I have gallstones and I have a horrible fullness constantly in my stomach

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i am waiting to have my gallbladder removed but in the meantime can anyone advise me about this fullness or what I can do to relieve it.  I a man on a low fat diet but even when I'm not eating I feel bloated. Thanks.

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    The constant painful bloating was one of the most difficult parts for me. Unfortunately I could not find anything that helped relieve it. I tried Buscopan and took various painkillers. I went really low fat with meals, but anything I ate caused more painful bloating. 

    Do you have a date for surgery yet?

    Good news for me is that I have no symptoms at all now and no bloating! I had my gallbladder removed on 14th July after years of problems. 

    Hope you get yours out soon. 

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      Hi Lynne 

      Thanks for replying to me. It's good to hear your op was successful. Mine was only discovered a few weeks ago after a night of severe abdominal pain. Have had an ultrasound d scan which revealed hundreds of stones!  MRI booked in a few weeks time just to check no blockages. Waiting for op date but they said 3-4 months so it's just a waiting game. Dr calling me tomorrow so I wanted to seek advice for the bloating and was thinking about Buscopan but maybe I'll rule that out now. Just on very low fat diet, white fish, chicken, veg, fruit, trying not to have bread as well. Very boring!!  Today I feel I have a dull ache in the pelvic area so not sure if it's all connected.

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    To relieve bloating/fullness, get some Cummins or fennel seeds and boil in a cup of water for 1 minute and when it is Luke warm sip it and take a walk, this will make you burp and relieve bloating.
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    Ive tried everything, but nothing really works for me. I have been to my doctor they just pass me off to the next doctor who aint got a clue and just keep giving me buscopan that's their answer to everything, I dont think they know the tbh but most of never been through gallstones so I guess they are just going by the book.

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    I had awful bloating day after day  but luckily  it's now gone 

    unless  I eat too much.   I  suggest  you  eat small  and often .     I also take  peptac

    which I feel helps. 

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    Would keep doing what you’re doing and try to drink plenty water as well. Plus eating little and often so your body doesn’t need to digest too much at once. Hope you get appt soon to get it out xx
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    As above. ..little and often, but for me,even with that regime ,I still feel bloated. I'm back to a bland menu after being in pain for 11 days in the hope things calm down. However,I have had a "new"pain since early afternoon. It's like a stitch and any deep breathing,especially a yawn,makes it worse. I've just had 10 minutes of sneezing and it felt like someone was sticking a knife in my side. Like I said,a "new"pain.

    Anyway,enough about me. If you get any pain then push to get treatment eg scans asap. Keep on at your GP who will get that fed up of seeing you they will be begging the hospital to perform surgery on you.

    Good luck.

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      So sorry to hear you are struggling as well.  Think it's hard to push the NHS system to go any quicker unless as you say if I have considerable more pain. I don't know about you but my appetite has dropped and I love food. I'm almost scared to have food but I do but don't enjoy it.  At the moment I seem to have a dull ache in the pelvic region now so not sure if it's all connected. Waiting now for my MRI and the operation appointment. Have you had a scan yet? 

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      I've been rather lucky (some may say not lucky enough) I had my first outpatients appointment last Tuesday and the Dr said after an MRI or some other scan it would be 6-8 weeks for surgery. He sent me for urgent blood tests there and then. I got a call Thursday morning from the MRI scan dept asking me to go for a 9am the next day. So that's why I feel lucky compared to many who have had to wait weeks for a scan. I'm now waiting tilll Friday and if I haven't heard anything then I'm contacting outpatients to chase things up. My GP sent a letter yesterday to say I had again been in pain for 10 days yada yada .

      I love food and that's probably why I'm in this situation. Following my first attack in August I stuck rigidly to low or no fat foods and it was sooooo boring. I gradually introduced small portions of "out of bounds" foods eg a slice of bacon,a packet of crisps and found that on the whole nothing affected me,but then again I don't go eating a whole pork belly joint. I stuck to moderation. The only thing that did cause any pain was grapes so they are off my shopping list. This weekend I had some minced lamb and that had a very negative affect on my digestive system,so that too is off my shopping list.

      It's trial and error. Whilst some may say stick to a low or no fat eating regime,for me,I say try a little and take it from there.

      Good luck and keep us posted on how you get on.

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