Just had my gallbladder removed, and cant sleep any suggestions?

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This saturday just gone (27th dec) i had my gallbladder removed via key hole surger. I was in and out in the one day now im home i can potter about but i just cant seem to get any sleep. I know they say that you will feel more tired than usual because of the healing process but it seems like i dont need it yet i feel shattered rolleyes. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me to get a good night sleep.


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    I had mine removed on 20th September this year and I had trouble sleeping for a week I was waking every hour or so once I started to heal I began to sleep more if it continues for to long ask your doctor for some advise will not help your healing if your sleep deprived for to long hope your better soon good luck 
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    pain killers I took before bed then 5 hours into my night took again . 

    The healing does affect sleep I have a memory foam mattress really helped but found had to sleep on back and propped pillows on either side of me ...

    but you will sleep the reality is we need sleep and soon you'll be so tired you'll sleep through the discomfort.  You'll propberly just fall asleep in the day exhausted and wake up 16 plus hours later . Try not to worry our bodies won't let us get away with no sleep ... For long 


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    I agree with the pain killers being taken regularly. You think you feel better but it takes time so take them every four hours. Thats what I did, had my done 17th dec. Not taking any pain releif now though but needed it to get me through


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    Great to hear your back home and recovering.   See if your allowed to take temporary sleeping tablets like over the counter Nytol. I find I get a good nights sleep with these I don't take too many for any length of time so might help you

    wishing you a full speedy recovery

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    hello Abbi,

    Like other replies when I had mine out in November, had a wee problem with sleeping also. Took the meds hospital gave me on discharge, and when these finished got further supply from GP. Thankfully sleeplesness lasted about 10 days and did catnap during day in chair which helped.

    Am now back at work taking it slowly watching diet,difficult over Christmas. Have had a couple of lapses, Indian meal and Chinese take away, paid for it the next day Ha! Very rumbly stomach, to the delight of grand children, and spending a little time in loo!!!!!!!!!! Have also been taking Buscopan when needed and has helped, so far no other complications like many others on this subject, so keeping everything crossed that I fully recover and hopefully within the 3 to 4 month time scale the surgeon gave me. All dissolvable stiches now gone, so all well.

    Just be aware no heavy lifting, done athe odd thing and have known it!! So whilst inside healing just leaving all that for now.

    Here's hoping you'll be as right as rain very soon and can look back and say job well done.

    best wishes to you and all other sufferers for 2015, Onward and upward


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    Yes I have one! Sleep with an ice pack!  I ended up doing this most nights and if i couldn't sleep anymore in bed I slept in my chair.

    You can also let your doctor know that you aren't sleeping and they can give you something to help.

    Counting sheep never has worked for me.

    Good luck!!

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    Hi abbi77897, I had mine removed about a year ago. I still remember the sleepless nights after surgery! I was told it's because of the Anesthetic. I tried sleeping pills but that didn't work. I was exactly the same, felt so tired but when it came to it I just couldn't! Personally I just tried to ride it out and trust my body to finally sleep when it needs to. The more I pushed myself to try and sleep, the more frustrated I got! Fair to say I watched a lot of movies during that time 😁 

    Hope recovery goes well. You should be sleeping regularly now 😊. 

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