Itching and poor health after gallbladder surgery

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i feel like my quality of life is at 10% remaining... im a 26 year old female with two beautiful babies and im scared i wont be around like i thought i would... ok enough being depressed.. so basically i had my very needed gallbladder removed this past may 2019 and its august 2019 now so it hasn't been that long, but its been the hardest 3 months of my life. Ive had that same right side pain since the surgery !!! but when i go to get it checked out they say i just have high liver enzymes and it will correct itself.. yea right..........so i just try to ignore the pain like its all in my head ...but this past weekend ive developed intense itching all over my body starting at my feet and extreme fatigue to the point where i feel like I'm dying or something ... also kinda weird but extreme dry mouth and bad breath... i did not have that problem before surgery so it has to be connected somehow... and i mean extreme dry mouth its terrible and I'm just wondering if there's anybody who's dealt with this??

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    hi, i had my gall bladder out 11 months ago- 4 months after felt as though i was starting to feel better but by MARCH startibg to feel worse- painful stomach after eating and during g night, exhausted, dry skin and mouth abd horrible taste. i have had myself referred back to a private consultant and ge had guided my NhS Gp how to proceed - now waiting pancreas ultrasound scan and canera down throat again. i cut out all acidic fruit, onions tomatoes and garlic and also as much gluten as i can. fatty foids i can eat no problem. do you have twins ( i do abd lost a lot of weight after having them - i think this caused my 5 cm gallstone 12 years ago to start forming) i would see a different doctor. i also still take RANITIDINE to line stonach and AMITRIPTYLINE at night. keep pushing fir a 2nd opinion- good luck xx

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    HI amanda. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. i am a nurse and it sounds like there is definitely something going on with your liver. who checked your liver enzymes? if i were you....i would make an appointment asap to see an internal medicine doctor or your GP and explain whats going on. Something is making your liver struggle to work (the itching) Your liver is not being able to eliminate the toxins from your body...which is its main function. I don't know what condition your gall bladder was in. There are a few different reasons for having it removed. It makes me think the liver was damaged somehow during surgery or maybe one of the tubes that drain the bile is blocked....by a stone or something? i would be asking for a CT SCAN and if that doesn't show anything, an exploratory lap done bu a different surgeon. You are right. This is not normal post gallbladder removal! Please keep us updated.

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    Not normal at all. Please go to the hospital or get with your doctor immediately. Sounds like you may have a remaining stone in the common bile duct.

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    sorry you're dealing with all of this, as someone else who has gone through exactly what you're going through it's not impossible to get through.

    if you're dealing with depression it's best to get that under control while you're healing as it can slow down healing.

    i had complications after my removal where there was residual sludge after my removal which was making me sick. they did a ercp on me about 2 weeks after my surgery which is done with a tube down the throat and can cause Sphincter of oddi dysfunction so they will suggest you wait and see if you can pass it

    water and plenty of fresh food especially apples for nausea and fresh fish for plenty of calories (i had a lot of sushi while healing) help you heal faster. The itching is something i also had and the only thing that helped was antihistamines and a warm shower (absolutely not hot) but once your liver is better the itching will stop! if you ever feel extreme anxiety and start panicking it is always better to see a doctor that will listen to your fears and explain to you exactly what you're going through instead of blowing you off.

    After surgery is such a worrisome time especially with kids i can imagine... keep yourself well fed and hydrated and keep your depression and anxiety in check in healthy ways and don't worry it doesn't last forever!

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    HI Amanda i had my gall bladder removed 12 of june since then i also have had a bad time of it Nausea bowel probs constipation ! no energy feeling really down now i went back to see surgeon he said i looked well haha and that he would refer me to see if i had a stomach ulcer because have terrible pain not just under the gall bladder site but also under the left side too! not heard anything yet looks like i am going to have to chase that up myself i live in England the NHS IS VERY STRECHED ! I really do not know how you are coping with young children to look after i really feel for you the itching usually due to high liver enzymes ive had that too nothing was done i was told to put cream on Mmmm ! also a very dry mouth too although i am drinking loads of water they say it takes time for your liver to take over the duty of your gall bladder some people take more time than others ! i have watched my diet i have also lost a lot if weight i am very thin now so thats very worrying .keep us informed of your progress .try not to worry to much .

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    HI i just got my gallbladder removed on OCT AND 2 months after i have this itchiness all over my body i want to know how long did your itching last and if they have tell u anything so far i got my liver panel done and everything was normal but i still have the itching

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