Gallbladder surgery and Crohns questions?

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   Posted 8/22/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok you guys I havn't been on her in a while. Just thought maybe some of you can give me some advice
and are having or have had some of the same problems I am having. I have Crohns 10 years now, well .........
I started to have trouble with my gallbladder and of course my Dr said it had to come out,  easy procedure
they all say piece of cake (ya right). It was taken out two weeks ago Laproscopacly of course, I stayed the
night in the hospital and had a lot of pain..... normal they say go home and rest. Well two days later I end up
back in the ER with horible I mean bad pian I have never felt anything like this and I have had 3 children! They did
all kinds of tests on me and come to find out I had a bile leak (oh joy). Had to stay in the hospital on pain meds for
4 days with this, they tried to put a stent in but due to my lovely anatomy could not place it. Well that horrilble pain
went away and they sent me home saying the leak sealed itself off. I have been home two days now thankfully but I
am still having cramping like pain and rib pain. Nothing like before thank god but It has been two weeks is this pain ever
gonna go away? Has anyone else went through this? I am scared to due or eat anything.
Tanya, 30 year old female with crohns for eight years
surgery: colon resection eight years ago 12 inches removed
medications: Pentasa 250mg four caps four -x- a day
doing well right now

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   Posted 8/22/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone can respond who had their gallbladder removed about post op treatment. Is a nurse going to come to see you? It doesnt sound like they did a good at all. I think stay away from tomatoes and acidic foods.
Have you had your appendix removed?
Can you be specific about the original trouble? please post again if there is improvement to your crohns as the gall bladder relationship to fat digestion.

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   Posted 8/22/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my gallbladder removed laparoscopically in 1995, four years before I was diagnosed with Crohn's (although I was already begging for relief from my symptoms). Before the surgery, everyone--doctor, surgeon, patients--told me that the surgery was easy and that I'd feel great immediately. One woman, who'd had the surgery, told me I'd "feel as if you could run the marathon" within days of the surgery.

Instead, I felt truly terrible for three weeks. I had cramping (not as bad as yours, obviously, but just uncomfortable), pain, and overwhelming fatigue. A few months later, a friend of mine--who didn't have Crohn's--also had the surgery. She called me in confusion and despair, since she was feeling terrible, too. She also didn't begin feeling better for three to four weeks.

I don't know why recovery was a breeze for some people and really tough for my friend and for me. I just wanted you to know that having a bad time after gallbladder surgery may be a fairly common thing. I hope your problems resolve themselves very, very soon.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I think with us having Crohns, for some reason it makes it harder for some of us to recover from basic surgeries that most go thru like a walk in the park. I have had over 10 different surgeries in my life, and because of my Crohns, my recoveries are always longer than the normal person. I always tell the docs if the recovery times is X weeks, then they better add about 2 weeks to that, because I always have a hard time recovering. Hope that helps and I hope you get feeling better soon.
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your comments everyone.
Tanya, 30 year old female with crohns for eight years
surgery: colon resection eight years ago 12 inches removed
medications: Pentasa 250mg four caps four -x- a day
doing well right now

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 351
   Posted 8/23/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.  I've had crohn's now for 7 years.  In 2004 4 months after i gave birth to my son, i ended up in the er with gallbladder attack.  i had a stone in my common bile duct and they removed that with an endoscope.  the next day i had my gallbladder removed laproscopically and i went home the next morning.  i was fine.  i was in no pain and the only thing that truly hurt was when the surgeon removed the stiches.  some people are fine and some people have problems.  i don't know why that is.  anyway just though you'd might like to hear from someone on the other end of the spectrum.
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