Gallstone Problem. Need Advice Please.

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Hi,

I am 23 years old Female from India. Couple of months back I was diagnosed with Gallstone. The ultrasound report says I have 14mm stone in gall bladder. The doctor says it would require laproscopic surgery.

He said that I will be fine in few days and start eating normally. I read some articles on internet that said almost same thing. But recently I came across a website where people who had the gallstone surgery posted their experience.

I have gotten very scared since reading their views. They all seemed better before the surgery. All of them complaint about extreme pain and diarrhea even year after the surgery. They have to be admitted to hospital several times and had to go through various treatment but still not feeling well.

All this has scared me and now I have second thoughts about having surgery. I am actually depressed now. What should I do. Please advice.  

As for now I get mild pain in the middle of stomach but not strong enough to take painkiller. Apart from that I have gastric issues.

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    Please dont worry, for every bad experience you read about there will be hundreds who dont suffer after surgery. I had my op a few months ago and everything was fine immediately, it was great to be free from the pain. Yes, you'll go to the toilet more but that will calm down. People who have good experiences rarely write about them but there are loads of us who are glad to see the back of our gallbladders.
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      I am also worry about it will be diarrhea after surgery too and how long you have to stay in the hospital after surgery done  ? 
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    Hi Madhuri I had my op on Thursday keyhole and I'm fine. Gallbladder pain gone obviously and feels so good to be pain free. I have four holes from op but the only pain is from one on belly button which will go in time. I've not been to the loo yet but feel I could go but can't strain. I too was worried about diarrhoea after reading this site but I've had wholemeal toast , soup fish salad and all small meals and I'm fine honestly. I've felt a bit dizzy but that's due to anesthetic still in my body. Don't eat too much fat is the key really I think. And yes I ate right away as I was hungry 😁

    please don't worry we are all different and to be honest anything is better than the gallbladder pain , I even have my roses cheeks back xxx

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    I have a gallstone and am waiting to have my gallbladder removed.

    I know quite a few people who have had this operation and they all say how much better they feel afterwards. We are all different and I suppose it is a question of how you feel yourself and what would be best for you, no one can tell ou what to do.

    For gastric issues I would see if you can get a doctor to prescribe you omeprazole. I do not know if you can get them where you live.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Prayering for you

    Love Sarah

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    Hi madhuri,

    it is true that many people have diarrhea problems after gallbladder removal. I am also one of those people. The truth is your body does have to get used to not having a storage tank for bile. Instead, the bile drips directly into your intestines. For some people, like myself, this irritates the intestines and can cause you to need to go to the bathroom after each meal.

    for many people, this goes away. For others, you may have to take questran to help - and it does help.

     

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      how long it take to get used to it ? and how can you go to work since you need to go restroom often ? thanks 
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      It's day four for me and I have eaten since the op some soup ,wholemeal bread, an ice lolly , cereal , fish salad and potatoes twice , chicken dinner , some fruit pastels and I'm still constipated , I took a fibre drink yesterday and only just gone to the loo and still struggled but i have always been constipated since my hysterectomy six years ago. I would welcome a looser stool but will have to wait and see how I go. My op wounds are really itchy now but belly button one is still sore , I can move a bit better but still can't bend down so if I drop something it has to stay there !!!!!
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    If you already have stones believe me there will be more to come. I can handle the diarrhea with meds better than I could a gallbladder attack!! evidently, you have not had a powerful attack that can put on the floor and take your breath away. I hope you don't.If those stones are not bothering you, then I gues wait until they grow and you will not have to ask about surgery. You will want is as soon as possible with an attack. This is just my opinion but I have been through this. It only took ONE attack for me!!
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      In my case, I have IBS, When I was 25 I was diagnosed with Crohn's, but my last colonoscopy showed I did not. Diarrhea is something I have nearly everyday until my GI put me on Cholystimine (spelling?) 3x's a day and I added 4 immodium every other day. This has helped more than anything I have ever been on. I may have diarrhea 2 days a wekk and that makes me happy. Of course, you have to know what gives you diarrhea and I do and saty away from those foods. yes, this has helped me tremendously!!.  rolleyes
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    Hello Madhuri,  Angela has said that if you have a gallbladder attack, you will want surgery immediately; it's so painful.  I can understand that.  My experience has been that I had an attack, actually two attacks, both very painful.  MRI showed three stones in common bile duct that had escaped from the gallbladder. They caused jaundice and if not removed, can be dangerous.  They were removed by ERCP, brilliant procedure, painless and home for tea.  I now feel very well and I still have my gallbladder!  But everybody is different.  Have faith in the surgeons but press for second opinion if you are not happy.
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    I had that surgery a year ago and I'm very happy I did. I do have IBS so if I get stressed or have milk products I can get diarrhea. The only negative thing is I can't eat nuts and the first few months can be challenging with certain foods. At the beginning caffeine, pizza or anything with high Fat would trigger pain or diarrhea but I feel so much better than before surgery. My cousin put having surgery off and she ended up in hospital with an inflamed gallbladder and instead of same day surgery like I had and like the one your going to have they had to cut her open and she was in hospital for 2 days. And if it gets bad it can effect your pancreas too. Everyone I know that has had it out didn't have any problems after taking it out
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    Hi madhuri I had mine removed 4 months ago also due to 1 large stone and it's been a nightmare ever since. I totally regret having the operation. I was having pain from the stone. Mine was found on a routine ultrasound. I had no symptoms then and within a couple of weeks the pain started. I was on zoton for gastritis at the time and have since found out that ppis can aggravate gallstones so if anyone is taking a ppi and having gallstone pain stop the ppi and see does the pain stop. I did research the surgery prior to having it done and spoke to a number of friends and family who had it done and they were all fine afterwards. One difference between me and them is that they had inflamed gallbladders were as mine wasn't inflamed and was just having pain from the stone although a lot of people have it removed due to the pain from the stones. Funny thing is that I have since spoken to these people again and some of them do have ibs symptoms since the surgery and didn't connect the two. If you are not having any pain from the stone and your gallbladder isn't inflamed please hold off on the surgery. There are many many people walking around with gallstones that do not cause problems and don't even know they have them. If you are having symptoms well then you will need to get it removed. There is a high success rate with this operation however there seems to me to be a high number of people developing ibs after this surgery and not realising its to do with the gallbladder. I wish you well in your decision.
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