Post op Cholysysectomy pain, any solutions out there that have helped?

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Hi,

I'm 36yr old male going on 1 month after laparoscopic gall bladder removal and I'm still experiencing bouts of severe burning in stomach region as well as pain in mid back to up between shoulder blades. I know its only early post op but looking through the forums it seems many suffer after the operation.

I have been back to the ER twice due to this pain as at times it can be excruciating I am currently taking pantazeprole 40mg, and occasionally buprenorhprine and tramadol only when needed for quick pain relief though this doesn't take it away it relieves it. I have had blood tests done on admission to ER, lipase was a little high but CT scan and ultrasound come back relatively normal but doctors don't seem to really know what's going on. On my pharmacists recommendation I am taking over the counter enzyme supplements and a natural liver support product I have also followed a low fat diet as recommended, I don't smoke and have refrained from alcohol since before the op. I haven't suffered from diarrhoea more so constipation which is improving but believe this to be more caused by the pain medication.

Maybe it's acid bile reflux I don't actually have reflux in my throat as such as the burning feels more towards the duodenum region.

It's frustrating and depressing as I'm sure some of you would relate.

I know there is also a lot on the Internet in regards to this topic but if anybody has any suggestions or remedies that have worked for them it would be great if you could share your insights and journey.

Best wishes,

Jade.

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    Hi Jade

    I'm sat in A&E with my daughter again in acute pain. She is post op day 11 & like you all tests come back ok. She has had a linx implant for acid teflux so it's not that in her case but she describes the pain the same as you, with it lots of sickness.

    She has a slight infection so they have put her on antibiotics now also.

    They are talking about pain management as gallbladder removals are quite difficult to settle down afterward.

    But no definitive answers I wish there were.

    If the Drs discover anything I will let you know.

    Kindest regards

    Carol

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      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for the reply I wish her a speedy recovery.

      I don't think mine is acid reflux either more likely some sort of bile irritation in the duodenum.

      I am being referred to a GI specialist and likewise I will share any info.

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      Hi Jade

      They have confirmed she does have a slight infection and antibiotics will help get that under control. But also having the gallbladder out although it needed to come out might not have cured all of her pain, so she will need to see a pain specialist & have some other checks.

      Body is a complexity and you just don't realise until things don't tick along so smoothly.

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      Hi Jade,

      Hopefully, a GI doc will be better able to diagnose and treat what's going on with you! I hope that your pain will soon be at an end and that things start settling down!

      Please let me know how you get on!

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