Itchy skin after gallbladder removal

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Hi 

I had my gallbladder removed three days ago laparoscopically. I have not stopped itching since the procedure. I was told by the nurse it was just a side effect from the morphine but it still continues. Anyone else experienced this? 

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    I had the same op three days ago as well, I don't have any itching but my right shoulder is painful, I have felt good since getting it done but get easily out of breath at the minute, time will get me back to normal and I am sure that you will be the same. Keep asking about the itch if it persists incase any infection starts.

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      I didn't have the shoulder pain with this op but was expecting to. Had appendix out last year and the pain in the shoulder was worse than any of the wounds. Did take a good few days to settle down. I didn't leave the house til 5 days post-op and even then took it easy but was exhausted when I got home! Think it takes a good 2 weeks to feel reasonably normal again but longer for insides to heal xx

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      Hi it’s been a long time,  how are you doing with the removal of your gall bladder?  - can you tell me how long the shoulder pain lasted? I at day 17 - still getting some pain is right side and shoulder neck area ... thanks 
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    When I had itching before my gallbladder was removed, it was because I had jaundice. There's a very close relationship between gallbladder, liver and pancreas.

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      Hi sick of waiting.

      I’ve been feeling poorly for 9 or so years and was told it was chronic fatigue/ fibromyalgia. All my liver function tests and everything else was normal but I had a nasty bile taste, IBS, feeling overly hot or hot/cold without a fever, plus fatigue and insomnia.

      I mentioned all of it to the many GP’s I saw, and they are aware I had Hepatitis 15 years ago which cleared quickly.

      Recently I went back with more severe pain under ribs and in back, and itching. GP thinks it’s gall stones and is sending me for a scan, she said it’s not an emergency and she can’t say how long I will have to wait.

      I’m so worried and scared it’s liver damage as I’m itchy and have a yellow coating on my tongue.

      I don’t know what to do I’ve convinced myself I’ve got liver damage and that’s what’s been wrong with me all these years despite the normal LFT’s.

      Any comments or advice would be much appreciated.

      X

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    I had mines out 10 days ago and still have padded dressings over 2 of the wounds as they're really sore at the slightest touch. Are you itchy all over? Sometimes I think it's due to dry skin. Unless you're jaundiced with it then wouldn't worry. 

    I was a good week before sitting up was bearable and still hurts sometimes. Still sleeping with loads of pillows as lying flat then trying to get up isn't the easiest! Know I've overdone it today though as have pain around the incisions. 

    Only side effects I've had is the yellow stools but my GP says that's totally normal. And the sensitive scars which should hopefully get better in time too. Think I'm always going to be careful now with what I eat though. But have managed some fatty foods like macaroni cheese and have eaten chocolate with no side effects 👌🏽👌🏽. Hope you're healing well!! xx

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      Hi. Did your Dr say why it is normal to have yellow stools? Mine are often loose any sometimes yellow but I don't know the reason. I have only half a bowel left as well as no gallbladder, which was removed by open surgery just over three months ago. My liver readings are now back to normal and I don't drink alcohol. My diet is a bit ice creamy and chocolately however. Which I know is 'a bit naughty.' I might see a dietician. The half bowel removal was 45 months ago. 

      So, apart from a suspect diet, is there a medical reason for the yellow stools? neutral

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      She said it's because the bile is constantly dripping into the intestine instead of being held in the gallbladder until it's needed. So the yellow stools are basically bile that has gone through without being changed by the intestinal bacteria. So yellow stools are pretty much gonna be the norm from now on! It's normal though so not to worry! Have been told eating takeaways or things really high in fat is likely to cause issues. Don't think the occasional creamy thing is gonna make much difference though so wouldn't worry about that! I'm back to eating some chocolate now after a few months of giving up. And managed some cheese too 👍🏼. 

      Diarrhoea after gallbladder removal can be caused by the bile irritating the intestine and has a laxative type effect on the person. You could try some Imodium type tablets to see if they help? Maybe better letting doc know of this side effect though, especially with the bowel issues you've had. But normally they'd suggest something like that to combat the diarrhoea if it's gone on that long xx

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      Thanks for that! A constant supply of bile even when it's not needed. I do eat too much creamy stuff though. I have been taking a fibre supplement called Konsyl D since my bowel surgery as there is not enough bowel left to absorb water they say. I'll mention those Imodium tablets to my Dr. Thanks again. smile

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    Wow this has been really useful guys. The itching is all over but can't see any signs of jaundice I guess I should just be patient and let my body just heal.  No nasty side effects from food yet but don't really have much of an appetite.  

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    The itching feeling started about two days ago and is driving me crazy. Gallbladder was removed one week ago. Is there any way to stop it
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