Gallbladder scar pain

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I had GB out in Jan and its well documented here that i had a very succesful recovery etc. Roll on 3 months and im in agony. Nothing internally but more muscular and centralised in the area of the upper incision point. Ive had blood tests and US recently to check this out and all are good. Im shocked at how much oain is coming from the scar area. feels like ive torn muscle that was healing or something. anyone else had a similar experience

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    hi

    you had major surgery and it takes awhile to feel back to normal . its been 2 years since my surgery and still have times where i feel pain in that area. Possibly scar tissue? took me a good year to get back to myself and exercise routine. stretching helped me alot. sounds like your going on 4 months . just take it easy everyone is diff with recovery. just keep following up with dr. good luck

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    hi three years later still have right side muscular pain .. my consultant said pain may never go.

    i find it eases when gentle exercise and plenty of water.

    hope your pain eases over time

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      Hi Victoria

      i find its the exercising that kicks it off. Definitely not internal and everything is great otherwise. Soon as i take a jog or long walk its searing, unbearable pain. Almost has me on my knees.

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      hi

      i know the pain can be intense cant it .. i had a camera down my throat which showed inflammation in the area where most painfull. it so hard to describe the pain to people sometimes it a dull ache other times a intense stitch that lasts hours if not days. The dull ache is constant regardless of exercise ..

      My consultant stated it may never go.

      He did say he didnt believe it was anything sinister.

      paracetamol or ibuprofen can sometimes take the edge off it for me.

      if still unsure dont hesitate to talk to your GP

      Hope that helps

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    hi Ant,

    I experienced some tugging sensations around incision sites a few weeks after surgery, but they soon passed and were obviously part if the healing process. I had my surgery almost 10 weeks ago and feel fine now.

    Have you been doing any exercise, lifting or strenuous activity? I say this because I know of someone who developed a hernia several months after having had her gallbladder removed. She told me that she had overdone it at the gym!

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      yes i did go back into gym, say early march and everything was fine (surgery was in January). i had no issues from that. during lockdown ive been jogging and its started since ive done this.

      I think i may have tore scar internally. just come off phone with doctor and he saying could be nerve damage that may take months to get right !!

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    hi love I had my gallbladder out by open surgery 10 months later I had an dimensional hernia where my scar was had that taken out so dont overdue it if it gets worse see your gp

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    hi Ant: It is good that you spoke with your GP but I can't help but feel you have been somewhat fobbed off. In the absence of a physical examination and a scan, your GP is just guessing! Personally I would be pushing for a scan.

    Many years ago I went to see my GP as I could not bend my finger and was in pain, he told me it was just a sprain and to wiggle it under a tap of cold running water! The pain got worse and it started to swell. Went to A&E, had an xray and turns out it was broken. The doctor I saw in A&E told me that my GP did not have xray vision and should have sent me for an xray immediately - by then 2 weeks had passed. Additionally, the advice the GP gave actually worsened the condition as it dislodged a fragment if bone. I now have arthritis in that finger.

    Get a thorough check.

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    If you've had an ultrasound scan then you'd think it's not a 'lost' stone . Having said that I think I have read that sometimes there can be one lodged in the stump of the duct where they removed the GB. It doesn't always show up easily and that could be painful.

    If wonder if you started exercising really early after the operation and so might it be an adhesion? Cholecystectomy is a very common procedure but still a major operation. Even with keyhole surgery they have a good old rootle about and cut out an organ so your flesh needs time to heal. Be kind to yourself.

    I am six years on from the op and get a dull RHS ache and have found that wearing one of those elasticated sports braces (that simply wraps round your waist and tightens with velcro straps) to be very useful. I wore it a bit higher up the body that it's intended for and it offered a very comfortable support when my ache was at its worst. They are only about £10 online

    I hope this settles for you soon :0)

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      thanks

      its definitely not internal its muscular but deep behind the scar area. The US didnt see any stones so hopefully not that.

      i think your right though. id not considered how major surgery was and heading back gym a few weeks later probably wasnt the best idea. i have read about adhesion also so unsire if it "could" be that

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    Hi Ant, There are ointments and oils that are used for pregnant women that can help soften scar tissue, it can take a while... there are some instances, where they use needling or laser to soften the scar and release it from underlying structures it may be stuck to, there are also trigger point injections, that they use to kill the specific nerve causing the pain,, in severe cases, surgeons can sometimes redo the incision...re-excise and put a barrier to prevent adhesions under the new scar...however, these can not be guaranteed, some are painful & may not be available in your area, there are meds for neuropathic pain, not sure what your Dr is willing to suggest...maybe heat and massage can help over time, with the cream...wish I could be of more help, I have severe adhesions, nerve entrapment, I feel for you...hope you get a solution, Good Luck & BEST WISHES💒🎶♾🐾🌈🍀☮

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