gall bladder removal post surgery pain

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I had my gall bladder removed last July. I was released after 3 days in the hospital . I went back after 3 days and spent 7 days in patient. after every test possible they found nothing. I've dealt w the pain where the gall bladder should be and going into my back. I can go a while with no complications other than a usual ache and occasional flare up. right now I'm five days into a bout of Pain that sent me to an ultra sound with no findings. the pain goes into my back. took me a while to figure out my back pain was associated w the abdominal pain. I found this group and feel better finding others w similar issues. I look foward to reading more and seeing how people are getting along fighting this annoying painful problem. thanks for reading.

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    Hi Terry, really sorry to hear all the problems your having. I can relate! I kept going back to the hospital with incredible pain - similar responses that they couldn't find anything (did find a fluid sack at site of gallbladder removal but said unlikely to be causing problems). The registrar said (after third A&E visit) that it was just pain I'd have to learn to live with!! Hubby wasn't happy at this either and insisted on further investigation. Following an MRI it turned out I had narrowing of the bile ducts likely caused by damage during the operation, and Costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage from ribs to sternum) also likely caused by the gallbladder removal. Whilst I sincerely hope you don't have either of these I would push for further investigation to rule out such stuff. Hope you get some answers, it's hard going when you are in so much pain and the medical staff effectively tell you it's nothing!
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      I was always told that pain means something is wrong within your body. I'm currently working with 3 specialists and making them run every test until they can find the cause. 

      I've had 7 surgeys in less than a year which were more complicated compared to gall bladder removal. Hard to believe this recovery is 10 times worse.

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    so sad to hear your news. i'v not had mine out yet but we are all looking for relief and lots are not getting it. im in severe pain for a month. sickenss flu like symptoms the usual urq pain. back pain stomach pain. i hope things get better for you and simitai. these are two dreadful stories to hear and to be told you have to learn to live with pain. i think i'd give the person who said that some pain to live with and im not kidding. 
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      Hope you get the results you should get Cheeky87. I'd like to think mine and terry35628 are the minority!

      The registrar was a cocky little so and so, and whilst both me and my hubby are generally polite and calm - I think he quickly understood his mistake!

      We highlighted I'd been misdiagnosed for several years and they were lucky we weren't suing them after the gallbladder ruptured!!!!

      Good luck, genuinely hope you get a positive outcome :-)

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    Hi Terry, Hope you're feeling better. I'm about 2 months post-op. I'm having the same pain. My lap surgery was very complicated, I had an air embolism or stomach aspiration while I was under anesthesia. I spent several weeks in the hospital recovering from pnemonia and sepsis. Not very fun for what I was told a "simple procedure". 

    I'm currently on 50mg of Tramadol twice a day which seems to take the edge off. I've already had an ultrasound, high contrast CT Scan, and now waiting for endoscopy. They also tested for Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, liver function, etc. 

    I don't really get flareup's but constant pain in the gall bladdar area which radiates towards my back. I see me my surgeon next week since my internal sutures are now coming out and possibly infected.

    Also, don't feel alone I was told by my Gastro specialist there are thousands of people that suffer from pain after Gall Bladder removal so you are not alone.

    Get better soon confused

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    Hi Terry - I went 3 1/2 years before I got a diagnosis and couldn't figure out what was causing flare-ups other than over eating (that was it, by the way).  Went to a Jefferson Dr. in Philadelphia and within minutes she had diagnosed me with biliary dyskenesia - the gall bladder or, in my case the liver, since my gall bladder had been removed, was not handling bile properly and when we overload it with too many calories, it spasms.  I was given medication that helps, but basically was told to eat small meals.  The pain is in the right side and spreads to the back.  Hope you are diagnosed properly and find some relief!
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      wow. I'm calling my Dr and throwing that idea past him. but I do know I need to adjust my diet I didn't realize the true importance of a proper diet after the gall bladder removal. tgamj not so much for reading this and responding. everyone has had good input and have given me something positive to look foward to . maybe I

      find an answer and get treated and fixed. thank u for all your input. .

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    Hello all.  I concur with the person on here who said if you have pain, then something is wrong.  I won't bore you with my story as I don't want to scare you all either.  But please, if you have issues post surgery keep going back to the medics and don't take no for an answer.  I had issues, they kept saying nothing they can do, live with it, all this rubbish.  I had a brilliant GP and in the end a brilliant Consultant who operated again and now I'm on the way to a full recovery.  So please please do listen to your own bodies, and fight to be heard.  Just don't put up with it.  Medical professionals can and do make mistakes.  Good luck everyone.
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