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Back Pain After Gallbladder Surgery
The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more
Walk: And move around. Use heat on the back. Do not sit or lay around too much as muscle tightness ; spasms will set in. ...Read more
After open gallbladder surgery, I've had really bad lower right side back pain and spasms. I mostly slept sitting up after. Can that be the cause?
Maybe: Would need more information. How long ago was the surgery? In the first few weeks after major open abdominal surgery, there sometimes can be some back muscle pains due to abnormal posture while sitting or standing. Try changing positions, stand up more straight, walk more, use local heat on the muscles. See your surgeon to be sure that you are healing properly. ...Read more
It's been exactly 6 weeks since my gallbladder surgery and I've noticed that I've been getting back pain where my gallbladder use to be. Is it normal?
Not typically: By six weeks out from surgery you should be continuing to improve and not developing new symptoms. Back pain in this area could be due to a variety of reasons to include a retained gallstone in your common bile duct or a hematoma or bile collection in the area to gallBladder bed. Best to see your surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Larascopic gallbladder surgery 4wks ago. Sharp pain started after 2-3wks, when taking deep breath under ribs right side & back. Pain takes breath away?
Severe low back pain on/off for years, after open gallbladder surgery it has hurt constantly. Sitting/ are ok. Cannot walk/stand for more than 1min without pain in low back. Leaning over/sitting help?
Low back pain: The gallbladder surgery is unrelated to the low back pain. The symptoms that you describe are caused by lumbar spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. The narrowing is caused by bulging discs, overgrowth of the ligaments and facet joints. See a neurosurgeon for treatment. ...Read more
I had an open gallbladder removal surgery a week ago and still have back pain I am a dental assistant. When is it safe to return to work.?
Still too early: Your surgeon should really advise you. However, with open abdominal surgery we generally advise at least 6 weeks avoidance of significant use of the abdominal muscles so that they can heal well. As a dental assistant you undoubtedly have to stand and bend over for significant time periods - not great right now. ...Read more
Had gallbladder removal 2 weeks ago. Had black pigment gallstones. Prior to surgery had back pain right upper side. Yesterday and today pain is back?
Inflamed gallbladder. Hida scan shows 29%. No gallstones. Symptoms are not severe, minor back pain, nausea, elevated pancreas levels (301), acid reflux. Any other option besides surgery? If so, what?
Yes: The best and most simple answer is yes, but within reason and for a reasonable amount of time. ...Read more
I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now I have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?
See your surgeon: back pain after gallbladder surgery make us worry about the pancreas, could be a simple problem from sleeping more and laying on the bad mattress more than usual, but I will check with my surgeon, let them know about how you feel, if you are my patient, I want to know. ...Read more
What could cause reaccuring severe diarrhea back pain on the right side under my shoulder bone? Just had gall bladder surgery 8 weeks ago.
See doctor: There are a few things that can cause this. You should speak with your surgeon. ...Read more
I just had open gallbladder surgery yesterday. Why is my right shoulder and back hurting? The pain is awful. I can't find a comfortable position
Open surgery: Open gallbladder surgery is a fairly major surgery with a lot of pain. It seems unusual that you had major open surgery only yesterday and asking about pain the next day. Significant pain is expected with open surgery and most patients stay in the hospital for a few days after major open abdominal surgery. Contact your surgeon for pain management medications. ...Read more
a week after gallbladder surgery I'm still getting pain under my ribcage and in my back, how long does this go on for?
1-2 weeks: It depends on how bad the inflammation, bleeding was, laparoscopic or not?, Still, in most cases you will go home in 1 -2 days, be in pain the first week, sore the second and then return to activities the 3rd or 4th week. I know a surgeon who had it out and was back at work the next day. Depends on how u deal with pain. ...Read more
Good afternoon, I had a gallbladder surgery 3 months back and sudden I keep feeling dizy and loosing my balance and have headaces. What van it be, it started like 3 to 4 weeks back.
Not the operation: It should not be due to the recent surgery. Look for other causes. ...Read more
Shoulder pain: Not common, but it does happen if the diaphragmatic nerves are irritated and there is referred pain to the posterior shoulder. ...Read more
Although we do the same operation on everyone for gallbladder disease, everyone reacts to it differently.
Some of my patients are back to normal within a day or two, but others are incapacitated for 6 wks or more.
Therefore, unfortunately, there is no way to answer your question with any certainty. ...Read more
My father had lap gallbladder surgery back in october. I just pulled what looks to be 3 surgical clips from one of the wounds. Is that possible?
Yes possible: Some times clips, and stitches, can extrude through site of port entry wound especially that were placed near abdominal wall, its purpose is done. Speak to the surgeon for assurance ...Read more
I recently had gallbladder surgery and I started my period Mon. Ever since then, the symptoms I had before surgery have started back up. Is that normal?
Here are some...: Sorry to hear the return of gallbladder-like symptom, which might not be related with menstrual cycle, since anatomically, functionally, and hormonally, they obviously differ. So, go back to have the surgeon give a timely evaluation. To get the detailed thing done correctly, follow instructions in http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby you gain insight on how to. .. so to reach Dx.. ...Read more
Post gallbladder surgery 6 months ago; can't gain weight back, have dark green stool all the time, low back/stomach pain...EGD/Colon neg. Any ideas?
Post- cholecystectomy syndrome affects 5-40% of the population.
https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Postcholecystectomy_syndrome
For diarrhea can use Questran, cholestyramine a bile acid sequestrant.. Avoid fatty foods. Consider breath test to evaluate for bacterial overgrowth and amylase/ lipase to check pancreas function. Discuss nerve/ sphincter of oddi / retained stone issues w/ GI doc ...Read more
My wife had a laproscopic surgery 1 month before after she was diagonosed gall bladder stones. After the surgery she has started a back ache. Plz help?
See your surgeon: It depends on how long ago the surgery was. There can be some temporary muscle aches in the back early after surgery. Later pains could be from pancreas, rarely from retained bile duct stone, or other possibilities. Needs a physical exam with your doctor or your surgeon. ...Read more
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery on 5/2/16.Still experiencing pain in R. side, R.back under shoulder blade, lower R.abdomen too. What would cause this?
Be checked soon...: What you have experienced in pain would have no easy way out, but a systemic approach would help as described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Besides, peruse and understand other related articles in What to Do at Feeling Sick? And those in Basics of Self-Care; that will help. ...Read more
Post gallbladder surgery done 3 weeks ago and now have nausea, burning in upper right stomach and pain wraps around to the back, weak, diarrhea, nause?
Needs to see surgeon: The patient needs to alert her surgeon who may decide to measure her over function tests and do an ultrasound of the abdomen to see if she has any fluid collections. ...Read more
Sludge on us, high chol., high ldl, hida 40%, back and abdominal pain, green stool. Is gallbladder surgery an option if hida is 40%?
Depends: Most times surgery is considered if the gallbladder function is less than 30%-35%. It would be quite possible that having gallbladder surgery, for you, may offer no benefit ; could make your symptoms worse with more food intolerance, indigestion, diarrhea, etc. Be very cautious in considering surgery that could have no benefit for you. ...Read more
Depends: I do not know how long ago your surgery was. The first few weeks after gallbladder surgery there may be some gas and bloating or discomfort, possibly worse after eating fatty foods. That usually resolves. If pain is late after surgery recovery, may need to see your doctor. If the pain is getting severe and associated with nausea or vomiting early after surgery, then call and see your surgeon asap. ...Read more
Light colored, loose and chunky stools along with lower right side rib cage pain after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago. Normal?
Yes: Your stools may take time to adjust to a new normal after gallbladder surgery, as you no longer have the bile salts being secreted into the intestine to assist with digestion. As for the R-sided rib pain in the area of the surgery, it is not uncommon to have some residual soreness from the procedure itself. If redness, fever, distention in setting of the soreness would prompt more urgent check-up. ...Read more
Trial and error diet: While many patients have no GI symptoms after cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), some patients may note changes in bowel habits with more frequent stools and irritation. Some patients may have alterations in dietary tolerance, which may change over time. This cannot be predicted prior to cholecystectomy and trial and error of diet is normal. ...Read more
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