Pain in old gallbladder surgery site

Posted by mikehow @mikehow, Jan 22, 2017

I had my gall bladder out 40 years ago, the old major abdominal surgery way, with an 8 inch scar and a 1 week hospital stay. I have had no problems for 40 years,but now, right along the scar line, I get occasional sharp pains, almost stabbing. It feels like it is right under the skin line. Could it be that the internal staples are shifting after all these years?

@ryanrayna1

It has been 7 years since my gall bladder surgery. Right under one of the incisions (lapriscopic) on my side I get horrible cramping when the muscle is strained in a certain position. When in a "crunch" position such as sitting on my office chair and having to bend down to pick up something that fell under my chair. Any kind of strain that would go beyond a regular situp for any sustained amount of time it feels like the muscles on that side, the closest muscle group name I could put a name to is the one in the title of this post, are twisting inside my body. The only relief I have once the flipping and twisting feeling has started (which is accompanied with extreme pain) is to straighten out as far as possible and stretch that muscle to the utmost, and even then, once the cramp has subsided, the muscle remains sore for days afterwards. I have spoken to my nurse practitioner (I am in the Canadian Military, we dont have regular doctors like they do in civi land. We dont have family doctors, we have nurses and then if you are deemed sick enough, you get to see a Medical Officer) about it and she thinks it is just scar tissue that attached to the muscle from the wall of the scar and there is nothing to do about it. I cant imagine living the rest of my life the way I have the last few years, terrified if I have to pick anything up, go to the bathroom, or have an orgasm (Yes, its happened then too, which adds yet another component of fear to it) that I'll be in crippling pain. Any help, or anyone who might be experiencing the same thing who might have some idea's would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading.

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@ryanrayna1 So sorry you are having pain every time you bend or twist . Im a retired nurse in the U.S. A. and the one thing I thought about was stones in the ducts Did you have all the ducts to the gallbladder removed is there anyway you can ask your surgeon? Next time you have to see the nurse there talk to her also about stones in the ducts. Just a suggestion that was the first thing I thought of since I was in the O.R.

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I think my post closed before I finished. It's more wordy, sorry for 2nd post.
I'm 3 weeks post laproscopic gallbladder surgery.
Center back pain prior to surgery. First thought was muscles and bulging discs from past problems.
3 weeks later, a day after the surgery follow up and the center back pain returned at times over the last 2 days. More pain tomorrow I'm sure.

There are some bad possibilities out there. Curious if anyone has seen this or know first hand of what center back pain is when you saw it.

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@demonsleeve

I think my post closed before I finished. It's more wordy, sorry for 2nd post.
I'm 3 weeks post laproscopic gallbladder surgery.
Center back pain prior to surgery. First thought was muscles and bulging discs from past problems.
3 weeks later, a day after the surgery follow up and the center back pain returned at times over the last 2 days. More pain tomorrow I'm sure.

There are some bad possibilities out there. Curious if anyone has seen this or know first hand of what center back pain is when you saw it.

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If it's just in the back it's probably something with your back. If it's also in upper abdomen have your pancreas checked.

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@mikehow – I had this surgery a very long time ago but I remember having the pain after surgery. It was thought to still be swelling at the site. I still get the pain now if I eat certain fats I don’t tolerate. Probably spasms or gravel in the duct with me. Usually lasts 8 hrs. I have had pancreatitis also and know the difference- pain is intense in the back and with bad nausea, not letting up. It’s always best to check with your doctor if it continues.

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