Gallbladder

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I had my gallbladder out 2 weeks ago and I feel very weak when I walk about my heart rate goes up a lot also I have terrible acid reflux I just feel rotten has anyone else had the problem

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    My cousin reckoned it took her about 6 weeks from her operation before she began to feel a lot less tired. Exhaustion is very common for a few weeks after a general anaesthetic. For the first 3 weeks she just lay down on the bed or sofa, then slowly started doing the odd job around the house, building up her stamina. It's now been 7 weeks and she feels back to normal energy levels. She was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation prior to the operation, and is being regularly monitored and on medication. She had no problem before her gall bladder attacks.

    I would suggest you see your GP about getting a prescription for acid reflux, suitable for someone without a gallbladder, and getting your heart double checked - I don't know enough about whether this is a recognised after effect. Reflux is apparently quite common after the operation as bile goes straight into the tummy. I take pills for reflux (hiatus hernia) and it does take away the burning and bitter taste very effectively. You might also like to sleep more upright with extra pillows, to help your tummy drain better. Hang in there - things do get better. This is very soon after a major operation.

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      Thanks for your reply. did yourcousin have keyhole surgery, I had bad acid issues before the operation and palpitations so am worried it will have made it worse!I wish I'd never had it done now

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      Yes she did. She was told she would be in one day and home the next, but there were major complications and she was actually in hospital for 12 days. She doesn't remember much of the first week. Prior to her operation she had several attacks culminating with collapsing and being admitted for pancreatitis, liver, kidney, lung and heart problems. She almost died and having her gall bladder removed was her only option, as the next attack could have been fatal.

      You are only two weeks in and despite the doctors bland assurances that "you'll be fine in a couple of weeks", two of the three people I know who have had the operation found it was 4 weeks before they felt they were beginning to recover, and 6 weeks before they could say they felt 90%+. It is major surgery, your body takes time to recover and heal, and we all heal at different rates. You may need to take medication for the acid issues. You should also remember that most people who post here do recover and stop posting. But you are not alone, as many people have experienced what you are going through. My cousin said for the first month she too felt so ill she wished she had never had the operation, but now she is glad she did.

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      I've just spotted you reporting you only had one attack before being advised to have surgery. If you are in the UK, then you would not have been so advised unless it was considered very necessary. The NHS is so strapped for cash only essential and emergency surgery is done.

      If you are in the USA it's a different story, as I've read of many cases where surgery is offered as "preventative" for many conditions, and I don't condone that.

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      Thanks for your response I've developed itchy all over now as well..I was on antibiotics in the hospital so I'm wondering if it's to do with that ..I'm relieved about what you said really recovery time and I'm not the only one it's taking a time to get better

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      People's reaction to drugs are very personal, so I'm not surprised you itch. I had an accident last year and had to inject myself daily with heparin to prevent blood clots. Not only was I badly bruised from the injections, but what wasn't bruised went bright red and itched for England. It took a good 6 weeks to fade away!!

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    hi its been 3 months since my removal and i have been out of breath alot, very tired especially eating, heart racing and acid reflux but i had these issues since my gallbladder started to give trouble but am starting to feel better alittle, give it time l, acid reflux can cause you to have breathing issues, i eat lots of apple and that seems to help

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      Thanks for your reply did you have keyhole surgery I'm beginning to wish I'd never had it done now I had only had one attack and I was musinfformed really,some colleagues told me the operation would get rid of the acid issues!!

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      yes i had the keyhole one not open, i didnt want to remove it but i also didnt want to continue to suffer and they also told me that it would get rid of my acid reflux but it didnt but you are fresh out of surgery and everybody healing process is different am i could remember how the 3 weeks after surgery for me was not that great i would get so dizzy, tired and my heart would race even though it still does it but not as bad but i am seeing a heart specialist too, and constipated like very and am still now constipated. am also dealing with depression and anxiety so i think it makes my acid reflux worst but i started to eat apple and i notice a big different. go to your family doctor if your concern i would, its your body and these drs dont understand because all they are trying to do get paid, try taking vitamins to help with your energy or a b12

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