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Anyone had gallbladder surgery? Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13

My doctor thinks I'll be having it. She's ordering a gallbladder ultrasound next week.
How long were you out of commission and how long were you in pain? I don't want to miss any school.

GirlsHaveCOOTIES 3 kids; Minsk, Belarus 15331 posts
1st Feb '13

I was on the couch for 4 days.. Can't lift over 10lbs for 6 weeks.

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting My boys = My life:" I was on the couch for 4 days.. Can't lift over 10lbs for 6 weeks."


Crap. I'm wondering how I'll lift my youngest than. :?
I'm hoping I can just schedule it on a thursday and just miss choir and then be back to school on monday.

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
1st Feb '13

I had mine out in 8th grade and wasn't allowed to do anything for a week.

GirlsHaveCOOTIES 3 kids; Minsk, Belarus 15331 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" Crap. I'm wondering how I'll lift my youngest than. :? I'm hoping I can just schedule it on a thursday and just miss choir and then be back to school on monday. "

Nope. Follow the rules, you can risk a belly button hernia then require another surgery to fix that.

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" My doctor thinks I'll be having it. She's ordering a gallbladder ultrasound next week. How long were you out of commission and how long were you in pain? I don't want to miss any school. "


Me! Best thing I have EVER done in my life after having kids and getting married.
I woke up with no pain at all. I popped two Advil the second day when I started doing a lot of activity and right now (I'm five days post-op) the only thing that hurts is sitting down and getting up from the floor.
I was told no more than lifting 20 lbs for four weeks. I've been cleaning, doing school work, and taking care of my kids since I got home.

wombie 4 kids; Zimbabwe 73281 posts
1st Feb '13

I had it done on a Friday and was back to work the following Friday........I could have gone back to work earlier than that but at the time I only worked Fri, Sat, and Sun.



I think I was "down" for like 3 days, meaning that's how long I needed pain meds. I was up and about and pretty ok after about a day and a half.



Does the doc think you have stones? I didn't have stones, I had biliary dyskinesia....same surgery though

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Mom2William&Michael:" Me! Best thing I have EVER done in my life after having kids and getting married. I woke up with no ... [snip!] ... no more than lifting 20 lbs for four weeks. I've been cleaning, doing school work, and taking care of my kids since I got home."


What were your symptoms before? And have you had any of those since?

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting wombie:" I had it done on a Friday and was back to work the following Friday........I could have gone back to ... [snip!] ... a day and a half. Does the doc think you have stones? I didn't have stones, I had biliary dyskinesia....same surgery though"


I have no idea. She just said she thinks it's my gallbladder. My mom had to have hers removed when she was 36.

wombie 4 kids; Zimbabwe 73281 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" I have no idea. She just said she thinks it's my gallbladder. My mom had to have hers removed when she was 36. "


they probably think it's stones or maybe some kind of structural issue within the bile ducts. They'd order a HIDA scan to diagnose biliary dyskinesia

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting wombie:" they probably think it's stones or maybe some kind of structural issue within the bile ducts. They'd order a HIDA scan to diagnose biliary dyskinesia"


Yeah. She's just ordering an ultrasound. Ugh. I don't want surgery. :x

Mom2William&Michael 2 kids; 1 angel baby; New York 7600 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" What were your symptoms before? And have you had any of those since? "


I was having severe gallbladder attacks that were worse than labor and by the end they were happening daily and for hours and hours - even morphine wasn't getting rid of the pain.
Beyond that, I couldn't eat anything. I was told I had acid reflux and GERD and that I was lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant. I was taking omeprazole, zofran, and I ate Tums like candy. I couldn't eat anything but the blandest food and was throwing up all the time.
Since getting my gallbladder out I haven't had any of the attacks and I can eat anything without getting sick. I haven't needed any medications, either. It's been great. I can't say how happy I am with things now.
I was scared. People told me it would really hurt, that I would be tired all the time after, and dairy and other foods would give me digestive problems. I've been fan-f**king-tastic and just love it. Honestly, I've been almost high with happiness.

Tina Boyer Due June 22 (boy); 3 kids; Arizona 15 posts
1st Feb '13

I feel SO much better since mine is gone. I had a regurgitating gallbladder. It would dump bile so fast and then sucked it back in like a turkey baster. Ate a hole in itself and was leaking bile into my abdomen. Horrid pain and sickness resulted. They took my gallbladder within hours of the discovery. It was outpatient. Felt great after. Easier than recovering from childbirth with an episiotomy. I got pain in my shoulder after which hurt worst than my abdomen because some residual gas from the surgery. By post op day 3 I felt completely "myself" again. Good luck!

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18252 posts
1st Feb '13

She thinks it's my gallbladder because i have pain in my right hypochondriac region and it makes me run to the bathroom really fast. :oops: My sister said she thought it was IBS but alas, seems it's the gallbladder.

wombie 4 kids; Zimbabwe 73281 posts
1st Feb '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" Yeah. She's just ordering an ultrasound. Ugh. I don't want surgery. :x"


well I hope all is well but honestly, the recovery from the surgery was very quick for me so if you have to have it, I hope the same is true for you.



actually, my doc started out with an ultrasound and it was normal but since I continued to have symptoms, they ordered the HIDA scan and diagnosed the problem.