Looking for good reviews of gallbladder removal

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Im having my gallbladder removed on the 26 of june and i wanted to know if there's anyone out there that has something good to say about it. I've read nothing but negative things and sometimes feel like not having sergury after all maybe i should keep my gall bladder if its not going to make a difference

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    Hi

    i am 2 year post op. 

    And my life has changed so much for the better since removal. Obviously you have to recover heal from your operation about 6 weeks being careful not to use your abdominal muscles or you feel like you've been kicked by a mule. We all learn the hard way .. It takes about 3 months to get your energy back ... 

    But for me within a day of the operation I felt so different .. I hadn't realised how much impact a rotten stone filled gallbladder was having on my life ..

    i no longer felt bilious nauseous constantly , I had grown used to munching anti acids after eating ..my body felt better in itself.

    I found I could eat foods I hadn't eaten for years .. I put on weight oops enjoying myself ...

    but for me my anxiety eased I had become terrified of the violent colic attacks and had an absolute fear of being sick because of the agony...suddenly I realised I wouldn't have to fear them anymore. A year post op I was sick a tummy bug and no agonising pain just sick and that was that ...I felt  such a weight lifted I had suffered undiagnosed for 15 years plus ...viewing my at tacks as food poisoning or bugs ...

    so the big question side effects .. I don't produce as much bile as before so I need all bran each day which works ...I take vitamin supplements to ensure I get my nutrients ..others can be left with too much bile ..and I am sure you've read about that ...most of us settle down .. I did have an ache on my right side when I ate fat for about 18 months but that's gone now ..

    basically removal best thing for me ..????

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      Thanks Sally!

      I had read nothing but negative things but after hearing your story im going for it. I just had my baby July 23 and had an attack for 3 hours the day they released me from the hospital. It was terrible, instead of leaving happy with my new born in my arms i left in terrible pain. I to live in fear of thinking when my next attack will come. Since i had a cesarean my doctor said i should wait at least six weeks so that my cut can heal but i called them and told them i need it done asap.

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    I had mine out may 2016, NO problems at all , it took about a month before I felt normal agan, the PO pain was quite bad. but it was worth it just to have it out of me !  I can eat anything I want.  I stumbled on this site when I was first having GB pain and it was helpful understanding what I was also dealing with but Now it seems to attraact the ppl that have negative gb problems still.  Im very happy mine is out. NO PROBLEMS
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      Thanks and your right, I got on here to get some advice but i read nothing but negative things! I had to see if anyone had something good to say about the surgery. I just want to be able to eat normal again and with all the negative posts i thought my life was ruined! But hopefully I get the same luck had with your surgery thank you I feel a lot better about getting my surgery done.
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    I had my gall bladder removal d on 19 April this year. Best thing that ever happened.

    I didn't realise how I'll I felt all the time until I had it removed. I felt nauseous and had several sickness episodes which I had put down to stomach bugs or eating bad food on holiday. Now I realise it was my gall bladder all along.

    Had to have open surgery which took longer to recover from but now I feel great!

    Am eating what I want with no problems.

    Good luck to you and whatever you decide.

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      Thanks for replying I feel a lot better about getting my surgery done. I'll post how it went when I'm all done. Like I told someone else I hope I have the same luck as you! I'm so tired of living in fear because of these attacks.

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    I had mine done 3 weeks ago. Keyhole surgery as a day case and was home by 2pm. All went really well - some moderate pain ( generally when I did too much and didn't rest). Recovered enough to fly out for a weeks holiday 12 days after surgery :-) Things still settling down so hard to know if all symptoms have been relieved but constant nausea has gone so I got one am very happy. Good luck

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      Good to know because I just had a baby on June 23 and I need to recover asap! Im breast feeding so hopefully everything goes well so that I can return to my normal routine especially with a new born luckily I have my husband and mother to help me out while I recover. I'm just praying that every thing turns out the way it did for you and that I can go back to eating again with no pain. Thank you!

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    I am 3+ weeks post op.  I had constant nausea for several months, but no "typical" gallbladder attacks.  My liver enzymes were elevated, so they did a CT scan and it showed a lot of gallstones.  I had it out- and the first 10 days I had pain from the gas they put in your abdominal cavity to see what they are doing, and I ate soup, jello, oatmeal, etc.  13 days after surgery I flew by plane to my company convention and even had a hamburger the last day with NO symptoms.  My head is clearer and I have less depression.  I now can eat anything- chocolate, ice cream, etc, but I DO avoid fried foods and try to minimize the high fat foods I do eat.  I got some digestive enzymes on Amazon, and am still taking colace to stay regular, but I am SOOOO glad it is out.  The surgeon said it was very inflamed and it was likely causing problems for at least a year and a few of the stones were too big to ever dissolve or pass.  Everyone is different- since my surgery I have met many people I know that had the surgery and I never even knew!  It is a common surgery, and it may be that people who are not doing well have other things going on along with gallstones and inflammation.  I did not want to wait for any full blown attacks, and am very glad I had the surgery.

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