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For some time I had been experiencing a general pain in my right upper quadrant of my abdomen, just under my ribs. I saw the doctor about it a number of times and was always fobbed off one way or another. Then one night I woke with the most awful sickening pain in my stomach. It felt so horrible, I was frightened I might have a bowel obstruction. I was on the verge of calling an ambulance when the pain subsided. I saw my doctor who referred me to a GI surgeon and an ultrasound was done. After quite some time and more episodes of biliary colic I saw the surgeon and was told I have a large calcified mass that my gall bladder is contracted around. The surgeon said 'you must be experiencing some pretty severe pain'!
Anyway, she told me that as I also suffer from a chronic liver disease my gall bladder may not be removable. So I'm scheduled for a laparoscopy, the surgeon will have a look and if she thinks she can remove my gall bladder without any serious ramifications for my liver she will, if not she won't.
I have a couple of questions. Has anyone undergone this keyhole surgery? What's it like, what's the recovery like, and is there a lot of pain after the procedure? I really want to hear from people about the pain because due to another health concern I'm already on a high dose of physeptone which can make break through pain difficult to manage.
Also is it normal when you have gall bladder problems to wake up feeling very nauseous? Many mornings I wake up and I spend about twenty minutes in the bathroom heaving, but rarely vomiting. This is an issue because I have a hiatas hernia and all the heaving will be exacerbating it.
Sorry this is so long. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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