Surgery 3 days ago

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Hi! I had my Gallbladder removed 3 days ago ( it wasn't working properly 23% on HIDA scan) my symptoms started 4 years ago as ocasional diahrea and then the last year it started to happen more often and with bad abdominal cramps. Surgery went well I have no pain since surgery , I'm still on liquids and oatmeal , anesthesia makes me feel really bad so I have no appetite still

So today I had my first BM ( sorry if it's TMI) but before it I was very nauseous and with abdominal cramps, my stool was very yellow( as it was before surgery) , I don't know if it's too early too think that nothing will change about my symptoms but I'm really sad and worry now, how was for you guys? Did your bowel movements changed? Pls let me know

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    You are at a very early stage in your recovery. Remember that the liver still produces bile continuously, but now has no where to store it. It has to get rid of bile somehow, especially if you're not eating much. Once your appetite returns, and you are eating a 'normal' diet, gradually increase the amount of fibre in your diet as this helps soak up excess bile. Also I have found that I cannot digest large amounts of fat in one go without repercussions: I can eat one egg, but not two. I avoid fatty foods like Indian takeaways and fish and chips and also highly spiced foods like chilli.

    You need to rest, but also take some exercise that's not too strenuous such a gentle walking, drink lots of water and take pain meds as prescribed. No heavy lifting, ironing, vacuuming or even pushing a shopping trolley.

    I'm sure things will settle down soon and wish you well in your recovery.

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      Thank you!

      Yes I'm walking inside my home 3X a day since day 1 ( 10/15 minutes) , I have no pain from surgery , it's just a little sore, I think I'm expecting too much too soon.

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    It is still very early days still. I am six days post surgery. I have found BM to be a bit on the yellow side (yuck!) and it wasn't before. I have also had some cramps before going, and an urgency to go! Haven't been today though. Great news you haven't had pain. My recovery has been pretty good too. Some soreness around two of the incision sights, and some general soreness, but I was in such pain for a long time beforehand that this already feels better. Hope your recovery continues to be good.

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      Thank you!

      I'm happy to hear that you are recovering well and I hope it will be 100%!!

      My main symptom before was diarrhea and abdominal cramps that's why I was very desapointed when today I had cramps and nauseas again before my BM and I feel bloated every time I eat something but I guess I need to give time to my body to get used to function without the Gallbblader , hope we feel better soon👍

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      Remember you have still had surgery which would have been open surgery a few years ago. Internally you have stitches which will pull until they dissolve and there will be swelling and tenderness and scar tissue so it's no wonder you feel bloated. If the bloating is bad, avoid foods like beans that are know to cause gas and eat smaller amounts- better to have six small meals than three large ones. This all settles down given time. Your body has to adjust to not having a gallbladder as you said.

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      Thank you! I know it's too early for me but i was just wondering if it was normal, I'm just eating oatmeal, chicken soup , a little bit of strawberries and drinking tea, water and Gatorade , I don't have appetite and the bloating just happen after I eat so now I start to walk just after I eat and tonight it did not happen.

      Thanks for the encouraging words! 👍

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      I'm sure you'll feel better once your appetite returns. Lack of appetite was probably my first symptom and it's hard to force yourself to eat because you know you should eat something. I know how hard it is. I didn't know why I was off my food until the pains started. I also had night sweats beforehand and was extremely tired but just couldn't work out what was going on with me. In a way the diagnosis of gallstones was a bit of a relief as it explained why I'd been feeling so unwell. Happy to say my appetite has returned except I still can't face fatty foods!!!

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    I read your posts with interest because I too have pain every day. Did any of you try a gallbladder wash- out before deciding to gave surgery? Just wondering. Sorry to hear

    about your worries and pain.  I will try a wash-out first, after my scan on Monday, and if it doesn't work then it will be surgery no doubt. Do any of you think it is eating that brings the pain on? I avoid all fats. Today Hiwever i tried a smidgeon of butter on toast ( usually it's tomato) and had an onslaught within the half hour. Guess I answered my own question there. Your comments are welcome 

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      Hi! I did not try the wash out bc I did not have Stones , I just changed my diet to a non dairy/ gluten and low fat. Diet will help for a while but unfortunately not for too long, I knew my Gallbladder had to be removed bc it was not working properly and I had symptoms that were not getting better, I hope you feel better soon!
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      Be very careful. If a wash out was safe, the hospital would have recommended you do it. Wash outs can dislodge stones which then get stuck elsewhere, wreaking havoc and making everything worse. There's only one way to fix a sick gallbladder and that's have it out. People will come up with all sorts of alternatives but bottom line is that hanging onto a sick gallbladder puts you at risk of jaundice, sepsis, gallbladder rupture, peritonitis, and liver, pancreas and bowel issues. AND MORE PAIN. It's rare, but they found I had gallbladder cancer. Luckily for me, they've probably caught it early. Probably caused by years of symptoms which I put down to other things. Looking back I'd had symptoms for years before the pain started. My attacks lasted up to four days at a time and I couldn't sleep or eat during them. Who wants to live like that?

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