(Closed) Gallstones :(

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
9 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

good luck with surgery!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  bunneesh.
Post # 19
200 posts
Helper bee

If they’ll let you get it out before an attack, do it! I had one attack when I was 19, and then they scheduled surgery for a month later. It was so incredibly awful, I’ve had kidney stones since then and they felt like a nice time in comparison. 

I only had to exist with that condition for a couple weeks, but the diet they put me on included ny being able to have real butter or milk or eggs, or anything greasy/oily. (Those are my main food groups, so it was a long two weeks!)

The surgery itself was easy, I missed less than a week of work at my active job, and took a ton of pain medicine and it wasn’t bad at all. I hope you feel better!


ETA: Oh, just realized there was an update! My bad. Good luck!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  panda1016.
Post # 20
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

apra26:  I got my gallbladder out last month!  I had an attack in December (had NEVER experienced any problems before) but because I didn’t have a fever they didn’t perform emergency surgery.  Last month I was out of work for 2 weeks healing, but it was by FAR better than dealing with the attack!!!

Post # 21
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

apra26:  I have gallstones and have had some very bad abdominal pain in the past that was most likely related to the gallbladder issues … and my doctor told me I don’t need to give it any thought let alone have surgery unless my gallbladder starts giving me more trouble. 

Post # 24
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

apra26:  Good luck, Bee! I had my gallbladder out when I was 21 (turning 30 in a few months, eeek!). I had several attacks before finally ending up in the ER because of severe pain… they sent me home, telling me I had an ulcer. Anywho, I eventually figured it out and had surgery. Anyway, compared to the attacks the surgery is easy peasy! The worst part for me was the shoulder pain I had after as I had just had shoulder surgery 2 months before this happened. Most people are up and around in a few days. I went back to my job ~2 weeks later (required standing the whole time and light lifting). I had some post-op complications regarding not being able to digest anything, especially fatty foods, but it eventually resolved. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you!

Post # 26
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

apra26:  Yes I had the laproscopic surgery. I think I had 3 or 4 small incisions as well, one of which is literally in my belly button. There is also one on the lower right section of my abdomen and one right under my ribcage in the center. My scars are only noticeable to me because I know they’re there!

As far as diet goes… I had so many people they went straight back to a normal diet right after surgery. However, I hadn’t eaten hardly anything for the 2 weeks prior to my surgery so I stuck with soft/bland foods… toast, broth, applesauce, rice, etc.  Unfortunately my body was NOT happy with anything I ate, regardless of fat content, and everything went right through me (TMI, sorry!). I’d definitely stick to low-fat foods for a good while and slowly introduce more exciting things as you heal. 

Oh, and one of the most uncomfortable things for me after surgery was having the residual gas in my abdomen. They pump you up with carbon dioxide so that there is more room for their scope, and that gas has to eventually work its way out, if you know what I mean. I found it way more comfortable to sleep in a semi-reclined position for awhile as it was too painful for me to lie completely flat. And keep a pillow nearby to brace your abdomen in case you have to sneeze, cough, or laugh 🙂 

Post # 27
451 posts
Helper bee

You’re so smart and so lucky to be having the surgery before you “really” need it! I suffered for a year or two before getting mine out, and by suffering, I mean crawling on the floor and writhing in pain, suffering. I have never gone through anything like that before and I’ve had 3 kids. I had the laproscopic, and you wouldn’t even know I’ve had surgery by looking at me. Good luck!

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