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I am 57yo, had lap. gallbladder removal surgery 5 days ago. Was sent home same day of surgery. I was given an anti-nausea patch just prior to being wheeled into surgery. It was to last about 72 hours and would help with anesthesia nausea; it did The day the patch came off, I started feeling sickish. I developed a metallic taste in my mouth and brushing my teeth several times a day didn't help. This eventually led to full nausea (burping, pressure, slightly dizziness...). No appetite, everything tastes horribly salty and bitter :P I've had saltine crackers, prune juice, a few pancakes.
I specifically asked the surgeon what to expect after the surgery and what side effects there are to having a gallbladder removed. Other than mentioning possible short-term diarrhea, he said there were NO side effects, no special diet, nothing to adjust to.
Over the weekend (yesterday), the nausea worsened and I took an anti-nausea pill I had left from a recent kidney stone episode. It did relieve much of the issues and today I am waiting for a callback from the Dr's office. The nurse I spoke to this morning had never heard of these 'symptoms'.
Suffice it to say, if this is normal stuff, I will be royally peeved that the doctor did not properly address this when I asked for details ! If this is normal, of course I'll be glad it's nothing to worry about but if the terrible taste and nausea flare up more, I really need to know what to do to fix this !
Would love to hear from those with experience with metallic taste and nausea. What do you do to combat this ? Thank you so much for your help
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