I had my gallbladder out 5 weeks ago after being bedridden for 4 months previously with gallstones.
Since I woke up from the op I've had pain in my right shoulder. I haven't been back to work yet as I struggle to drive and can't use a computer. I struggle holding my phone and can't write an address. I'm hurting a lot just typing this, the pain is in my shoulder blade and inside the shoulder joint. I have to take paracetamol all the time and sometimes tramadol when it gets bad.
My liver function blood tests went a bit haywire after surgery but the doc said they're returning to normal now. I've been referred to physio and have an appointment later this week. Trouble is I need to go to work soon as I've been off since September and my pay stops this week!!! Trouble is I'm in so much pain if I use my arm. Has anyone else had this problem?
Persistent pain after cholecystectomy, is associated with post cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS). â
Such symptoms occur in about 5 to 40 % of patients undergoing the procedure and âmay include - Upset stomach, ânausea, vomiting, Gas, bloating, diarrhea and persistent pain in the upper right âabdomen. âSuch symptoms are usually due to either sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or to post-surgical adhesions. â
Other conditions which can give rise to such pain can be many, including :- â
â1. Retained stone in the cystic duct, gall bladder duct.â
â2. Inflammation of gall bladder duct, if long enough had been left behind.â
â3. Inflammation of the part of gall bladder, if some part of gall bladder had âbeen left behind as in case of partial âCholecystectomy in a difficult to âremove gall bladder,â
â4. Overlooked stone in the common bile duct.â
â5. Already narrowed opening of the bile duct.â
Treatment of the condition might need treatment with antacids, proton pump inhibitors, âantispasmodics, âCholestyramine or sedatives. Lifestyle changes specifically adopting a low fat diet and weight loss might also be âvery helpful. â
You might considered a experienced gastroenterologist for additional information and proper advice âregarding âfurther treatment.â
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