Update, and gallbladder issues after wrap?

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   Posted 9/6/2014 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Been a while, and things have been going up and down. I'll start with the bad things, and end with the good things.

I'm still awaiting scans and further testing, but my doctors are convinced I will need to have my gallbladder removed. I started getting bad abdominal pains (upper right quadrant, and around the epigastric area), and incredibly severe nausea. Sometimes I would just retch, and sometimes I would end up vomiting several times until my stomach was empty. I've had to go to the emergency department a few times now as the medicines for pain and nausea prescribed by my GP were barely touching the symptoms... and sometimes the nausea was so bad, I couldn't even swallow the tablets.

Has anyone ever developed gallbladder problems after a fundoplication? And did you have to have your gallbladder removed? If so, what was the surgery like, especially following a previous fundoplication?

Well, the good things. The surgeon thinks my fundoplication (toupet) has been a success. The nausea and pain are, he thinks, due to my gallbladder, and not related to my wrap. I'm still a tiny bit worried that the nausea, retching, and vomiting might have an adverse effect on it, but he says not to worry and that the wrap will hold strong. I'm back to a diet that's almost entirely normal. The only things I'm still cautious about (and having some troubles with) are carbonated drinks and really dry and/or dense stuff. Up until this stuff with my gallbaldder kicked off, I was feeling pretty good about my wrap. My surgeon again reminded me that full recovery is about a year, but has been really pleased so far.

Feeling a bit (okay, maybe a bit more) down that I may need my gallbladder out... I was just really starting to feel better, and feel like I've just been slammed back. But trying to keep a positive outlook, and hopefully, once the gallbladder comes out (if it needs to) the recovery will speed up again in no time.

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   Posted 9/6/2014 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Altair.

Glad you're mostly doing well. I'm surprised you can vomit. I still can't after 5 years, against my Toupet. Yours must have been quite loose.

I know I ripped mine at least some with a couple of vomiting episodes. A trickle of blood came up and my wrap shows at and maybe slightly above the diaphragm on imaging.

I have only been able to stop truly bad retching episodes with paregoric. It was off the market totally for a few years, but it's supposed to be being made again. GET SOME! It will stop the worst vomiting instantly if you can just get half a teaspoon swallowed. It probably won't come back up, works that fast. It's mostly alcohol, tastes incredibly awful, but it's the only thing that works in a true emergency. It's liquid, keeps for at least 10 years. Even if it's very expensive - insurance is not likely to pay for it - get a pint. It will probably have to be ordered by your physician. Pharmacies won't have it in stock.

I'd wait on the gallbladder for a bit if possible. You just had surgery in that same spot. Have you had testing that shows gallbladder really isn't working?

Don't try to eat hard stuff, steak and such. Ground been in something like chili might go down better than a burger. It may or may not get better. Did you have any intolerances to foods or textures before surgery? That won't change. Been there. Still finding new intolerances. Keep a food journal - see threads in search box at the top of the page.
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