I myself had gall bladder surgery in April 2008 and my life has been reduced to laying on the sofa in excruciating pain or throwing up. Some days were intolerable. The doctors did many tests, performed several surgeries, including a laparotomy which consists of cutting you from below the breast bone to the navel and the pain was still there. I recently went to a Board Certified gastro doctor and the pain is being caused from nerve damage from gall bladder removal. I was prescribed nuerontin and within 24 hours I was feeling much relief from the excruciating pain. Best news this is not lifelong medication.