Posted 9/6/2014 4:02 AM (GMT -7)
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.