having your gallbladder out is the wordt thing that you can have down i had mine out when i was 17 i am now 38 years old and i am still having a hard time with my stomach ever sence i had it removed i ended up getting irratable bowl syndrome i have had it all these years i have to wacth what jobs i work at how do you tell your boss that when i have to go i have to go there isn’t give me 5 min it is now and i have really bad pains i can eat and in 2-5 mins later i have to run sometimes i can have a bowl movement up to 7 times a day other peole that i talked to that has had the surgury has had the same problem so think long and hard before having some thing removed it was put in oyr bodies for a reason i am living prof of that!!!!!!!!!!!
“Hello! It is entirely possible to still have problems after having your gallbladder removed! I am such a case. Having it removed really just takes out a place for the problem to sit. So, after it is removed, you can still be having the same problem with your bile. That is the actual problem. Not the gallbladder. In fact, in most cases, the surgery could have been avoided. (If I had only known.) I know these things now, because I am seeing a nutritional response therapist. He can “”see”” what is going on inside my body better than any doctor ever could! The problem that has to be resolved is in the bile. It’s thickening, and getting slowed down in passing through your system, and when there is no place for it to fester anymore, it can create one. Like a balloon, or something. In some cases, you could form stones.
My nutritional response therapist has me taking whole food supplements to thin out the bile, and get it flowing the way it should be. Also journaling everything I eat. My doctor had told me, “”Stay away from fatty foods.”” That’s dangerous. Your body needs GOOD fats. It doesn’t need processed foods, and bad carbs. That kills your body. My liver has been trying to compensate for my gallbladder, too, so it is not up to what it is supposed to be. That is causing migraines.
You see, it’s about finding the SOURCES of the problems, and many times, they are related to each other. It’s like peeling an onion. You find the source of the problem that is screaming the loudest first. Start treating that, naturally. When it starts healing, then another one may appear that was drowned out by the previous one.
So many times, doctors just keep trying prescription meds to quiet those symptoms. But the symptoms are screaming out for a reason! They are trying to tell you something! 😉
I too have the same thing. The pain under both sides of my ribs started about six weeks after surgery. It sometimes radiates to my back muscles, especially on the left side if I’ve been standing too long or sitting in the wrong position. I recently had a colonoscopy/endoscopy, which revealed a possible allergy to wheat gluten. I have been on a wheat-free diet for about three weeks, and it hasn’t helped at all. My blood work and liver enzymes were all normal. I don’t know what is causing the pain, and it really worries me. I never had stones, just a low ejection fraction, so they took my GB out. The surgeon said that it was inflamed and was surrounded by scar tissue. Could I now have fibromyalgia? I’ve also noticed that since surgery, my rib cage has expanded by about an inch (bra size is larger). Has anyone else noticed this?
HELLO, I AM DEALING WITH ALOT OF STOMACH PAIN AFTER THE REMOVAL OF MY GALLBLADDER 41/2 WKS AGO. I HAVE BEEN BACK TO THE GI DOCTOR & ALSO TO THE ER OVER THE PAIN. MY GI DR DOSEN’T REALLY KNOW WHY I AM HAVING THE PAIN HE HAS PUT ON A MEDICINE FOR STOMACH PAIN AND THE ER DR. PUT ME ON PROTONIX FOR A TOUCH OF ACID REFLUX DUE TO ME NOT EATING AND THE BILE JUST SITS IN MY STOMACH THEY SEEM TO THINK WHO KNOWS ???. I DON’T EAT LIKE I SHOULD DUE TO THE FACT OF I DON’T WANT THE PAIN OR DIARRHEA. DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON FOODS THAT I CAN TRY TO EAT THAT WONT GIVE ME PAIN OR ANY HERBAL PILLS THAT I COULD TAKE???? I AM SO OVER ALL OF THIS I WAS SO HOPING THAT ONCE THE GALLBLADDER WAS REMOVED I WOULD JUST BOUNCE BACK SO FAR THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. I HAVE SO WANTED TO DIE JUST BECAUSE OF THE PAIN IS SO UNBEARABLE AND I AM SO OVER IT EMOTIONALLY & PHYSICALLY… ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD GREATLY BE APPRECIATED.. THANKS TRACI
hey everyone ive been dealing with this pain about 14 years now im like andy every morning its crackers and water. if i dont eat anything it hurts and then other times it hurts when i eat. i have four children and id rather do it all again as to go through the pain of having these stomach attacks. i have had several diferent test and exams done over the years and still nothing.i feel each and every one of you who have this kind of pain its the worst ive ever had.wish i had some advice for you but i need some myself.well good luck to everyone.
I’m only 16 years old and I had my gallbladder taken out in March of this year. I felt good for a while then had horrible pain again around where the gallbladder was and where it was taken out of. It turned out that I had a LOT of scar tissue from the surgeries (i’ve had 5 in the past 2 years) and they too were afraid removing it would cause more. But then we all decided to try it and since I got the scar tissue removed around a month ago no test shows anymore and I feel so much better then I did even after my gallbladder was first taken out. I know how painful it is….I really hope everyone can find solutions to the problems! I hated having the pain every single day and having no way out of it being a teenager. My heart goes out to everyone!
I had my gallbladder removed 30 years ago. I weighed 250 pounds then and was very fit and strong. I now weigh 440 poounds and am disabled with many weight related problems. My weight has steadily increased since the operation and for 30 years no-one has been able to explain why until now, so a big thank you to you
“i had my gallbladder taken out on april 3rd 2009. i woke up from surgery in more pain than i started with. i ended up staying whole weekend in hospital for a same day procedure…..thhe whole time im ultimate pain i cud barely breathe……or talk……my urine was so brown i really thought i was peeing blood. they send me home on the notion that i had gas and had to get up and move around to get it out and i wud feel better…..i went home and for eleven days with out pain meds grew even more ill……the nurse finally told me to come in after i started crying on the phone……well thats where they discovered bile had been leaking in my this whole time…..i was dying..they pput stint in and sent me homenext day and said bile wud absorb……i looked like i was overdue pregnant……i lost over 20 pounds i am very tiny by this time so u can only imagine how sik i look…….so when i get home i knew something still wasnt right i still was not getting better…..i had to be rushed to er the next night……the stint didnt work!!!!!! i had to have another one put in…….so as of right now i beleive i am no longer leaking but i am still in a lot of pain….my tummy is still big and hard and i have no energy…..i wuud like to know if anyone can help me understand how long recovery is and if anyone can just email me and me be able to talk about my experience as well as theirs……just need some encouragement and to know im not the only one
I am 36 and I had open surgery to have it removed. I am still in a lot of pain on my upper right. I don’t think it is normal at all. I know it takes about a year for your inside to fully heal but this is very uncomfortable. 🙁
“I had my gallbladder removed 2 yrs ago and I experience all the symptoms that i have heard on this page and more. Everytime I eat I have to run to the bathroom, it is very hard to be out in the workplace or anything that is on a schedule because i never know when i need to go to the bathroom. I have to go when it is ready not when i want to go. Usually I will be lucky to get a few minutes of rest after eating before i run to the bathroom!
From reading this I have noticed that the doctors have never told us in advance that we would have this problem… All i was told was that i would have softer stools. Yeah right that is only the beginning of it! I am an overweight women i have been for most of my life but i think that what it is going to come down to is absolutely no fat in the diet . I do notice that it is worse after eating fatting foods. So we will see what happens I have been hearing about health food stores and how they can help with alot of things… maybe that is something we should all consider is checking what health food stores have to offer us !! Please let me know of anything that can help my situation and yours!! ”
I dropped 25 poinds in Feb and March, and got no relief from gallbladder surgery. In fact it made me worse. You could find that like me your problems weren’t gallbladder related to begin with. When I told the doc I had pain in my back, he did all the pancreas tests. I could tell he was itching to do more procedures, but I was just mad because he seemed to be barking up the wrong tree all along. I left his care, went to a gastrointerologists, who found I had gastritis and low bowel motility and hemorroids. Later, the cause was determined to be metal poisoning (12 different environmental metals making me fatiqued, depressed, bloated, pained in the joints and large muscle groups, unable to keep food down, nauseous, etc.) [weight loss]
“My mouth dropped open when I read your post here.
I had my gallbladder removed in November 2007 with keyhole surgery and here we are a year later and I STILL get pain on the right side where the gallbladder ‘was’.
I also get pain along the bottom of the right rib cage. Wearing a bra drives me mad.
I too have had a liver scan and blood tests done – all came back as ‘normal’.
My GP told me that 40% of patients experience this ‘problem’ following gallbladder removal and that it would ‘go away’ in time. I asked her how long and she said it varies from person to person but usually a few months. I said “”do you promise?”” She replied “”yes””. As I said earlier – it’s now been a year and I still have it.
What is even more interesting here is that back in March 2008 I was seen by a Rheumatologist who diagnosed I have Fibromyalgia. I have other pain i.e. osteo-arthritis in my hips, lower back pain and also between and in my shoulder blades due to scoliosis and narrowing or two vertebrae. BUT – the overall diagnosis is fibromyalgia.
I have been doing a considerable amount of reading but until now – I haven’t read IN PRINT that post operative surgical procedures can lead to Fibromyalgia i.e. the original surgery site will have ‘healed’ but the nerve signals to the brain continue to interpret ‘pain’ being felt.
I too have been tried with various pain relief medication but have found that the side effects i.e. nausea, dizziness, palpitations, stomach upsets, far outweigh the relief from pain and it’s one thing to have pain but pain AND feeling ill as well is more than I’m prepared to live with 24/7.
What I’d like to know is WILL THE PAIN EVER GO AWAY ???”
I am a 36yo male who had my gall bladder removed 8 yrs ago. I had severe adomnial pains from a series of passing gall stones. Having it removed relieved me of all of my pain. Life after surgery has been pretty normal. You do need to watch your diet though afterwards. I found if I eat alot of greasy foods it passes right through me and have diareha. So eat a more healthier diet with lots of fiber.
“I had my gall bladder removed 5 years ago (at the ripe age of 20!) after MONTHS of pain. Similar to Brick, I won’t go to the doctor unless someone basically forces me. I had laproscopic surgery the very NEXT day after going to see the doctor (went to the regular doc, got checked into the hospital). I felt a little better after the surgery, but within a few weeks was in pain again. I went to rounds of doctors, all of whom told me I was just healing. And with the PCP insurance I had, I kept having to go back to the regular doctor when one specialist would refer me to another. Example: Regular doc says go to the gasterointerologist. She writes me a referral to him, he says he can’t do anything, go see this other doctor. Oh, but gotta go back to the regular doctor first and get her to write you a referral, or your insurance won’t even think about covering it. And on and on.
And 5 years later, I would say it hurts almost as much as it did before surgery. At least, on a far more regular basis. Daily, I wake up in crazy pain. After nearly all meals, pain. And for no apparent reason, pain. Naseaua and constant vomiting were a problem before the surgery, but now happen just as much. I still puke a few times a week. And the orange poo that brought us all here? Oh yeah. Compared to the naseaua, the poo is nothing.
And for everyone who keeps promoting a vegetarian diet, let me tell you, it’s not your godsend. I have been a vegetarian since I was 12 years old and in my experience I have had just as severe problems as meat eaters. Of course, cutting back fatty intake is essential, but many vegetarians have a problem of over carb-ing it. Refined sugars and flours seem easy to go down, but they have no nutritional value and take away from the vegetables and fruits (nothing too acidic, dears) which could be consumed in their place and are about as equally difficult on the ol belly. I eventually consulted a nutritionist (something a good doctor should refer everyone post- gall bladder removal to do) who helped me find a diet that really works MUCH better with my body. Infact, I felt the nutritionist had a MUCH better idea of what I was going through than the surgeons and other doctors I had.
Now, if anyone else has the daily puke problem, lemme know if you’ve got a suggestion or two.”
My gall bladder was removed 6/5/2011 after 4 days of agonizing pain in the hospital. Numerous tests were run – they wanted to be sure it was the gall bladder. By the time it was removed it had started the gangrene process. My recovery was great since it was done by laproscopy. However, I have had bouts of diarrhea and strange looking stools. I took a couple of anti-diarrheals and that checked it for about 3 weeks. Now I have fever, nausea, and very urgent BM’s with severe abdominal pain. Everything thing I eat comes straight through and so far I’ve lost 14 pounds. Any clues?