Life after Gallbladder surgery

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   Posted 10/22/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I've read lots of different people posting about all of the bad things after GB surgery, and I haven't really had them.  So, I'm just wondering if there are some positive aspects.

I had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago laproscopically.  The surgery went fine.   I was really sore for about a week, but then everything's been good.
The one main thing I've heard from everyone is the diarrhea that will happen afterwards.  Does everyone get it?  I have not had hardly in diarrhea.  Stools have been softer than they were before, but not any problem.  I'm also going the same amount I was before surgery.
I'm eating anything I want, with no problems afterwards.
I seem to be getting some "phantom" pains in the upper right area, and sometimes it is toward the middle & left upper area, but it comes & goes quickly.  Nothing like the pain before where I was taking pain pills everyday.
So, everything seems be pretty norma... should I be worried?  I've been not feeling well since July so I'm a little leary to say "Yeah... I feel great, no problem. Kind of waiting for the other shoe to fall so to speak.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 10/22/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey marathon! Most GI docs will tell you that the diarrhea should start to subside within a couple months as your body recovers. For some people, the D persists and that's when an agent like cholestyramine (a bile acid binding medication) is used, and usually works really well. I'd recommend sticking to a low fat and low residue diet for a bit and you'll improve bit by bit!
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