I am almost 5 months post op from a lap.GB removal. I was told I had no stones, but it was a " gasping" GB and pretty much useless.
My recovery went well. Only used otc pain relievers, did a lot of walking, and by the third week I felt better than perhaps at any time in my life.
Periodically over the last couple of months I have had the dreaded phantom gallbladder feeling. It has been almost constant for the last month. It is a sense of the GB being physically present, like a golf ball moving around in that region. It bothers me the worst when driving - there is something about
that particular position that makes it act up.
At times it dissipates, and it seems to coincide with being able to release gas.
I have NO vomiting.
I have NO nausea.
Although I have some periodic sharp pains that strike my back ( much the same feeling as post op, when the gas they used during surgery was still present ) I would be hard pressed to say I have pain. Pain relievers are not really necessary. I do have enough discomfort though that I am avoiding a lot of activities.
My bowel movements seem ok, if a little less frequent than usual. I do seem to burp more than I normally would. Additionally there is some indication of stomach acid, a choking feeling in the throat at times - in other words, acid reflux type things.
Is it possible I am just dealing with gas that is trapped where the GP was- just like the surgical gas was?
I have researched GERD, IBS,Sphicter of ODDI dsyfunction, Crohns Disease, pancreatic problems. There are similarities but the lack of nausea and vomiting and debilitating pain has made me rule them out.
Is this something anyone is familiar with? My doctor is 60 miles from where I live ..and frankly sitting in a waiting room full of H1N1 patients scares me! - so I am hoping for some suggestions here I can try until/unless I actually edge into worse shape.