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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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    I had my gallbladder out last Thursday. I went down for surgery at 9.20am and was home by 4.30. I did feel very nauseous after and was sick on the way home but only once. They gave me sea bands and Ive been drinking peppermint tea and cordial. The wounds themselves we not painful as they were glued with a waterproof dressing. The worst pain was initially under my ribs and round my back. I could not lay down but I wanted to curl into a ball but couldn't. It felt similar to when I had a stone stuck. That lasted about 24 hours easing off.

    My stomach felt bloated and there is still some pressure around the middle. It's hard to describe but a bit like your insides have been spun round in a machine but that is more discomfort rather than pain, worse at night when laying down but a body pillow has helped a bit. It's trapped wind I think. The bruising is coming out under my wounds and that's a bit sore but not terrible.

    The worst is fatigue and lack of appetite. Day 6 and I'm begining to feel better but appetite is slow to return and I'm still very tired. Pain wise I wouldn't say it's the worst pain in the world. I felt worse when I was sterilised. Considering I've had an organ removed I'd say it's not that bad at all. I stopped taking pain killers in day two. I found they just slowed up my system, I found it difficult to pee and they made the nausea worse. I'm sure it's different for everyone though.

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      Thankyou for letting me know. I appreciate your comments, they have answered some queries and put my mind at ease, thank you.
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      No problem. The run up to surgery, I did start to wonder about the pain myself. It's quite hard to explain but I have to say it's really not as bad as I thought it might be. Meant to say that before surgery I was given Buscopan to help with the stitch pain. It's been really good post surgery also.
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