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Had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago, is it normal to still have 'attacks'?

Had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago, is it normal to still have 'attacks'?

Something else: There are several other conditions that can be similar to your previous gallbladder attacks, bile reflux, ulcers, spasms of esophagus, hernia, GERD and more. EGD may and TECH HIDA may help you. Bile binder such as questran (cholestyramine) is a simple first test. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Gallbladder (Definition)

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


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I had my gallbladder removed ten years ago, could problems arise from that still?

I had my gallbladder removed ten years ago, could problems arise from that still?

Not from GB,: Once the gallbladder is out it is not the problem. It is possible to form stones in the common bile duct (primary gallstones) but this is rare. Complications from survey, like duct stricture causing jaundice, are possible months after surgery but not usually years later. ...Read more

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I still have fatty diarea I had my gallbladder removed over 2 weeks ago. When should it stop and when should I seek help?

I still have fatty diarea I had my gallbladder removed over 2 weeks ago. When should it stop and when should I seek help?

A month or two: You can have diarrhea after a fatty meal when the gallbladder has been removed. This should resolve as the body adjusts to not having a gallbladder, a few months at most. If still having symptoms after that time interval would see your internist. ...Read more

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Iv had my gallbladder removed but still get pain like I did when it was still there. No scans are confirming what's causing it. Please help?

Iv had my gallbladder removed but still get pain like I did when it was still there. No scans are confirming what's causing it. Please help?

See GI Doctor: Postcholecystectomy syndrome is the persistence or return of RUQ abd pain following gallbladder removal. This is due to non-biliary causes (irritable bowel, ulcer dz, gerd, etc), organic biliary dz (common duct stones/stricture/cancer), or functional biliary disease (sphincter of oddi dysfunction). I advise GI work up to include
labs, ultrasound+/-ercp, depending on above results. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder removed in 2013. I still get pain in my side as if my gallbladder is still there but the pain is not as bad. What could this be?

I had gallbladder removed in 2013. I still get pain in my side as if my gallbladder is still there but the pain is not as bad. What could this be?

GB pain?: When does the pain occur? Immediately or about an hour after eating greasy food? Did the pain start recently or was it present short after your operation and didn't resolve? It can be a retained gall stone or a primary biliary stone, or gastritis or peptic ulcer. Better go check with the surgeon who operated on you. ...Read more

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I was told 3 years ago that I needed my gallbladder removed soon. I still haven't had it removed but I need to know how long I can go before danger.

I was told 3 years ago that I needed my gallbladder removed soon. I still haven't had it removed but I need to know how long I can go before danger.

Having Attcks??????: If you are asymptomatic and not having bouts of cholecystitis then leave it alone.
Just because cholelithiasis (stones) doesn't mean you need to have a cholecystectomy, unless you are diabetic ...Read more

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I would like to take Alli but I have had my gallbladder removed. Can I still use it?

Yes, Alli is a drug: That works by blocking the action of a fat digesting enzyme called lipase. Lipase is made in the pancreas, so previous gallbladder removal will have no effect. The side effects also remain the same: greasy stools diarrhea, soiling, vitamin absorption problems. This is, because fat stays in the stool instead of being absorbed from the intestine. And weight loss is modest. ...Read more

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After gallbladder removed, I still have discomfort on left side by the top of the colon, why?

Recovery support: Constipation in recovery is very common and causes multiple abdominal complaints/symptoms. Use laxatives to get your bowels moving, twice daily. Check out bowel regimens. Okay to discuss with your surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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Just had my gallbladder removed about a month ago should I still be having nausea and gagging?

Just had my gallbladder removed about a month ago should I still be having nausea and gagging?

Not unusual: To have a bit of gallbladder attack-like symptoms for a month or so after surgery. It takes a while for your bile system to adjust to absence of storage organ. If it persists, consult with your surgeon or GI specialist. And make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Had my gallbladder removed mon., it is now sat., still feeling nausea. How long before nausea goes away?

Had my gallbladder removed mon., it is now sat., still feeling nausea. How long before nausea goes away?

Up to 2 weeks: In general, after your gallbladder is removed it may take as long as two weeks for things to get back to normal. You should also make sure that any pain medicine you take is not the culprit for your nausea as narcotics can also cause nausea. ...Read more

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Got my gallbladder removed yesterday. Prescribed 2 percoset 5/325 every 4H.Still in Agony pain. What should I do? Pain med isn't helping.

Got my gallbladder removed yesterday. Prescribed 2 percoset 5/325 every 4H.Still in Agony pain. What should I do? Pain med isn't helping.

Call your surgeon: In the case of severe pain right after a surgery, you should call your surgeon and discuss it. They may want to see you to make sure everything is healing well and there are no complications. If this is not an option, please go to the ER to be checked. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago, ever since then I've been having "attacks" still but on my left side & worse when I'm constipated???

I had my gallbladder removed about a month ago, ever since then I've been having "attacks" still but on my left side & worse when I'm constipated???

Do you have IBS: What was the reason you had to have your GB removed if it was stone or not working well
patient will sometime continue to have problems after GB surgery either the body still adjusting or the GB was not the only problem
you might have IBS you need to eat multiple small meals avoid greasy food and spicy food and keep bowel regular and exercise by walking and minimize stress as much as you can ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 1 week ago today. I still sleep a lot and get very winded if I stand for more than 5 minutes at a time. Is this normal?

I had my gallbladder removed 1 week ago today. I still sleep a lot and get very winded if I stand for more than 5 minutes at a time. Is this normal?

Deep breaths: After abdominal surgery sometimes it's hard take a deep breath -it can cause lung collapse, or pneumonia. I recommend taking deep breath and hold him as long as you can, to promote some coughing every hours. If you notice fevers or chills, notify your doctor immediately. Walk more, and check for swelling in legs (blood clots in lungs can do this too) ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed on Monday. It was only working @ 22%. I am still having spasms under right rib cage. Could this be something more serious?

I had my gallbladder removed on Monday. It was only working @ 22%. I am still having spasms under right rib cage. Could this be something more serious?

Too soon: It is too soon to tell if your pain is related to surgery or to other digestive problems. Stay on light diet, keep your vowel moving, and make sure that you are well hydrated. With dysfunctional gallbladder you do have 30-40% that you might have other digestive problems. ...Read more

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Been experiencing nausea for a month. Had gallbladder removed in March and still have pain. Could this be a new problem or my body still healing.?

Been experiencing nausea for a month. Had gallbladder removed in March and still have pain. Could this be a new problem or my body still healing.?

May be different: 3 months after removal of your gallbladder, your symptoms may be due to something else. See your doctor for a complete re-evaluation which may include additional tests such as labs, ultrasound and/or CT scan, or referral to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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After my gallbladder removed can I still drink alcohol?

After my gallbladder removed can I still drink alcohol?

I don't think: Alcohol in moderate amounts will be harmful after cholecystectomy, unless you have other conditions. Consult your surgeon just to make sure. ...Read more

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Why am I still having sharp pain in my lower right side of my abdomen? Also I had my gallbladder removed back in april of this year 2013

Why am I still having sharp pain in my lower right side of my abdomen? Also I had my gallbladder removed back in april of this year 2013

Gallbladder surgery: It's common to have pain even months after where you had surgery. This could be from the scar or muscles underneath that were cut into. Nevertheless, you should get a followup to make sure there's nothing else going on inside. ...Read more

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I'm 5 days post-op from having my gallbladder removed laparoscopically. I still have extreme bloating and discomfort, but not much pain. Is this normal?

I'm 5 days post-op from having my gallbladder removed laparoscopically. I still have extreme bloating and discomfort, but not much pain. Is this normal?

Bloating post op: Likely, all instilled air is gone. I suspect you have slowed intestinal motility still. Be sure you are not backed up. Eat small portions, small meals, small bites. Walk twicw daily. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 1/9/15. Yesterday I had pizza, Chinese food, coffee and donuts. I woke up last night at 11 with mild pain I still have it?

I had my gallbladder removed 1/9/15. Yesterday I had pizza, Chinese food, coffee and donuts. I woke up last night at 11 with mild pain I still have it?

The Gall of it All: High fat consumption after gallbladder surgery shouldn't be a major issue, however bile excreted directly into the intestine on a regular basis, now that the gallbladder is missing, is sometimes the cause of bloating, cramping and diarrhea in some. There is an adjustment period to this change in overall function but if it persists despite your dietary intake seek evaluation with your surgeon ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pseudocysts even after 6mths from having serious pancreatitis from ercp, gallbladder removed 2mths ago, still having pain?

Is it normal to still have pseudocysts even after 6mths from having serious pancreatitis from ercp, gallbladder removed 2mths ago, still having pain?

Probably not...: Its probable that your pancreatitis predated the ercp, & that the exam was performed to better characterize the disease. Ercp-associated pancreatitis seldom causes chronic pancreatitis, which sounds like what you describe. If this is indeed the case, talk to your doctor (who best knows your history & risks) about your next course of action. Please of course avoid any alcohol intake. Good luck to u. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder removed back in march. One of the incisions is still not healed and has a hard grape size lump under it. What could it be?

Had gallbladder removed back in march. One of the incisions is still not healed and has a hard grape size lump under it. What could it be?

Depends: Which of the incisions is involved? Need to see your surgeon. Could be a suture reaction, late wound infection is uncommon, very rare to have retained gskkstone under the skin, etc. Needs evaluation with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed a year ago and still get attacks 30-40 min after I eat. I have lost 51pounds. My liver enzymes are w around 200.

I had my gallbladder removed a year ago and still get attacks 30-40 min after I eat. I have lost 51pounds. My liver enzymes are w around 200.

Here are some....: How soon after gallbladder removal have you experienced recurrent pain after eating? By number alone, the implicated enzyme seems elevated, but without units and reference range, I would say it for sure. If high, have your doctor ever consider possible common bile duct obstruction - mostly commonly by stone. To get done correctly, follow instructions in to https://ebettercare. Com/feel-become-sick/ ...Read more

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My daughter had her gallbladder removed years ago but she is still having pains like before it was removed. ..Sharp pains in upper abdomen. Why?

Why the pain?: Usually, when the problem is the gallbladder, removing the gallbladder removes the pain. There are other causes of upper abdominal pain. Some are related to the bile tract and some are not, but a new workup is in order. While the pain may be the same, the cause may be from the same area or it may be a new problem. Hopefully, further testing can sort it out. ...Read more

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Had gallbladder removed 2 wks ago rib gt accidentally broke I am still having severe pain in abdomen & back I feel worse now then b4 surgery. Why?

Had gallbladder removed 2 wks ago rib gt accidentally broke I am still having severe pain in abdomen & back I feel worse now then b4 surgery. Why?

Gallbladder helps: Break down fats. W/out it some folks have GI symptoms. Diagnostechs lab in Washington state has a good GI lab panel or your doc can do more conventional tests. Please see doc who may refer you to a gastroenterologist. You may need to supplement w/digestive enzymes. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed by laparoscopy 3 days ago. One of my steri strips have already came off and I am still having pain as before surgery.

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I had my gallbladder removed by laparoscopy 3 days ago. One of my steri strips have already came off and I am still having pain as before surgery.

Pain as before: There is a variety of causes. One is a retained stone, another is peptic ulcer, another is undetected bile duct injury. Recommend you go back to the surgeon who operated on you ASAP. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more