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Gallbladder recently removed - one wound very sore and swollen

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snozzlemaid Tue 03-May-16 15:05:02

I had my gallbladder removed last Thursday by keyhole surgery. My wounds have all healed well.
The highest incision I have that is a few inches directly above my belly button is still very, very sore though. I've taken the dressing off and it doesn't look infected. The area is not red, hot or seeping anything. I don't have a fever either.
It's the area above the wound which feels slightly swollen and is so painful whenever I move.
Does anyone know if this is normal? Is it just my stomach muscles healing or should I try to see my GP.
I've done nothing at all today apart from sit/lie on the sofa and then short walks around the house to try to help it get better but I'm feeling no improvement day by day.

bluebelle2662 Tue 03-May-16 17:49:14

It may still be tender after surgery, but perhaps just keep an eye on it. If it's not hot/oozing/red then it doesn't sound infected. It's not that long since your surgery. If it's terribly painful, see your GP

snozzlemaid Tue 03-May-16 17:51:12

Thanks. I was just thinking that I'm going to see my GP tomorrow as it is really hurting whenever I move even though I've had painkillers.

wineoclockthanks Tue 03-May-16 20:18:32

Hi Snozzle
I had mine removed 2 weeks yesterday and I was really sore for the first week or so. I spent most of the time on the sofa for most of the time.

You obviously know all the signs to look for re infections, but I think you're right to get it checked out.

It's only in the last few days that I've felt back to normal( Ish) so I hope you feel better soon.

snozzlemaid Tue 03-May-16 21:31:25

Thanks wine.
Saw the OOH doctor half an hour ago and he reassured me it's just muscle etc healing. He said it felt like a hernia at first but it didn't bulge when I coughed so not that.
Glad I got it checked as it was so painful earlier I nearly cried, and I have a high pain threshold.
Co-codamol have given me some relief from it now, so I'll keep taking those tomorrow.

snozzlemaid Wed 04-May-16 18:23:52

I'm in agony again. It seems to worsen as the day goes on. I've done nothing again today but still I end up in pain whenever I move.
It's now day 6 following my op and I thought I'd be feeling better by now. It's really getting me down.
I can't take co-codamol often enough to ease the pain continually. sad

wineoclockthanks Wed 04-May-16 19:45:56

Snozzle, I've just read the info I was given when I was discharged and it says some complications may not show up until 5-10 days after the op. Were you given a number to contact if there were any problems?

snozzlemaid Wed 04-May-16 21:05:35

I'll have a look at the info I was given. The GP I saw yesterday wasn't concerned by it but I might be worth speaking to someone where I had the op done.
Took some more co-codamol when I could and they made me feel quite ill for a while. I felt really nauseous for a bit. Not had that before so not sure now whether to take any more or not.
Hoping to wake up tomorrow feeling some improvement.

snozzlemaid Thu 05-May-16 08:44:44

Was going to make my way to GP this morning, but my wound has now split open and is oozing blood and pus.
I'm home alone so I'm laying in bed at the moment waiting for an ambulance.
I knew something was wrong. Didn't expect this though.

wineoclockthanks Thu 05-May-16 09:01:42

Hope you're on your way to hospital now and they get it sorted very soon.

MrsRonBurgundy Thu 05-May-16 09:09:47

Just as a heads up, since I've had my
Gallbladder out, I can't have co cocodomol. It gave me really awful pains and made me grey and pass out. Apparently this is quite common after gallbladder removal, to develop a reaction to codeine. Could your pain be linked to when you're taking your pills?

MrsRonBurgundy Thu 05-May-16 09:10:22

Sorry Snozzle, just seen your latest post. I hope everything is ok and you get sorted.

snozzlemaid Thu 05-May-16 17:52:15

Home again now. The wound had developed an abscess so I had to have it cleaned out and packed. Oh my god the pain was horrific. Had to have gas and air whilst they did it.
I now face a few weeks of having the wound repacked and dressed every couple of days. I can't wait!

LizzieMacQueen Thu 05-May-16 18:23:16

MrsRon

That is so interesting about the codeine. I was really quite ill after my gallbladder surgery and I was convinced it was the dihydrocodeine I was being made to take. Yet none of the health professionals took my concerns seriously so I just quietly binned* the packet they gave me.

*actually have kept hold of it in case my DH ever needs a really strong painkiller.

wineoclockthanks Thu 05-May-16 18:27:29

Sounds awful snozzle, glad you're home now and hopefully will feel better very soon.

Mishaps Thu 05-May-16 18:36:59

Count your blessings that you were able to have keyhole surgery. I had my gb removed the year before this new surgery became available. I have an 8" scar running under my ribs on the right side. I cannot even begin to tell you how painful it was post surgery. Just breathing was agony. The scar is still a bit painful years later.

snozzlemaid Thu 05-May-16 18:51:39

I had heard of the codeine thing after gallbladder removal, but until yesterday I had been fine with it. I'm hoping I won't need it now abscess is being sorted and I have antibiotics.
Really would like to be free of this pain.
Mishaps that sounds awful. You're right, at least my wound that is causing me problems is very small.

MrsRonBurgundy Thu 05-May-16 19:08:52

The codeine thing isn't really publicised that much is it?? I didn't know until after the event. But I passed out and my mum called an ambulance thinking it was a surgery complication so it was all quite mortifying! They gave me gas and air in the ambulance though when I came round because the pain it caused was horrendous.
I'm a bit gutted because I feel like I don't have any options for lovely painkillers when I have a cracking headache. Paracetamol and ibuprofen don't have the same effect!

Snozzle: hope you start feeling much better now

snozzlemaid Sun 08-May-16 13:54:32

Now on day 4 of having my wound packed and dressed and seems to be going well. The pain when I move is much less now.
But everything I ate yesterday gave me terrible trapped wind. It lasted all night on and off. Was still there his morning so I sipped some very hot water as I didn't have anything else in the house to relieve it. I don't know if that worked but a short while later I felt the desperate need to go to the toilet and it was (sorry tmi) very explosive!
That eased the feeling of trapped wind for the time being. I've only eaten a yoghurt and small tin of weight watchers soup today but I feel a bit gassy already. I hope this is just my digestive system getting used to no gallbaldder and it will settle down again soon.
I'm glad I had my gallbladder removed but it really hasn't been much fun since, so far.

Honeymoonmummy Sun 08-May-16 14:06:43

Hi, I just wanted to come on to say I've had my gallbladder out through keyhole on Weds just gone, I'm still in pain when I move. They gave me codeine although I've only had one a day since the first day because they make me woozy. It's quite worrying to hear that codeine can be a problem! Apart from pain in the wounds and a bit of "gas" pain which felt like constipation this morning I've not been so bad to date, touch wood. I need to try to drive tho today to do school run tmrw and I just don't feel up to it yet. Might have to ask family to take them. I hope you're feeling better soon flowers

snozzlemaid Sun 08-May-16 14:14:24

I'm on day 10 after having mine removed and I'm going to have a go at driving tomorrow. If I feel OK in the morning I'll take dd to school - if not she'll have to catch the bus. Will be lovely to get out and about again, and not just hospital/doctors appointments.

LizzieMacQueen Sun 08-May-16 16:15:12

Did anyone suffer the side effect I am having of being uncomfortable to sleep on my right hand side? Fine on the left and I haven't tried sleeping on my stomach yet.

I am day 17 post surgery and am otherwise okay.

snozzlemaid Sun 08-May-16 16:58:13

I'm the opposite.
I can sleep on my right side if I put a pillow under my tummy. But I can't sleep on my left at all yet - it pulls too much that way.

LizzieMacQueen Sun 08-May-16 17:03:48

That's interesting, wonder what's going on inside that makes it different for us.

I sleep with a pillow too but between my knees, a bit like I did when heavily pregnant.

Honeymoonmummy Mon 09-May-16 14:01:29

Hi all, I'm on day 5 post surgery today and found I could drive without much trouble so took the kids this morning. Absolutely exhausted all the time tho and my appetite hasn't really been there yet - anyone else?

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