HAD SURGERY 3 WEEKS AGO STILL SICK!!!!!

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ryleigh
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   Posted 11/30/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,  Sorry to be a downer but I am so depressed..  I thought this gallbladder surgery was the cure all to my pain for the last 10 years..  It has been 3 weeks and I am still sick..  They took out my gallbladder because it was not functioning also they took my appendix because it looked bad, plus I had adhesions attached to my colon..  Maybe I was looking for a miricle.. Now I am have nausea every day!!  I never had that.. I also have heart burn.. What the heck!!!  Still the cramping and pain on my left side..  I went to my primary doctor in tears and told her I can't live like this anymore..  She is great and wants to help me..  She said it took 10 years to get to this place and will take a long time to get better..  I have had all the surgery I can have I have nothing else to take out..  She suggested xanax xr 1mg a day.. I hate drugs but if it will help I will try it..  You see I am agorophobic because of my condition of fear of pain not close to home.. She also wants me to get therapy and maybe try a drug for panic..  I tried zoloft once and got really sick so forget that..  Anyone tried any of the new ones out like Lexapro??  I used to be so normal..  I forgot what normal is..  I can't even take my kids to school..  I feel like such a loser..  She said I do have phyisical issues but also psychological to.. Anyone else like this??  I can't be the only one..  Thanks for listening..  

Ryleigh


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   Posted 11/30/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((Ryleigh)))))
I'm so sorry you are still feeling sick. I can't help you with any of your requests, but I hope someone will come along who can.
Don't give up.... hang in there.
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spasman
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   Posted 11/30/2006 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to let you know about that:

www.cecopexia.com

It may help,i think.
-IBS-C with meteorism and pubic burning-


Keriamon
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   Posted 12/1/2006 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes 6-8 weeks for your body to recover from the gall bladder removal. And since you had lesions removed to, that may be part of your pain. I don't know how long it might take to heal up from that.

If you have diarrhea, ask your doctor for Welchol. If she hasn't heard about it, tell her to look in publications for GIs; it's an off-label use. A side affect of the medicine is that it absorbs bile. This constipates the people who have to take it for cholesterol reasons, but is an absolute God-send for people who have too much bile, which causes diarrhea.

Don't forget calcium to also help with the D and to help heal up any inflammation in your intestines from excess bile and the meds they put you on for surgery.

Did your doctor offer you any sort of acid blocker for your heartburn? Some people, like my mother, end up with GERD after their gall bladders come out because the excess bile washes back into the stomach instead of going down into the intestines. An acid reducer should help cut some of that. You can always try OTC stuff and see if that helps. Acid imbalances can often cause nausea, so taking an antacid might fix that problem as well. Be sure to avoid spicy, milk, citric, acidic, coffee and caffeine, until you get control of your heartburn and nausea, as those all cause more acid production.

If you start to get a little nauseated, actually try eating something mild. Before, and somewhat after my GB removal, I found that my hunger and fullness signals were all mixed up, and that sometimes instead of feeling hungry, I felt sick to my stomach. If I ate, I felt better.

I don't think there's anything wrong with you needing a little medicine to help your emotional state, but I would think it would be best to try and get your physical problems sorted out first. The more meds you start at once, the harder it is to figure out what's working, what's not and what's causing what side affect. But I see no reason why you can't and shouldn't start therapy at once. Even if, God forbid, you are fated to live the rest of your life with some sort of medical problem, you can't spend it in your house, never leaving. People everywhere have medical conditions and physical handicaps and they manage to do some things.

I read a really good thing in an old book on etiquette that really turned a light on for me--because I have always had some social phobia. "Ladies and Gentlemen do not assume that anyone speaking or laughing is speaking or laughing at them, because people don't speak or laugh about ladies and gentlemen." Basically, you must think of yourself as a lady. And you must assume that everyone else around you can see by your demeanor that you are a lady. And then you can be assured that no one will speak or laugh about you, because you don't invite any sort of scorn or ridicule. If any person is so common as to make a remark to you that is insulting or embarrassing, you either cooly ignore him or you give him a cool remark about having a "permanent, inoperable condition" and then you leave him to feel embarrassed at having teased a sick person.

bhkhhh
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   Posted 12/1/2006 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry! I was wishing you better luck than me. You really need to give it longer though. It took me over 4mo to just feel somewhat better. I guess some of us are slow healers. I have tried every med that I have seen on here & nothing seems to work, I just go to the other extreme. I am waiting on doc, he is sending me to the head doc of washington unv.

ryleigh
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   Posted 12/2/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your replies..  Kerimon,  Thanks I will try over the counter acid stuff.  I never had this problem before..  I guess I thought ok this is it I will be better now..  I guess that is not the case..  You guys really get me thru some tough times..  Thanks again..

Ryleigh


Keriamon
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   Posted 12/4/2006 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ryleigh, I found that I had to have a more limited diet after my surgery--for the first month or month and a half--than I had actually had when my gall bladder was still in. I ate fairly low fat, no caffeine, nothing fried or greasy and no meat except chicken and fish. Pork and beef both made me have diarrhea. But after some weeks, everything moderated out and I was able to add pork and beef back in (although I actually got out to the habit of eating them then and rarely eat them even now!).
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