Gall bladder surgery on Thursday advice please

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Hello every one I'm 26 years old and for the last year I have been reading forums and looking up gall stone information i thought I would message and ask for your advice if any one has any to offer . It started I would say a few years ago I would get awful pain in my upper right side and sickness the pain would be so bad I would go to a and e and I kept getting told it was food poisoning it wasn't till last year September I had the same thing extreme pain and I was violently sick I was then kept in for more tests I assumed it was food poisoningagain then they discovered I had gall stones I was kept in for about a week set home with a bag full of medication and a surgery date I felt fine after a few days decided not to have surgery then only in December the pain came back but only lasted a few days this time . Over the last couple of months I have been very stressed been getting alot of pain in February this year I took very sick again was back in hospital I mean the pain was at it's worst I have since been back in hospital since I mean this month I have lost nearly 2 stone in a month . I was feeling so relieved to get my hospital date threw do have it removed my surgery is in 3 days time . My attacks have been a lot and each time my pancreas and bile duct was also infected . I have been relying on medication day to day . I had my pre op last week every thing was ok my bloods are much better then what they were I'm showing as ok to operate on . I don't feel like I'm healthy enough to operate on I don't know what to do I'm in so much agony constantly I want it removed but on the other hand reading other people's stories it doesn't always get better I don't feel like I'm even fit for this surgery . Does any one have any advise for me .

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    Get that gallbladder out! No wonder your pancreas is infected. The minute your doctor knew you had stones; you should have had that surgery. Are you afraid to have surgery? It is a simple surgery. Since you have been so sick and taking all that medication , hopefully, your infection is gone. Barring any problems with all that, your surgery ought to be a success. Yes, there are some of us that have diarrhea and still some pain after the surgery. You may not. Anything is better than one of those attacks! Surgery is usually out-patient, last about one hour, you come home and do as the doctor tells you. This is all my opinion. I have been through all this. everyone is different and reacts to this surgery differently. Keep us posted! I will keep you in my prayers.
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      Thank you so much for your reply by the way . When I raised my concerns with my gp he actually said your 26 I have had to perscribe you morphine you need this surgery . I mean my partner seems to think I will die if I don't have the surgery he doesn't understand my fears . I'm scared I won't wake up and I'm scared they will make the situation worst like damage some thing else . I really don't know what to do . I can't live life like this but having panic attacks about Thursday I know I don't think I'll be able to do this .
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      First of all, I understand. I also know how simple this surgery usually is. With any surgery, situations could arise. Being put to sleep is scary. You need to talk to the anethesiologists when he/she comes in . Make sure you communicate you want something to alleviate nausea which at times you will experience after a surgery and you do not want this. They will add an anti-nausea medication that will keep you from being sick. they will tell you to trust them and you do need to do that. I have had about 6 surgeries, 2 caths, 3 colonoscopies and am used to being put to sleep. Like I said everyone is different. Me, I love that good sleep! it will be okay. trust your doctor and the team.
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      I feel like everything will be okay. The surgery is a simple on. I know you want to feel better and I would trust the doctor and his team. Talk to them about your concerns. they will ease your fears. Good luck to you! keep me posted!!
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      Hopefully by now surgery will be over.

      It's OK to be scared, it's what you do with that fear that is so important.

      If it is the fact of being put to sleep that is so scary it may be worth asking if you can have an epidural so you will be numb but will be awake.

      I did this during my last operation when I had a knee replacement 3 years ago.

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    Hi April,

    You seem to have 2 problems , the first is GB surgery which can be solved with ease ,surgery and high rate of uncomplicated recovery . The second is exagerrated anxiety and panic which I know very well, you have 2 options , your GP can put you on prescription antianxiety MEDS like Ativan , Xanax ...etc. until your surgery ,which works to calm you down.or you can occasionally take some antihistamine or cough remedy to relax yourself until surgery .afterward your anxiety will subside.

    Always consult and follow your Doc anyway.

    Good luck for your recovery

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    Hi april, not long to wait now until all this dreadful pain is behind you and you are in the road to getting your life back. Accept your fear knowing that many many others have felt the same and been ok. Trust your doctor to know his/her job and that they and the nursing staff will take good care of you. You don't really have a choice or a decision , your gallbladder is making your body really poorly. I'm sure you will be on here in a week telling us how much better you feel. Play your part in all this by taking good care of yourself, follow your doctor's advice and get plenty of rest to recover well. Good luck we will all be thinking of you on here and wishing you well.
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      I was telling my fella last night out scared iam and how I can't go threw with it he said well if you don't you will die a slow and painful death and be in and out of hospital I told him to stop being so dramatic . He said he hates seeing me like this and having to take morphine and other medicine just so I can get threw the day . I really appreciate your advice and well wishes I can see me doing a running Thursday morning from the hospital I'm such a brave ballsy person but yet I'm petrified to being put to sleep
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      April, I understand your fear. I have had so many surgeries and I do not even think of fear at all .I  look forward to that time of sleep with no pain! Talk to your anethesiologists about why you fear being put to sleep and I am sure he/she will ease your mind. we have to trust these prople that have trained for YEARS to know what they are doing. You are going to do just fine. It last about an hour then it is over. You will look back and ask yourself why you were so afraid. Trust your doctors...
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    I was bad after my surgery but I think looking back I tried to do too much . I'm not coming up to three weeks since surgery and with amatruptaline for supposed nerve damage its much better . No more stabbing pains for me just dull ache and feel like I've done a million sit ups x I was not well before surgery also .

    Sounds like you need the surgery . But after if you are in pain keep in hospital . And if like me the pain gets worse after a week go back and insist on seeing a pain specialist as I feel if I hadn't have gotten the never damage pain relief Id still be in pain x his x

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      Thank you for your story so you would say you have no regrets your glad your had it removed . Is my fella right at the point I'm at could this kill me if I don't have the surgery .
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