bye, bye gall bladder

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myjoy
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   Posted 8/10/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I just found out today that I'm going to be having gall bladder surgery. My first appointment with the surgeon is Aug 24th.
 
I've had elevated liver enzymes since May, several gall bladder attacks with pain and vomiting. And my ultrasound showed many stones. For those of you who have had their gall bladder removed....is this a good thing? Will my fibro be a factor?
 
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puppylover
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   Posted 8/10/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, I had emergency gall bladder surgery years ago. I had ignored symptoms until I became very sick one day. I drove myself to the emergency room where tests were done. I was admitted immediately and they had to wait a day or two to "calm" the infection a bit. I already had gangrenous (sp) tissue. The surgery was done with tiny little holes in my tummy. I recovered quickly. I don't remember any increased muscle pain, just discomfort from laying on a hospital bed (which must have been made of concrete).

My experience was not bad. I hope the same for you.
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MsBunky
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   Posted 8/10/2010 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi myjoy,

I had my gallbladder out in an emergency surgery after two years of debilitating attacks, even though my surgeon knew I had gallstones. He said that despite the stones, a HIDA test showed my gallbladder was functioning normally, so nothing needed to be done. For 2 years, I had major attacks until one day, I ended up in ER again, and one of my other doctors was on call there. He had me admitted immediately and surgery was done within 2 hours

After the surgery, I felt some pain but nothing super severe. I wasn't hungry (still felt a bit nauseous) and I just wanted sleep. The doctor decided to keep me in hospital for an extra day and ran some tests on me as well. Thank Heaven's my kids were safe with friends who's moms took them in for a few nights. oxox to each of you...you know who you are!

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy,

I don't know if it's exactly a good thing or not, but if it has to go, it has to go! I had mine out almost 4 years ago. My digestion still isn't great, (IBS?) I can't eat that much (but that may be due to something else) and my liver enzymes are still elevated, but the doctor says it's just mildly, so I try not to worry - anyhoo, at least I don't have those horrendous, burningly painful attacks anymore.

My 24-year-old daughter just had hers out 3 weeks ago. Ditto for her - no more pain that makes her leave work or rush to the ER! Can't say about the long run yet, because she also has chronic issues - gas, bloating, probably IBS too. :(

I didn't realize until she had her surgery that mine had been unusual - - even though it was done laparoscopically, I had to have a long, plastic drainage tube for about 10 days, which was quite a bother. My husband helped me at first, to drain it and measure the liquid several times a day - yuk! (I guess there was some excess bile in there somewhere.) No one bothered to tell me this was a complication...I just thought it was par for the course. Every time I moved, that thing hurt, so I had to be on Vicodin longer than I'd expected. I was surprised at how sore I was, even 2 or 3 weeks afterwards. I think Fibro always complicates anything else somewhat. We have those lovely, state-of-the-art pain receptors, after all! I ate pretty normally within a day or two.

Hopefully, yours will be easier and you'll have no more nasty symptoms.

Debbie
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crazykitty
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, having my gallbladder removed gave me relief from pain and nausea. I had
it removed in 1978, so the procedure involved a long incision. I joked that I looked
like I had football stitching. Now the scar looks like a cat scratch. I can eat whatever
without worrying about suffering any attacks. I had no complicatioms after my surgery.

Wishing you all the best and know that you will be so grateful to have that gallbladder
gone!

Hugs, Robin
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/11/2010 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much, everyone! It's great to hear your stories.
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AustenFan
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   Posted 8/11/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out 20 years ago before I had fibro, and I didn't have any problems. Just some soreness in the tiny incisions.

I have had another surgery since I've had fibro, and my suggestion is to be careful of your neck when you get home. I didn't keep my neck in a good position while I was lying in bed recovering, and it ended up hurting WAY more than my incisions did. If I have to have abdominal surgery again and spend time lying flat on my back, I will probably invest in a good cervical pillow (see below)

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cervical-pillow.htm

If you have lower back problems, you may also consider putting a pillow under your knees while on your back.

Aside from some anesthesia related vertigo (caused by my Meniere's disease) the neck pain was my biggest issue.

Also, I haven't had any food/digestion related issues. I already had IBS, and I didn't notice any difference after the surgery.

I'm sure everything will go well.

Hugs - Austen
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/11/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi myjoy, just wanted you to know that I had my gall bladder removed back in 1983 I was only 23 at the time, but they didnt do it laproscopicaly back in those days so I have a nice long scar. lol The nurses were amazed at how fast I bounced back from the surgery but I think it was because most of the patients were older than me. For me it was a relief just to have it gone.
I have friends who have had it done lapriscopicaly and the recovery time is much shorter although there is still pain.
I will be praying that everything goes really well for you.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never had my gall bladder removed but know others that have.  They did have a quick recovery so, pretty soon, you should be feeling much better!
 
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey MyJoy - you have a distinct advantage that they're planning your surgery, vs letting yourself get so sick that you end up in the ER with emergency surgery for it. My mom's surgeon and g.p. explained that it is MUCH better for you as the patient from all angles. So this is a huge advantage you have.

My mom is mid-80's and had hers out last fall, laproscopic (sp) surgery. Hers was full of stones, diseased, infected with MRSA and just a mess. Still, at her advanced age she came through it well. Being elderly she had a longer stay - and then she developed pneumonia in the hospital (easier for elderly to get) so she stayed longer. None of the negative aspects of hers applies to you --- yours sounds like it will be a piece of cake. You're going to do fine.

They're going to be possibly looking at my gall bladder depending upon how my current health issues resolve - so this is a possibility for me in the future too. Knowing a good surgeon now, I feel much more at ease about the whole thing. The surgeon is your key, I think, to a good recovery.
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
PS: Some people experience no problems after surgery with eating. A few seem to have issues with high fat meals afterwards resulting in looser bowels. You could address this with your surgeon before hand. I know many people on this board said it was never any problem afterwards for them.
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/12/2010 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone.

I no longer eat high fat foods at all, because I'm on a wellness program. I've lost 45 pounds since April. The fact that I'm having so much gallbladder trouble, and am feeling so crummy (while eating a good diet), tells the doctors that my gallbladder is a real problem.
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Sheila1366
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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
i had my gallbladder removed a few years ago and did well. I was up and about quickly.

I know you must be worried. Hang in there.
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 8/12/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my GB out 18 yrs ago. I had been sick for 2 yrs before that, brought me to my knees. Finally went to the dr, had US, they confirmed what my dr suspected. I had a 'farm' of stones. I was scheduled to go in for surgery, never made that date. Rushed into ER. They had to stablize me first before they could do the surgery. I was in the hospital for 9 days. I had the old fashioned cut, nice and long and the drainage cut. I was hurting for the longest time, but just plowed on w/ what I had to do, all my children were little, didn't have much choice. 
 
Before I left the hospital, I had diarrhea. Dr. thought I had an infection (reason I stayed so long), finally let me go home, but continued to test my BM. I held off going to another dr for the longest time. Finally, my pcp sent me to a gastro. I have many digestive issues, was on Questran for over 10 yrs. I have IBS C & D now. Many foods I can not tolerate. I have to eat by a certain time. These are things I just live w/, I know what I can and cannot have.
 
I hope this goes very well for you and it is a whole new beginning for you. Good Luck!
 
God bless.  Alice.
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