post op today and apparently, my symptoms are not considered normal. They want to do another ultrasound and bloodwork. I just had an episode tonight that felt like a gallbladder attack. So, maybe a stone still stuck in the duct? I hope not but it definitely feels like something is off.

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    hi. I'm on day 8 today. the worst symptom for me has been the fatigue and light headedness. Every time I think I'm feeling better and do something small like making the bed or washing-up, I then feel so tired I actually feel ill, nauseous and shaky. I would like to just stay in bed but I read that it helps with your recovery if you get up and try to live as normally as possible.

    Also my feet and legs started getting numb and tingly which I think is due to poor circulation because I wasn't moving around enough. So I try to walk around the garden twice a day and I dont lie in bed except at night.

    But do speak to your doctor for reassurance.

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      So sorry to hear you're feeling so poorly. For me, it's been intermittant. I've also had pressure in the area where my gallbladder used to be. Tonight I felt a bit swollen in the spot where the gallbladder was. I made the mistake of pressing on it and had a rush of symptoms that felt just like my first gallbladder attack. I have to get another ultrasound . Are you feeling any better today?

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