I had a lap chole done in April of 2004 when I was pregnant with my youngest child. I had the removal due to a diseased gallbladder.
here I am 7 years later and experiencing the EXACT symptoms that landed me in the hospital so many times. I had these a year ago as well and my Dr did some scopes and said IBS. Now, I've had IBS for years and this is not my IBS pains.
I also have a family history of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis (father and paternal grandmother passed of pancreatic cancer) so I'm really starting to get a bit worried because alot of my symptoms are the same ones they had!
I have a Dr. Appointment in the morning but I was just wondering is it normal to have these pains this long post op? For two weeks I have barely been able to eat or sleep because the nausea and pain is so bad
Although gallbladder removal solves many problems, you still have the same ducts from the liver to the intestine and problems with them can cause very similar symptoms to gallbladder disease. That often occurs soon after gallbladder removal due to complications but can potentially occur at any time. Pancreatitis can also have many of the same symptoms in the same places but you will typically develop a high fever and become very ill quite quickly.
IBS is not a specific disease, it is a syndrome, meaning it is a catch-all term for one or several unknown problems that produce similar symptoms. So saying "this isn't IBS" just because you have a new set of symptoms is a bit like saying "this isn't a headache" because the front of your head hurts instead of the back. Unfortunately that doesn't get you any closer to a cure.