Waking Up After Operation.

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Could those of  you  that have had your gallbladder  removed 

 please tell me what your experience  of  waking up  afterwards  was like  ?

I'm so scared  of  the  coming round  part  because  I  struggle  with  feeling   dizzy.     Did it take you long   to  fully  become  awake   ?

Where you dizzy or   sleepy   ?   Did it take long to  come  round  ?

Thanks  in advance. 

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    Hi Linda. Had my gb out 3. Months ago. When I woke up I felt great. Their will be a recovery nurse. If you are in pain tell the nurse. Also ask for nausea meds too. Even ativan for stress. Your body is going to be traumatized. Just be optimistic ok you will be fine. Also breath deeply to help you. Good Luck LINDA
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    Only had my gallbladder out 4 weeks ago. I remember it taking a while to feel properly with it! The recovery nurse asked if I was sore and I was in quite a bit of pain. So he gave me morphine. Kept asking for it as it wasn’t working. Then my arm was really hot and red and felt like it was on fire! The arm he was giving the morphine into also had the blood pressure cuff on so the morphine was in my arm and not getting around my body. So he moved the BP cuff onto other arm and put a bag of fluids up to move the morphine through. Ended up getting 20mg of morphine (a lot for a small person like me lol). Then had IV paracetamol and IV anti inflammatory medication too. Was really sleepy back in the ward so slept for a couple of hours. Got kept in overnight as had so much morphine and also to make sure pain was under control.

    Sometimes morphine can make you feel dizzy, sick, itchy and cold. Ask for anti sickness to be given to counteract this though. Most of the anti sickness tablets are used for vertigo treatments too so may help too xx

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    Hi, Gallbladder was removed end of last year.I woke up just as though having been asleep and was not dizzy or anything.  I had often suffered dizzy spells before and had a few health issues pre surgery. I did not feel much pain or discomfort at all. I was soon back in the day ward and chatting to another patient until we got a cup of tea and something to eat after a while. I was quite lucky with this surgery as the gas they use to inflate the abdomen for surgery did not cause me any real bother though I worried about that too. About day 3 to day 6 after I was very sore and had some crampy pains under ribs but paracetamol and a heat pad helped. I never took the stronger painkillers they sent me home with. 
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    Hi Linda ,

    I had my gallbladder removal surgery on Thursday. I had put it off for years and suffered the pain due to a sever phobia of the General anesthetic. However I was told I needed it out or I was going to end up very ill. I was so scared but I'm so proud of myself for doing it . When I came round I felt ok, a little nauseous but they gave me anti sickness through my arm and it helped. I was home the same day . Honestly, you will be fine . 

    Hope this helps 

    X

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    You wake up with no sense of any time passing from when you were put to sleep. You might be a bit confused. The first thing I asked was where am I now? In the recovery room of course. Someone was with me all the time. Reassuring too. I didn't feel nauseous until a few hours later, but you can get help with that. You'll be fine! biggrin

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    I had mine out on 14 July. I remember coming round in the Recovery room with two people watching me. Itvjust felt like I had woken up from a power nap. I felt a bit confused, and still quite sleepy. They asked about my pain levels and tipped me up with some more morphine. They did close observations for about half an hour then took me up to the ward ( I had to stay in overnight as they didn't take me to theatre till five pm). I didn't feel nauseous and only dizzy when I got up later to go to the loo. There was a lot of discomfort when I tried to move, and could only lie on my back for the first week. But honestly, right from coming round I knew I was better and that the operation had worked! 

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    I was in a lot of pain when I first came round and also felt sick. I was also very cold.

    I was home the same day though and these symptoms passed very quickly.

    You will be fine.

    Remind me of the operation date.

    Continuing to pray for you.

    Sarah xx

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      Thanks  all for  your  replies.   

      I'm due  to have  my surgery  on Saturday  30th  September.   Scary  !

      I  hope  I don't panic  and  jump off the  table  !       

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      Well, I went for the surgery years ago and that's exactly what I did. I freaked out and I couldn't go through with it. It was effectiving every aspect of my life now , work, socially etc so I knew I had to do it this time as I was in constant pain. I just keep thinking ' it's only one hour, one hour then that's it '. Music helps me, so I had earphones in right up until I was being taken into the theatre . 

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      Hi Linda . When I went for my surgery I was sick and feeling panicky. I told the anesthesiologist if he could give me something for anxiety. No problem he told me. All the staff were so caring. Don't worry I will pray for you. 😍

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      Best of luck Linda! I'm scheduled to have my gallbladder removed on October 2nd. I'm a little scared, but more excited to feel normal again! 😊 Keep us posted. 

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    I was a bit nervous while waiting until the surgeon arrived. I asked if there was something to calm me down, as they used to do. But they said no and we swapped jokes for a few minutes. It worked! cheesygrin 
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    Hi Linda .... I had my gb removed in April 2015 ...... I really have no idea how long I was "out", but when I woke up I had the driest mouth ever ..... a nurse was busy writing something and his back was to me ..... when he turned round I managed to make him understand I was incredibly thirsty .... not sure what he gave me, but it made my saliva glands work which moistened my mouth. A little later I was taken to the ward.  When I needed the bathroom a nurse tried to take me, but I wanted to do it on my own steam.  I did feel very woozy, and I perhaps should have listened to the nurse when she said she would accompany me.  Yes, I felt dizzy when I got up, but not when I lay in bed, and yes I did want to sleep.   Later in the day we were all brought sandwiches, but I felt too sick; however, they wouldn't let me home until I had eaten something - I just nibbled at the sandwich to satisfy them, so that i could go home.  In short, you will feel a little woozy, and you will feel tired, but bed rest and being gentle on yourself is all that is needed and I really recommend you take the time to recover.  Best wishes to you.

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