I never had any of this checked out by a professional until last year, where my doctor stuck me on a week's worth of Protonix and told me if my problems didn't disappear within a week, I'd be a perfect candidate to have a camera shoved down my throat to check out what was going on. I lost my insurance and never went back for a check-up, and my problems never stopped.
So, two weeks ago, my stomach pains got so bad my mother forced me to go to the ER. I could barely move.. I'd been hunched over in pain for days and didn't eat anything.
I got to the ER and my doctor started pushing on my stomach, and as soon as he pushed down on the top part of my stomach and over to the right a bit, the pain was so awful I passed out on the exam table. The quickly admitted me and stuck me in a private room with an IV full of Demerol and Fenegrin. After that they took several blood tests, all coming back negative for whatever they tested for..
Then i went for a CT scan, then an Ultrasound.. Then a hia-something where they put "radioactive" material through my IV and watched it pass through my liver and gallbladder. (That was a VERY painful test.)
The next day they told me my ultrasound came back with sign of an inflammed and infected colon and gallbladder.. And they put me on a 5 day's dose of Levaquin and some Percocets and sent me home.
I had another appointment with a surgeon 5 days later, where they decided to put me into surgery to have my gallbladder removed. They didn't even know for SURE if it WAS my gallbladder, since they found nothing but "sludge" in my gallbladder.
But, they did tell me my gallbladder just wasn't working. It was completely dead, so, hey, let's take it out!
After the meds and everything, my pain barely subsided..
Then surgery day came.. I was in the outpatient surgery for a total of 4 hours. I was sent home two hours after the surgery.
I did NOT expect the pain to be so bad.. I couldn't breathe without screaming out in pain. It seemed like my stomach was tensing up and hurting so badly I couldn't even breathe to relax it, so the pain got worse. I had to take double-dose of my Percocets just to get comfortable enough to stop crying.
It's now day 6. I still can't walk without holding onto someone or something, I can't roll out of bed without screaming from the pain, and I can't sleep because as soon as the pain meds leave my system I'm up and moving around to try to get rid of it.
I'm scared to call my doc back, in fear he'll tell me it's just gas bubbles and I need to move around more. I mean, could this pain BE gas bubbles? There's a peach-sized lump to the right of my top incision that's really painful to the touch, and as a whole, my only pain is on my right side where the two other incisions are.
My shoulder pain finally subsided a little bit, but now my back is stiff from not being able to stretch it out..
The swelling was so bad on my stomach I HAVE STRETCH MARKS!
I'm having a very hard time breathing. You know how you lose your breath a bit, and you just need to take a slightly deeper breath in to get the extra oxygen? I can't do that unless I position myself just right, hold onto something and try to not scream from the pain. It literally feels like something is going to explode in my stomach if I'm not incredibly careful.
I wasn't sent home with any aftercare instructions aside from eat bland for a few days, and I should be fine by the 5th day. I honestly feel as bad as I did the day after.
It took 4 days after the surgery to have a bowel movement, and before that, I had one, two days prior to surgery. It hurt so badly. Even trying to pee was painful because you have to relax your muscles in order to do so, and it felt like something was tugging really hard on a very sensitive area.
I just think something is terribly wrong here.. And I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues like this before.. And what the c**p should I do? Because I know if I go back to the hospital they're just going to say it's probably gas pockets and they'll go away.. And I don't want to pay a ton of money for them to tell me a load of nonsense.
Has ANYONE had similar issues??
Just today 2/24, she is experiencing a great deal of pain. She has been taking it easy but the pain got so bad my wife just took her to the hospital. Within the last couple days there has been the pain and to my knowledge some vomiting. Not sure what else though (my wife is with her now).
If anyone can shed light on this, I'd appreciate it. I know its in the Doctors hands but I'd just like to know whats going on or maybe what we can expect next.
You pain could be your liver leaking bile into your body. This is what happened to me after my gallbladder was removed. My lung collapsed. Go back to the ER!!!! I had to have the leaked fixed with another easy procedure called ERCP.
This pain from the bile leak was worse than giving birth. If you have this pain, go back to the hospital!
I just had my gallbladder removed last wednesday 7/16/08. I had laproscopy surgery because I had gallstones. I cant complain I dont have any pain, didnt have much gas pain either. You have to get up and move around.
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so in addition to having pain on the 'wrong" side, i've been a vegetarian for decades & am relatively slender. no explanation has been forthcoming about what caused the disease, altho' my LDL & total cholesterol are rather higher than expected.
the pace of recovery has been maddeningly slow. i have zero energy/stamina & not much ability to concentrate. a one item shopping trip to target exhausts me--leaves me drenched in cold sweat & queasy. my appetite is terrible, with a constant bitter taste in my mouth--guess that's where the "bitter as gall" image came from. mornings are esp. rough--some a.m.s i wake up w/diarrhea, which perversely doesn't seem to be linked to fatty foods--i can tolerate ice cream fine, for example (& i go for the high fat good stuff...) i have a friend who thinks that adding supplements, in particular, digestive enzymes, would be a good plan. has anyone had experience w/doing so?
the other "symptom"--or not--is an awful pain inside my right shoulder blade--which i had also experienced before the surgery, but it seems to have intensified significantly--which doesn't make sense! i've seen references to gallbladder disease manifesting thru pain in that area--but mine's gone.
i'm thinking of becoming a poster child for the platform that the gallbladder is NOT a vestigial organ--my body certainly seems to be functioning differently w/o it. any coping tips?
I guess at the point when I went in to the ER there was really no choice of what could be done (my liver, pancreas, and gallbladder had become inflamed) but geez. Also the belly button incision is taking a long time to heal (not healed as of today 12/1). As you probably can tell I'll be going back to the doctor to raise some ruckus.
As far as food goes not much that I can eat. Definitely no fat. I tried a little one day and felt the symptoms of the full blown attack. I actually had to take pain medications to get over this. My diet now consists mainly of broth, oatmeals, couscous, vegetables, and fruit. I find that proteins usually dont sit too well with my stomach either so it's mainly a vegetarian diet. For those who get this operation you should try to stick to a very low fat diet. I find that this works the best. I have read alot of other posts of people saying that they've gained weight but I'm not seeing it. I've lost about 20lbs so far. I wasnt big on carbs and ate no red meat, or fried foods before the surgery.
For anyone considering this surgery try to find some alternatives before you do it.