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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
i was having very bad gallstone attacks after i had my daughter and i was referred to hospital and i went today,anyway the guy at the hospital said im better off having my gallbladder out and has put me on the waiting list for the operation, has anyone had theres out and how was you after the op, im terrified of having an operation even though its only keyhole surgery, im a wimp lol
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Had mine out via keyhole about 5 years ago, day surgery, sore for a week or two but pain free since and I can eat chips and apples again lol
#2
I'm in the same situation. Are you sure you can't control it via your diet? Cut out fats and all the things that trigger it? I only get pain once a month ish now and that's normally after the bf has persuaded me to get a takeaway or a night out or something!!!!
#3
i suffered with gall stones, i feel for you - ouch
#4
hubby suffered badly with gallstones and last year had keyhole surgery and had his gallbladder removed,he was sore for a week or so but says it was the best thing he ever had done

good luck!
#5
ive not had the pain for over 2months now, i did cut down on fatty stuff when i found out and ive not had it since even when ive had the odd fatty food (i had KFC before lol ) im living in fear of the pain happening again and i really dont want that as the last i had it i went to A&E it was that painful but that was before i found out it was gallstones.
#6
when i went for an ultrasound he said they were small stones which are worse than big ones as they can escape into the duct which causes the pain if one gets stuck.
#7
pink-ka
ive not had the pain for over 2months now, i did cut down on fatty stuff when i found out and ive not had it since even when ive had the odd fatty food (i had KFC before lol ) im living in fear of the pain happening again and i really dont want that as the last i had it i went to A&E it was that painful but that was before i found out it was gallstones.


mine started late pregnancy - thought i was dying at some points, was diagnosed after giving birth, only had one or two attacks just after that, i have got a totally different diet though, i do feel it coming on if i eat something terribly fatty :oops:

recently had many medical tests for something else and they are still there, my lil family of stones ;-)
#8
I still have my TWO stones in a jar lol :w00t:
#9
jellybaby22
exactly the same as I had..... I put off the op for months.....wish i hadnt..the pain when they get stuck is unbearable...actually worse than child birth:-D


i agree, i was dreading givin birth but i didnt find as bad as i thought it was going to be, when i had my first attack it was about half 1 in the mornin and i thought i was having a heart attack as i didnt know what it was, i went to the doctors and he said oh its probably indigestion, but i knew it wasnt as it was to painful, and i kept getting it but it usually went after 20mins but the last time i had it it wouldnt go away and lasted for hours thats when i went to A&E in the middle of the night.
#10
I suffered for 5 years and had mine out in October. Get it done soon, the attacks get worse everytime, I was in hosp in agony that even strong morphine didn't touch and didn't sleep a wink for 6 days before my op.Was sore for a week or 2 but so glad and somehow it's also sorted out my constipation! Now I can eat what I like and my scars are tiny 2 months on.
#11
since ive had my daughter ive had alsorts of aches and pains and problems, its the after effects that have put me off having more kids, id rather go through labour again than all the problems after it lol its meant to be common in pregnancy to get gallstones.
#12
Yes, mine started in my 3rd pregnancy, took 5 years to diagnose though. I was told it was heartburn, indegestion and muscle spasms in my chest wall.I eventually refused to be discharged and they scanned me, they were shocked at how enflammed it was and kept me in until a theatre slot became available. After the op the surgeon said "ah, poor you, you must have been in agony!"
Hope you get sorted, good luck x
1 Like #13
choc1969
I still have my TWO stones in a jar lol :w00t:


LOL...They look like malteasers with the chocolate sucked off.:-D

The keyhole surgery is a doddle, in and out in a day with no pain at all just slightly uncomfortable for a day or two.:thumbsup:
#14
Have the surgery - I suffered with mine for years cos I was afraid of having an operation. When I finally plucked up the courage I was amazed - the tiny holes from the instruments healed over quickly and the pain from the operation was more about the muscles being moved around by the instruments. Don't be afraid - you'll be feeling much better within days - and don't forget to ask them for your gall stones to keep!!
Gail:)
#15
my dad had his gall bladder out recently and he feels so much better now than he has done for months!
good luck with the op, i'm sure you'll feel so much better for it :)
xx
#16
ive never given birth (am a bloke lol) but i've been told stones are more painful than giving birth. Hope the op helps.... heard the pain doesnt last long... "you wont feel a thing"

Good luck :)
1 Like #17
Right, here we go!

I had severe pain in my upper torso for about a year, went to GP many many times and he kept saying it was indigestion, gave me various types of meds, all to no avail. I couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, my pee was like black tea ( pardon for the graphic description ), and I was in despair. I thought " so many people have indigestion, how do they put up with the pain?, or am I just a wimp?"

Eventually it got so bad that I confined myself to bed, I was feverish and in agony, as my body slowly poisoned itself, I turned yellow and had to be admitted to hospital with jaundice.

Once in hospital they did a scan and diagnosed gall stones straight away.........so it wasn't me being a wimp after all....phew! I had to have a catheter fitted and was on large quantities of water only for 5-6 days until my body had flushed out a lot of the toxins, and had an endoscopic removal of the stone blocking my bile duct ( I was still too ill for surgery ). A week or so later I was discharged and went home to rest, on the understanding that once I was fit enough I would go back in for surgery to remove my gall bladder.

About 3 months later I went back in for keyhole surgery, the theatre staff were telling me it would be a straightforward job and I'd be home the next day. When I came round after I knew something was wrong, apparently when they had put the camera inside they found my gall bladder was adhered to my liver with all sort of fibrous gunk, so had to open me up to get to my liver and cut the gall bladder off it. Went home after 2 weeks and back to work after 3 months.

I have a lovely foot long scar across my chest now, that I tell folk that stare is a shark bite :-D

The upshot of it all is that to get rid of that horrid, horrid pain I used to have I would do it all again. Being without the pain is the best thing ever :-D

A bit of a horror story I know, I guess I was one of the unlucky ones, and I'm sure yours will go fine :-D
#18
MrGrumpyman
Right, here we go!

I had severe pain in my upper torso for about a year, went to GP many many times and he kept saying it was indegestion, gave me various types of meds, all to no avail. I couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, my pee was like black tea ( pardon for the graphic description ), and I was in despair. I thought " so many people have indegestion, how do they put up with the pain?, or am I just a wimp?"

Eventually it got so bad that I confined myself to bed, I was feverish and in agony, as my body slowly poisoned itself, I turned yellow and had to be admitted to hospital with jaundice.

Once in hospital they did a scan and diagnosed gall stones straight away.........so it wasn't me being a wimp after all....phew! I had to have a catheter fitted and was on large quantities of water only for 5-6 days until my body had flushed out a lot of the toxins, and had an endoscopic removal of the stone blocking my bile duct ( I was still too ill for surgery ). A week or so later I was discherged and went home to rest, on the understanding that once I was fit enough I would go back in for surgery to remove my gall bladder.

About 3 months later I went back in for kehole surgery, the theatre staff were telling me it would be a straightforward job and I'd be home the next day. When I came round after I knew something was wrong, apparently when they had put the camera inside they found my gall bladder was adhered to my liver with all sort of fibrous gunk, so had to open me up to get to my liver and cut the gall bladder off it. Went home after 2 weeks and back to work after 3 months.

I have a lovely foot long scar across my chest now, that I tell folk that stare is a shark bite :-D

The upshot of it all is that to get rid of that horrid, horrid pain I used to have I would do it all again. Being without the pain is the best thing ever :-D

A bit of a horror story I know, I guess I was one of the unlucky ones, and I'm sure yours will go fine :-D


what a story! bet the shark bite story goes down well :)
#19
MrGrumpyman
Right, here we go!

I had severe pain in my upper torso for about a year, went to GP many many times and he kept saying it was indegestion, gave me various types of meds, all to no avail. I couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, my pee was like black tea ( pardon for the graphic description ), and I was in despair. I thought " so many people have indegestion, how do they put up with the pain?, or am I just a wimp?"

:-D


Glad you better now, but i would seriously think about changing doctor after that
#20
Bully
Glad you better now, but i would seriously think about changing doctor after that


LOL, I moved :-D
#21
Gall stones can be dangerous or so I was told as they can block the bile duct and effect your liver as what happened to MrG.

I had mine removed about 3 years ago and its deffinatly the best move i made. I'd had my son less than a year before my first attack so labour was still fairly fresh in my mind and this pain was WAAAAAAAAAY worse!!!

Getting it removed hurt alot less than the pain of an attack. I was fine after a few days stiches removed after a week and never looked back.
#22
never had gallstones luckily but this has scared the crap out of me im pregnant so i hope to god i dont get them especially if its worse than childbirth!!
good luck op,hope the wait is not too long 4 u,and i know what u mean about being scared of ops i have only had one and that was a c-section and i thought i was dying lol

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