Gallbladder removal post op pain

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I'm 8 days post op after gallbladder surgery and have pain/ache/tightening like gallbladder pain on ride side under rib and around to my back and right shoulder blade, only lasts few seconds and started only two day ago,!is it gas? Food I'm eating or just still healing internally? Bloods were checked last week after surgery to make sure there could be no stones in bile duct so don't think that's it, not very sore just niggling, maybe been too active as looking after two kids and cleaning house a bit last couple days? Thoughts?

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    Hi Leah

    I had my surgery 6yrs ago and still have this pain on occasion.

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      They ran tests and nothing obviously wrong. She said the nerves left behind send pain signals to the brain. No other explanation, but it hurts like a son of a gun!
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      Yea I suppose it's still early days for me and probably hopeful thinking to think I would be completely pain free but at least it's not the excruciating pain of gallstones, I'd honestly rather be in labour than have it again
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    I've still got Gb, so cannot speak from experience, but research says these things are very common, as you say can be healing, phantom pains (as the body still has the nerves thinking Gb still there and contracting the area where it was), could also be other things. If it worsens or persists, you would need to get checked for infection, leaks or stones anywhere else I guess. I know many docs say you can eat anything after, our hospital advises to continue low fat at first and gradually phase in richer foods as your digestion is having to make huge adjustments to new plumbing. Take it steady and get well soon.
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      I feel fine otherwise, wounds are healing great , don't need pain meds any more, can move more easily, and feeling slight more hungry, I'm sticking to the strict low fat diet and also on vegan diet, so very high fibre but have had some awful stomach cramps in the mornings but doc said that would happen! Suppose you can't remove an organ and expect the body not to take a while to adjust
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    It might be that you are too active. I have had some of those symptoms as well and they come and go. People keep telling me that I've had major trauma to my abdomen and to give it time.

     

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    Hi leah I ahd my gallbladder removed in Jan this year  it sounds like you are doing too much I had similar pain for about 2 months after op also was  not and am still not able to eat fibre as this would send me rushing to the loo , a low fat diet is vital . I do now feel a lot better after a few ups and downs , fatigue was a big issue until recently but multi vitamins are really helping with that. I have to say in last week or so I feel back to normal, but at the end of the day as my consultant kept telling me its a major op through small holes so try to take iy easy xx
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      Yea I hate sitting doing nothing and leaving my husband to do everything with the house and kids (especially the washing 🙈) but just going to have to learn to stop lol
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    Iknow they cant do it to our high standards can they lol ,at least hes having a go though. Give it a week or so you should be a lot better then xx
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    Hi Leah, have just posted a new discussion on here mentioning that pain/tightening feeling among other things.   I started getting it the day after my op 18 days ago and think it’s telling me I’ve been too active as it normally goes away when I sit and rest.

    I also get a fair amount of gas gripes and am definitely not constipated at the moment!   The literature I was given on discharge says that a low fat diet isn’t necessary but the comments on here certainly indicate otherwise.  Am trying to be careful but have slipped up occasionally.  I seem to get gas no matter what I eat though. 

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      Well I didn't have it today but that's because my hubby literally made me sit and do nothing so clearly it is from being too active, yes me too very gassy no matter what I eat but I think it's common, I'm too scared to eat something fatty yet but so tempted lol 😂
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    I had my gallbladder removed (laparoscopically) two and a half years ago due to billiary dyskinesea and still get the exact pains you're describing but more constant and sometimes severe. My condition is actually worse now than pre surgery. After many visits to different specialists, the consensus is that I have nerve pain related to the surgey. I'm currently on long term dissability as a result. Having said all that, everyone heals differently. I'm 54 years old. Best wishes!
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    Im having the same symptoms. Mine was taken out 10 days ago and I thought I was getting better, then yesterday I could see I wasn't.  I can't sleep or do anything I enjoy doing because I don't want to make the burning pain worse
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    Also does anyone know how long it took for their liver function tests to return to normal, my serum level is still 164 as of yesterday, will these decline once my body has healed completely?
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