I first started having gall bladder probs and Billiary Colic about 6 years ago. Initially I put it doen to "something i ate" but the pain got so bad I was scared to tell anyone incase they said I was dying!
Finally I had a really bad attack and spend 3 days in agony, vomiting. Hubby dragged me to hospital and they diagnosed Gall Stones.
I then went through the usual bank of tests: ultra sound, endoscopy etc etc. But due to being made redundant I lost my private health care so had to go back on the NHS waiting list. it seemed as though my doc did everything to stop me getting the sugery (guess he didn't want it on his budget?).
Then i changed jobs and my new company has a health plan that even covered existing conditions.
So now I have seen the surgeon and my op is approved and scheduled for 6th march. I have tentatively told work i should be off for 2 weeks.
Now I just want to get on with it. I am following a diet to shrink my liver and give him as much room as possible as i want him to be able to work Laproscopically.
It is not a nice diet but it will be worth it when the op is over.
I know it will be a bit sore for a few days but compared to the previous pain I am sure i will cope.
I had my gallbladder out 2 weeks ago and i was terrified, but i read about everyones experiences and followed a few tips. about a week before surgery eat easily digestable foods and two days before surgery try to only eat a small amount and if possible eat nothing for 18 hours. keep a pillow near you after op and place it over your stomach and told it down tight whenever you want to cough or sneeze this lessons any pain or pulling.
when your op is over do not sit straight up when you are in bed but roll on one side and swing legs to floor. you might feel ok when you wake up but still eat only small amounts and still keep meals light, i am doing this for at least one month, introduce your favourite foods a little at a time. I am still very tender and my stomach is still swollen and i still get little twinges of pain now and again, but i must say this, i am a wimp i dont do pain but it wasnt as bad as i was made out to believe, yes painful but bearable if you take your painkillers. walk around as much as you can.
I now have been told of a supplement called ox bile, and it helps when you have had your gallbladder removed,with quite a few of the problems after surgery, you can get it from amazon.
I wish you good luck with your op, dont rush recovery and give yourself at least 3 weeks to feel like a human being again.
I am not scared about the op as I had more serios abdo surgery a few years ago and was off sick for 3 months. I now have an 11" scar running from bely button downwards.
One tip i can share. if you feel like yr going to sneeze, pinch yr top lip HARD between thumb and finger fide to side not inside and outside. it will kill the sneeze - it is a technique the queen uses!
I know the cushion trick. it does work well.
I am pretty pain resistant so I am sure I will be fine.
As far as eating light I am on a liver reducing diet so i am on lettuce and veg for 2 weeks.