Still bloated after gallbladder removal?

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Hello guys it's me again. So I have been having a couple of issues after my gallbladder removal on August 5th. My stomach seems to feel very full now. This happened maybe 3-4 days after my surgery. I also started getting nauseous. But what bothers me the most is this bloated feeling. It's very uncomfortable and I can't eat much because I feel so stuffed and the nausea makes it worse. If I do try to eat my stomach literally feels like it's about to burst and it makes it hard to breathe. I've been walking here and there maybe 20 blocks each time as I was told walking will make the gas leave. But I feel so bad I'm not sure if anyone has experienced bloating this long? A friend of mine said her bloating and has left in a week. Is it possible to take ginger ale to help me burp, maybe gas x, anything? I just want to feel good again and I honestly feel sick. Don't think I'm constipated and I've been having bouts of diarreah and soft stool.

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    I would go back to the doctors immediately and get them to do an ultrasound, to make sure you haven't got an infection because that is not right.

    I had my gallbladder out 10 years ago and although I now suspect I might have BAM , I didn't have your symptoms.

    Good luck.

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      How would you know if you have an infection? My incisions are healing nicely he said when I had my follow up appt last Thursday. Some people said they had bloating for up to 4 weeks so I thought it was alright?
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      If you had an infection You would have puss coming from your incision, a fever of 101 or higher, fluid type stuff leaking from your wound, have reddness around your wound. Ginger ale will help you if u have an upset stomach and eat saltine crackers those also help. I had my gallbladder taken out 5 days ago and i havent been really wanted to eat much because i havent. Had much of an appetite. If you want to talk more to im here
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    I had my gallbladder out on Aug 4.  My bloating is still slightly there but it mostly dissipated at the 10 day mark. My jeans fit again, although still a tad tighter than they should be. It really almost happened overnight. I would make an appointment for Friday.  That way if it's not better by then you can get in to see someone before the weekend.

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    I had my gallbladder out on Aug 4.  My bloating is still slightly there but it mostly dissipated at the 10 day mark. My jeans fit again, although still a tad tighter than they should be. It really almost happened overnight. I would make an appointment for Friday.  That way if it's not better by then you can get in to see someone before the weekend.

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      I actually managed to fit into my jeans today! They fit but my stomach just feels bloated and sometimes does look bloated which has me worried. Will it leave eventually?
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      I think it should but there might be ways to help it along. A fever would be a sign of infection to answer your question from above. I think if you can now fit into your jeans, you aren't as bloated anymore as you think you are, it's just feeling that way. Remember you had an organ removed! It takes time for your body to fully adjust.

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      I don't have a fever thank god and I called the hospital and they told me if my eyes get yellow or look it to go straight there. But nope I'm okay except for the discomfort in my stomach. This was my first surgery ever and I'm just nervous and scared sad. I didn't intent to get this to get and feel worse you know, I knew eventually I had to get my gallbladder out but this feeling makes me uneasy. And the nausea doesn't help but the bloated feeling makes it worse like I ate so much or something when I clearly haven't. I'd like to eat like before when I wasn't sick sad. I can't wait I'm so impatient but it's because I've felt sick for such a long time and now the healing process seems to be putting more challenges for me which sucks. Thanks for the reply by the way.

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      I forgot to mention some people have told me they've developed gastritis after gallbladder surgery and I was thinking maybe it's this but I feel no burning in my stomach it's just the fullness feeling and my incisions hurt a bit sometimes like tugging so I'm thinking its just this. If anything I'll try to get in touch with my surgeon tomorrow.

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      Hello Deesan. I was given a prescription for Ondansetron -  a disintegrating tablet for nausea. It has helped me with the nausea and I also haven' felt like eating even though I'm hungry. I'm only two days out from my surgery, so right now I'm feeling the right side pain for the first time in addition to bloating. Your doctor should be ok with giving you this script since it's not a narcotic. Post op for me is much better than the past month which were loaded with pain and sickness unlike anything I have ever had before. My doctor refused any pain meds pre-op, so it was back and forth to the ER just to get relief and stop getting sick. Fastest 35 pounds I've ever lost! Would love to know how it's going for you after a year. I hope this helps someone. Thank you.

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    My gallbladder surgery was about 12 years ago.  Within 2 or 3 days after my surgery I developed a terrible gas problem.  I talked to my surgeon about it and he said I must be gulping air when I eat or drink.  I told him that I wasn't eating or drinking any different then I was before my surgery.  The pain in my right side, in the area where my gallbladder was, did not start for several years after my surgery.  Now I have pain, especially in the morning, I also have bloating.  I have had to buy clothes several sizes larger than before  because of all the bloating and pain on my right side..  Recently I had several ultrasounds.  I wanted to make sure there were no gallstones in the bile duct.  They didn't see any gallstones.  However, they said there were kidney stones, but the kidney stones were found on the left side and I don't have pain on that side. I do have some burning in my stomach area at times.  Some things that have helped me somewhat are Maximum Strength Phazyme Gas & Acid.  It contains 250 mg of Simethicone, which is supposed to help with the gas.  Also, I have been taking Nexium, which I understand helps with the pain caused from the excess bile in the system. You might also try mineral water.  That seems to help me some.  My doctor said I have "Dumping Syndrome," which is the bile being dumped from the liver into the small intestine, which causes pain, discomfort, cramping and spasms.  She also said I have "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" caused by no gallbladder.   This whole situation is not fun!  I have tried everything, but still am in pain and discomfort.  I wish I had a solution for all of you that are going through the same thing.  Also, a person after gallbladder surgery can have diarrhea or constipation.  I have been having a terrible case of constipation.  This can also be caused by pain medication, which I have been taking.   We all need to join together and let us know what has been of help to  you with your pain, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or whatever your symptoms are.  Another thing that is very import ant is to drink plenty of water.  A doctor told me that a person should take their weight and divide that in half and that is how many ounces of water they should drink a day.  Good luck to you and I hope that we will all get to the bottom of this problem with a good solution, healing and health!!! 

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      I have the same problem, I had gallbladder surgery July 1st 2010 and at first I would be constipated and now it's the other way around sometimes I get loose stool and I feeI like I have to go after I just used the bathroom. I had 2 endoscopy, 2 colonoscopy in the last 12 years and I just had upper GI imaginary study that took 3 hours. Everything comes back negative but they said I have acid reflux bad. And my endoscopy showed gastritis and my colonoscopy showed internal hemorrhoids. I just want my life back, some days I be so depressed. I'm glad we a support forum, it's hard to tell anyone your problem unless they had gallbladder surgery.

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      hi all.I had surgury 2015 and still get bloated after eating a little bit of food. So I have been searching for answers .  I came across other with the same issues.  It is because we can not digest fat any more, we just bloat.... so I started to Fast for lent using the Daniel Fast for 21 days.............Marvelous. We all must consume fruits and vetable and whole grains and water for the rest of our lives. No meat, fatty foods, dairy or creamey soups at all.  A vegan diet for life .............While on this fast ..prays included,  I lost weight and am becomming bloated free. After the Fast I have found while starting to eat regular foods again. I started to bloat again. So I must reinterate..all  fruit/veggies and no fatty/fried  foods at all. Water ,water and more water. Only until all bloating is gone. I'd say several months. 

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    I feel the same way! Nauseous, bloated, full after only eating a small amount. I'm day 5 since surgery. I keep thinking that I should feel better.

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      Hey Stacie, /sorry to hear you feel the same way sad I'm still feeling like this and it's almost December.. it sucks! But I think my stomach flora is messed up so I'm going to try probiotics. Have you lost weight then since you can't eat much?

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      Around how many hours apart do you feel comfortable eating? It's takes m around 3-4 hours to be able to eat again. But I feel sick during the entire time I have to wait 😞

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      Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that your not doing better sad. Let me know how the flora goes, I'm sure that I'll need it as well.

      I'm not sure about my weight, I haven't gotten on the scale, but with this bloat I certainly don't feel any lighter. I usually feel better about 2 hours after eating, but then get a little queasy and then try to eat so that I feel better. It feels like a crazy circle right now lol. I don't want to gain another pound, and want to get off this cycle. I've always been steady with my weight and I gained about 25 pounds when I started noticing my symptoms which ended up being gallbladder trouble. I never had an actual gallbladder attack, just always bloated and miserable after eating among many other things. I kept doubting my sanity and if it was in my head because all my blood work was normal. Finally the doc did an ultrasound and a HIDA scan and my gallbladder was only functioning at 2%. My dream was to get my gallbladder out and feel healthy and normal again, but that has yet to happen. I'm hoping with time and healing that I will.

      I absolutely hate the extra 25 pounds I gained!

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      I had my surgery Monday,lived with bloating and acid reflux for years and the anxiety that full feeling causes. Was doing great until yesterday, that full bloated feeling is back, eating basically anything will cause it and it feels like it's pushing up on my lungs, not having a hard time breathing just a very full tight feeling, so I can relate! Hope yours gets better soon! Maybe at your follow up if it's not resolved the dr can help

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      I can't gain any weight, I know I'm not eating enough but it's slightly impossible if I keep eating so little like this. It takes me around 3-4 hours to feel ok but then I'm scared to eat because I know that feeling will come back again. Are you still getting that bloated full feeling after eating? I know it's been a couple day since you mentioned it so I was wondering if it's there same or are you better? I don't want to eat anymore like ever lol I feel so miserable. Eating was so fun for me now I'm always watching the clock, wondering if I should eat now or later and then feeling miserable. I don't even like eating outside anymore.

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      Now that a week has passed, are you feeling any better? I feel great now! All the bloating, pressure and full feeling is gone. I get a little queasy every so often after eating and still some trouble "going", but other than that I feel fantastic!

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      hello stacie, ive been following this thread quite closely as it is very relevent to me.  what youve written about your experiences ect are very very similar to mine, im dreading having mine removed and still being left with this continual bloat, so i am very pleased to hear your feeling better. pls let us know of any updates would be very much appreciated. hope things continue to improve for you, tony 
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      Oh wow I'm so glad I came across your thread and I've also been feeling EXACTLY the same. I'm day 6 since GB removal surgery. Yesterday was the best I'd felt since op (as had awful shoulder pain which I think was gas related re: keyhole). Shoulder pain disappears and bloating, tenderness, sickness has begun 😫 after eating. So uncomfortable.   I've worked out from your dates that it's taken approx 15 days post-op to feel ok? Fingers crossed I might be able to eat my Christmas Dinner!!  Do you have any tips for me during my next 10 days that helped ease the feeling?

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      Hello

      I had my key hole surgery to remove my gall bladdder today ( 22.12.16)

      How are you feeling now please and how long did it take to feel okay?

      I'm nervous about sleeping in Tiered tbh in way to much pain to comfortable to sleep ... any advice ? Thank smile x

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      Hi - you only had your GB removed yesterday?? WOW. You are still in recovery so give yourself a week or so at least. I had shoulder/neck pain for 5 or 6 days which kind of took my mind off the main event! (something to do with the trapped gas from keyhole apparently). Keep taking the pain relief though. I felt more comfortable physically once my stitches were removed (after 10 days).

      Unfortunately I'm still really bloated/tender after eating the smallest of meals (constantly burping straight after which is embarrassing). Also waking me up around 5am with the fullness/nauseous (which was one of the problems when I HAD a GB 😳wink. It's been 22 days so I'm starting a food diary now. I'm sticking to the low/no fat where I can, and very small portions, however it seems daily so not sure if I'll spot a pattern but thought it worthwhile. I might try some bile supplements (suggested below) once I've seen the consultant if still not right.

      You are very early days so I'm sure you will start to feel much better within a week or so... 😄

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      Hi Olivia. I had my gallbladder removed on 12/21/16 and for the most part I'm feeling better. My biggest issue is pain/soreness around the belly button, the other incisions feel ok. Also, I can't 'go', so I've had to take a laxative and see what happens.

      Around my belly button is swollen, too, but I think that is expected, since that is the incision they put the camera in. My lower abdomen feels like I did 1,000 crunches the day of the surgery. It sure doesn't help with sleeping. The night of the surgery, I was able to sleep somewhat on my left side, but last night I had to sleep only on my back because of the belly button pain. I'm a side sleeper, so needless to say last night the sleep didn't go very well.

      I, too, was also nervous about sleeping the first night, but finally did go to sleep & get some rest. 

      I hope you feel better soon & wish both you and me good luck on our recovery and healing. 

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      I had mine done December 21st 2016 and no shoulder pain - - little bit of bloating went to doctor today and he took off bandages -I hope I don't get any of the problems above tonight was my first meal we'll see if it goes through me 

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      Hello all, I am actually having all of the symptoms that y'all are. Can't eat but small meals. Heartburn, naseated, bloated. I had surgery November 21st, 2016, due to gallstones, and thought I would feel better, but I am worse now. I have lost 9 pounds in a month. Can anyone tell me if any relief is in site?

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      Hi! Sorry I've seen this so late but I'm so sorry as well that you've been feeling just like me sad. Are you any better now? I was doing alright, not extremely better but at least better and now it seems to have fallen back again. I'm nauseous more often and my stomach feels so full and bloated for hours. I also feel sick while that's going on. This whole ordeal makes it soooooooooo very difficult for me to eat. Because obviously i can't eat when nauseous and full. Is it still the same for you?

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      How are you feeling now. i just had my gb surgery on Saturday i felt better in the hospital. My back hurts and stitches at times pulls. haven't had diarrhea or nausea. Will i feel ok in 2 weeks. i really hope so. i try and walk everytime i get up. any advise?

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      Same problem I've been having , my surgery was 5 weeks ago , can't eat don't want to eat , staying nauseous and sore and bloated and anxiety . I feel like I can't get ahead for setbacks . But on a bright note today was a pretty good day . Maybe we all just need more healing time than others 😇🙏

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      Hi I've just had my gallbladder and gallstones taken out 02.02.17 just 4 days ago. Have 4 incisions wounds and feel totally bloated due to the gas I think. Trying to walk around to a little to get rid of the gas but in lots of pain. No getting any sleep as not used to sleeping on my back but hurts to much to sleep on side. My stitches will be in until 10.02.17. Trying to drink plenty of fluids but not feeling like eating much because of the bloating feeling. Hope you are OK ?

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      Hi Stacie, I feel your pain hon. I gained 25pounds in 4 months and felt nauseous and couldn't hardly eat anything. I was in pain daily and was so bloated. I went to my doctor and she sent me for an ultrasound and it came back normal but she didn't believe it so sent me for a gallbladder ejection test and found out my gallbladder was functioning at 17 percent. i had my surgery last Wednesday and i am on day 9 of recovery and I am still so sore and bloated. I can't wear any of my Jean's only pj bottoms. The doctor made 2 incisions in my belly button and I have 3 on my stomach. I had 2 csections and I can honestly say I hurt about the same. I also still have a lot of back pain and I'm not sure why. I can't sit ,stand or lay down very long without hurting. I really hope you are feeling better, do you have any suggestions for me?

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