1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email

What is Gallstone Surgery Like?

By April 19, 2006

Follow me on:

Women's Health Forum: "I'm 20 years old and was just diagnosed with gallstones after having my first attack... I need to have my gall bladder removed but I'm very nervous! I was just wondering if anyone else has had this procedure and how it went for you." Share your gallstone surgery experience!
Comments
April 24, 2006 at 12:35 pm
(1) Emilt says:

My friend had gallstone surgery about a year ago. After her surgery, she had three small scars on her stomach and she sat in a chair for about a week. After that she only felt minor discomfort and she was able to eat and not feel pain like she did before. She is now fully recovered and happy that she had the surgery. (Also, her scars are barely visible.)

April 25, 2006 at 10:07 pm
(2) jan says:

after you have had a gallbladder attack they only get worse (more pain then child birth) the last attack i had i wanted to die. the simple surgery was well worth it. a few small scars, your real sore, a week to lay and sit around, and in 6 weeks your good to go!

April 27, 2006 at 12:18 pm
(3) Deborah says:

My son had his gall bladder removed when he was only 4 years old. He did have pain for about a week, mostly from moving around too much. He was back to normal in under 2 weeks, & never really had to take anything other than tylenol for the pain after leaving the hospital. Trust me the surgery was worth it, after going through extreme pain for over 6 months before being diagnosed. No Dr.s though to check for gall stones in someone so young. About six weeks after sugery his symptoms did return, only to find out he also had kidney stones. He is now 8 and on meds to prevent any more kidney stones, and doing well. Good Luck…

May 19, 2006 at 9:21 pm
(4) Sincerley, scared to death! says:

After hearing of all stories i think i am going to post pond my surgery!

October 27, 2006 at 9:38 am
(5) Brieanne says:

DONT postpone your surgery! I have gallstones as well and was diagnosed after a serious attack. Its best to get them out before more damage is done. My aunt is a nurse and she had them too, but her gallbladder almost exploded form too many stones. The after effects of the surgery far outweigh living with them. Just get it done and over with.

December 14, 2006 at 10:21 pm
(6) Tracey says:

I am scheduled fmy surgery 14 days and I con’t be happier! I had my first attack in feb that sent me to the hosptal in extreme pain.(As a paramedic, I know that sudden persistant abdominal pain is never something to dismiss.)Here it is in dec and I will be out of work for a couple of weeks but it will be worth it not having chronic nausea and pain!

January 6, 2007 at 1:21 am
(7) Pat says:

Started having gall bladder pain in September 06. Not severe, but a surgeon wants to operate. Problem is, I weigh 300 lbs. and surgery would be very risky. I wonder what will happen to me now?

April 1, 2007 at 5:27 pm
(8) Denise says:

My mom is going to have the surgery on April 1, she cant wait till it is done and she has no more pain…..

May 25, 2007 at 8:57 am
(9) Tracey says:

I was recently diagnosed with gallstones and was told that my gallbladder needs to be removed immediately. My doctor reviewed my ultrasound results and explained to me that my gallbladder was “packed” with stones. I am relieved to know that I will be having surgery to have my gallbladder taken out. The pain that I have dealt with is intolerable! I’m so fortunate to be having surgery, and looking forward to no more pain!

May 28, 2007 at 12:22 pm
(10) Catherine says:

Hi i have just been diagnosed with a 2.3cm gal stone and my only option is surgery, which i can’t wait to have as i have 2small children and dealing with the pain&sickness plus medication which makes u drowsy plus work is just gettin to me, iv got my mum around to help as husband away alot, im worried as not sure if i can have keyhole as my gall stone is filling my gall bladder, can any1 give advise on wat surgery i will be getting..

July 9, 2007 at 9:27 am
(11) Merleen says:

I’m a 37 year old single mum and was diagnosed with gallstones in April after suffering 3 days of pain, nausea and by the end of it, yellow eyes and stools that looked like clay. My next attack 3 weeks later saw me in A&E at 4am in the morning. I couldn’t take the pain. I’m now waiting for surgery to remove my gallbladder. I can’t wait – even though I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks and will have to be off for at least 2 weeks, I won’t jeopardise my health for
anything.

August 23, 2007 at 4:36 pm
(12) louise perkins says:

I was diagnosed with gallstones 2 days ago, i have been suffering with pain for over 18months on abd off, the gp kept saying it was IBS so i took buscapan to help relieve the pain however did not work and then two nights ago i was rushed to hospital with pain i could no longer stand. When i got there they did a scan it resulted in being diagnosed with gallstones and am now in the process of waiting for surgery. cant wait as will no longer have discomfort!!!

September 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm
(13) Terri says:

I’m so glad to hear all the comments from other people. I was diagnosed with gallstones 9 days ago. But, have been in pain for about 2 months now my doctor just told me that i will have to have surgery. So now i just have to wait it out until the day comes. I can’t wait but i’m super nervous. Let’s hope i don’t give myself an ulcer worring about my surgery.

October 22, 2007 at 8:59 pm
(14) Angela says:

My mother and I have this problem, My mom don’t have insurance, but I do. I am suffering from this pain since 2003. for a long time didn’t know I have a gall stone, later I found out. I am scare of post operative and the living after that. is it very risky.

January 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm
(15) Lily says:

I am going to have gallbladder surgery tomorrow morning. I have been suffering with pain for a little over a year and can’t wait to get it out. The pain at times is unbearable. Someone described the pain as being worse than childbirth and I have to agree. I thought I was having a heart attack. I’ve spent at least $700 on (7) E/R visits alone because of the severe pain. It will be nice to live pain free again and without constant medication everytime I eat. I believe it is worth it. You need to prepare your body for surgery and that means to exercise, don’t smoke and eat right. You are worth the trouble believe me. After a lifetime of taking care of others, it is time to take care of myself. Consult with a surgeon and research more about the gallbladder surgery. The more informed you are about it, the less scary it will be.

March 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(16) sandy says:

I just had gall bladder surgery ten days ago. I went home the same day and was up and running 2 days after the surgery. The ONLY pains were gas pains–it rolled back and forth all around your abdomen, slight incision pains, and LOSS of stomach muscle. Weird how your body just doesn’t respond to you! I also felt a bit out of it (drugged). I took meds for pain but didn’t need to. It is 10 days later now and I feel totally me now, just tired. I’m 50. I’ve only had 3 attacks in three years.

April 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(17) Jen says:

Had laproscopic surgery 1 week ago and besides being a little sore, it was the best thing that could have happened to me…living with gallbladder attacks for 9 months after having my second child was horrible, especially since I was misdiagnosed for 6 months (told by one dr. I was having back spasms)…I can eat again..everything was making me sick..cheese/nuts/chocolate…so happy I had the surgery!!! Now I can enjoy running around after my two kids instead of worrying when my next attack would come!

April 23, 2008 at 10:47 am
(18) GWEN LEE says:

i just had my gallbladder out a week ago and iam not going to lie the first few days is unbearable maybe becuz iam 46 but it gets better and please if you are having trouble get it taken care of don’t wait for an attack to come becuz it can be worst …..

April 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm
(19) DD says:

I am having my surgery today at 3:30. I am so stressed about it and have been since my attack last week. I am not sure if i Really want this done. I am only 24 and my mom had hers removed at 34 so this is stressing me out. I am a very healthy person. I eat right and work out a lot. I just don’t understand why I have to get this removed. But I know that I do not want the suffering I went through last week to happen again. I pray it goes well. Thanks for all your comments!

Truly,

DD

April 27, 2008 at 11:54 pm
(20) Ashlee says:

I was diagnosed 3 days ago with a gallstone and I’m meeting with my surgeon on May 7th. I’ve been having minor attacks since I was diagnosed, and realized I’ve been having attacks A LOT in the past year. I was on birth control from Feb 07-July 07 and thought that was what was causing my nausea. It turns out I had the gallstone, and birth control can actually cause them!

I’m happy to get it taken care of, but nervous about the after-effects of anesthesia (I hate nausea – don’t ask how I lived with it for a year and didn’t commit myself to an asylum). I’ve been researching and asking friends around here that have had the same thing – they’re all HAPPY they got it taken care of, because now they don’t have nausea and pain anymore.

May 22, 2008 at 12:57 am
(21) Laura says:

Hi, i’m 21 and was diagnosed with gall stones about 3-4 wks ago when i had an attack that took me to hospital i was in so much pain. Then last friday i started getting pain, and come sunday i still had it so back to the hospital! Turns out one of the stones was stuck and my gall bladder was inflamed and infected… so it was out on monday night. Luckily they were able to take it out by keyhole surgery. i was out of hospital yesterday.. and now its thursday i’m feeling pretty good. Well i’m feeling SO MUCH better than all the pain that comes with the attacks. I was so scared of surgery.. but it is really nothing to be worried about.. you are asleep the whole time and cant remember a thing. Of course there are risks.. but they are nothing more scary then the risks of walking down the street.. these people really know what they are doing. Do not put off the surgery.. its only been 3 days and the after is SO MUCH BETTER than the before.

June 5, 2008 at 10:35 pm
(22) Bea says:

I have surgery in a couple of days and am counting the minutes. I started downhill in February; I thought I was having a heart attack. Then, the doc said I had acid reflex and I have been on Previcid ever since. I watch what I eat, have lost weight, and still have the painful attacks. The pain that goes across my right shoulder and back has been unbearable. I know I will feel 100% better after the surgery. I hear recovery is pretty fast, and then maybe I can stop taking the Previcid forever.

August 13, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(23) ahites says:

i just had surgery done yesterday. i was so nervous to get it done. but now that i did it i dont kno why i was so nervous. it was fast, i felt like i was out for only five minutes. i feel good for it being the day after. i can walk around and go where ever. i just cant bend over or drive for like a week. i think the surgery is worth gettin done. you will feel so much better. jus eat slowly and dont go straight for the junk food after wards. you gotta let your body get used to the change.

August 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm
(24) jenn says:

i just found out i have gallstones. there ranging up to 17mm. are those big enough to have surgery?

October 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm
(25) Leigh Kingston says:

Did your surgeon discuss with you the risks of surgery? Is anyone experiencing any side effects after having your gallbladder removed?

November 10, 2008 at 2:36 am
(26) Summer says:

I’m wondering what type of surgery you are talking about? Removing the stones only (but keep the gallbladder) or removing the whole gallbladder? My mom was diagnosed to have gallbladder and was told she can choose either one. Thanks!

November 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm
(27) zakiyyah says:

Hey! been suffering excrutiating pain right in the chest for almost 9 months and were continuously told by my gp that i may have an ulcer, been in and out of hospital all month and then had a usscan which showed gallstones! I have 5 children out of which 1 has downs syndrome, i am so busy i cant even answer my phone! gallstones was the last thing i needed, the pain i have makes me want to die! am now wondering how long its going to take on the n h s for them to perform surgery? i just want my life back, and to be a good mum to my kids, please someone tell me!

November 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(28) amanda says:

wow, for about 2 months now i have had the attacks, not knowing what it was, i have had different doctors tell me different things because i am also now 32 weeks pregnant. come to find out last week they knew what it was and didnt even tell me.. its multiple small gallstones… i dont know what they mean by small, but i cant wait to have the surgery … because these attacks are intolerable and have been happening once a week to 2ce a week, now i know i need to try and cut out the fat..

November 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm
(29) zakiyyah says:

Oh my god!
Just found out today that i have multiple gallstones like you too! I just cant take the pain anymore, especially if i accidently eat the wrong thing, just keep away from eggs and oil coz they are hard to digest. Doctor told me to have surgery straight away, said youre better off without your gallbladder, what im worried about is, where will all the bile go? he said “it will just go directly into the intestines”, but thats not what i heard. Theres lots of co’s and pron’s bout surgery, please find out, coz i am. Hope you have a peaceful pregnancy and all go’s well for you!

November 18, 2008 at 1:16 am
(30) Sarah says:

I’m 19, and had my gall bladder removed 3 weeks ago. My problems started in late July of 2008. The attacks occurred so infrequently and so close to my period that I passed them off as bad PMS induced bloating. They hurt like hell but only lasted a few hours, so I didn’t think it was a big deal. Then sometime in mid-September I had a REALLY bad attack that rendered me incapable of even walking. I don’t remember what I ate to cause it, but I remember waking up at 2 AM with a lot of pain in my stomach. Thinking again that it was a bad case of bloating, I got up, popped a few Gas-X pills, and waited for the pain to subside.

I waited for hours to get better, but it only got worse. It felt like there something huge in my upper abdomen that was trying to burst free. After more time passed, it got even worse. My abdomen felt like it was burning. Then the vomiting spell hit. Anything I had in my stomach was expelled, but the pain did nothing but intensify. By 6 AM I could hardly walk. I couldn’t even stand up straight because of the pain. For the next 5 hours or so I ended up camping out on the living room couch, never getting up unless I had to vomit (and unfortunately, everything I vomited was nasty disgusting bile). Thankfully, I got better by around 2 PM that afternoon.

I visited the doctor a couple days later, and after I explained what happened and he did the “tummy touch” thing, he told me that I probably had gall stones. A week later an ultrasound of my abdomen confirmed it. Between that time and October 20 I had a few more attacks, though none were so severe. It helped that I knew what my problem was, so that when I felt an attack coming on I would drink a couple glasses of water, which really helped lessen the problem.

On October 20th I got hit with yet another major attack. The night before I had made a stupid decision to eat bar-be-que ribs at Chile’s. I paid for it the next morning. I felt the attack coming on somewhere between 5AM and 7 AM. I awoke to a butt load of abdominal pain and burning, and just barely made it out of bed in time to throw up. The pain and vomiting actually lasted like this for over 24 hours. I couldn’t eat or sleep, and moving around was just as hard as the attack I described before. It was so agonizingly painful that I actually called one of my good friends and begged him to bring me some of his pain killers, because I just couldn’t stand it. What worried me most, however, was not so much the pain, but the fact that it lasted so long. Attacks are usually supposed to last for anywhere between an hour to 8 hours on average. I looked it up online, and couldn’t even find a single incident where an attack had lasted for an entire day.

Thankfully, the pain did pass, but not completely. After the first 24 hours, most of the pain had subsided, but I dealt with abdominal discomfort for a day or two afterwards. What was worse was that not only was I in discomfort, I could actually FEEL the swelling of my gall bladder. Up until after the surgery, my side was visibly swollen, and if you felt the area right above the gall bladder, it felt hard. For the rest of the week I couldn’t eat much of anything without causing a minor attack. I lived off small amounts of dry cereal and vegan foods for the rest of the week because they were the foods that gave me the least discomfort. (The upside to this was that I lost between 5-10 lbs. that week. Hooray for weight loss!)

The following Monday I went in and had my gall bladder taken out. They explained what would happen as the prepped me for surgery. It would take 45 mintues at the most, and an additional 30 minutes or so of recoup time. When they got that anesthesia in me, I was out like a lightbulb. One minute I was being helped by nurses to lie on the operating table, and the next I was opening my eyes in the recovery room. The sorest part of my body was my throat. They have to stick a breathing tube down your throat during operation, you see. They also give you a direct injection of pain killers into the abdomen, so you don’t even feel any pain in your gut when you wake up. They gave me crackers to eat, and a soda to drink so that I could have enough food and fluids in my body to take my vicoden.

After I had layed around in the recovery room for close to an hour, they gave me back my clothes and I got dressed. Before they discharge you, you’ll have to urinate so they know that everythings okay. Once I finally managed to get that taken care of (wasn’t easy at first. Apparently anesthesia makes my bladder shy), they let me go.

Some people report feeling pain in their back or shoulders after gall bladder surgery due to the fact that they have to inflate your stomach with air. I didn’t have this problem. I didn’t feel bloated or have any pains related to the air in my stomach. Towards the end of the day the injection of painkiller they gave my stomach finally wore off, but the pain killers they give are MORE than enough to take care of what little pain you’ll have in your abdomen. There was a bit of bloody seepage from my wounds, but that stopped by the middle of day two. My throat remained sore for a few days (partially my fault, as I’m a smoker, and smoking doesn’t help at all). The incisions hurt the most in the morning, because the pain killers always wear off by the time I wake up. Oddly enough, they don’t hurt at all when you lie on your back. It’s when you’re upright when they start to bother you. I can’t stress how little pain you feel when you have those pain killers, though. It took me about 5 days to recover enough to the point where I didn’t need any painkillers at all.

Here’s a few tips you should know before going into surgery:

1.) Some will tell you they went back to work after 2 or 3 days. I myself wasn’t ready to go back to work or school until after a week. Your ability to go back to work depends on how good of a healer you are, and what kind work you’re doing. If you have a job that requires doing any moderate amount of physical labor, or lifting anything over 10 lbs., you might want to request two weeks off work just to be safe. You’re supposed to not do any heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks. If you feel that’s too much time, or you need the work, then take off one week of work, but make sure you get a doctor’s note to your supervisor as soon as possible to let them know that you absolutely CAN’T do any lifting over 10 lbs. Trust me, I spent four hours at work just shifting heavy stuff around (not actually picking it up), and I ended up really sore and wishing for a vicoden at the end of my shift. Do not push yourself.

2.) Keep low-fat and high-fiber foods handy for after the sugery. The painkillers usually cause constipation, and trying to have a bowel movement while your abdomen still has a bunch of sore incisions is just not comfortable.

3.) Don’t rush the removal of your badanges. If you had the outpatient key hole surgery like I did, you’ll end up with internal stiches, and surgical tape over your incisions. The doctors will tell you they’ll start coming off within a week, but mine took up to three weeks to come off. It would have taken longer had I not have started tugging on them. By week two, if they haven’t gotten loose around the edges, carefully loosen just the edges, so that when you take showers the water can get in there and help loosen them up more. A little rubbing alchohol on the tape can help too, just make sure you don’t get it in your cuts, because it’ll hurt like hell.

—–HERE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART———

The biggest question everyone who’s considering gall bladder surgery has, is whether or not it works. Everyone has different experiences, and from mine, I can attest to the fact that it is most definitely worth it, and it does work. If you’ve had multiple attacks, there’s no point in keeping the gall bladder. Some may tell you that you can flush out stones by natural means (usually by drinking large amounts of some kind of oil). While you can flush a few stones out this way, you can’t flush them all out this way, and your problem will eventually come back. As for the dissolution therapy – it’s not a guaranteed fix, and the problem comes back over 50% of the time. It’s also far more expensive and takes way more time than the surgery. You’re best bet if you’ve had more than one attack is to have your gall bladder removed.

By day 2 of my recovery I was already eating pizza without any negative repurcussions. Today I chowed down on a nice high-fat, high-calorie meal of 2 Jr. Hamburgers, fries, and a small frosty from Wendy’s. The only side-effect I’ve had so far is the occasional case of “the runs” when I eat too much high-fat food (and it’s still a very rare occurance). It was a small price to pay for removing what was the primary cause of my agony. I’m glad I did it.

November 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm
(31) zakiyyah says:

Hey! thanks so much for your info! am twice your age and have exactly the same symptoms as you, only difference is that i have a lesion somewhere in my gallbladder which is leaking, am still waiting a surgery date but am scared to death at the same time aswell! i really need to get this gallbladder out before i lose everyone who ever loved me, my pain is so bad that i block out all friends relations and anyone close to me out for weeks on end, simply because the pain just doesnt go away. Ive suffered for 8 agonizing months, lost weight and look half my size, pale, and people can tell something is wrong with me! im not the bubbly person i used to be, im so scared of having surgery, but then again i just want to be pain free. My pain can last up to 14 hours, and believe me when i say it is CHRONIC!! yet despite going into hospital 5 times last month, doctors still failed to tell me i had gallstones, until i had an endoscopy last week! How long did your appt for surgery take? im so happy for you and hope it all works out well for you!

November 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm
(32) Annette says:

Over the past 6 months I have been reading up on people’s personal experience with gallstones and/or surgery. I had two bad attacks this year and was told I would have to have surgery to remove the stones. So to make my struggles a little more easier, I was trying to be cautious about the foods that were best for me to eat. Doing this was a good choice as I only rarely experience a slight “something-something” in the gallbladder area when I ate. This changing of my eating habits helped a lot! Truthfully, I was trying to avoid surgery for as long as I could. So after a few months, I would slip in a little bit of something that I wasn’t suppose to eat and did ok. Believe it or not, in the past three months I have had no symptoms or signs of pain or discomfort. I recall having a bowel movement that that left me with a feeling of heavenly comfort…as if I had a new inside. It was different from any other BM I had ever had…not painful, but it was very involved, if that makes any sense. I think I was dreading surgery so much that I prayed those stones out of my gallbladder. Only two were visible on the sonogram but they were thinking there may have been more. I say this just to let everyone suffering from gallstones that it is possible to pass these and eliminate having the dreaded surgery. Since that bathroom episode, I have virtually eaten every greasy and fattening thing that brings me happiness. Too, I know they can come back so I am very careful to limit my weekly intake of those anti-gallstone foods. still, I will keep you posted.

December 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm
(33) Jeanette says:

Was diagnosed with “silent” gall stones about a year ago. There was no point in doing anything as I had no symptoms. Till 3 weeks ago when the first attack hit. The pain was horrific. I meet with the surgeon in 3 days and will have surgery soon thereafter. I was stupid enough to eat a BBQ burger and fries yesterday and my abdomen lit up like it was on fire. Trust me when I say surgery can’t come soon enough. Good luck to all.

December 3, 2008 at 8:19 am
(34) Laura says:

I had mine out yesterday! So glad I had it done. I spent most of the day sleeping and taking Vicodin. I had major shoulder pain from the gas, but it went away after about 10 hours. I kept a heating pad on my shoulder in bed which helped a lot.

December 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(35) Donnie says:

I guess everyone is different. Some people experience all of the symptoms and others not any. I have had people tell me that gall bladder surgery is a breeze. Although I am not apprehensive about it, any surgery is potentially serious. I am scheduled for 12/23. The only thing I’m upset about is being in bed for Christmas but I sure am looking forward to getting rid of this pain. My faith is in God and I believe I’m going to be fine.

December 11, 2008 at 4:29 am
(36) Trish says:

I’m due to get my gallbladder removed on Tues. 16/12/08 & can wait! The pain over the last 8 or 9 months has been consistant & horendous. Mine were found by accident as a result of tests for a inherited family bowel cancer. I know which I’d rather have!!

December 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm
(37) adrah says:

I had mine ou on dec 19,2008. Iwas in by 6 am and out by 11Am. The first 3 days I was pretty sore, but now 4 days later i’m anxious to go somewhere b/c i’m sooo bored lying around, but I def. feel so much better having it out.

January 8, 2009 at 12:55 am
(38) Katie says:

I am so happy to read everything people are saying positive about surgery. I just found out today that I need to meet with a surgeon before the end of the month. This site has helped me to be a lot less afraid.

January 10, 2009 at 11:42 am
(39) Tracy says:

Has anyone heard about the fact that the removal of gallbladder may inrease the chance for colon cancer? Does it have to be a concern when thinking about the surgery?

January 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(40) Trina says:

I am curious about where people live. It seems that some people are getting in quickly for surgery and others it takes awhile.
I am in southwestern Ontario and my doctor told me that it will be 1 month to see the surgeon and then about 4 months for the surgery date to come up. I am very scared of the surgery but on the same hand just want to pain to stop.

January 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(41) Kelsey says:

I have had pain from gall stones for 2 and a half years. I never went to the doctor because I figured it was just nerve pain. Last month I went to the doctor and through an ultrasound realized I have been enduring pain from gall stones. I was so releived that the problem was fixable. Seeing the surgeon in 2 days and hopefully scheduling surgery within a week.

January 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(42) going to miss the bladder says:

I’m getting mine removed 1.20.09, which make it in a couple of hours. i’ll let ya all know how it went!!! cant wait!!!

January 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm
(43) Troylin says:

Well I’m scheduled to have surgery on the 27th Jan.”09. And i’m hoping this goes well. I had a couple attacks in Dec.08 and was rushed to the hospital after getting a check up and seeing that my abdomen was swlloen from the gallstones, I was released a day later after medication but will be going back to remove gallbladder and stones, I’m a bit nervous but after reading your comments on how the surgery went i think all will be Ok

January 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(44) going to misss the gallbladder says:

hey all, well i posted 3 days ago that i was getting my gallbladder removed and here I am. I have to say that so far everything went great. The surgery took exactly one hour and the doc says that my bladder was a mess. In a week I will go back to see the pictures of my ex bladder.

I woke up 1 1/2 hour later after the surgery with no problems whatsoever, no vomiting and no nausea. I had to urinate before I went home and I did about a half hour after I woke up. Going home I still had no pain since I was still under the good stuff. I have 4 cuts in my abdomen, one being in my navel, and my stomach has swelled up a bit.

The next day I had my first bowel movement after taking milk of magnesia so that made me amazingly satisfied. Stomach did hurt a bit but nothing a couple hydrocodone teaspoons couldn’t fix.

Until today the recovery is going extremely well. I have slight pain, I’m walking around the house fine. My diet now is soups, mashed potato, crackers and lots of water. No fat, diary or acids like juice. I do partake in some jello now and then. When the pain comes I take my hydrocodone. I’ve had some flatulence which was probably due to the gas they inflated in me but is now gone. My urination was irregular the first days, it would stream out then stop then stream then stop, but now its just one constant nice flowing motion.

The way this is going I’ll be back on my feet within in a week hopefully driving again.

All and all, so far its a good experience and if it means no more pain after eating food it’s all well worth it.

January 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(45) amy says:

I had a miscarrage late 07 since then i have had what we think is ibs once in a while gurggling sounds in lower stomach,diarrhea and throwing up. now1 1/2 years later yesterday i had a pain in my stomach and it moved down to my back right side, i could walk at first but not bend down. i couldnt breath unless i layed down on my stomach, 24 hrs. later it is still sore if i lay down for a while and then get up or stretch my right side, could it be a muscle spasm or galbladder, i have no insurance, so i would hate to pay for a ultrasound to find out it was my muscle any help would be appreciated, thanks

January 31, 2009 at 12:39 am
(46) deb says:

I had my gallbladder out yesterday.Unfortuatly,I am experiencing alot of pain.The gas in my stomach and shoulder blades is horrible.If I try to sit,the gass pains rise to my neck.For me,the pain feels very much like my gallbladder attack.I hope the pain stops soon.

February 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(47) Dee says:

I was just diagnosed with gallstones 3 days ago after having a severe attack that sent me crying to the emergency room. One was logged in the gallbladder neck. I had been in pain for about 16 hours and over the counter pain killer did nothing to relieve the pain.

I believe that I have been suffering with gallstones for a couple of years but did not know what it was. Some of my symptoms are gas, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea.

I live in Sacramento CA. and have already seen my primary care physician who recommened surgery to remove the gallbladder. He said the surgean will contact me in the next few days I will be put on the schedule for surgery in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait for the surgery. I never want to feel that kind of pain again. I hope that it helps with my other symptoms as well.

February 15, 2009 at 11:24 pm
(48) Russ says:

I’ve discovered (through an ultrasound) I have a 2.4cm gallstone and have not experienced any pain or discomfort whatsoever…. so I’m having doubts about the need to remove my gallbladder??

February 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(49) Seena says:

Hi all.

I experienced pain in my upper abdomen for around 10 years. It increased in frequency, until December 24th I started to get the pain every single day, for hours on end.

I had an ERCP to release a few lodged stones, and then on the 13th of Feb, my gall bladder was removed. Like others, it was packed with stones.

Prior to the ERCP and the surgery, my life had really deteriorated. I could not cook with my fiance, we could not go out for dinner or meet with family over the holiday. I could not walk nor exercise because I could not be too far from home if I got an attack. My fiance go on regular walks around the lake and I could not do that.

To make a long story short, it’s worth it. I am still recovering now, and I have pain from the recovery, but I look forward to getting my life back without pain.

April 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm
(50) Phyllis says:

I too,had my gallbladder removed about a month ago.I had been suffering from this at least a year and a half,I became jaundiced and was nauseated for one week. I went to a clinic the week before i had surgery for them to tell me that I had a urinary tract infection but of course that is not what it was.The surgery went well I recuperated at my mother’s home.

April 25, 2009 at 10:49 am
(51) audrey says:

hi, i have severe pain at my lower side of my stomach in between my right leg aswell.. the pain last for an Rhours but it suddenly occurs unexpectedly, i was so desperate with looking for final diagnosis.. doctor said and told me to have and M.R.I, and some ultra sound.. i dont know what does it mean when the result said that “there is a possible milk calcium bile that does not present like the usual shadow of calcification, which is dark signal abnormality on the T1W pulse sequence.’ ” i had this result just this day..and i cant sleep thinking about this ..

my work will be affected and i dont have my family with me to take care and be with me on this difficult days of my life… pls give me good advice.. or a cure ..i dont want to have a surgery… i dont earn alot .. i just need good advice to cure me this time.. pls .. suggest something .. thanks and god bless..

April 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(52) Mahssa says:

Oh my god I feel your pain! I was diagnosed with gallstones about two months ago and I’ve had more than 8 or 9 attacks within this span because at first I thought it was only a stomach ache but after visiting the doctors a few times, and two ultrasounds they realized that I had several gallstones. My last attack I was hospitalized for four days because one of my stones went into my bile duct causing an infection and inflammation. I’m so HAPPY to say that I’m getting my gallbladder removed on May 4th and I cannot WAIT for it. Everyday I’m counting down the days until I could have a simple light cream cheese and bagel for breakfast.

Good luck with your surgery & I’ll report back to you all after.

May 5, 2009 at 10:54 am
(53) Mahssa says:

Hey guys i’m reporting back. So I had my surgery yesterday and everything went well. I have four bandages on my stomach and only one of them is bloody. The bad thing is that I haven’t gone to the bathroom in two days I think I’m constipated because of my pills. I can’t walk or get out of bed without help and i have difficulty walking. Right now my belly button is stinging and my back is KILLING me. Yesterday i only had a bit of soup and jello and about 4 or 5 cups or gingerale. Today

May 29, 2009 at 3:15 am
(54) Nevuela says:

I’ve been experiencing gallstone attacks since September 2006. That’s 32 months now, but I wasn’t diagnosed until this past Sunday (May 24). I usually go to the hospital by ambulance because the pain is so intense and because I don’t have a car.

Every 2-4 months I would wake up in the middle of the night with the pain, mostly in my back but also in my chest and abdomen (though the latter feels more like muscular cramping rather than internal organs).

On Sunday the EMT’s took me to a different hospital than the one I usually go to, and it was there that a doctor was perceptive enough to perform an ultrasound. My other hospital only did back x-rays once or twice. After finding nothing, they gave up looking for the cause of my pain and just gave me a shot and a prescription each time I came in, then sent me on home.

My attacks seem to be getting more frequent now. If I may count the minor one I had this morning, then I’ve had 3 attacks in one month, rather than the usual 1 pain every 3 months. So now I need to get myself a regular physician who accepts Medi-Cal and start looking into having surgery (assuming Medi-Cal will actually cover it and my doctor thinks it is necessary).

June 4, 2009 at 12:48 am
(55) Nevuela says:

Okay, I am REALLY confused now and I need some advice from those who have already had their gallbladders removed.

My mom just passed away the other day, so now my aunt and uncle are helping me get the estate (or lack thereof) in order. As soon as my aunt found out I have gallstones, she started badgering me with her ďinformedĒ opinions. She works as a physical therapist for Kaiser Permanente in the L.A. area, so she seems to think she understands a great deal about the whole medical field, even more than the doctor who diagnosed me.

Anyway, she seems to think that at 28 years old I am too young to have my gallbladder removed, and that the gallbladder serves an important function, and that without it things will be more difficult for me than they are now. Now I have been researching gallstones online for the past two weeks, and what she said is completely contradictory to everything I have read.

1. I am NOT too young, as there have been teens on these forums who have had their gall bladders removed safely and successfully, 2. the gall bladder is NOT that important. It merely stores the extra bile, and 3. I have a 42-year-old friend who just had hers removed a few months ago, and she’s eating what she wants (most of the time) and living a completely normal life.

So… please tell me that my aunt does NOT know more than all of these medical websites (especially WebMD and Mayo Clinic) and countless gallstone sufferers on forums such as these. I told her what the ER doc told me, that I would need to have my gall bladder removed, but she says her friend, who is merely a dietician, says that as long as I avoid fatty foods and all this other junk, I will be fine.

BTW… I have been having frequent gallstone attacks for over two and a half years, averaging one every 2 – 4 months, and in the past month alone I have had THREE, so apparently they are becoming even more frequent. And they are so painful I have to go to the hospital via ambulance for a shot of Dilautid or something to stop the agony. Once attacks become more frequent, itís not likely that the will become LESS frequent again, right? Even if Iím eating right?

Either way, I should not have to keep suffering like this just because my aunt is so damn sure of all of this. Also, what degree of education does a dietician have as opposed to an actual ER doctor? Somehow I doubt they even come close.

June 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(56) anne says:

Hi i am 38 yrs old i was falling alots of pain in 2005 i went to my doctor and did a ultrasound they diagnosed me with multiple w gallstones in my gallbladder since 2005 my doctor told me that i will have to do a surgery i was so afraid of the surgery i will to a herbal life doctor and she gave me herbal medines i told them by the third day they have come out in the toilet then i was so happy, 2007 started feeling pain worster than the first time i went back to my medical doctor and told him everything i send me straight to the hospital i then treated and send home too much people to do the same surgery the gallstone section was full i was kind of glad main reason i was afraid of the surgery but still afraid of the pain everything i eat it pain me so i get fedup and to to the UWI hospital and they admit me i was so so afraid but the doctor at unvertiy of the west indies took very care of me they did a well done surgery doctor Mc lennon and nurse grace, nurse Stweart and Nurse Cole he is a male they all help me through the surgery and a few more nurse and doctor i love the Jamaican University Hospital

June 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm
(57) Lora says:

I have been dealing with gallstones for over a year. After my second attack i severly changed my eating habbit and it seamed to help a lot. but about 7 months ago the nausea and vaumiting set it. It makes it very hard to get up in the morning. Then I started to have stool that was liquidy yellow. I looked up some info on the internet and found out that I have the symptoms of an infection. Well, I’m stubborn and have no money to have the surgery. I have been so sick for so long, I’m scared to go to the hospital. Reading a lot of the comments on here has really helped to make me decide to go to the er on monday. hopefully with how sick i am, they will just do the surgery.

June 25, 2009 at 4:13 am
(58) julie says:

Has anybody lost weight after having gallstones surgery?

July 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm
(59) Rita says:

I was just diagnosed with gallstones on Thurs 7/8/09. That was my third attack. After going to that same hospital for my attacks it tpook themm the 3rd time around to finally do a sonogram and x-ray to determine what it was, sad. So, I will be going to another hospital to schedule surgery to get this crap done. As I write this, today Sun july 12 my stomach hurt but not very bad. I’m in the middle of summer classes, my son babysitter is leaving town and the pain continue to remain. I’m afraid of what may happen if I choose to wanna wait until like the second week of august to do my surgery

July 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(60) Alison says:

HI
I am due for surgery next week and can’t wait. I have had attacks on a weekly basis for the last 3 months and they are truly excruciating. Strangly enough one attack was at the top of a mountain..we had spent the afternoon climbing and on the way down I felt the dreaded indigestion signs and tight ache on the right side of the tummy. A terrible experience where the pain came on suddenly and was gone within an hour or so….but oh the pain….terrible. My last attack was horrific…the worst experience ever..it started quite mild and continued to ache for about two hours, very different to previous attacks that I had experienced (previously they had left me almost unconcious within an hour). I went to the hospital. After severe vomiting and terrible pain the doctors diagnosed not only gall stones but a secondary complication associated with stones…pancreatitus (inflamtion of the pancreas). This is quite serious if left untreated as it affects your insulin levels and can lead to kidney problems. I remained in hospital for about a week whilst my insulin levels recovered and also to check that I did not have a stone stuck in a duct (another serious problem that can affect the gall bladder after a stone is passed).
If your pain is very severe and you have dramatic vomiting followed by a pain across the centre of your back, together with an inability to sit comfortably and persistant vomiting if you move then I assure that there may be something worse occuring.
From my experience of Gall stones they occur after eating fatty food. It was recommended that I reduced my saturated fat intake to below 3g per meal and if possible avoid saturated fat. WHY? Because when you eat fatty foods the gall bladder starts to pump bile in order for the body to digests the fats. The body is capable of performing this function without the gall bladder but the gall bladder seems to join in if you have too much fat. Moral of this is to keep low fat, eat healthy foods and loose weight…I have lost 3 stone!

Lastly I just wanted to say thank you to the people who have spent time posting their experiences on this site, I found them to be really helpful. Thank you

July 21, 2009 at 9:47 am
(61) Evelyn says:

Hi, after reading these comments, it made me realised i’m not alone. Yes I’ve heard about gallstones but removing it at my age 35, I find it a bit young. Thank you for those whom have posted their comments here. I’ve had my attacks in the past but did not take it seriously, just like any gastric problem. Then, when I was pregnant last year, when my doctor did the ultrasound, she told me that I may have gallbladder stone. I couldn’t do much then and it did not give me any problem, so I’ve ignored it again.
I was all fine until 2 days ago, it attacks again, not too painful but very uncomfortable with the bloated feeling. The next day I’ve got another ultrasound and confirmed by the surgeon it’s gallstone. I’m glad I do not have to wait too long to get it removed. I’ve done a scope today to confirm that I do not have other problems like stomach ulcer, and Thank God, I’m without that.
I’m schedule for the laproscopic tomorrow at 1pm. A little nervous but coping well for now.
I know after this I’m gonna miss my cheesy stuff (I love cheesse !!!)

July 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(62) Beth Burton says:

Can I ask a question about the tests that they do to determine whether or not to remove the gall bladder if stones aren’t present.

August 8, 2009 at 2:26 am
(63) Jessica says:

I’m 15 and I was diagnosed with gallstones on August 4th 2009, which was 3 days ago from when I’m posting this. I thought I was incredibly too young to develop these, but I did, and I’m going in next week to schedule the surgery. After reading a lot of the comments on here, I’m a little afraid about how everyone’s stories differ from some people are feeling great in a few days, and some people are in serious pain for 2 weeks after the surgery.
I’ve been having attacks for almost 4 months now and at first I had an attack then another 2 weeks later, then again the next week. And now, I’m having them almost every day to the point I can’t stand the pain. I’ve been very nauseous and I have a huge loss of appetite.
My doctor misdiagnosed me at first because I am only 15, and I am not overweight, I weigh only 8st 12lb . He thought I was just having muscle-spasms, but I knew something else was wrong, so I went to see another doctor and he got me in for blood tests and a ultrasound. Which told me I had gallstones only removable by surgery.
I’m shaky on how my recovery will be but I’m hoping I’ll be feeling great within a week.
Lets hope the pain meds work.

August 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(64) janet haycock says:

hi im Jan from the uk. when i had my first attack my friends thought it was because of antiboiotics so i thought that too, but to my dismay it kept on occuring!! Vomitimg the lot, i know hav to wait a couple of months even though a scan has showed lots of stones, got to see somone to give me an op date, i have lost a stone in weight which in anyones eyes is good lol ive had 8 attacks in 3 months hence the weight loss , scared to eat

August 21, 2009 at 1:08 am
(65) Lynn says:

Iam twenty-seven and I just had my gallbaladder removed a week ago yesterday and I have such immense RELIEF!!!!

I am still a bit sore but, nothing compared to the pain of having gallstones!!!! Plus the pain meds help when needed.

My dad had the same problem, although his was life threatening becasue he kept putting off the surgery until it was almost too late. He ended up having to be rushed to the hospital and staying literally over a month in the hospital. As soon as my family and I found out I had gallstones and the doctor wanted me to have my gallbladder removed my dad just looked at me and said, “don’t wait like I did!”. So, the day I went to the hospital dubbed over in pain and then diagnosed after an ultra sound I was blessed to be able to schedule my gallbladdder surgery for the next morning. I was so nervous becasue I never had, had any proceedure like that before but I know now that it was best!!!!

I am so happy I did it! I hate that I can’t swim or enjoy the beautiful summer days before school opens (I am a teacher) but in the long run I know this was best!!!!

October 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm
(66) Rosa says:

I am having surgery done this Friday Oct. 16th, I’m nervous, but all the comments have given me some peace of mind. Hope i dont have too much pain afterwards. Thank you all for all ur great info. I’m currently having some bad discomfort waitng for it to subside.

October 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(67) Lynda says:

I have had problems with my gallbladder for many years, I kept telling my doctor, but it was never looked into. Finally, in June of 2008 I was very ill lost over 15lbs. in 2 months and then I was given a HIDA SCAN and it showed that my gallbladder funtions were only 5 percent and normal functions I was told should be between 35 and 75 percent. I was too scared to have the surgery. This past October 6, 2009 I got so ill that I finally had the surgery. I am still amazed that I finally did it, I was so afraid. This was my first surgical procedure and it took about 2 weeks before I really got back to alot of my normal routine. Sometimes in life we will need to do things that we fear and then when it is over, you can say, I’m OK. Just think if your gallbladder is as bad as mine was, it may be more dangerous to you, not to have the surgery! It has only been 3 weeks today, since my surgery and I’m am feeling better and the wounds are healing very well(I had laporscopic). Good Luck, to you all out there who are contemplating, the surgery, be strong, you will be OK

November 16, 2009 at 1:35 am
(68) Fredric Johnson says:

Hi everybody,

I think I actually read through every single comment in this thread prior to my laparoscopic gall-bladder removal, and I must say that many of them made me somewhat intimidated.
I live and work in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia a country whose general healthcare system I donít hold very high. In spite of this, I have nothing but positive things to say about my own surgery.

2 months ago, I was diagnosed with a 5mm ratio gallstone in my gallbladder though ultrasound. Prior to getting checked out I was having a bloated stomach and minor abdominal pain, but nothing major at all. Just enough to get my attention.
After the diagnose I was given medication and the pain disappeared instantly. From that time until the surgery I had no problems what so ever apart from a bloated stomach. I still made the decision to have my gallbladder removed as I knew that eventually the stone would cause me problems.

I had my gallbladder removed through laparoscopic surgery last Saturday, November 7.
The surgery went very smoothly. I was admitted at the hospital by 11am and went into surgery at 2pm. I woke up in from my anesthesia in my room about 3:30pm.
I was discharged by noon the following day on Sunday.
I was given a 7day sick leave by the doctor. I stopped eating painkillers on the second day, and I honestly didnít feel any difference, something which makes me think I could have done without them in the first place.
I was a bit sore and stiff the first 3 days but could easily move around and I was driving on the 2nd day.

I STRONGLY advice people to go for light, slow walks the first days following the surgery as this will definitely speed up your recovery.
I noticed that once I stayed in bed just laying down I felt drowsy and weak, but after walking for 25min slowly on my treadmill, I immediately felt stronger and more energized.
As per my doctorís advise, I was told to walk slowly for 25-30min 2-3 times per day, starting the first day of my sick leave.

Yesterday, Sunday November 15, I revisited the surgeon and he removed the plasters and told me that the wounds of the 3 incisions were healing very properly.
Today, 9 days after the surgery I feel about 95% recovered. Yesterday, I assumed my weight training which of course was very light, I followed up with a 40min light cardio session on a bicycle after the weight session and I felt a bit exhausted after doing that, but nothing to the extend of me not going back today for another session.

Like some other people here wrote, make sure you get a good surgeon, donít be embarrassed to ask how many times he or she has performed this surgery before.
Itís not a major surgery, nor a minor itís what they call a moderate. If the surgery do to complications is switched over to an ďopen surgeryĒ, you can expect a longer and more painful recovery period.

/Fred

November 16, 2009 at 1:37 am
(69) Fredric Johnson says:

Hi everybody,

I think I actually read through every single comment in this thread prior to my laparoscopic gall-bladder removal, and I must say that many of them made me somewhat intimidated.
I live and work in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia a country whose general healthcare system I donít hold very high. In spite of this, I have nothing but positive things to say about my own surgery.

2 months ago, I was diagnosed with a 5mm ratio gallstone in my gallbladder though ultrasound. Prior to getting checked out I was having a bloated stomach and minor abdominal pain, but nothing major at all. Just enough to get my attention.
After the diagnose I was given medication and the pain disappeared instantly. From that time until the surgery I had no problems what so ever apart from a bloated stomach. I still made the decision to have my gallbladder removed as I knew that eventually the stone would cause me problems.

I had my gallbladder removed through laparoscopic surgery last Saturday, November 7.
The surgery went very smoothly. I was admitted at the hospital by 11am and went into surgery at 2pm. I woke up in from my anesthesia in my room about 3:30pm.
I was discharged by noon the following day on Sunday.
I was given a 7day sick leave by the doctor. I stopped eating painkillers on the second day, and I honestly didnít feel any difference, something which makes me think I could have done without them in the first place.
I was a bit sore and stiff the first 3 days but could easily move around and I was driving on the 2nd day.
Iím on no special diet and have experience nothing out of the ordinary whilst eating different foods. I donít eat fatty foods however, so I wouldnít know if that would make any difference but I doubt that.

I STRONGLY advice people to go for light, slow walks the first days following the surgery as this will definitely speed up your recovery.
I noticed that once I stayed in bed just laying down I felt drowsy and weak, but after walking for 25min slowly on my treadmill, I immediately felt stronger and more energized.
As per my doctorís advise, I was told to walk slowly for 25-30min 2-3 times per day, starting the first day of my sick leave.

Yesterday, Sunday November 15, I revisited the surgeon and he removed the plasters and told me that the wounds of the 3 incisions were healing very properly.
Today, 9 days after the surgery I feel about 95% recovered. Yesterday, I assumed my weight training which of course was very light, I followed up with a 40min light cardio session on a bicycle after the weight session and I felt a bit exhausted after doing that, but nothing to the extend of me not going back today for another session.

Like some other people here wrote, make sure you get a good surgeon, donít be embarrassed to ask how many times he or she has performed this surgery before.
Itís not a major surgery, nor a minor itís what they call a moderate. If the surgery do to complications is switched over to an ďopen surgeryĒ, you can expect a longer and more painful recovery period.

/Fred

December 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm
(70) Paige says:

I just found out an hour ago I have gallstones. I am scheduled to talk to a surgeon tomorrow. Honestly, I am scared to death. I have only had one surgery my whole life and that was to get ear tubes for bad hearing when I was 7 years old. I mean, the first time I had an IV was last week when I went in for the attack I had.
I am 20 years old, and my health is hardly ‘good’. I have bad teeth and weigh over 200 pounds. I am a HUGE worrier when it comes to things like this, I have trouble even taking pills.
Reading alot of your comments helped ease me alittle. Although I’m still freaking out haha. I really am grateful for finding this page through google, as I would have been totally off my hinges if not.

December 21, 2009 at 11:12 am
(71) caropola says:

Hello All,

Glad I found this page and was able to read all your comments.

A week ago I started to get awful pain in my abdomen and I felt it in my back. Went to ER and they said I had gastritis but the pain never ceased…they still released me despite me asking for an x-ray/ultrasound because I felt something else was wrong.
Finally a few days later I went to my own doctor she referred me to an ultrasound and there you have it the ultrasound showed numerous gallstones.
The terrible pain has stopped but I know it can return at any minute. The surgeon my doctor referred me to is not available until January 11, 2010. He will tell me what happens next. I am worried about waiting though. My doctor says there are no infections and nothing looked inflamed in the ultrasound so she is okay with me waiting to see the doctor until January.
With the holidays this week and next it is difficult to get appointments with specialists. I am just hoping the pain does not return because it was unbearable. I just can’t eat much this holiday season which really stinks but I have to do what I have to do.

i am scared about a potential surgery but if that is what I need to do to avoid that pain again I will do it.

I’m a female 29 years old.

Thanks for all your comments.

December 27, 2009 at 10:36 am
(72) kim says:

i just found out that i have gall stones too..and my doctor wants me to come in tom. to get an ultra sound done….my question is do any of u kno if i have to get my gall blabber removed too or do they just remove the gall stone out of the gall bladder only..i’m still confused on how this all works…any info would help…thank you

December 28, 2009 at 9:23 am
(73) sian says:

hi everyone…
i jus read all of the comments on here and they have all been very helpful..
i am a 20 year old female and generally healthy.. have quite a few medical problems this year ranging from irregular periods, constipation, bladder infections and now possible gall stone..
it all started in july 09 when i had severe pains jus below my ribs on the right side.. wen to er and the doctor i got told me i was constipated even tho i said evrything in that area was normal.. over the next few months i was ok until about 3 weeks ago wen i started getting pains in the same spot every night after eating.. these continued every nght at about the same pain level until xmas night, i hadnt been drinking and all i ate was a sausage and some pasta, within 10 minutes of eating i was in tears and the pain was unbearable, i wouldnt let anyone touch me.. i worked out the way to ease the pain was to curlmyself in the tightest ball i could… these pains lasted about half an hour and i was ok apart from pains when ever i touched around that area…until the next night… they were very intense so i went up to the hospital and went straight thru, the doc said that it was gall stones and the reason it hurt when i touched it was because how tightly i curled myself when i had the pains because thats wen its most inflammed or something.. as its been public holidays and stuff i havent been able to get thru to my family doctor i will call tomoro to get him to organise a ultrasound… i am sooo scared about wat it’ll say..

where do they do the cuts…?
sooo scared… please help ease my stress

thankyou for sharing your stories
xx

December 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(74) Jess says:

Hi everyone,

First of all Iíd like to say to Sian, you said youíve been placed on different meds for different reasons, a few you listed. I am curious if you donít have one of the same problems I was diagnosed with: PCOS, the medications from it can cause gallstones.
On Thursday the 17th of Dec, I ended up in the hospital with what I thought was the worst case of heartburn I’d had in my life. Over 12 hours of the worst pain in my life. I had an ultra sound done and found out that I had a mass of gallstones, which worried me cause of the new medication I was put on not even 3 weeks prior to this. I learned I was passing a stone, which is what landed in the hospital over 12 hours later. I have a high pain tolerance, but when you can’t sleep, get comfortable or do anything including breathing without mass pain, it’s time to have something done.
I learned from online research that the medication I was put on can cause gallstones, which I wasn’t fond of, but now that I learned I had these stones, I began trying like hell to get a hold of my primary dr who was moving into her new office and I didn’t get a hold of her till the 21st. I got an appointment set up with and through her for a Surgeon later on in the afternoon of the 22nd after my appointment with her that same morning. I was glad that during the week in between I had pain meds from the hospital. But, once I seen the Surgeon, I explained to him that the hospital all ready had my records from my visit the week before. Unlike most everyone else on here, I didn’t have pain in my back, lower abdominal or anything. Mine was localized under the Diaphragm I believe it is, not off on either side. As I said, I thought it was severe heartburn. But, by the time I saw the Surgeon, my stomach had bloated up, deep breaths were a challenge, and I’d not really eaten anything. I went nearly a week without eating much of anything because I hurt so bad and eating only made it worse. Drinking even water irritated things to the point of unbearable pain. So on the 23rd I went in for surgery to have my gallbladder removed. I have 5 incisions on my stomach; 1 in my bellybutton, one above the bellybutton, 2 on my right side, and one right dead center under my ribs, most people have 3 to 4 incisions by the way. I have since learned I had over 50 stones averaging about .5cm in size. I went in for surgery at 930 in the morning and went home about 3 in the afternoon.
Let me tell you, I don’t remember a thing after they started to wheel me out of my room for surgery until I got in to the recovery room where I downed a ton of ice because of the breathing tube they put down my throat. Then after I finally woke up back in my room to ask my nurse within moments of opening my eyes when I could go home. He laughed a bit at me because it was rather unexpected, but I wanted out of there and in my warm bed. I got to go home thankfully, and slept all the rest of that day and 99% of the next.
I’ve been at home a week since surgery, and again unlike a lot of people, all I’ve done is mostly sleep. I can’t stay awake all day and part of the night like before surgery. Though I expect that to get better.
If you have to have your gallbladder out and live near the KC Metro area, I strongly suggest Dr Jared B Smith over at the Medical Center. Post surgery and after, he’s been great.
Now that I’ve had surgery, I’ll admit, I expected things to change. As I’ve helped family and friends who have had this same surgery, I expected to be back to work a few days ago. But the same pain remained from before surgery. I go in for some blood work in the next day or so because my Surgeon thinks I have a stone in the common bile duct which is causing me to have the same pain I had from before the surgery. Though now it’s not constant, thankfully. Though anything I eat or drink still gives me a lot of problems, so I’ve continued to eat very little and drink about the same. I’ve been drinking plenty of ensures to make sure my body is at least getting some of what it needs, even though they cause me problems as well. Iím thankful to have my gallbladder out, that pain is something I donít wish on anyone. Surgery can be worrisome, but look toward what and how youíll feel afterwards. In most cases, you’ll feel 100% normal again.

Hope this helps someone else out a little.

April 2, 2010 at 5:39 am
(75) AX says:

After reading all the comments on this page it really helped me to relieve the anxiety Im beginning to feel, seeing how I was diagnosed with Multiple Gallstones recently. I began to have slight discomfort on my right side stomach area on different occasions but it never occurred to me it could be gallstones. It would come and go with no real incident that I never bothered to have it checked out. Then, about a month ago I had a real bad attack that made me realize something wasn’t right, it couldn’t have been just gas because of the intense pressure and warmness on my right side. I could nearly stand up after an hour of it! I ended up being taken to the ER only to have the pain go away on the way there (thankfully).
I did end up making an appointment with the doctor, but having told my doctor that Gallstones has a history in my family she knew that was most likely it (and so did I). So, urine tests, and blood tests were done that day (which was a couple weeks ago now) and finally just recently I went in for a UGI and an Ultrasound test. I got a call from the doctor telling me its multiple gallstones as suspected. Doctor was going to set me up with a surgeon for a initial consultation.
I cant wait to get this over with, seeing the success rate and the praise from everyones comments here really makes me feel comfortable.

Take care of yourselves people. I had always been a skinny fellow growing up from a kid to my now late-20′s. But since a couple years ago I began to really put on weight, get a belly, and started to notice these problems. I did something about it several months ago (pre-attack) and after eating right, changing my diet for the better, exercising and now having lost 50lbs and being right in the middle of “Normal BMI” range I feel and look great! Perhaps it was this that helped bring the gallstone attacks to become more noticeable as I got healthier. In either case, its going to be taken care of and now with my healthy living style of eating, I know that after having my gallstones removed everything should be peachy.

Im hoping to get a early surgery date, the sooner this is over the better! I will try to post a follow up when I visit for the consultation with the surgeon.

April 12, 2010 at 5:56 am
(76) Tania Kruger says:

I started getting pains under my feet; it was so bad that I could not walk. The GP ran blood tests they noticed that my liver function tests results were 20 times higher than a normal person. I just thought it was from all the fat burners I had taken. So I stopped the fat burners and changed my eating habits. One month later the pain was now located lower back; I was diagnosed with UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Went on a course of 750mg anti-biotic and one week later I still had the UTI. I e-mailed my test results to my House GP the same day I was sent to hospital for an ultra sound. They found I had two gall stones. That afternoon I was in hospital and the next day in surgery. It is uncomfortable for the first week, but when the stitches and staplers are out the recovery is better. Third week after surgery exercise is just walking on the treadmill for 10 minutes. Any cycling, spinning and weight training is only after six weeks, if the doctorís orders are not followed correctly with regards to exercise a hernia maybe formed and that you do not want.

April 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(77) Kristi says:

About four years ago I was diagnosed with gallstones. Since than I have every 3-4 months have these terrible pains it starts in my upper back than into my shoulders, and in my chest. Feels like a heart attack. I have been in the ER several times and finally a doctor says it time for surgery. I watched a video in utube and it has freaked me out a little. I dont want to live in pain every 3-4 months. So I guess I’ll have the surgery. FUN! :) and scary. The thought of breathing tubes down my throat creeps me out. The surgery will be for the better. No more chest attacks no more ER bills. No more chest pain.

Wish me luck. Oh some ER doctors told me for many years I was having panic attacks. Who would of thought to do an ultra sound this hole time. I would have been done and over with my gallstones.

April 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(78) Rosy says:

I was diagnosed with Gallstones on 2005. I was very scared to have a surgery but finally tomorrow morning I am going for it. I am very nervous though. I will let you know when I am out of the hospital. Good luck to everybody who is going on the surgery.

April 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(79) Eryn says:

Over 2 years ago I got my first attack, mistaking it for an anxiety attack. I would get the pain once a month for over 7 hours always before bed time so I was unable to sleep. My diet then was fine and it isn’t too bad either now. But for the first time ever today at work I had this stomach pain, but in the morning. So I left work early and relaxed at home. Finally frustrated with the pain I called a health line and told them about the pain, they told me to go to the hospital. Keep in mind I’ve had this pain for over 2 years since I was about 18. I find out I have gallstones, so I am going for my ultrasound also it was caused from my birth control at the time, depo-provera. I am anxious about my surgery but at the same time I won’t have to worry about this pain ever again. They gave me some type of pain killer as well to help with it when it acts up.

Low fat diet is key to help from what my doctor told me at the hospital.

Don’t wait as long as I did to figure out what is wrong. Especially if it is sever abdominal pain like myself.

May 17, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(80) Tabitha says:

well im 21 and jus a few days ago I was diagnosed with gallstones myself. Only after 4 days was the pain unbearable that i had to go to the hospital,i am a very pain tolerate but this was a pain i definitly couldnt tolerate. Im supposed 2 have surgery in the middle of the week, after readin al this im kind of scared and relieved at the same time. I rather have the surgery and hurt for a few days then to not have it and suffer. So i hope everything goes well for me i have to hurry and get better im getting married!!!!!!!!

June 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
(81) Amber Gregory says:

i am 20 yrs old and pregnant!!! i was diagnosed with gallstones 2weeks ago!!! i have gallbladder attacks about everyday!!! they wont do surgery till baby is born unless they have no choice!!! i cant stand the pain!!! i cant breath when having an attack!!! i cant waity till surgery to get these things out of me!!! i am so worried i cant wait till september!!!gallstones run in my family, it may also be because im over weight and a woman!!!

June 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(82) ashley says:

I was diganosed with gallstones when i went into the ER friday night with an attack.. which i never knew about.. now that i’ve learned more about this sickness i’ve relized i’ve had many attacks..sometimes worst then others but definitely last friday was the ultimate pain… i had abdominal pain for 4 hrs stright before i decided somethign was wrong and i need to go to the ER… they immediately ordered an ultrasound and foudn the gallstones.. dr did note that if it was inflammed that surgery would be done that night… i was so relieved to know that it was not inflammed…after several hrs at the ER he discharged me and said to call the speacialist.. i cant get into the specialist until next week.. after reading everyones comment i am going to go ahead and go with surgery if he reccommends it ..i’ve had 3 c sections and they sound about the same so if i can handle the 3 c sections this one will be no different..however.. i almost wished they would’ve did surgery when i was at the ER… the fear of eating something that will put me into that attack again is stupid!!! however i have changed my diet which wasnt even that bad in the first place..but i’ve had mino stomach aches as we speak nothing unbearable… i just hate waiting since i know surgery is going to be my best option…i’m not waiting a min longer… because i believer i’ve been having these attacks longer then i’ve been diagnosed now… Thank You for your threads…it has helped me… However i want to ask one question…for those of you who have taken out your gallstones…Have they returned? for those of you who have taken out your gallbladder have you have any other pain??? everyone has reported past and recent episodes…but nothing down the line.. I guess they all fell better and never think of going back to read about it anymore huh??? :) good luck to all who will be having surgery as i await my apt for next thrusday!!! will update :)

July 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm
(83) Lisa says:

Hi, all,
My problem is not so much the surgery as it is the time after the surgery at home. I live alone and have to go to the store to get my groceries and then prepare them for my meals. Will that pose a problem? Exactly a year ago I had breast cancer surgery with removal of one breast and 23 glands from the arm pit after which I stayed with a relative for a day. At the hospital they gave me Hydrocodone for the pain, which promptly made me throw up, and every hydrocodone since then has made me throw up or at least made me nauseous. So now I am wondering if I should hire a helper or a nurse for the post-op recuperating time at home or even go to a nursing home? I am 85 years old and I am afraid of not feeling up to it driving to the store or even fixing my meals. Also the Hydrocodone is very constipating and right now I do not take any. Or for that matter any narcotic based pain killer.
But what else is there? Any advice? The surgery does not worry me. I have been through it many times before, it is what happens afterwards that I worry about. My GP says all my symptoms point in the direction of gallstones (nausea, tenderness, etc.) so I am going for ultrasound in a couple of days. Any ideas about afterwards?

August 18, 2010 at 3:39 am
(84) Anaiya says:

I was diagnosed with gallstones while I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 2 years old. After I had my daughter I had an attack just about once a month up until recently. Surprisingly it has been 4 months since I had my last attack and it was HORRIBLE!! When I had an ultrasound they found 2 the size of golf balls and a whole bunch of little ones. I received the Gold Card to get the surgery done but honestly I don’t know where to even begin. I do not have a primary doctor. What do I do so that I can get my surgery taken care of as soon as possible before it gets any worse?? Can I just go to the hospital and will they do the surgery that same day if not the next? Any suggestions Please.

September 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(85) CheTan says:

I want to say that I certainly admire Lisa. Having any surgery at 85 has got to be scary. I had my gall bladder removed yesterday and I’m 67, however, the dr. thinks I lie about my age, says no way do I look that age. LOL, I told him who in the heck would lie about being 67 if you were younger? While I have tried to take care of myself over the years, I’ve not been 100% about it. I’ve now had 3 major surgeries in my lifetime. I had one gallstone and it is huge. For years I’ve had an ache in my lower abdomen and everyone was saying it was adhesions. Well since that “rock” has been removed I don’t have the soreness or ache there any longer. I wish they had a way of dissolving gallstones, because the Good Lord gave that gall bladder to us for a reason. My stomach area looks like I’ve been stabbed several places and I also have another 3 inch stitched area, as I had a benign tumor removed from my side. I’m not in pain, but quiet sore and hopefully it will go away in a day or two without any repercussions. I am one of the people who likes to know what is happening to my body, so I went on YouTube and watched a live video of a gallstone operation. I was surprised to learn that the gall bladder is attached to the liver and it is not just hanging from it like I thought it was. It was a very interesting and informative video. Some folks might be too squeamish to watch the video, but it will show you what to expect. So far, I’m recouping fine. I have another pain killer for back up if I start having any that is not tolerable, but I’m lucky that I have a high tolerance to pain to begin with. I found out that I’m allergic to Vicodin. I can tell you that all major surgery is traumatic, but I prayed a lot and was not afraid one bit. I suppose I was somewhat anxious not knowing it though, because my blood pressure was 162/79 when I was admitted. The only complaint I really had was that they kept me in the pre-op bed for 3 hours before they took me to surgery and no friend or relative was with me. My sister was supposed to sit with me, but ironically she ended up in the ER the same time I was being admitted to the hospital. Now she has to have part of her colon removed from diverticulosis disease. I told her she was just trying to outdo me. LOL My advice for others is think positive thoughts, pray to our Good Lord a lot and He will take care of you.

September 7, 2010 at 7:55 am
(86) Stacy says:

Hi All, I have been diagnosed with Gall Stones today. I had a massive attack which landed me in hospital last Thursday night. The pain has gone on for 5 days. I have a 6 month wait for surgery (my case has been marked urgent and life threatening mind you). I have no idea when i’ll be seeing a surgeon. After the treatment I recieved at the hospital, where the doctor completely dismissed the triage nurse’s gut feeling and told me I had UTI without even bothering to do an ultrasound, I think i’d rather have my surgery done at a vet.

I am not looking forward to the wait, but at the same time, by what i’ve read here, it will be worth it.

September 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(87) vicki says:

hi everyone, my mother got her gull stones out in i think last year. she had massive attacks and went to the hospital stayed there for 2weeks and the doctor make her appointment down south and no one called her back. she ended up having another attack she waited almost a year with the pain from the gull stones and she had another attack so finally the doctor sent her out and she got her gull stones out. now she is okay! but now she got’s a big growth that is growing inside of her and the doctor told her it was a growth from the surgery so now she has to go for another surgery to take the growth out.

December 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(88) Kevin says:

I was diagnosed with Gallstones a week ago, after having endured 2 months of pain. I was told I will have to undergo a surgery. I was wondering what the surgery is? Will they remove the whole Gall Bladder? Or just the stones? How long is the recovery time? I’m in Grade 12 and I can’t afford to take time off school with a whole academic course load!
Thank You!

December 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(89) J says:

I had mine removed 2 days ago. It’s really nothing to be afraid of. The surgery lasted about 30-35 mins. I was up and and able to walk around as soon as I gain my conscious. The post surgery is not as painful as I had imagined. The post surgery pain is SO much more bearable compared to the pain I was having when the stones was inside my gallbladder. It only feels like period pain. The only downfall I could think of is that I have to sleep on my back for the next couple of days. Otherwise everything is good. Trust me you’ll feel a lot better getting it out of your system.

January 6, 2011 at 6:24 am
(90) martha says:

have been diagnosed of the gb stone and after the testimonies even though I am scared I will have the surgery…I do not think this pain that even attacks me in middle of the night while sleeping is worth it.
I have a nine year old son and to think sometimes I will be in pain and I will be alone with him , that is just the worst . I should be brave and not traumatize my son like that ,, so surgery here I come

m from south Africa

January 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(91) Anne says:

How about being 86 years old with a prospect of surgery and a trip in March?! While I haven’t seen my physician to verify gall stones are the issue I’m rather certain this is the problem. It was reassurring to learn the recovery period isn’t that long. What isn’t the good news is the fact that I’ve been my own worst enemy. But, oh well, that’s life. Anne

January 14, 2011 at 1:27 am
(92) norma89 says:

iam posted for surgery at 10;30am tomorrow..iam scared as hell and someone help me please

February 28, 2011 at 2:17 am
(93) Catherine says:

For years on and off I’ve had nausea, vomiting, pain and discomfort. I’ve seen a specialist (finally) and he intended on doing a gastroscope but decided to do an ultrasound today just to check. Turns out I have a gallstone the size of a malteaser. I don’t know if I’ll have surgery because I’ve never had an attack, or even a swallen gall bladder ( my mother is a nurse and has monitered my condition) and because it doesn’t seem like the likely cause for my condition they may just avoid the unnecessary surgery… it was kind of like a ‘bonus prize’ while searching for my real illness LOL.

March 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(94) Miryam says:

My 5 year old was diagnosed with Gallstones. We are now waiting to see a pediatric Gastroenterologist . to decide if he will have surgery to remove the stone or even the gallbladder too. Poor think barely eats because his belly is always sore after he has 2-3 bites of foot. Hopefully this will make everything better! Loved reading all your comments.Especial comment #3 Deborah about her 4 year old son.

March 27, 2011 at 12:50 am
(95) Amy says:

I developed gallstones early in my second trimester (June ’10) and my OBGYN misdiagnosed them saying I had a “spongey sternum”??!!! He told me to take Gaviscon but after an excrutiating attack that lasted 5 days I finally went to the hospital where they told me it was Gallstones and that they were very common in pregnant woman due to the amount of estrogen being produced.
After that I made sure to watch everything I ate and – for the most part- knew what would trigger an attack. Cheese was a main culprit, nacho’s, pizza, you name it.
I was admitted to the hospital at 36 weeks pregnant because the stones were causing my liver enzymes to go up and they thought it may be a potential threat to my baby. While there, I learned that taking a Zantac and a shot of Malox really helped ease the pain and almost prevented the attacks from happening. After my son was born (healthy and 4 weeks early) I had an attack every other day for weeks so off to a surgeon I went. I’ve been waiting now for approx. 4 months and am scheduled to have surgery bright and early Monday morning (Mar 28th). Funny thing is, I haven’t had an attack since right before Christmas so I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the surgery now. Reading all of your posts has really helped with my anxiety. My dad had his GB taken out 3 years ago and he says the best thing to do is walk, take it easy, but walk it off.

I have two questions that no one seems to be able to answer..
1) Why do most of the attacks happen at night?
2) Why aren’t you able to take a deep breath in the middle of an attack? Did anyone find it made the pain worse if you tried?

Wish me luck! Surgery is in T-35 hours.

April 8, 2011 at 9:00 am
(96) Shauna says:

I got Diagnosed with Gallstones Yesterday after my ultrasound dont know anything about the gallstones but I didnt realise they had to remove your whole Gallbladder i thought they just removed the stones, very nervous about my surgery, as I have big accounting exams coming up soon after my surgery hope the pain isnt too bad after the operation but then again i dont think the pain could possibly be as bad as the actual attacks.. I will never forget them!

April 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(97) Xavier says:

hey im xavier and i have surgery on the april the 25th of 2011 and imkind of affraid and it bothers me but i know i will be okay thanks to the good lord i will make it thru safe (:

May 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(98) heather says:

That’s when on Jan 31st my primary care doctor got me admitted to a psych hospital and i was there until Feb 28th of 2011. I’m doing out patient therapy currently but still am miserable with how i feel mentally an physically about myself and how my life is going…. Well i progress Friday May the 13th I met with my surgeon agian and my pre test is scheduled for May 19th and my surgery for the 26th of May. I am scared and worried I have never had surgery, and from reading all of your posts has given me some hope and peace of mind about it. The other issue I have is with my surgeon. He does not have good bedside manner at all, but from what i have looked up he seems to be a decent surgeon. I guess I just feel unsatisfied like i should feel comfortable with the person doing my surgery. However even if his bedside manner is not what I feel like it should be that does not make him any less qualified as a surgeon, maybe alot of surgeons come off that way? Like not very compassionate or a people person type. I’m still going to go ahead with the surgery on the 26th with him as my surgeon, to me he comes across kind of like a a$$hole. Should this bother me that i do not particularly like my surgeon as a person? Even though he is a good surgeon from what i have been able to look up about him on the internet? — Sincerely, Scared and confused???

May 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(99) Heather says:

Hi everyone! I’m a 26 yr old female, Thanks for all of your posts about having Gallbladder surgery. I was diagnosed I think either towards the end of November of 2010 by my primary doctor, and was sent to get the ultrasound; for confirmation that I had Gallstones. I had noticed since around mid June of 2010, that I was having right upper abdominal pain and my rib cage felt very tender to touch. I also have been diagnosed with acid reflux or G.E.R.D and had been taking zantac and then I was put on Dexalant a proton pump inhibitor. Over the years I’ve had spells of waking up sick to my stomach and vomiting in the morning what I thought was sinus drainage or stomach acid, at the time now looking back it might have been bile as well? Rewind back to June of 2010 through November of 2010. I started to notice like I said upper right abdominal pain, tenderness of my rib cage on either side and pain in my back and shoulders and feeling nauseated and having an upset stomach after eating. I remember looking back taking doses of Pepto “the Pink liquid” alot more that just the occasional for upset stomach. Having said that, and finally seeing my primary doctor and getting the ultrasound which showed the stones. I set up a appointment with the surgeon for December 23rd of 2010 and my surgery was set for January 25th of 2011.

May 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm
(100) Heather says:

This is the middle of my original post, they posted the third part first and i guess my last post that will come up will be the first part of it i hope it makes sense i had alot to type not all fit together and then it didnt go through right

However, after getting my pretesting done for the surgery I had strep- throat and was on antibiotics so the surgery was now kind of up in the air. On Jan 25th i arrived for surgery at 6am come to find out I still was on my antibiotics “they ask you what meds you are taking” So he wouldn’t do the surgery if fear that if he inserted the breathing tube and if still was infected that he would push the infection into my lungs causing me to get phenomena, so I left with out getting the surgery. Then i started having problems with being able to swallow or eat food. I was only able to basically drink ensure and homemade fruit smoothies. I was miserable, still having gallstone pain and throat issues and started getting really depressed because I felt hopeless nothing was going right in my life, with regards to Health or relationships, legal issues with traffic tickets, and outstanding bills and a student loan the list goes on….. Well I felt like I couldn’t deal with all of this so much all at once. January 27th went to the ER for a panic attack. After getting home after a late night from the ER. I had been on so many different pills between antibotics for a UTI and another infection plus some psych meds I was having problems expaining how i felt physically or mentally and having problems trying to eat, because of my throat. I felt like I wanted to give up and die. I felt so overwhelmed, I stopped eating as much “drinking ensure and smoothies” and was only drinking water and was becoming less and less. I was spending most of my days in bed but, wasn’t able to sleep “this part with sleeping had been a problem since December of 2010″ thinking it would be so much easier if i would just go to sleep and never wake up

May 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm
(101) Heather says:

Okay they posted my comment wrong comment (99) is the beginning (98) followed where i left off on (99) so im guessing that post (100) would be the correct ending to my full comment sorry about the confusion! I had to cut and paste to make 3 different posts to fit it all in so this should be post (101) Thanks to everyone who read my comment/post and i hope after you see this it will make more sense?!

May 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(102) Heather says:

Crap it should be read as: (99) (100) (98) then this would be (102) grrr so aggravated!

July 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(103) annie hoffman says:

Im 44 years old, i have been suffering from severe stomach aches as well as feel like i have heart pain with it,, as well as i compulsively throw up… I had an ultra sound and was told i ha a gall blader filled with stones and i have no choice but to have the entire thing removed. I have been in more pain than i can take.. Im worried more than when i ha a full hysterectomy and feel really alone… . tomorrow i sign up for the surgery. I cannot WAIT for this to be over. noone has told me to eat certain foods or what not to eat to ease this horrible pain…….

July 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm
(104) Bambi says:

Hi, I am 29 yrs old & I had my gallbladder removed 3wks ago.I have had acid reflux for 10 years & about 5 yrs ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I think my gallbladder attacks started 2 yrs ago. I am a vegetarian & eat pretty healthy, except my weakness is pizza, fries, & mozzerella sticks &afterwords, I would get attacks with bad abdominal pain (like gas pain). They would last 30 min to 8hrs. I just thought that it was my colitis causing them. A month ago,I had pizza&fries. I had some discomfort afterwards, but used the bathroom & went to bed feeling ok. That morning I woke up literally screaming in pain. My husband called an ambulance. By the time they arrived I was throwing up non-stop,This was the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life! I arrived at the ER & they gave me an IV with pain&stomach meds. I had an ultrasound& they found dozens of stones. Something didn’t look right, so I had a CAT scan with the radioactive dye. They told me that my gallbladder was not functioning & some stones were caught in the duct going to my liver & wanted to do emergency surgery (they told me that my liver would start shutting down if I didn’t have the surgery). I was scared as this was my 1st surgery, so I refused the surgery & wanted a 2nd opinion & to do more research 1st. After doing all that, there was no doubt I needed the surgery. I had it done the next week. All I remember is being taken into a cold room, getting on the table, they gave me a mask & told me to take deep breathes. The next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room. The first 3-4 days were extremely painful, but each day it got a little better. I went back to work after 1 week, however I am on restriction (no lifting10 pounds or more~ for 8wks). the 1st week back to work was horrible, but I am on week 3 and feeling almost back to normal. Although my acid reflux has gotten worse I am hoping this will go away. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Also my period is 3weeks late!

July 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(105) Bambi says:

And to answer your question Annie Hoffman(103)~ my surgeon has me on a very strict diet. You have to eat an extremely low fat diet. I have switched to a Vegan diet(no meats, no dairy). You have to read the labels on everything. The amount of saturated fat in the item is the most important. I try to eat foods with less than 5% sat. fat. My problem was pretty severe & with all my other issues, I am sticking to this. But for you~ I would stay away from alot of red meat, fried foods, pizza, chips, cake, cookies, etc. I have been making my own pizza out of whole grain wheat dough, light sauce, soy cheese, & then I add veggies (like peppers, onions, &olives). I bought all whole grain pasta & vegetables & make pasta dishes alot. Also I eat alot of vegetarian burgers, chicken, & lunch meat, which you can find at almost any grocery store these days. Some of the vegetarian foods are delicious (I recommend “Morning Star Farms” brand) my husband loves meat, but he even likes my vegetarian food. They are very low in sat. fat. Just try to eat alot of fruits & veggies, whole grain food items. I wish you all the best & hope your surgery goes well=) You will be glad when it’s all over & done with!!

July 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm
(106) Mady says:

I’m 20 years old and have 2 beautiful boys. Doc told me yesterday that he suspects that I have gall stones. Booked my app for an ultrasound. Should I be scared?

August 8, 2011 at 4:05 am
(107) Dolly says:

Mady, It’s not something to freak yourself out about. It hurts, yes, but It’s something you can live with. I’m 18 and I’ve had them for a year now. I’m having my gallbladder removed in four days.

August 22, 2011 at 6:20 am
(108) Mandy says:

I’ve read through all the comments. Like many others who have posted here, I am scheduled for surgery in the morning, hopefully keyhole surgery.

My first gallstone attack was 14 months ago and I truly thought I was having a heart attack. Those around me at work thought so too and an ambulance was called.

Seven attacks later, with three ambulance call-outs (I was in that much pain – cold, clammy, sweating, unable to talk or sit or do anything), my surgery has finally arrived.

Initially, I was so relieved that to hear that my time had arrived (after being on the public health waiting list), now I am terrified. I have never had anything removed before and have never had an incision of any sort. The thought of being pumped with air and waking up nauseous which I’ve read can happen really scares me.

I plan to post again once I’ve had the surgery. To everyone else out there battling with gallstones, I totally feel your pain. It is comparable with childbirth and the scary thing is never knowing when they can happen. I am trying to convince myself I am doing the right thing by having surgery.

Will update you afterwards.

August 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm
(109) Mandy says:

Well, I said I would update after my surgery. And here I am the day after the surgery. It was nowhere as bad as I thought it would be. I recovered easily from the anaesthetic – anaesthetics are nothing like they used to be – so much easier.

I did have a sore throat (from where the pipe had been inserted down my throat) and some tenderness from the keyhole surgery and in my stomach, but it was totally bearable. With the drugs they give you for pain (and the pain relief injection you get before you leave the theatre), the pain is absolutely minimal – in the background really.

I would do it again in an instant, it was that easy. And now I don’t have to worry about gallstone attacks again.

BTW, I have a little phial with 62 gallstones they removed when they took out the gallbladder. They are small but the surgeon said they are the dangerous ones because they get into places that do damage and get stuck in the duct. The larger ones don’t tend to move and can remain silent.

So to anyone thinking of having surgery or scheduled to have surgery, it is not a daunting experience at all. I don’t know why I was so scared and worried.

September 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(110) Rhi says:

I had my gall bladder removed on the 7th Sept after waiting about half a year for it. I went to my doctor beforehand when I started getting these pains and he told me because of my age (18) that young people do experience ‘Stress pains’. Well, my god how wrong was he!

Having this gall bladder surgery is the best thing I’ve done so far. Apart from that only downsides are is that pain you find in your shoulders from where they have to pump air into you to see what theyre doing and the pain you find when you have from your scars (only a little sore though). Also, I found I was constipated after surgery because your tummy muscles have been messed around with, I think its normal, but you can always take something for it.

I saw that a few people are a little worried about their weight pre op. You’ve got nothing to worry about, I weigh over 300lb and they still managed to do the surgery by key hole. But, it is best to be close to your idea weight before the ideal weight. There’s only a 5% chance that they will have to revert to open surgery, but they will do that for your own safety.

September 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm
(111) Bunny says:

Rhi,
I heard what u said about your surgery and I appreciate what u wrote. I have surgery on Monday and I am scarced to death. I was less scarced after reading your experience.

September 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(112) Kristy says:

I had my surgery on September 13. I’m 25 and had attacks for the past year. The surgery lasted about 1.5 hours and the first two days were a challenge. Four days later, I returned to work and I am sore, but it’s been bearable. I find myself getting tired easily, but I know it’s worth it. Unfortunately, I’ve come down with a cold and any kind of cough or sneeze hurts. The worst pain is by my belly button. Good luck to anyone who is going to go through surgery.

September 25, 2011 at 6:47 am
(113) Donna (in England) says:

I had my gall bladder out on Sept 16 (9 days ago) with a keyhole procedure (age 55). It was day surgery- turned up at 8am, second on the list so walked into theatre at 10.40. Woke up around 1.30pm all done- piece of cake! Got discharged at 5pm after managing to eat, drink and use the loo (toilet). Staff and care completely wonderful- sent home with info, painkillers, anti-sickness pills and spare bandages if needed. A bit sore for a few days – it hurt to laugh or cough, so watching old DVDs of “The IT Crowd” with my daughter the next day may have been a mistake! It felt like I’d done 500 sit-ups, so needed help a few times sitting up or getting off the sofa. But four days later I was well enough to go to my art class.

Don’t be afraid- if you need the operation, get it done asap- it’s not nearly as bad as an attack of colic (which IS worse than the pain of childbirth!!!), and you get lots of pretty stones to show your friends!

Thanks to all at Dorchester Hospital, and the wonderful (free) British National Health Service!

October 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(114) Korinne says:

Wow Rwading all these comments made me feel alor better about getting my gallbladder out Monday 24th of October 2011 I can’t wait to free this pain, sleeping sitting up and eating nothing!!! Pray for me:) I am 28 with two kids I hope I am a fast healer!!! For my husbands sake lol.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>
Top Related Searches
  • gallstone surgery
  • ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

    We comply with the HONcode standard
    for trustworthy health
    information: verify here.