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I had gall stones & one large one was blocking the opening so the hospital did surgery that next early morning; as the Doctor/Specialist said this had to be done right away. This was 3 years ago now. I'm also lactose intolerant so I only drink lactose free milk, which does help with my stomach & bloating. I have nightly pain in my hall bladder area, mainly its a bit bothersome, but being a side sleeper I know that sleeping on my right side is best to somewhat relieve this pain. I also have an adjustable sleep by number bed and I sleep with the head raised aprox. 25 degrees up, & this helps with the multiple stomach diseases I also have,( GERD, reflux, nervous stomach, IBS, spastic colon, gall bladder area pain-as mine has been removed,). I also tried a bed wedge to sleep on but this was ultimately uncomfortable no matter how I arranged my pillows. I also try to avoid late night eating; as everytime I do eat late at night I have extreme heartburn, bloating & uncomfortable minor pains in my stomach. Each night I must take 3-4 Tums because of heartburn on a regular basis, although these meds are not good for us to take, yet I have'nt found anything else that works to relieve this bad heartburn. Stool, not a subject to talk about with the public, yet it's part of gall bladder post surgery, & important to share so I will. I have'nt had a normal BM since before gall bladder surgery, not fun at all! Very loose stool & after my first bathroom visit, I must have 3-4 more visits to the bathroom with bad diarrhea within 2-3 more hours. My personal warning: Do not trust that the gas you are feeling is simply gas, especially if you're away from home!! And embarrassing as it may sound, wear a panty liner whenever you have these diarrhea bouts, as its been very helpful for me to discover this simple thing. GOD created us with a gall bladder so it must be important, the Doctors tell us we can live without one, which is true, but before you have surgery look at all alternatives, (unless you are at risk like I was & need surgery right away), because I sure miss my gall bladder because of the negative things I'm having to deal with now because of it's removal. I will survive, because I am a strong Soldier in all of my life's challenges, and you can be a strong Soldier too!! I wish all of you that are dealing with gall bladder & digestive challenges . . . many blessings & positive answers to your concerns & questions as you walk this path with me.
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