Post-cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery

Posted by msb18 @msb18, Dec 11, 2018

Hi – I had my gallbladder removed 17 years ago and have chronic, sharp back pain behind the port incision. That incision was in my upper left abdominal quadrant; the pain is felt in my back, directly behind the incision. It is thought that I have an adhesion in my upper left quadrant. Is it possible that nerves are trapped and that it causes referred pain in my back? The pain is nauseating and hasn’t improved. I have been on anti seizure medication and a pain killer that isn’t a percocet-type medication. I am curious if anyone else has persistent pain in their back following gallbladder surgery. If so, how is your pain treated.

I had the nausea and uneasy digestion for about 6 months after the surgery. Take it slow and easy, you'll get there.

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@claytamos

I had the nausea and uneasy digestion for about 6 months after the surgery. Take it slow and easy, you'll get there.

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Thanks very much that gives me hope.

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Hi all. This will be my final update. It's been almost 6 mos since my biliary stent removal and almost 9 mos post-cholesectomy. I can eat almost anything in moderation now and am pain free and stomach spasm free as a result. I am however still on Dicetel as it helped improve my Crohn's symptoms. I am down to 2 per day and hope to eliminate them completely. So in my case, I was followed well by my medical team and the 3 extra ERCPs I endured seems to have cured my post-cholesectomy pain. I hope that my experience can help others help themselves to get similar results. Of course every case is different and it is still up to your medical professional to determine the best course of action for you. Good luck everyone. It is terrible physically and mentally to live with biliary pain and you shouldn't have to in 2020. I have a new lease in life today now that the pain is gone.

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@woodsiechris

Hi all. This will be my final update. It's been almost 6 mos since my biliary stent removal and almost 9 mos post-cholesectomy. I can eat almost anything in moderation now and am pain free and stomach spasm free as a result. I am however still on Dicetel as it helped improve my Crohn's symptoms. I am down to 2 per day and hope to eliminate them completely. So in my case, I was followed well by my medical team and the 3 extra ERCPs I endured seems to have cured my post-cholesectomy pain. I hope that my experience can help others help themselves to get similar results. Of course every case is different and it is still up to your medical professional to determine the best course of action for you. Good luck everyone. It is terrible physically and mentally to live with biliary pain and you shouldn't have to in 2020. I have a new lease in life today now that the pain is gone.

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I'm so happy for you. You've been through a lot. You had doctors who listened and you were proactive in your care as well. No one can fathom what chronic pain and illness does to the body and the mind unless they've experienced it. I wish you great health.

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@woodsiechris

Hi all. This will be my final update. It's been almost 6 mos since my biliary stent removal and almost 9 mos post-cholesectomy. I can eat almost anything in moderation now and am pain free and stomach spasm free as a result. I am however still on Dicetel as it helped improve my Crohn's symptoms. I am down to 2 per day and hope to eliminate them completely. So in my case, I was followed well by my medical team and the 3 extra ERCPs I endured seems to have cured my post-cholesectomy pain. I hope that my experience can help others help themselves to get similar results. Of course every case is different and it is still up to your medical professional to determine the best course of action for you. Good luck everyone. It is terrible physically and mentally to live with biliary pain and you shouldn't have to in 2020. I have a new lease in life today now that the pain is gone.

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I am so happy to hear this, @woodsiechris!
I so appreciate you keeping us updated about your health. Your statement, "I hope that my experience can help others help themselves to get similar results,” is the epitome of the value of Connect: Sharing experiences helps us cope with our struggles, helps us learn from each other and realize that we are not alone – this is what Connect is all about.
I wish you all success for the future.

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