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Urgent question re gallbladder recovery and whether this is normal...:(

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Badvocatyuletide Sun 29-Dec-13 15:41:59

Had my gb out 4 weeks ago.
I then got a chest infection 2 weeks ago.
Since then I have had the most horrendous pain in my ribs, under my breast and my back.
I went to the gp on Xmas eve and she said she thinks it's musculoskeletal but reading google (I know, I know...) it could be a bile duct injury sad
I don't have a fever or jaundice but do feel nauseous.
The pain isn't all the time, it comes and goes, but when it hits it's bad.
Am taking paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Any point going back to gp tomorrow?
Don't want to end up in a and e on a Sunday - they won't do anything anyway (bitter experience from prior to my op sad)

somedayillbesaturdaynite Sun 05-Jan-14 22:00:04

I don't envy you, the waiting is the hardest, i am down to counting nights and days to get through (4 & 3 to go now). I broke down when the nurse confirmed that it wasn't all in my head as per most other medical professional in the last 6 years, there was actual visual evidence!

I still have the bed donated to me after a house fire 5 years ago, and it's too fragile to prop up at one end. instead i have to sleep on the sofa. everything else (big purchases) has been replaced and having looked around a sleep-easy is only around 20% more than i would pay for decent solid frame and mattress. tbh it would probably be offset by the electric i save not using my heat pads to relieve the pain.

i was on esomeprazole before ranatidine, it affected the SSRI i take for depression meaning i didn't absorb it properly. I haven't eaten solid food since september and tee-total. I am on day 7 of bovril and fat free/sugar free yogurt atm to prepare for surgery and some days it's so unappetising i haven't even had that (just clear fluids) so i don't think i can control it by diet.

elastamum Sun 05-Jan-14 22:29:17

Poor you sad Sounds awful, I have been lucky and managed to avoid the surgery route so far by modifying my lifestyle. My surgeon keeps offering, but I have so far declined. The only benefit is that I have become rather a cheap date!!

Sixtiesqueen Sun 05-Jan-14 22:35:00

I had my gall bladder out last year and had a couple of episode of excruciating pain the following months.

On both occasions I had taken codeine (co-codamol).

Turns out there's quite a lot of anecdotal evidence online of people becoming intolerant of this drug post gall bladder removal. I've avoided it since and been absolutely fine.

Just thought I'd throw it in in case in helps anyone!

somedayillbesaturdaynite Mon 06-Jan-14 01:16:00

thanks Sixtiesqueen, i am planning on paracetamol with tramadol. still an opiate but apparently requires less work from the liver to convert into pain relief according to some doctors

somedayillbesaturdaynite Mon 06-Jan-14 01:18:00

is that surgery for the GERD/reflux, elastamum? Gb coming out next week but no idea if any impact on overall pain as it's sometimes hard to decide which one is causing it

Badvoc Mon 06-Jan-14 07:14:53

Oh some, you poor thing!
I was living on bananas And rice cakes prior to my surgery. Not fun.
Have gone wheat free to try and help my GERD so we shall see...

somedayillbesaturdaynite Mon 06-Jan-14 09:16:28

I've just been reading vicar's thread, it's so scary isn't it? even if seen as fairly minor surgery. getting dc back to school today is another hurdle ticked off the mental countdown (it's easier to break it up in small bits- i had a month's notice of op date)
i cheated last night and sucked special k crackers. does rice ever irritate you? it seems such a small thing to get stuck but i guess if it inflames the linings it would make more sense- bread definitely gets stuck
what day do you have your cons appt? will be thinking of you even if not visible smile x

Badvoc Mon 06-Jan-14 09:31:36

My appt is Weds evening.
Yes, I am thinking of vicar today.
I just feels I tired all the time....weeks of pain and not much food will do that though I guess.
My consultant is a specialist in the surgery to correct reflux so I am guessing he knows his stuff.

Wanted to come back and apologise - I'm not being rude, I was admitted last Friday evening, and have had very limited access to my phone and laptop.

All's well now thankfully, but these bloody stones are a menace.

Badvoc Mon 06-Jan-14 14:52:13

What have you got to apologise for!?
Are you ok!?
Sorry, can't remember, have you had your gb out? Are they duct stones?
So sorry you are still suffering.
Can't wait for my appt on weds. Hopefully my consultant may be able to shed some light on things....
If he has any words of wisdom I shall let you I say he is a GERD/reflux and gasto-oesopageal specialist.

I had a stone wedge itself into the duct - bloody bloody bastard things.

Gallbladder gone many yrs ago, but still making stones <wail>

OTOH I adore the combo of morphine & entonox, gives a vair floaty feel to everything.

Hope all goes well Wednesday.

Badvoc Mon 06-Jan-14 20:02:41

Oh how awful sad
I am hoping the consultant refers me for a scan...the dr on Friday said she wanted me to have one but of didn't happen sad

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get a scan!

Badvoc Wed 08-Jan-14 21:50:57 consultant doesn't agree with the hospital!
Doesn't think I have gastritis, or that my pain is in any way billiary, and doesn't think I need a gastroscopy!
No idea what to do now.
I shall go and see my go tomorrow and get her opinion.

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