Recent Gall Bladder Surgery

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I know it's only been 5 days, but based on what my surgeon told me, I thought I would feel immediately relief from the gall stone pain once the gall bladder was removed.  I actually feel worse than before the surgery.  No fever or vomiting, but have a terrible pain in my gut that feels like gas pain, and even though I do expel gas there is no relief.  Reading the posts here, I am now worried that it is going to take a very long time before things get better, if ever.  I am trying to eat small meals, and avoiding all the fatty and fried foods, but it seems like it doesn't matter what I eat...pain always follows.  I go back to the surgeon next Monday for my post-op follow-up, but actually don't know if he is going to have any real concrete recommendations as to what I should do.  Does anything think that I need to go to a gastrointerologist for a consult?  Thank you.

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    Jack, first of all, it's only been five days since your surgery.  You may have pain up to three weeks after.  Second, are you on pain medication?  If not, you should contact your surgeon to make sure he issues a prescription for some.  Your pain should be right about where you had the gallbladder removed.  If it is anywhere else in your abdomen, then let your doctor know.  It takes time to heal from Gallbladder surgery.   You should avoid eating anything high in fat.  Try eating smaller meals for now until you start to feel better.  I didn't have much of an appetite for at least four weeks after my surgery.  If you are having pain that does not subside after taking a Tylenol or Ibuprofen, then call your doctor and have him prescribe something stronger.   Don't worry, you will feel a lot better by the end of the 5th week.  Make sure you get plenty of rest, as that's how the body heals.  Drink lots of water to flush things out, and eat smaller more frequent meals for now.   I hope this helps. 

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    Hi Jack,

    It is early days for you.  One thing you can do besides what others suggested here is to walk.  You were pumped full of gas in order to have the surgery, and it takes a while to dissipate through your tissues.

    Best of luck!

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    Right Jack!  Walking will help you so much.  Too much laying around isn't good, and the walking also helps you heal faster.  I forgot about the gas in the abdomen.  It can cause a bit of pain too.   smile

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    The gas pain was the worse part for me! They pump your abdomen with CO2. I remember being in so much pain I couldn't sleep even taking pain pills. I couldn't even walk it hurt so bad. I rolled slightly side to side and also lifted my knees to my chest to help the gas out. Also, stool softeners would probably be your best friend. Pain meds can block you up and could be causing the pain if you aren't going regularly.

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      I can manage to pass wind but I can't pass the stools and I had this problem before and what shall I do

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    I felt the same but after three weeks I was as good as new and it'd changed my life - massively. It takes time and 5 days is no time. You will get there :-)

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