Gallbladder Removal, pain after?

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Today is three weeks since I had my gallbladder removed. I still have some back pain. I am guessing that is, the inside healing. But... when I bend down, it really hurts. Wondering if anyone has experienced the same thing?

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    Hi I had my gallbladder removed about 5 years ago now and yes u will get some discomfort for a few weeks as ur inside is healing and depending if thy had to take the stones out first u will be sore. But if no better after 6-8 weeks plz go back to doctors or phone the hospital and be put through to the ward or the specialist who treated u xx. I have had loads of things wrong from my gallbladder removal but it is nothing to do with the op if u want to talk more inbox if needed xx
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      Thanks so much for your input!!

      That is what I am looking for, people that have gone through this and how the healing process was for them.

      Everything I eat, goes straight though me. I knew to expect that part. But the nagging pain in my lower right side is bugging the heck out of me. I did read somewhere that you can expect up to 6 months for the inside to heal. The doctor found no stones, just sludge, inflammation and scarring from old attacks. They did contrast dye to make sure there were not stones stuck in any of the other ducts off of my GB. I did see my doctor for my follow up last Monday and mentioned the nagging pain but, he did not seem concerned. I am not sure if it has gotten worse or if all my other bits are healing and don't hurt any longer so that is the part I am paying attention to. I did spend the day yesterday eating nothing but saltine crackers and some plain white rice trying to see if it was related to my intestines but, that does not seem to have made any difference. I keep telling myself that it is just part of the healing process.

      How long did it take before you really felt back to your normal self?

      ~kimi

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      I think it was about 8 weeks and everything was fine up to a year ago but I have other problems with my stomach the doctors are not sure if related but I have now got sphincter of oddi dysfunction that means my body has got a cob in because my gallbladder was removed but only 29% get it so don't worry plus I now have gastritis and h pylori but that us only 10% if the pain is no better after ur rest time of 8 weeks go back to doctor and let him now but remember every person is different a lady who got it done same time was OK after 3 weeks another was 12 x

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      I am so sorry to hear what you have gone through. sad

      I am going to give myself a bit more time and if the pain is still there, call and go back and have a visit with the surgeon.

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      It may be Bile acid malabsorption which is a complication of gallbladder removal.  It can be diagnosed by a SECHAT scan and there is treatment to bind your bile salts.  Abdominal nerves are very sensitive and can get disturbed with surgery. Neuralgia can follow.   If your doctor is unconcerned, see someone else for another opinion. 

      IBS is also a cimplication of gallbladder removal

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      Thanks Pippa. I had to go and look up what kind of scan that was.  I will certainly keep that in mind.

      ~kimi

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