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Gallstones, Gall Bladder and Pain: Can you still have gallstones after gallbladder removal?

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Gallstones after removal of your gallbladder?

The gall bladder is an organ that does not really have a vital function, but that does not mean that it can not cause any problems. Very simply, gall bladder pain is typically caused by gallstones. The gallbladder pain is experienced when the gallstones become large and travel to the ducts where they then block them.

A proper diet is one of the options to stop a gall bladder pain. The most important thing is to learn yourself what foods you cannot tolerate and omit them from your diet. But Can you still have Gallstones after removal of your gall bladder?

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Can you still have gallstones after gallbladder removal ? I have been in pain for a couple of weeks associated with what I feel feels like knots in my stomach, top portion middle area of chest under breastbone area. I do not have an appendix or female organs, due to surgery. Please send me an opinion on this . Anything is much appreciated. Thankyou! 

Answer

We can appreciate your concerns as it is scary to continue to experience pain after thinking the surgery performed will get rid of all your pain. You should consult your treating doctor for an assessment of your symptoms, to out rule any other possible underlying medical condition. However, to answer your first question, once the gallbladder is removed, one cannot have, in most cases, gallstones anymore. We can help you glean some understanding of the gall bladder and its function, which may be helpful to you. 

What is a Gall bladder?
The gall bladder is a small organ that assists the activity of the liver. The job of the gall bladder is to store and concentrate bile. However, the body can function adequately without it if certain dietary precautions are observed. Temporary digestive difficulties after gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) are not uncommon and the reason for these problems is usually a difficulty in the digestive system handling fats in the diet. Fat and certain fat-soluble vitamins require bile in order to be absorbed. When the gallbladder is present, it stores bile that the liver makes. During a meal, the gallbladder contracts, releasing a pool of bile into the intestine that is used for fat absorption. After cholecystectomy, bile is still produced by the liver, but is released in a continuous, slow trickle into the intestine. Thus, when eating a meal that is high in fat content, there may not be an adequate amount of bile in the intestine to properly handle the normal absorption process. 

Diet after gall bladder removal
Diet wise, you will now be past the stage of clear liquids, once passing gas progress to full liquids (milk based, soups, pudding, etc.). You may then advance slowly to a regular diet as tolerated. Loose stools initially are not uncommon. No long term dietary restrictions or changes will be required (most people do better without their gallbladder). The most impotent thing is to learn yourself what foods you cannot tolerate and omit them from your diet, which preferably should be a LOW FAT DIET. But reintroduce foods slowly and little at a time. Remember, the key is to eat what you can tolerate and each person is different, so what others may tolerate you perhaps may not. 

PCS is an abbreviation for post-cholecystectomy syndrome. The term post cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) describes the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy. These symptoms can represent either the continuation of symptoms thought to be caused by the gallbladder or the development of new symptoms normally attributed to the gallbladder. PCS also includes the development of symptoms caused by removal of the gallbladder. 

Two types of problems may arise. The first problem is continuously increased bile flow into the upper GI tract, which may contribute to esophagitis and gastritis. The second consequence is related to the lower GI tract, where diarrhea and colicky lower abdominal pain may result. You would need to discuss your particular symptoms with your own treating doctor so you can be investigated, diagnosed and then suitably treated.

The best relief is prevention. Gall bladder pain is a direct result of gall stones. Gall stones are directly related to the diet you intake.
 
If you want to find out more about gall bladder pain we recommend you these links:
Post-cholecystectomy syndrome
Is your gall bladder necessary?
Pain After Gall Bladder Removal?

You can read more about all this in the Health Center: Bladder Problems

Created on: 09/29/2006
Reviewed on: 01/12/2012

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

i had a ultrasound done and a mri and the camera down the throat to the stomache all came back normal. i had my gallbladder out 4 months ago and i still feel sick and funny feeling in the body most of the time and my liver livers are 136 high. Is it worth doing the test with the dye if my mri was normal???????????Someone please help me.
Also is there any other tests you can do?
I'm always bloated on and off and i get realbad pains before my period and i never used too...............

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

had my gall bladder removed one week ago. Still having pain from trapped gases once i am laying down. have been waking up in the night with trapped gas and pain. Wondering how long these symptoms last as the dr says only up to 48hr. Does anyone know how to relieve the pain apart from using a hot water bottle and drinking hot water to get rid of gas. this was what the nurse recommended at the hospital

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Ended up gettingonsome yakults. Taking morning and night to get good bacteria back into stomach. This has worked and feeling much better without the gas pain

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Shoot my gas lasted a long time, that 48 hr thing is such a lie. One thing that i did to help with he bloating and gas, is i would get on all fours, and rock back and forth, it would help me to pass gas, smells bad, but feels so good. lol You might wana try that. It helped me. :)

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

explosive diarrhoea 5 mins after food,killer indigestion ,pain under right rib,and shivers and coldness,dont have any op unless its the last choice and ask what choices you have this is most common op and colon cancer is most common diagnosis of cancer as well .If bile cannot be stored it drips down colon constantly doin us no good at all.

Cyndi wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Hi - I just found out that I have to have my gall bladder removed. I am very apprehensive because although I read that the gall bladder has no real function apparently it does do something. What happens with the process that the gall bladder does do once it's removed? With everything I have read (and I know you can't believe everything you read) there are more people for than against having their gall bladder removed.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Just had my gallbladder out almost 5 weeks ago. I was in incredible pain before so everything after has been great. My sister had hers out 24 years ago and she has been fine. In the booklet my surgeon gave me, the gallbladder stores and releases bile that the liver makes. But stones can block the release of bile and cause pain and can lead to complications. Bile aids in digestion in the small intestines. My surgeon said I would have diarrhea and that I try to maintain a lowfat, high fiber diet until my liver is used to no gallbladder. I mentioned my sister but I do know a few other women who had their gallbladders removed 20+ years ago. One told me they said she may not be able to eat certain foods - she says she has had no problems with any foods to date.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

It's all in how your body will react to not having a gallbladder. Everyone is different. Some are fine and some are not, anyhow, you will have to change your diet regardless. So just be prepared for that. You might want to look into a gallbladder flush b4, might wrk for you. IDK. All I'm saying is be prepared that everything might not be perfect afterward. Best of luck to you. :)

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

hi my name is stacy am 20 years old i had gallbladder removed 15 weeks ago as went though so much pain during bein pregnant wif my daughter the doctors said it was intergestion i was in and out if hospital until i demanded a scan i never been in so much pain in my life then they found stones but said they couldnt do any thing until i gave birth it was a nightmare . ihave experience the pain several time after the surgery but still nothing has been done about it . has any 1 out there suffring with diorea i have to go to toilet 5 mins after everty thing i eat if any 1 cane help me please reply

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Hi
My son had gallbladder surgery 2 months ago and went through the same thing. FINALLY a doctor put him on Questran to stop all the nonsense of the after effects of surgery. They are suppose to put people on that medicine . Please call your doc and ask them about this.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I will be getting my gallbladder removed tomorow, I have heard milk products can give diarreah and it almost sounds like u have developed irritable bowel syndrome.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

has any body had these symptons

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Yes, i have and am still going threw this. I had my gallbladder removed last year in Dec. I've been to the dr several times, Had an ultrasound and blood wrk done, they found that i had h. Pylori, and infection in the stomach, gave me meds, but still hurting. I finally went to a nutritionist, she gave me a supplement called Digest Gold which i have to take everytime before i eat a meal. Said it was sumthing that was made for people who have gallbladder surgery. I no longer have diahrrea, still have pain after i eat. Also had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, which i am still waiting for results on those. The only thing that i can tell you is stay away from everything and anything fried. I dnt know about you but all my dr told me was that if i ate anything fried i would get diahrrea afterward. But he didn't say to stay away frm it. But frm what the nutritionist told me is that after gallbladder surgery your body can not digest fried food. So stick to baked, broiled, grilled only. And just fish, chicken, and turkey meat, no red meat. Also eat wheat everything, pasta, bread, etc. And see if it helps. Since our bodies already had a hard time with our food, now that we dnt have gallbladders, it just made it even more difficult. Also, i dnt produce enough stomach acid, so i take a supplement called Betaine, you might wana look into that also. If you are of type A blood, you might not be producing enough stomach acid. I'm sorry that you are goin threw this, it's horrible, i know. Just hang in there and be strong.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I had gb surgery in oct 09 an they found my common bile duct was twisted an narrowed liver enzymes were really high had ct scan an ercp and they untwisted it was in hos for a week , still in really bad pain under right rib cage and were my scar is doctor keeps sayin give it time am in constant pain not eatin have diaria an don't feel right am so sick of gettin. Fobbed off feel like am imaginin the pain

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Kidney stones are the undissolved portions of the minerals which are obtained from food. This forms lumps of crystals which clump together and grow into hard stones and become really difficult to pass and could be quite painful some time. Treatment with natural remedy or specialized medical equipment becomes compulsory after some time

However some simple diets helps in keeping gallstones at bay

1.Drink 2 -3 glasses of Cucumber Juice daily, which helps in removing kidney stones.
2.Barley leaves juice prevents kidney stone formation.
3.Intake of Drumsticks, radishes helps in Kidney stone removal.
4.Drink more water every day at least 4-5 liter a day. It will flush out the stone faster.

Try going through www.healandhealth.com to know on more prevention cures to gallstone.
Thanks

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I had gallbladder surgery in 1992. I was one of the first that had laproscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder. Ever since I had it removed I have continued to have attacks as if I had a gallstone but the doctors kept telling me I couldn't have gallstones because I didn't have a gallbladder. Finally this year I couldn't take it anymore and a doctor did an ultrasound and an ERCP but only to my stomach. He thought I had GERD but found I had no damage which makes sense because it isn't reflux disease. He still prescribed me Kapidex which helped for a while but then last week I had another attack. I have finally convinced another doctor to order the MRCP. I will be having it very soon and I will report back the findings. I have to find a cure for this, I'm so tired of feeling like this after so many years.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Don't know if it's true, but read you can get gallstones in your liver. Read it on some medical site online. Does anyone know if this is true? I would get a second opinion and maybe a third.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

hiya does anyone have chills chivers down there back and arms and the last few days they are down my back, I had gallstones and gallbladder removed 18 months ago passed out at work through pain and pancreitis , 8 hour op big stone stuck in bile duct tk suz

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Hi guys! I'm so glad to find this site, been reading through and some of this gallstone stuff fasinates me. In August 2009 I had surgery to remove my gallbladder because of gallstones. This was my very first surgery. I had the cut across my tummy as the doctors said some of the gallstones had come out of my gallbladder. Very hard after surgery as I felt like my body had been drained from all the blood tests and taking pills, i was emotionally stressed. A month later I had to go in again to remove more stones found in my common bile duct, oh nooo it was hell all over again!! But this time they just put something down my throat to crush the stone. Anyways having gallstones was a nightmare with the pain a VERY VERY excruciating pain i almost didn't want to live having to deal with this pain!! They took out 25 stones out all together. I thought long and hard that this time I will change my eating habits, im 27 yrs old with a whole live in front of me. And I wanna be here for my children, I have lost some weight, am active and changed my eating habits. Its a struggle to hold back on some foods but I will make it!:) The surgery took its toll on me but I think for me, was that the worst has gone.I can relate to some comments I've been reading here. And just glad I can share something about what I went through with people who have gone through the same thing.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Hi guys! I'm so glad to find this site, been reading through and some of this gallstone stuff fasinates me. In August 2009 I had surgery to remove my gallbladder because of gallstones. This was my very first surgery. I had the cut across my tummy as the doctors said some of the gallstones had come out of my gallbladder. Very hard after surgery as I felt like my body had been drained from all the blood tests and taking pills, i was emotionally stressed. A month later I had to go in again to remove more stones found in my common bile duct, oh nooo it was hell all over again!! But this time they just put something down my throat to crush the stone. Anyways having gallstones was a nightmare with the pain a VERY VERY excruciating pain i almost didn't want to live having to deal with this pain!! They took out 25 stones out all together. I thought long and hard that this time I will change my eating habits, im 27 yrs old with a whole live in front of me. And I wanna be here for my children, I have lost some weight, am active and changed my eating habits. Its a struggle to hold back on some foods but I will make it!:) The surgery took its toll on me but I think for me, was that the worst has gone.I can relate to some comments I've been reading here. And just glad I can share something about what I went through with people who have gone through the same thing.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I also had my gallbladder removed in May of 2003. They also kept telling me to go home,and come back if my syptoms persisted. I refused, I am so greatful i went with my instincts because if I would have my gallbladder would have ruptured with infection, and instead of having lapripsopic surgery they would have had to cut me from top to bottom to remove all of the infection, and I could have died. That is why I always tell everyone now to go with your instincts, they are always right.
But even now after all these years of my gallbladder being removed I still have pain, and still have to be careful what I eat because many foods cause me to have bad stomach pain, and syptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I recently found out i have gastrisis, so it never ends!!! I hope it
does for you! I am 32 yrs old, and sometimes I feel like I'm 82 with all these problems. Good Luck!!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Hi guys! I'm so glad to find this site, been reading through and some of this gallstone stuff fasinates me. In August 2009 I had surgery to remove my gallbladder because of gallstones. This was my very first surgery. I had the cut across my tummy as the doctors said some of the gallstones had come out of my gallbladder. Very hard after surgery as I felt like my body had been drained from all the blood tests and taking pills, i was emotionally stressed. A month later I had to go in again to remove more stones found in my common bile duct, oh nooo it was hell all over again!! But this time they just put something down my throat to crush the stone. Anyways having gallstones was a nightmare with the pain a VERY VERY excruciating pain i almost didn't want to live having to deal with this pain!! They took out 25 stones out all together. I thought long and hard that this time I will change my eating habits, im 27 yrs old with a whole live in front of me. And I wanna be here for my children, I have lost some weight, am active and changed my eating habits. Its a struggle to hold back on some foods but I will make it!:) The surgery took its toll on me but I think for me, was that the worst has gone.I can relate to some comments I've been reading here. And just glad I can share something about what I went through with people who have gone through the same thing.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Hey all please check Gall stone cleanse using natural ways ie olive oil and lemon juice theorapy.
I had gall stone problem too. I removed my gall stones without surgery
http://www.relfe.com/gall_stone_cleanse.html
Thanks

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I did too. Did the flush, was on a strict diet for 6 months+ and when i was done, i had to do a series of warm water enemas, and i had to drink half a cup of olive oil with half a cup of 100% organic apple juice, and i passed a LOT of stones! But after about 3 months, the pain was back with a vengence, and i had continued to eat clean, so I knew that was not the problem. Went to the doctor, and they found that my gallbladder was swollen and becoming infected. Had to have surgery ASAP, to have my gallbladder removed. But yet even now, my problems are not over, still having pain like i had before. WILL IT EVER END?????

Anonymous wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Very nice site!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I went to my appt yesterday, dr said my ultrasound was fine, checked my blood wrk, said i had an infection in my stomach called H. Pylori. Gave me 3 diff antibiotics that i have to take for 14 days. Said that was what was causing the pain. Idk if its true though. I came home and Googled it, some of the symtoms are what i feel but not all. Not to mention what i read said that people with this infection feel pain when their stomachs are empty, but the pain is relieved after they eat. Not me, as long as my belly is empty i feel fine, just hungry, once i eat is when the pain starts. Idk what to do. The meds were $108.41 with my ins, without it would have cost me $457.99. Thats a lot of money for me. i hate to think that i might have spent money for meds that i dnt need. So if any of you have any info on this infection or on what it might be thats wrong with me please please please reply to me? My name is Ruthie thank you!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I had that too before I found out I had gallstones. Everytime I ate the pain would come. And when I didnt eat it would be fine. Doctors said that the pain would start when I'd eat fatty foods. I had this pain for at least 3 mths before I went to the doctors and they told me I had gallstones, and by that time the pain was everyday!! SERIOUS i'd lie in bed for a whole day. Thinking it was a sore stomach or something.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I had gallbladder removal surgery on dec 17 of last year. Afterward i still had pain, went back to the dr, he ordered an ultrasound, said he didnt find anything, did bloodwrk to, thats where he found that i had H. Pylori, finished those meds, still in pain, finally he sent me to a GI dr, he did a colonoscopy and a endoscopy, now im waiting on those results, i honestly dont kno what to do any more, im in way to much pain. I honestly just go in2 the bathroom and cry. this is ridiculous. Sometimes i feel like im goin crzy. Im tired of all this waiting. The whole time im in pain. And you know, after i found out that i had gallstones, i did a flush, completely changed im diet, iv stuck with it, but it dnt make a difference. The other day i ate a salad, no dressing, and rite afterward, my stomach started hurtin, had to go to the bathroom, and i kno this is more info then you need, but i had major diahrrea, and honestly, that salad came out lookin the same way it did when it went it. wtf? Im telling you i just dnt kno what to do anymore. If any1 has any info that can help me, plz reply. thank you!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Well i had my appt the other day and the dr ordered an ultrasound, so i had that done the nxt day, now i have my appt tomorrow morning to find out the results. They better help me, im so tired of hurting and vomiting and freakin having diarhea. Its such a pain. Ill keep yall updated. lol

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I went through a year of having three to four attacks a week untill I found. Out I could request an ultrasound cause the doctors kept saying it was gas! Once I had the ultra sound, sure enough a huge stone. I had it removed in 2004 and now 2010 I'm starting to having the same attacks and going for an ultra sound again to find out. Request an ultrasound because it is a hard one to determine for doctors.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

hey its me again GE, i noticed that if i take 2-3 200mg of Tylenol as soon as i feel the itchy anxious feeling in my stomach like somethings wrong, it seems to help the pain.. might work for someone else.. thought id let you all know. GE

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

My 92 year old mother had gallbladder removal in the 60s, and this last year they found what they thought was a tumor on her liver to be 10 gallstones in the bile duct. They took them out without surgery, going in through her mouth and retrieving one stone at a time. She's doing great. But YES, you can have gallstones after surgery.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

I agree and know for certain that you CAN have gall stones after gallbladder removal. I had my gallbladder removed in 1975 and still to this day produce gall stones on occasion. I don't eat fatty foods either! I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 1975, as well; so I have other intestinal issues.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Im so sorry to everyone that seems to be going threw the same thing that i going threw. I have my drs appt tomorow morning at 8:15. I fear that he will tell me everything is normal. But Im not leaving there until he figures out wtf is wrong with me. I was told that everything would go back to normal after my surgery, and well it didn't. I hurt all the time, that pain that starts in your stomach shoots to your right shoulder and neck and makes your entire right arm hurt. And Ive been throwing up everything i eat and drink, including water. I hate this. Iv gone all day today with out eating cuz the pain is to bad. All i wanna do is cry, cuz it was suppose to be better and its not. These damn attacks are jsut to much. I swear the freaking dr better do something. I'll let you all know what the dr tells me tomorrow. Thanx so much everyone that shared their story on this website cuz it really has helped me. I know exactly what to tell the dr tomorrow. But i am truely sorry for all you that are still in so much pain, i can relate. :( Oh by the way i had my surgery only 2 months ago it will be 3 on the 17 of march. Thanx again.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

ok! so, im back from the Doctor's, she said no to the MRCP, blood work first then zantac for 2 weeks :( W.T.F why do they not take us seriously??????? im giving her 1 month of my pain to figure it out, then im going to the hospital after eating a big fat prime rib, Texas style baked potato with a pound of butter and cheese. topped off w/ a mud pie and can of wiped cream............ ill show them how imposable it is to have pain in the same spots (but Doc i took my zantac) uuurrrggghhh!!!!!! :((((((

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

I had my gallbladder out three weeks ago the first 12 day were fine just the normal soreness from surgery. I went back to work six days later then all of a sudden on about day 12 i had what felt like a gallstone attack again it was just as bad as the one that sent me to the er which is where i had my gallbladder removed. The pain passed after about 4 hours and a couple of pain pills. But now i still have some pain under my ribs and my upper back area. Am wondering if i went back to work too soon or is this something i'm going to have to live with? I see my regular Dr tomorrow but from what i've read they dont seem to know alot any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

YOU HAVE SAME PROBLEM I HAD. LEFTOVER STONE IN BILE DUCT TUBE, NEED TO GET ULTRASOUND & LITERALLY PUT IT UNDERNEATH YOUR RIB ON THE RIGHTSIDE, THAT'S WHERE MINE WAS FOUND AND SENT TO VANC TO REMOVE IT. NOMORE PAIN!
BELEIVE ME, ITS THERE! PRINCE RUPERT NO PAIN!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Please tell me what your pain was like....I probably have a stone in the duct as well.They also say enlrged common bile duct.Anyone else have this?i know i have one large gallbladder stone for sure.Going for blood test too!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Im going to my docs today, i had mine out DEC 09 and my pain started for the first time last Thursday, not sure why either, i was told i should never get the pain, you can never get stone's(its out how can you, he says) and eventually, eat what ever i want in very small moderation. ive been living off of coffee and cereal ( im afraid to freaken eat). my husband and i have been trying for a baby for 18 mths and i had to stop taking my meds to help because that's when it started. someone below suggested an mrcp ive had an ercp. so today im demanding an mrcp, blood workand ask about bile salt tablets. ill let e-one know what happens... GE

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Has anyone taken a dietary supplement called Acidopailus? What exactly does it do for your body? Also wondering if anyone ever had an attack after drinking water??

Anonymous wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I am experiencing gall bladder problems and looking for a good surgeon for removal. I take acidopholis pills every day. Don't know if it does anything for gall bladder but it helps balance good/bad bacteria in your intestines. I have a big problem with diverticulitis and since I have been taking it (3 years) I very rarely if ever have any attacks. Its great.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

has anyone heard of bile salt tablets.... Good / bad,,, pre / post op

Anonymous wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I had my gallbladder removed on Dec. 17, 2009. its goin on 3 months now and I continue to have pain on my right side, im vomiting and im nauseous all the time. Ive stayed away from fatty foods but it continues to get worse. I also continue to have the gallbladder attacks, I have an appointment coming up and thanx to this website and all that you all have typed i will not leave the drs office until they tell me what the freak is going on. Thanx

Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

i had my gallbladder and 2 stones removed on the 15 june 2009 everythink was fine for 6 weeks then i started to get pains again so i went back to the hospital they had to give me morfine for the pain and i had tests done but nothink sowed up so they sent me home with pain killers.Then the pinkillers stopped working so back again another stay in hospital more tests nothink more pain killers till i was taking 24 in one day i was so doped up with them all i was doing was sleepping all the time i kept in being sick so nothing was working so they took all the painkillers away and just gave me sulpate tabbletsto reduce the acid in me and paracetamol for the pain i still have pains but if it gets to bad ive got to go to the hospital again they still dont now what it is can someone please say they have the same cos i think im going mad

Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Go to your doctor and ask for an ultra sound to check for additional gallstones. You know what that pain is like and the doctor most likely doesn't, so if the ultrasound shows nothing, and you are sure it feels like the prior gallstone pain, insist that you have and ERCP.I had my gall bladder out, continued to have pain, had an ultrasound that showed nothing, and then had an ERCP procedure where they founds hundreds of tiny stones in my bile duct. They had to cut the duct to make the opening wider and release the ducts.

Make sure the doctor explains the risks of the ERCP, because if the dye used in the procedure gets into the pancreatic duct, you can get pancreatitis. (that happened to me).

Watch what you are eating, because if you do have stones in your duct and you eat fatty foods, you will have the pain just like you did before your gallbaldder was out. Healthy diet will reduce the incidents of pain.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

What is ercp?
I had my gallbladder out 7 weeks ago and i'm still sick, i just got my blood test results back and my liver levels are to high. I feel sick everyday and bloated and my body feels weird all over funny feeling like something is really wrong. I'm getting a u sound this tuesday, so if that comes back alright what should i ask for from here??please help thanks cheers............

JenK wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

i'm not sure exactly what kind of pains you're having, but it sounds like another stone stuck in a duct somewhere. Not until I had an ERCP did they know that--i had blood work, CT scans and a nuc med scan done and nothing showed up. Or if you had stones for awhile, it could be pancreas related, which is what happened to my aunt. Are they sharp abdominal pains radiating to your back?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

you can in fact still have gallstones after gallbladder removal. I had pain for months after having mine removed and put up with it just because i thought it was prob normal. turned out that gallstones were still there and had lodged into my pancreas causing pancreatitus (sp?) and was told had i let it go much longer it would have killed me. unfortunately for me i have a high tolerance for pain and am able to toterate it more than most so I didn't actually know how much pain I was in. Please if you continue to have pains afterwards feeling similar to a heart attack take yourself to the hospital asap and dont let them just tell you its acid reflux!!

JenK wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Can NEW stones form though after it is removed? Or are old stones just leftover? I've heard that new stones cannot form after gb removal but I've also heard that they can.

JenK wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Real quickly... (1) blood tests did not show that there was that remaining stone in my duct and (2) even if you can tolerate eating a large pizza for dinner post gb surgery with no problem, should you? Will this slowly kill your liver or cause other related problems? Thanks