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Mary Kay

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I am wondering if anyone had their gall bladder removed. If so how was life after?
I have been doctoring with bad stomach attacks since 2006. In the last year I have ended up in the emergency room several times because of bad attacks. I have had tons of tests done with no answer to what is wrong. All of the doctors claim it must be my gall bladder. Now my doctors want to remove it. After reading different forums on the internet I am freaked out about having it out. Is there anyone who can give me insight to how it affected them?
 

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I cant tell u how it is after, but my best friend is having major stomach pains right now for the last 3 months. He has had a bunch of different tests and nothing has shown up. The doctors tell him that the last test is a gall bladder test but he is waiting right now for insurance approval because it is very expensive. He was telling me that if its his gall bladder it will have to be taken out, and the doctors told him that besides having some recovery time he will be ok and back to normal. If it is his gall bladder he will probably be getting the surgery done in the next month. If I hear anymore on it I will post up. Good luck.
 

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My boss just had her gall bladder removed about 5 months ago and she has never felt better... she was experiencing bloating and EXTREME pain almost constantly... she said now after having it removed the pain is gone, she lost a few pounds and is overall happy about her decision. She took about a week off work after the surgery just to relax and re-cooperate but she said by the 3rd day she was bored out of her mind and already felt well enough to move around. She said the most annoying thing was keeping the dissolvable stitches and bandages on for the month or so they needed to dissolve... she complained of them being "itchy" (all part of the healing process) The scars on her stomach were relatively small and healed up well.

I hope this helps... and really any level of life where you aren't in pain is better than being in a ton of pain all the time... we aren't programmed to be in pain constantly and it really takes a toll on our mental state. Hope you feel better MK!!
 

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My wife had hers out a couple of years ago, immediate relief. It did take over a year for her body to adjust to it being gone, it did effect her digestive system and she had to adjust her eating habits, but she is far better off now than before.
 

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I had mine removed two years ago - piece of cake. Before gall bladder removal: constant stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea, even ended up at the emergency room a few times. Suffered like that for 2 to 3 years til the last time I ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks, vomiting every hour by the hour for several days straight - yeah, literally vomiting every hour like that, felt like I was going to turn myself inside out with my rib cage and abdominal muscles sore as heck from all the vomiting, not to mention the lovely nauseating feeling and dangerous dehydration I had going on. I lost about 20 lbs in those two weeks. Anyway, docs didn't know what the heck was going. Cat-scans showed nothing. Gall bladder looked perfectly fine. But after the doc poked his finger right where my gall bladder was and I yelped in pain, they ordered some kind of special gall bladder iodine test that's supposed to tell you if you're gall bladder is working. Mine was going haywire and not working normally at all according to the test. They took it out two days later, and I've been fine ever since.

Recovery from the surgery itself wasn't bad at all. It's laporoscopic, so they no longer need to cut a big gash in your abdomen to take it out. Probably the worst thing for me was getting over the effects of anesthesia more than anything. Second worse thing was the fact that I was already very weak from all the vomiting, dehydration and weight loss those last two weeks. Third worse thing was that I couldn't lay down flat the first few nights because of the surgical cuts, but after about a week, I could lay down flat with no problem. I'd say I was back to normal within two months, even able to do light situps.

Hope this helps and good luck.
 

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My father-in-law had his removed last year. The mistake he made was waiting to long to have it done. He had an infection (which forced him to have the procedure done)and that made the recovery time a lot longer. Now that it's done he only has digestive problems if he has too much dairy products (Ice Cream). But it's way better than the stomach pains he had before.
 

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Oh, and you're not supposed to eat anything with lots of fat after they take out your gall bladder. Every once in awhile I'll eat something fattening, like greasy fries or fried food. Sometimes I end up with a stomach ache and sometimes I'm fine, but I don't do it that often just in case. Other than that, I can pretty much eat anything I want with no problems. My guess is that each person's different, though, so you'll probably have to see what kind of diet works for you if you get yours taken out.
 

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Same for my mom - Immediate relief. She had it out in 93 or so. I can't imagine what life would have been like for her if she had kept going with the pain rather than have the surgery.
 

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Had mine out 2 years ago. Got so bad, it almost burst. Spent 4 or 5 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. Was back at work the next week. I have four little scars where they made the incisions. You will be sensitive to fats and fried foods, but it gets better with time. Real butter and olive oil do not bother me, but foods fried in transfats and other vegetable type oils do. You will most likely have to make some changes in your diet. You will not be sorry you had it done.
 

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I got mine taken out as well. It was part of a larger surgery including putting in a liver pump for chemotherapy. I never noticed any adverse effects from the removal of the gallbladder. That may be due to all the other effects from chemo and other treatments I have gone through over the past year. Now that I'm done (for now, hopefully no more treatment) I can eat whatever I want, just had a double double and fries for lunch, its all good. So get as much information as you can from your surgeon, insist on asking as many questions that you need to feel like you are comfortable with the situation.

I recommend writing down these questions before hand and then talking with the doctor at length. If they grow tired of your questioning then they are not the right surgeon for you.;)
 

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mary kay. if "they" can't seem to isolate your problem, find a specialist who can. make sure if they're going to operate on you, that they know gawddam well what your problem is. your problem could be dealt with using medications to avoid the knife. good luck sweetie. i hope you feel better soon.
 
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