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I am due to have surgery to remove my gallbladder soon.

My dilemma is 10 days after surgery I have an appointment

for a MRI scan quite some distance away. Would it be better to

arrange an appointment for surgery after I've had the scan.?

I've waited 9 months for the scan and really need it.

Did you feel up to travelling 10 days after the operation or were

you too tired and sore ? I already suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Thanks.

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    I think you need to weigh up what's most important and go for that. You might well be ok 10 days after but you wouldn't be able to lay flat which you will need to for MRI

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      Hi, can I just ask why you wouldn't be able to lay flat? I've got my op in 2 days and just wondering what to expect.

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      Hi Sarah

      I had my op on Monday and haven't been able to lay flat due to the pain in my wound sites. Others may have different experiences though, not trying to scare anyone. I'm not comfortable propt up with my knees slightly raised too.

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      I had my op two weeks ago, and I couldn't lie flat for about a week. I sat propped up on the settee, and had lots of pillows in bed when I went to sleep. But by the end of the first week I could lie flat.

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    Hi! I'm 12 days post op and I slept in my recliner for the first 5 days and after that I was sleeping ( flat) in my bed without any problems ( my surgeon never told me to not lay Flat)

    I feel fine but not up to travel yet, I don't know the reason you are having a MRI but I would think the surgery is more important , you probably will be fine to lay flat for the MRI, you can ask your surgeon about it.

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    Hi I had my surgery yesturday afternoon. I felt a bit sick after but that was due to having nothing to eat. As soon as I returned to my room I kept my legs moving in bed. At this time I had some fairly good painkillers but my legs where aching so hense the movement. Within the hour I managed to walk to the bathroom on my own. I had an uncomfortable night due to usually sleeping on my side. Was given codeine and also colpermin ( peppermint tablets basically ) so didn't have to suffer any gas pain. As I woke in the night i got up to walk around a few times then back to bed. More pain killers this morning and sent home with paracetamol codeine and ibuprofen and tbh I feel absolutely fine other than it being difficult to get up from a seated position or I can't bend over due to the incisions. I expected the worst pain and am really quite surprised with how good I feel. This was after having my gall bladder out. Soeveryone is different decide what you need more. I've had to go privately for my op as been waiting 12 months on nhs even after an episode of jaundice !!!

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    Hi Linda, to be honest I would have the surgery and see what you feel like. Everyone is different. Which part of the body are they scanning? If its your torso then you can have knees bent as that won't be in the machine.

    Its a long time waiting to have surgery, where as they can rearrange an mri quite easily if you need to as alot of hospitals do it on sundays and in the evenings as my hospital does.

    Have surgery and see how you feel, I would get someone to take you though. I could've done it if I needed to as long as I had someone with me. I was still feeling stiff as is understandable.

    Obviously its your call and only you can decide what to do. Let us know what you decide. 

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      Hi Everyone, Thanks for the advice .

      Katherine, The MRI is for my lower back. I have to

      travel to another town as it's a special type of scanner.

      I think I will arrange for the scan to be done at a later date

      and hopefully by then I will be feeling more up to it. x

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      Hi Linda, if they could book you in for the week after you'd probably be ok. I know some are fine within a very short period of time so I can only say what happened to me. I was back at work and driving after 3 weeks but it takes alot longer to really feel back to normal again. Some say 3 months and others say longer, I've got other issues but I can eat what I want  since gallbladder removal but I'm still careful and a bit wary of eating high fat foods.

      Take care and let me know how you get on. x

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