Still having Issues post Gallbladder Surgery

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Ive posted on here before, but i am 11 weeks post GB surgery. it was the key hole surgery. Surgery went fine, but since then i have had non stop nausea (with the exception of 9 days while i took medicine for a bactria infection), vomiting among other things. i havent been able to work, im surprised i havent loss my job.

i hadnt thrown up in 2 weeks, and tonight i had some tuna with low fat mayo, some gatorade, and a little plain mashed potatoes. Soon after i ate it, within 30 minutes, i started getting really bad stomach pain, nausea got extreme, started burping a lot, and i started vomiting. i stopped throwing up but im afraid to eat. i barely eat at it is. The nausea is the worst. it shows up in the afternoon and lasts the rest of the day and night. i have tried all kinds of home remadies, nothing helps, my GI doctor put me on Zofran and Phenagren, it only helps when it wants to. she also put me on 40mg of Prilosec. im on day 4 and i dont feel better. im sitting here on my couch still burping a lot and still very nauseous, and my back hurts. i dont know what to do anymore. my GI doctor tested more of my blood this past friday, i think it was for my pancreas, and she took another x ray. im waiting for those results. she also mentioned a endoscopy, but i dont know when.

Has anyone went through this and knows what might be wrong? my husband is gonna call the GI doctor in the morning and let her know about the stomach pain and throwing up again. i just feel so down on myself. i want to be fixed and be normal again. Im 35 years old, and have so much more of my life to go.

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    hi Shannon

    you may have developed Gastritis which is horrible, an endoscopy will show if it is. I developed this after my surgery in June.

    Try to eat a no fat diet as much as pos, no fizzy drinks or caffiene, no spicy foods, very small amounts of bland food. Drink good quality aloe vera juice.

    It sounds like your dr is on to it and you are getting the right tests. Hang in there and don't give up!

    all the very best.

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    Sounds to me like your tummy has not got used to the change, it has to do. If your back pain goes up through to your shoulder then this is the Liver adjusting I would suspect but Gastro as well could be a good pointer. Your Liver is now dripping bile straight to your intestine so this could be your sick feeling?

    As has been stated you need to pester Dr about it especially if this is hindering to your Job.

    Small meals regular, mash potato is good but Tuna maybe to oily for now, Gatorade you need to pour that into a glass and let it go flat. no fizz, I assume your drinking that for electrolytes?

    There could be a number of reason why your feeling the way you do, so the Dr or Gl is your friend for the moment. I'm wondering if the Bacteria you had, is from the bile and intestine or surgery?

    Good luck anyway and wish you well soon.

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      hi Julian

      the weird thing is my back pain doesnt go up to my shoulder, it goes down through my legs. the bacteria infection i had was c diff which is a infection of the colon. it is contagous so i might have picked it up in the hospital. the antibiotic they put me on was pretty strong, it cleaned everything out. the assistant to my GI Doctor said that a ingrediant in it must have calmed my GI tract down so i didnt have the nausea anymore while i was taking it.

      My GI doctor did say last month that it looked like my bile duct was dialated when she looked at one of my scans they took in the ER, but then she found the infection and wanted to treat that first. im wondering if i have something blocking if the bile duct is still dialated and its causing everything to back up into my stomach?

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      Hi I wonder which duct they are talking about I.E the Liver duct or the Common bile duct.? Of course a little way down you also have the Pancreas duct and as you have said the pain is going down to your legs sounds odd. I understand them wanting to get rid of the infection 1st though.

      Well I am no Dr so your best off in their hands, I'm only learning all this through the internet and posts I read in here.

      So sorry for your pain and wish you well.

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      , i had my gallbladder out bout 8 yrs ago and my stomach is still bloated, constipated,pain under right rib, but shootin pain down legs sounds like a trapped nerve, sciatica is what it sounds like, mention it to dr, its horrible having all these ailments coz u constantly worry, just get on to dr for scans etc, don't suffer for next 8 yrs like i have, can't believe all these ppl with the same problems after gall bladder removal, its disgusting, maybe they need to find out another treatment, coz obviously its causing alot of problems. Good luck anyways hun, stay healthy. Karen x

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    well the blood work came back normal so im at a loss. im so frustrated that nothing is showing what this could be. My husband has called my GI doctors office all this week and only gets her assistant. She hasnt called us back all week. Hes trying to push getting me a endoscopy as soon as possible. so far i have only a follow up appointment next month on the 15th, no mention of the endoscopy. i cant wait until the 15th. i keep losing weight due to me not eating very much. Ive lost around 25lbs in the last 11 weeks. i just wish she would call back and schedule the endoscopy.

    i also wonder if i have H. Pylori? I looked up the symptoms and i closely match them. I have the nausea and constant burping. I dont know.

    its less than 2 weeks until christmas and with my husband working 2 jobs to try to pay the bills since im still not working, if it wasnt for my husbands boss, my kids wouldnt have a christmas this year. i dont feel like doing anything Christmas this year. most days i lay in bed or the couch when im not getting up to use the restroom. My Christmas wish is that i will wake up one day soon and this nightmare will be all over with. i pray that i and everyone else on this forum will wake up and feel better.

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    hi Shannon

    I had Gastritis about a month after my surgery lasted about 3 weeks. my dr put me on Lansoprozole which I took to help heal the stomach lining.

    how are you?

    best wishes

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      i wish i could say i was better, but im not. my GI doctor has me on 40mg of Prilosec and ive taken it for 6 days and i dont think its helping. i do most of my eating in the morning since the nausea sets in in the afternoon around 1pm and stays the rest of the day and night. i mostly eat Chicken noodle soup, crackers, chicken broth, water, and gatorade.

      Last night i actually had a improvment. i only had the nausea in the afternoon, but it went away at night. i didnt want to get my hopes up but i was happy that maybe this was my turning point. But tonight the nausea is still here. im just at a loss of what to do next.

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    My GI doctor called me a little while ago. she is scheduling me for a upper endoscopy with a biospy on Monday. she said the hospital would call me tomorrow to set up a time.

    i expressed to her my fears that the hospital wouldnt bill me cause they wouldnt when i had to have a MRI which i didnt get cause i couldnt afford it, and she said she would put it as medically neccsarry so it should be billed. im trying to get on state insurance and i applied 2 1/2 weeks ago and it takes up to 45 days to hear something in the mail.

    my question is what exactly will they do with the endoscopy? ive never had one. she said that i will put to sleep and that i have to fast after midnight. How long does it usually take for results to come back? if she sees something right away, like a diliated bile duct, can she fix it right there and then?

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    hi Shannon

    has your dr tried Questran powders?? they do help with binding excess bile.

    Please don't fear the endoscopy they sedate you, takes about 15/20 mins, you stay in the unit until you come round, have a cup of tea and a biscuit then home, I have had 3, they showed my gastritis. My daughter is a nurse in an endoscopy suite.

    I don't know what they would do about ducts on the day, ask them, they are very good and should answer your questions. My results were back in about a week.

    good luck!

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    well i just got back a little while ago from the endoscopy. it was a piece of cake, i worried for nothing. i am still feeling tired. i was feeling nausous so they gave me some Zofran in my iv.

    im getting a lot of gas and i got a bad stomachache after i got home and ate some soup.

    so anyway all she said she found was Mild Gastritis in my stomach, but she did take some biopsies i guess to test for H. Pylori or whatever else. she said i can call on Friday for the results. she also said to stay on the Prilosec which i dont feel its doing anything. ive been taking it for 1 1/2 weeks. im frustrated cause i just want to be fixed and nothing is helping right now. i looked up Gastritis and it said it can be caused by H. Pylori, Bile Reflux, or taking a lot of Advil.

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    if a bile duct has dilated that is sure sign of stone stuck there. this can cause worse problems like before your surgery. I had this and had to have ERCP to remove the stone stuck in bile duct. You need a CT scan to prove this. sure sounds like that. so oily mayo is no good. And carbonated drinks are a no no. No dairy at all. If you still feel bad go to ER and have this checked out. GOOD LUCK.

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