Pancreatitis or just post-gallbladder surgery IBS?

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About 8 months ago i started having symptoms of gallstones. Pain in my right side after eating radiating to my back etc. At the same time i also started having yellowish stools with undigested food in it.

I had my gallbladder taken out 2 months ago, but my problems still persist. My stool hasnt changed and i still get occasional pain on my right side, sometimes in the middle of my chest below the sternum, sometimes on my left side. Sometimes i have diarrhea too.

I have heard you can get digestive problems after removing your gallbladder, but i havent heard much about having these kinds of symptoms both before and after.

My health anxiety is killing me, what could be causing my problems?

PS. I dont drink very much, dont smoke, dont do any drugs and am not overweight

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    Hi there

    Eight weeks isn't long after having gb surgery, I was told by my very experienced (27 years) surgeon that I had a long road ahead of me and that it would take at least 6 months for my digestive system to return to normal, and yes I have had aches and pains and am still on a bland diet.

    I would ask your dr to run some blood tests to see what is going on and if you are really concerned push for more tests.

    Very good luck with everything and try not to worry!

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      Thanks!

      They did do some blood tests and an ultrasound before my surgery, when i had the same symptoms i do now, and they came back normal.

      Im pretty sure theres actually nothing wrong with me and its all just in my head, but i do have an appointment with my dr coming up soon just to be safe

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      It's good the tests show things are returning to normal. It is worrying when the symptoms don't settle down for a time. It's understandable you'd be concerned. You do right to see the doctor for your own peace of mind. Hope all goes well for you

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    Hi there

    Eight weeks isn't long after having gb surgery, I was told by my very experienced (27 years) surgeon that I had a long road ahead of me and that it would take at least 6 months for my digestive system to return to normal, and yes I have had aches and pains and am still on a bland diet.

    I would ask your dr to run some blood tests to see what is going on and if you are really concerned push for more tests.

    Very good luck with everything and try not to worry!

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    Have you spoken to your doctor, maybe to be referred to the GI specialist, for peace of mind. I had a badly infected gallbladder, huge stones, but no left sided pain unless the doctor pressed down in the gallbladder area, all my discomfort was right sided. The stones were washed out, too many problems to remove the gallbladder. I still have right sided pain and tenderness. The specialist referred me for more tests. Now getting the treatment I need for what the tests showed up.

    I have digestive problems but have complex conditions and medication that cause the problems but it's worth asking to be referred so you can get answers to your symptoms.

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    Should add the GI specialist told me that the Pancreas can be a bit inflamed due to gallbladder problems and can take a little while to settle down post op.

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    I understand what you go thru....i have been like you for several years....It was not till 2 yaers ago that they prescribed me creon to be able to digest my food ...... my pancreas was not making the acids needed to digest my food......yes

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