Gallbladder-like pain from GERD?

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Lovie L
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   Posted 12/5/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed in April. But I still get pains in my right shoulder that mimic my "gallbladder symptoms". Wondering if any of you had that sort of pain with GERD or a hiatal hernia? It'd be nice to hear that this may go away after my Nissen.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/6/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   

The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to increase the surface area. This creates a dome like elevated structure for better view of the organs. The area of abdominal wall is also increased by insufflation with carbon dioxide gas. Post laparoscopy shoulder pain is associated with insertion of carbon dioxide gas during a gallbladder surgery . Shoulder pain occurs mainly due to the below given reasons.

Shoulder pain is usually a common side effect of laparoscopy surgery. The pain gradually disappears after 2 or 3 days. During that period, doctors advice consumption of warm drinks and lemon tea. The pain can be alleviated with ginger ale, peppermint tea or carrot juice. If the pain aggravates, doctors prescribe anti-gas pills or pain killers. Some common shoulder exercises also help to reduce the pain.

If you still have the shoulder pain I would recommend checking with your Doctor.

I hope this helps you in some small way.

Kindly,

Kitt


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Lovie L
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   Posted 12/6/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had my surgery yet Kitt. :) But thanks. I remember the shoulder pain from my gallbladder removal. It was probably the most annoying part of my recovery.

dencha
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   Posted 12/6/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Lovie,
I have a friend who had the surgery and continues to have symptoms. She has duct issues, and gets pain, but I think it's more in the rib area. She went for a procedure where they inserted a stint in an attempt to enlarge the duct, but they couldn't leave it in. It didn't help.
I know this doesn't match your symptoms, but I'm providing the information so you that others who have had gallbladder surgery get phantom pains. I always thought it was amazing that she'd had her gallbladder out, but was still getting the same symptoms!
Go figure,
Denise
When do you have your surgery?

Lovie L
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   Posted 12/6/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise. If my issues continue after my Nissen, I will discuss with my GI and ask if it is a possible duct issue.

My surgery is this Friday. I am a bit nervous, but very excited to be on the road to (hopefully) being heartburn free!

stkitt
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Lovie,
 
Oops, I misread and thought you were still having the shoulder pain from your gallbladder surgery.  I wish you the best on Friday and hope all goes well for you.
 
((((((((((Hugs)))))))))
 
Kitt
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dencha
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lovie,
Good luck with your surgery Friday. Don't worry! It's really not nearly as difficult as I was expecting, and I'm sure you're read Cat's posts regarding how much better it was than she expected. The most important thing is to have a positive attitude, and accept your recovery for what it is. Just relax, go with the flow, and surrender to the path it takes.
People who are in a rush to get back to normal, or can't accept their recovery's path, have a great deal of difficulty coping. They face unnecessary frustration.
Enjoy your week!
Have a great surgery...
Take care,
Denise
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