How long should I have off work after gall bladder removal

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I had my gall bladder removed the evening of 24th April, and after spending lots of the following day being sick due to the anethestic came home the next evening. I had been told by my consultant to plan for 6 weeks off work even with keyhole & on discharge was told again no lifting for 6 weeks. The stiches were removed after 2 weeks staying in longer than normal becasue of the Easter bank holiday and the nurse reminded me it takes 6 weeks to heal inside. The evening following the removal of stitches I developed bad pains similar to my previous gall bladder attacks. They quickly got worse so I rang the emergency doctors, and was very close to hanging up for an ambulance as the pain was the worse I had ever felt. Whilst on the phone the pain subsided a little & I was told it was probably casued by the low fat digestive I had eaten with my ibuprofen. The pain continued over the following 48 hours although not quite as servere & I did not know who to turn to.I made sure that not fat was eaten during that time or since, In desperation I rang for advice & arranged to see my consultant a few days later. My consultant took my symtoms of pain, dark urine & yellowing eyes to diagnose that there was likely a stray stone still in my system &  arranged another MRI to check. Following this new attack I had felt unable to drive as pain can come so suddenly so rang my doctor on Friday to request another two weeks sick note (this would bring me to 6 weeks off work), but he has today rang and left a message saying should I need any more time off I need to go to see him to explain why. Two of my outside wounds seem healed with the others looking good, but I feel tired, have some cramping/discomfort inside at times, lie down & bend down cautiosly still, and am not lifting as per the hospital instructions. I am also worried about having another servere attack of pain. Am I being unreasinable asking for another 2 weeks off to be fully recovered? I work in a two man branch of a bank with an older lady, where I will be expected to help with the bulk coin delivery & any bulk coin paid in by customers, plus I do not think I am up to hoisting myself up onto the high cashier chair, and certainly don't want to stand all day. I am hoping to get a doctors appointment tomorrow to discuss this, but any opinions on whether I am right or wrong would be helpful.

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    Hi 

    poor you having a stray stone but sounds like your specialist sorted it. 

    I had no complications and basically felt like my plug was pulled out so to speak for 3 months. Then my energy came back .. I would err on being sensible ..you've been through it and you will know when you can cope with work..you'll want to go back get bored at home etc ...if your doctor will sign you off ...rest 

    but positively all you need to do now is recover and heal ...

    work can cope without us ...

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    Oh yes if your ever operated on again tell them you react to the anaesthetic by being sick...they will give you anti sick Meds before they put you under ..works wonders ..
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    I don´t think you are being unreasonable especially if the MRI shows any lodged stones.  Post surgery, I had some of the worst pain episodes in my life. You have to take care of yourself.  I am 5 weeks out and don´t have the major pain any more, but still suffer gas, bloating and a milder pain. Good luck .
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    If you do not feel happy going back to work, you should not go back. You will only be off sick again if you back too soon.
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