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Hi,

I have had 2 attacks since being diagnosed with Gall stones about 2 weeks ago, when I was rushed to hospital with the pain. I have been told that I will be having the gall bladder removed through keyhole surgery. Im 37, and have only ever been in hospital to have my five children. The pain is far worse than any of those labours. I have been given a pain relief now, Diclofenac, but it doesnt touch it.

My main concern is the operation, I cant say how scared I am, i'm beside myself with worry. Having read the experiences of everyone on here I am even more scared. Is the post op as bad as the attacks I am having now? does everyone get constipated? Ive always prided myself on a high pain threashold, but these attacks are the worst, they last for hours and have me on my knees in tears. My husband and all my freinds tell me to have the operation, and continue on like its nothing. Its ruling my life at the moment, I worried about what im eating, worried about the operation, and spend most of my time scared im going to have another attack. I dont go far from home. With my last attack, a amubulance was called and I refused to go, because im so scared that they may operate on me.

I would love any advice at all.:headhurts:

thank you

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    the fear is far worse than the reality beleive me. If you have coped with/survived the pain of an attack post op pain is bearable because you know it is making you better. It sounds like a strange thing to say but although I was in alot of pain post op i had a huge sense of relief that i now had control over the situation, and yes the first 24 hours are very strange and painful, but pain relief will get you through it, honestly. You could not be as bad as me - I left it so long that my surgeon said I had a maximum of 48 hours before I did irreversable damage to my system and took me straight to theatre. I was hysterical and terrified but it really was worth it, yes you will be grouchy and sore - i found it very difficult to pass water for 24 hours but the threat of a catheter made me sit on the commode until my system started to kick in! Make sure you explain your fears and a good surgeon will realise it is important to have you calm and in as much control as possible, dont focus on the op, focus on being comfotable being put to sleep and on feeling relief when you come round.....

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    Hi,

    I've just left work today suffering with chest pain and I know it's going to get worse as the day goes on. My doctor has prescribed me supositries for pain relief. These help me greatly with the pain relief as I'm unable to take anything oral due to me being sick for hours on end. I've been to the hospital now 4 times in severe pain and I've had injections for pain relief. I'm due to go to the hospital next Monday to see a specialist. I know I have gallstones after having a scan and at the moment all i want is for them to be removed. I know you must be nervous about having the op so am I (if that's what the doctor orders!), but it's got to be better than the pain you're in at the moment.

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    Hi mate,

    I know exactly how you feel, I am so nervous about the op and the days following it, but 1 or 2 days of post of pain is ok knowing it will be the last. Ended up in hosp again last thurs night, I had morphine, gas/air you name it i had it, pain lasted 14 hrs, the longest yet. I have already had my ultrasound scans, and was on waiting list for op. but because I ended up in hosp again, docs gave me a date. 12th july. So a month and counting. I dont want the op but the pain that will go on and on and on & not being able to go out with friends and family and being so limited to what i eat, will get me through the next month. You need to get it over and done with, just think 1 to 2 days of post op pain, and that will be it, back to a normal life again..... be strong mate. xx

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    Hi

    I know how you feel. I had my gallbladder out on wed 21/06/06 the op was so straight forward please don,t worry about it, i was soooo scared its untrue i was in bits i couldnt stop crying the day i went into hospital but the medical staff really put me at ease and i had a premed which really helped me. I can't believe i was so frightened cause i have had 3 big babies all with out pain relief, the pain after the op i don't think is that bad i was on a morphine drip after the op but did'nt really use it, i think i might have used it twice or three times at the most. It is sun now and i am feeling ok just a bit stiff feeling like i have been pushed about a lot but please don't worry you will be fine.

    Angela:D

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