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Hi is there anyone out there that suffers from nausea and pain almost 4 weeks after gallbladder operation. Every time I eat anything i get pain in site of operation. And tired all the time no energy
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Had Gallbladder removed 2 years ago. Still have problems with fatty foods and bloating and nausea. The real problem is that I have gained 10 lbs no matter how little I eat or exercise. Are there supplements to help with this? I just can't afford to gain any more weight. Anyone with any ideas PLEASE helps.
Many many many people I talked to said they've had shortness of breath and pain in the abdomen for a while after surgery. Like 4 weeks sometimes. I had back pain for about a week and the abdomen pain was off and on. Worse in the evenings. Better in the morning. It takes time.
I know my hospital gave me a tummy pillow and a breathing thing I sucked into for 15 seconds to help my lungs to prevent post op pneumonia.
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I realize this is an older post but I was wanting to know if your shortness of breath ever resolved?
Hi @latishanavarrete and welcome to Connect. Have you recently had your gallbladder removed and are experiencing shortness of breath?
I can attest that after my surgery, I had shortness of breath and pain. I was advised by my physician to increase my incentive spirometer (the funky breathing device they give you) to break up the effects of the anesthesia in my lungs. He helped me to understand that anesthesia hinders your breathing and stifles the urge for your body to cough. Because of that, mucus can build up in the lungs and because the surgery is in your abdomen it could hurt to cough or breathe in deeply. Would love to know if you have a story to share.
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Hi – I had gallbladder removal June, 2019. Went well; no pain; am still adjusting to changing bowel habits, and excessive "gas".
But I, too, have gained almost 10 lbs. I eat "sort of" healthy and do lots of exercise 4X week (including racquet sport, gym machines). But my weight has been trending up for 2 or 3 years (HOW AWFUL!). Am thinking of trying Jennie Craig diet and also taking ZENACAL – anyone have experience? GALL BLADDER SURGEON TOLD ME NOT TO HAVE A COLONOSCOPY EVER! GREAT, BUT WHY? ?? I do notice, however, I have some shortness of breath when going for a walk and going upstairs is kind of difficult!! Stairs have NEVER been a problem for me. My legs feel "weak" but do not hurt (occasional leg cramps). I am 70+
I have circulation issue in my legs – Dr. says nothing can be done !?! I think it is PVD and atherosclerosis (my mother had this – but she did not exersize like I do at all; had a thin body, but smoked. My Feet are Ugly purple/blue bruising that disappears when legs are up or I wear stockings. One leg is still a bit numb (I had TKR 15 months ago).
@tennisgolf– I’m just commenting on your blood circulation in your legs. I’m in the same boat. Over 70 and have always been active and eating healthy. I’m shocked at how my body seems to self destruct! I am on many preventative meds for a long time. It shows how much genetics plays a role. My father had same problems. My feet get ugly purple too the past couple of years.
Have been a bit delayed in responding…..When climbing stairs, the moderate out of breath and the moderate weakness in my legs I am now assuming it is the PVD and decreased circulation, some numbness after my 2nd TKR. I can play a racquet sport pretty well, but stairs are a bit tiring. With COVID, I cannot do my gym exercises (treadmills, elliiptical, bike); am doing more walking (basically boring). But think the more I do, the easier it gets (?)
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@tennisgolf – since you have PVD and atherosclerosis, it would be a good idea to have your internist evaluate your shortness of breath with stairs with cardiac testing.
Genetics plays such a big role in our health. Like you, I have been physically active all my life. However, I am getting same problems as my father did! High cholesterol, atherosclerosis, diabetes. I’m 75. Have to admit I got mad when I realized I have the same issues after years of healthy living and taking necessary meds!
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Thank you for sharing your experiences. Somehow I think the "moderate'" shortness of breath climbing stairs is due to the poor circulation in my legs (??) I have never had high cholesterol (although it is higher than it used to be). When I do elliptical trainer I do not get out of breath at all (20-25 minutes at moderate effort). In other words, I do not push hard enough I assume, but I do feel my muscles benefit overall. Will try to push harder. I do treadmill 25 minutes – never out of breath – again moderate speed – must push harder. Same with stationery bike – do not work hard enough but am still benefitting somewhat from these. I play Pickleball for 1.5 hours and I do push and IT FEELS GREAT! (AND IS SO MUCH FUN). I walk the golf course (9 holes) and that can be work on smaller hills – so I do push there.
Must get with the program when we can return to the gym!
@tennisgolf I'm with you, the exercises I am doing at home, walking and some exercise videos, are so much more boring than going to the gym. I miss all of that and have considered buying either a treadmill or elliptical because I think it's going to be a very long time before I will be able to resume going to the gym. I also want to buy some smaller dumbbells. I have one set of 8 pounds each but some exercises use lighter ones but they are sold out everywhere.
I have mentioned this before, but those of you who have not seen it, I am using one of two different exercise videos most days. They are both pretty good and there are numerous videos for each of them.
Silver Sneakers also has videos out there but I have not generally enjoyed them as much. Shellea Fowler's videos are in the "fabulous50s" group and Jenny McClendon also caters to over 50. I did a routine of hers last night, her HIIT routine, and she suggests ways to modify if you can't do some exercises. Due to my TKRs I cannot do the "lunge" where one knee goes almost down to the floor but she tells you what to do instead. Shellea Fowler is the same with suggestions for alternative ways to do exercises. I try to vary what I do so I hit more muscles than just one set of exercises.
I had gallbladder surgery a year ago (it was a big surprise). I have not had any real difficulty except endless, excessive "gas". There seems to be a lot of pressure pushing the gas around. Sorry, sounds a bit gross. I feel good and am having a "normal" life but this issue is weird. Thanks.
@tennisgolf, My gall bladder was removed when I had a liver transplant, and my husband's was removed several years ago. My husband was advised to limit the amount of fat in his diet. My surgery was 11 years ago and I don't remember what I was told specifically about a gall bladder diet, but I do try to avoid fatty foods and fried foods as recommended as part of my post transplant healthy eating focus.
I found this short article from Mayo that does mention fat and fiber could cause gas and bloating.
Have you asked your doctor what could be the cause? Could it be related to what you eat?
@rosemarya @tennisgolf My mother had her golf bladder removed many years ago, it must have been 1970! What I remember was that before the surgery she couldn't digest fats at all, she was extremely careful. After the surgery, she could eat anything so it always surprises me when I hear of post-gall bladder removal restrictions.
I do not recall if she had gas issues.
Thank you Rosemary! Yes, am sure it could be connected to diet. My surgeon never said much about it. Guess I will look up diets.
I do not eat fried food. But I do eat fatty foods. I am supposed to eat fiber for "regularity".
Many members on Connect have posted about digestive issues post-gall bladder surgery. Here is one of those discussion groups that you might find interesting and/or helpful.
While many feel that after gall bladder removal they can eat whatever they want, most often that is not the case. It might be helpful to keep a food diary and see if there are any foods in particular that trigger the symptoms you are having.
I'm just wondering, was your gall bladder surgery an open surgery or was it done laparoscopically?
Here is a YouTube video by a Mayo Clinic doctor regarding pain after gall bladder surgery,
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