Sick after gallbladder removal

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I had my gallbladder out a little over 5 weeks ago and have felt awful. I feel sick all day long. My stomach hurts and I’m nauseous. I have no appetite and can’t eat much and when I do eat I feel nauseous. I force myself to eat and it’s only been bananas, applesauce and toast. I tried a protein shake but it made me even sicker. I have lost 10 pounds. I feel dizzy, foggy minded, weak and fatigued. I also get sweaty and hot. I’ve been waking up in the morning feeling the worst with my heart racing and my blood pressure is high and very dizzy. It’s really getting depressing to be like this all day and every day. They’ve looked at everything they can GI and everything is ok. Has anyone else experienced this after having their gallbladder out?

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    Did they Ct scan you for possible stones stuck in your ducts. After my surgery I felt ok. After a few months fell ill again. Rushed me to ER and ran a ct in me found I had a dilated duct with a stone lodged there. I had another surgery to remove it. After 5 months I'm feel so much better. No more nausea or I'll. Ask for that. They could have missed it.

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      Hello. Glad to hear you are better. They did do a CT scan and said everything was fine. After having my gallbladder removed, I had an endoscopy and they found ulcers. I was treated for them and had another endoscopy last week and the ulcers are gone and was told everything was ok. I still feel really sick every day all day.  Hoping it will all settle down soon. Take care.
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    Hi Johnette, I experienced, I had feelings of nausea for a long time and still can get this if I eat the wrong foods. It will be two months tomorrow for me since my gallbladder operation. I eat low fat dry biscuits to help with the nausea and ginger biscuits anything with ginger is great for feeling nauseous. I do get very warm and then cold but I’ve put this down to my hormones which play me up any way. 

    It’s difficult to eat I know but you need to try anything you can eat no matter how small the portions it made me feel better. You will feel weak and dizzy when your calories intake is low from lack of foods and loose lots of weight. I’ve lost four stones, myself. 

    I heard on one post about Gallbladder operation it takes 6 months for the body to adjust after the surgery. Which I guess is common sense. But if in doubt make sure you check in with your doctor. Good luck 😉 so glad we have the forum to help each other god knows there should be more support after this surgery it upsets me to hear so many people suffering and not getting any advice. It can be scary to go through and feel your on your own going through this but your not alone. Joanne 

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      Hi Joanne. Thank you for your response. Were you feeling sick all day long. If so how long did that last? I also have pain in my upper abdomen and on the right side where the gallbladder was. I agree, so glad we have this forum to support one another. Take care.
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      Hi mainly felt sickly in the mornings but it could happen in the day as well. Not feeling great this weekend think it’s because I’ve eaten a small amount of mayonnaise, live and learn. Especially as I’ve not eaten mayo in over a year. I do get aches and pains where the gallbladder used to be. Only if I physically over do things eg housework over stretching etc. 

      I take codine and paracetamol still if I get too many aches and pains but managed to keep this to once a day. 

      It’s actutally two months today I had my operation. I guess I must be an old wreck 😂 lol I always try and see the lighter side of this to keep positive. I know when I’ve eaten the wrong food it makes me feel sick and very tired. But that could just be me. I will keep you posted I am seeing the doctor next week so will let them know how I’m doing, generally and advise from the dietician as well. Take care Joanne 

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      Hi, are you able to eat much and do you have any appetite? What do you mostly eat? I can’t eat much at all, no appetite and when I do eat I feel nauseous, doesn’t matter what it is. I’m not eating many things either. Things like toast, banana, yogurt, applesauce and I have to force those down. I just feel so sick all day. When first after your surgery did you feel sick all day or just on and off? I’m having a hard time functioning because I feel so sick and weak and I don’t know what to do about it. Your right it seems like their is no one to give you advice on how to deal with it when you’re one of those who doesn’t just feel back to normal after 2 weeks of having surgery. My doctors act like there is nothing they can do anymore. I’m only about 6 weeks out and I’ve heard after reading on here that it can take 6 months to even year to feel normal again but that seems so long to deal with being sick everyday. Maybe it won’t be that long for either of us but it’s scary not knowing how long and feels there’s no end to it, it’s the same day after. I go to bed at night and think maybe tomorrow will be the day I feel a little better but it doesn’t happen. I also have been getting a migraine every day for the past 15 days. I hope things settle down for you soon. Keep me posted on your progress and how your doctor’s appointment goes. 
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      Hi Johnette, so sorry to hear what a rough time your having, it’s not easy I know just talking to others on here. It does get easier I promise! I’m only two weeks ahead of you. The whole process prior to the operation was very difficult as I’m sure you know yourself! But after the operation know one tells you what you can eat nothing!! If the sickness persists you can get anti sickness medication from your doctor! Saying that I got the tablets and then never took them. The sickness feeling wore off the more I acre small meals porridge, which I had tonight! Jacket potatoes adding foods low fat, salad chicken rice, jelly I love 💖 light on the stomach. Don’t eat too much bread that bloats me up and cream kills me lol! I accidentally had cream in s take out coffee when I found out this caused me a lot of discomfort. Try anything with ginger in to help the sickly feeling. 

      I do really empathise with you. Some people bounce straight back I guess it’s all individual, I’m happy for those that do. But for us I feel it just takes a bit longer. It could certainly be six months to a year. But see your doctor about the sickness feeling it’s not pleasant and the lack of foods will make you feel weak and no energy and tired. It’s a vicious circle! Make sure you see the doctor this week. I’m hopeful that we will all be well soon and look back on this and be able to help others. When your feeling better look at the Rosemary Conley diet plan this lady wrote this life plan for healthy eating after emergency gallbladder removal in the 1980 she’s 71 now looks 41 she’s inspirational I’m going to join thr app and live on the healthy foods and the plan is fantastic! Alwaycheck with your Doctor before doing anything though. As were all different in what we can eat and do. Hope this has helped you😀remember your not alone keep me posted take care Joanne 

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      Thank you so much Joanne for your positive words. I’m afraid this is going to take a it’s toll on me. It’s so hard feeling so sick every day. It hasn’t been as long for me as for some and it scares me that I could go on like this for several months ahead. It’s already causing me some anxiety and feeling depressed. I haven’t been able to go back to work and have a hard time doing anything. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever been through physically and it’s affecting me mentally. I’m going to try and just hang in there and get through how ever long it will take, I have to, there’s no other choice. I hope you continue to improve everyday and it does help to know you’re no alone. Thank you for talking with me and for your advice. smile
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    Hi Johnette your so welcome, I really empathise with you. I know how Frightening it can feel, I felt so alone in how I was feeling my partner was so good and still is with me.  Feeling sick every day would be awful and I’m not surprised your feeling exhausted and down. I would try the anti sickness medication from the Doctor and see if this makes a difference for you. 

    If your not eating at all this will deplete your energy and delay the healing process, by the lack of nutrition d this will also effect your psychological health. Please see your Doctor sooner than later. Message me when you need a chat. Take care Joanne 

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