I am on day 7 of getting rushed into emergency surgery to remove my gall bladder. They weren't sure at the start what my excusiating pain was that was coming from the right side of my stomach and back as I have also had the gastric banding done 7 years ago and not having had much problems with it made me very worried. I ended up having an X-ray and highly dosed up on pain meds nearly threw up during it and then did throw up all this black bile after it. Soon they told me its my gall bladder and my white counts up so I've got an infection. they told me my gall bladder was extremely infected and dead and were surprised I had no other symptoms before. I was also told I needed to be careful of the infection spreading to the banding so they forced me up on antibiotics till they sent me home with no pain killers as I had a little hallucination during the taking of Endos. If I'd know that I was going to be put on ibruffen instead after that I wouldn't have told anyone about the smoke coming out of the walls! I was told by a friends it's only happening cos my breathing was slower and if I'd have been told to take some deep breaths I would have been fine! Instead I was in agony for 24 hours before they kicked me out just over 24 hours later. at this stage I haven't had a BM for 8 days as I usually go every 4-5 days anyway but due to this surgery it's been 7 days now and no signs except gas. I'm feeling bloated and in pain due to that and the op. I got home and I was getting worried by days 8 that there's no BM so I took Sachets of Molvicol, Coloxyl, Artilax liquid, ate apples, dates, drank prune juice, light meals, lol lies, chocolate! Anything that would start it. Well within 24 hours it started and it was an hour long painful and excusiating poo that felt like it got stuck and I couldn't leave the toilet. I had to lie down as I thought I was going to pass out. I tried again hours later and again the same thing happened but this time I tried the Movilax enema. It was so painful I think the hospitals should warn u and give u something straight up for this cos my pain was as bad as the op and the gall bladder gave me! I went to bed and over the next 12-24 hours I was in bad pain again I did the enema and more came out but my rectum felt so sore and stretched it was bleeding. After 2 days of this it started to finally get softer but that didn't help either cos it came out a little bit at a time and every time gas came out it killed too. My advice for any op that involves u to take pain killers to get on something asap. We should demand an enema before we leave to! I'm on day 10 now and I know it's not over but I'm still taking stuff every 5 hours to keep it soft and hope that the worst is over!! I also don't know if anyone has had this problem but I woke up today feeling ok after I took my pain killers, antibiotics and stool softener until I ate a handful of plain potato chips and 2 chocolate snack treats. About half hour later the pain came back to it greatest moment and I again couldn't get comfortable. I tried water, cold air, asthma meds cos my breathing went funny and I had a shower. Nothing continued to stop the pain around my gall bladder and back. Out of desperation I tried a glass of milk which seemed to ease it surprisingly. So I don't know what happened but I nearly called the Ambo again but it stopped. My gf said after her gall bladder removal she can't take codeine anymore so maybe it was that but I have taken it again and so far no pain! Good luck guys and I'm not sure about the banding I have had all the fluid taken out of it the day before my op cos they said if the pain went away it would be that but it wasn't and now I'm crossing my fingers that the infection hasn't gone to that or I will apparently have to have it out!! I won't be happy then!
Drink water yep but seriously everyone's different but if u go past 5 days without BM take whatever u can get your hands on without being sick.