Post op gallbladder burning pain

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Hello. 9/11/17 i had elective lap gallbladder surgery. Aleve and ibprofen has been taken for pain. Day 2 i sat up and felt a pop. Im 7 days post op now and still have a burning pain when transitioning from sit/stand/lay down/twist. It feels like a cut or incision keeps opening up each time I make these movements and salt is being poured into it. Boy is it painful. My actual incisions look good and are healing nicely. This pain is below my right rib, right where the gb use to sit. Dr said the usual... give it another week, watch for fever. Anyone experience this?

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    I've still got these problems and I had my gallbladder removal may last year i went for day surgery ended up in for twelve with bile drain . Along with pain I constantly burp for hours now doc thinks I might have a hernia ? lucky white heather wish I hadn't bothered

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    Is this the gp or the surgeon that's telling you to wait.  Seems to me that you might have pulled an internal stitch.  I would suggest that you insist they check it out.  While it doesn't appear from your description that you have any bile leakage, they should take you seriously.  

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      Wow Linda Im sorry to hear you're still in pain. What symptoms did u have with the bile leak?

      It was the Surgeon advising to rest another week. i have my follow up on 9/27. They were thinking along the same lines of an internal stitch came loose when i called this morning. Argh!

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      It wasn't me that had the bile leak, it was "linda1458." 

      However, if you had a lap procedure, it can take 4-6 weeks for external stitches to heal, and can take much longer to heal internally.  There were a couple of people on this site whose doctor had told them to start going to the gym at 2 weeks and they both ended up with severe complications.  

      Remember, you have one chance to heal completely from this!  So don't push yourself to do anything.  Being fatigued means that your body's telling you that you need rest.  Listen to your body, and give yourself the time you need.

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    I didn't really have any symptoms they had me in theatre for seven hours trying to get gallbladder out were ready to do full surgery took two of them and it took the bile twelve days to dry up. I read somewhere other day woman still had problems got a scan done and one of the internal staple was embedded in her stomach. I also had a stent in my bile duct for three months.

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      7 hours!!!! You poor woman! Im sorry you are still having pain too. Has it gotten any better over the last few months at all?
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      No the opposite really pretty awful last few weeks doctor changed my stomach pill and gave me another one to empty my stomach seems to be working so far but early days yet I'm being sent to get a camera down see if i have a hernia ?

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    Hi tiffler:

     I just has gallbladder surgery in feb of this year.. I had the pains for three weeks.. Everytime i moved or layed a certain way on my bed.. I did not do much.. The dr gave me some strong pain killers that helped me. I was given naproxen,, You will get craps because of the gas they used to spread your 0rgans apart in your body is coming out of your body and your organs are going to back to normal.... Don't lift anything heavier then a coffee cup or move a certain way cause you will get cramps.. The pains will subside.. i went through no sleeping cause of the pains.. It is very boaring i know. But you have to relax until you are healed .I was told six weeks before i can do anything..i just layed up on my bed watching tv... Well take care and hope this helps,,

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    Hi

    I think if your pain gets any worse at all you should go to A&E. I'm concerned at your surgeon's attitude- it's not HIS life he's risking! I feel you should have some sort of scan at least.

    On the other hand, I had open surgery six months ago and still get a bit of pain and discomfort around lower right rib area. Also extreme tiredness (2 open surgeries within 5 weeks so a lot of anaesthetic). I suddenly feel very sleepy and have to nap, yet conversely I'm more energised since surgery.

    Can I suggest you ditch the

    bed for a while and try sleeping in an armchair ? You have the arms to support standing up then. No sudden moves or lifting anything. Even filling a kettle from the tap is out and have you felt the weight of the average woman's handbag? ! No vacuuming or pushing a supermarket trolley.

    Even though external wounds are healing well, it takes longer to heal internally. They tell you two to three weeks for laparoscopy so people expect they'll be back to 'normal' by then. Few are.

    Take care with your diet. Keep it fairly plain.: soups, mashed potato, toast etc. No heavy meals and avoid fatty foods for a while- you have to introduce these gradually along with fibre. Drink plenty water- no alcohol for a while either. Get plenty of rest but try to get up and move around a little regularly or at least keep jiggling your feet and legs.

    I hope your recovery goes well.

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