Gallbladder Pain Post Operation

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Hi there, I'm new to the group.  I had my gallbladder removed 9 days ago.  Everything was going well with just the normal niggles of surgery until last night.  I woke at 3am with pain in my right hand side (under my rib) which wraps around to my back.  Today the pain is mainly in my back.  It's not as bad as the gallbladder attacks but it is constant.  Anyone else had this?  Could it still be trapped gas?  It's a dull ache and as I said constant.  Feeling extremely anxious as I thought the removal would stop this.

 

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    Funny as I was about to post a similar thread. Two weeks post op today right sided pain where gallbladder was and horrendous cramping after meals and passing sloppy yellowy stools with undigested food 
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      So glad it's not only me.  I also have a sort of stinging pain.  My stomach is definitely bloated.  I'm desperately hoping that it's gas as I can't bear the thought of this pain going on indefinitely.  

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    Hi, remember its still early days if you're only day 9. Don't forget you had major surgery and all the incisions and the rest of your organs have to heal and learn how to cope without a gallbladder, it'll take time.

    You can still have trapped gas so yes try peppermint tea as that I hear works well. If this pain continues then go and see your doctor, unfortunately my pain came back, I can eat any foods now but I've got abdominal nerve entrapment due to the surgery which give the same pain as gallbladder pain so you would need to be referred to the pain clinic to have nerve block put in to confirm diagnosis but I hope yours is just your body mending itself. Make sure you continue to rest and don't rush into doing anything especially lifting as that is where you'll strain yourself.

    Let me know how you get on.

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    Just occasionally a stone gets missed and lodges itself in the bile duct. Or you may have lain awkwardly whilst asleep. I still get right sided discomfort at times and I'm six months post op.

    It may still be the gas, though I would have thought that it would have dispersed after nine days.

    Drink plenty water. Are you avoiding fatty and spicy foods still? I had open surgery and had to take it easy reintroducing foods after eating a bland diet. Also avoid heavy meals for a while.

    Are you taking your pain meds still? It's important to keep on top of the pain.

    Remember no lifting or sudden moves! 

    If you're concerned, make a GP appointment.

    Hope it settles down soon.

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    You will be ok you just had surgery. I had mine out 3 months ago. I had trapped gas. It is from the air they put in your stomach to do the surgery. About a good 2 months you will be fine. Don't worry.

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    I just had Gallbladder surgery less than 24 hrs ago and I was fine at first but now I have bad gas that won't pass and on top of that my lower back is killing me to the point where I can't even lay down any suggestions on what I could do to at least get to sleep???please I don't know what else to do

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      The other day someone posted they'd been recommended at the hospital to drink fizzy drinks to bring wind up. My mother had a stomach ulcer and she used to drink lemonade for relief.

      Heard raising foot of bed and walking around helps get rid of it. Don't forget to take painkillers. It will ease after a few days.

      Take care x

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