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I had my gallbladder out four weeks ago with minimally invasive surgery. I'm a 36 woman and four months post-partum. After each pregnancy I was having severe abdominal and back pain that went undiagnosed for years because they never found any gallstones. But this time they did a hida (or pipida) scan and discovered my gallbladder had only 12% output. The surgeon said the organ was really diseased and inflammed an needed to come out.

My recovery has been rather slow as I still have persistent nausea, especially after eating, along with residual abdominal pain. It doesn't seem to matter what the food is as I already have a rather low-fat diet with lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies. I take zofran when it gets too bad. Is this common? Will it eventually go away?

My surgeon ordered an ultrasound to look for bile leaks, and that came back normal. My liver function was initially elevated but has since come back to normal range.

I'm seeing my regular physician later this week as my surgeon said she doesn't think it's related to the surgery. Any advice on what to ask about?
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replied November 16th, 2005
Its not uncommon to have nausea following surgery. I get it sometimes still & I am 6 weeks post surgery. Sounds like the drs are testing for the right things. Maybe discuss it again with your dr & see if anymore tests can be carried out.
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replied January 3rd, 2006
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Re: Nausea After Gallbladder Removal
bert1265 wrote:
i had my gallbladder out four weeks ago with minimally invasive surgery. I'm a 36 woman and four months post-partum. After each pregnancy I was having severe abdominal and back pain that went undiagnosed for years because they never found any gallstones. But this time they did a hida (or pipida) scan and discovered my gallbladder had only 12% output. The surgeon said the organ was really diseased and inflammed an needed to come out.


My recovery has been rather slow as I still have persistent nausea, especially after eating, along with residual abdominal pain. It doesn't seem to matter what the food is as I already have a rather low-fat diet with lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies. I take zofran when it gets too bad. Is this common? Will it eventually go away?


My surgeon ordered an ultrasound to look for bile leaks, and that came back normal. My liver function was initially elevated but has since come back to normal range.


I'm seeing my regular physician later this week as my surgeon said she doesn't think it's related to the surgery. Any advice on what to ask about?


i have the exact same problem. I had my gb out 7 weeks ago. Since then I have been back in the hospital and had more tests and given zofran. I am always nausea and vomiting. I go to the Dr. This week. I hope they can tell me something
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replied October 9th, 2008
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I had my gallbladder removed Febuary 14th,2008 I was still very nauseated and I still am I have been on perscription nausea medication for over a year on March 6th,2008 I had a second surgery to remove the infection fron where they removed my gallbladder they removed it through my belly button when they did the initial surgery the spoted some thing un-uasal with on of my lymphnodes and removed it I was having really bad pain on july 10th and went to the hospital they first thought it was appendix but they did cat scans and could not see anything with that. They did however find i had tumors on all my lymphnodes throughout my body as to the cause they still do not know they are assuming it is from the ill gallbladder being there so long. It took 2 years for them to discover what was wrong when they finally removed it they said if it had waited as much as 1 more week I would have been in for emergency surgery I actually have gotten to see what the gallbladder looked like when they removed it . it was not very pretty to this day I am still having extrem pain where the gallbladded was. And recently they have found tumors all through my abdomin as far as the nausea they have done nothing more they wright me a perscription and send me on my way.
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replied October 9th, 2008
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I had my gallbladder removed Febuary 14th,2008 I was still very nauseated and I still am I have been on perscription nausea medication for over a year on March 6th,2008 I had a second surgery to remove the infection fron where they removed my gallbladder they removed it through my belly button when they did the initial surgery the spoted some thing un-uasal with on of my lymphnodes and removed it I was having really bad pain on july 10th and went to the hospital they first thought it was appendix but they did cat scans and could not see anything with that. They did however find i had tumors on all my lymphnodes throughout my body as to the cause they still do not know they are assuming it is from the ill gallbladder being there so long. It took 2 years for them to discover what was wrong when they finally removed it they said if it had waited as much as 1 more week I would have been in for emergency surgery I actually have gotten to see what the gallbladder looked like when they removed it . it was not very pretty to this day I am still having extrem pain where the gallbladded was. And recently they have found tumors all through my abdomin as far as the nausea they have done nothing more they wright me a perscription and send me on my way.
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replied May 19th, 2010
I too had my gallbladder out two months ago. I had nausea before the surgery,but it was not that bad. After my surgery, the nausea is horrible. It's 24-7. My doc is puzzled and not sure why. I have had a CT scan and blood work that both came back normal. Please let me know if any of you started feeling better or were diagnosed with anything. I am so desperate to feel better asap. Thanks
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replied July 15th, 2010
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I had gallbladder surgery 4 weeks ago and about a week and a half ago I started feeling very nauseated. I finally went to the doctor 3 days ago and they did blood work to check for an infection, negative, they checked by sugar levels,perfect, and they checked my liver enzymes, normal. They gave me a prescription for phenergan and prilosec for heartburn. However I am still unbearably nauseated. I am beginning to think this is commom. Just good to hear that I am not the only one that feels this way after surgery.
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replied July 30th, 2010
Hello Pauley05,

I hate to say, but I am almost 5 months post surgery and still VERY nauseous 24-7, I have had every test under the sun and all come back normal. I have had phenegren, prilosec, zofran, welchol, zegrid, etc, none of the medicine has helped. actually, made me feel worse. have you gotten any relief or answers? it is unbearable. i have been seeing a GI specialist for 3 months and he can't give me any reasons for the mausea. do you have any other symptoms? i feel a little woosie in my head, but not dizzy. it's hard to explain. Please let me know if you got any answers or if you have any relief on medications. Thanks.
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replied August 19th, 2010
I too had my gallbladder out - 7 weeks ago, and then an EFCP to remove a stone stuck in my bile duct. The nausea is still present most of the time and is very depressing. My tastebuds are not right and food tastes like cardboard. It is reasuring to hear others feel the same but I am so over it! It is having such an awful effect on my life! Am also to see a gastro specialist but after reading others experiences am not confident of a cure.
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replied August 24th, 2010
I am sorry to hear of your sickness. I am almost at my 6 month point and still have the nausea 24-7. I have had many more tests since my last postings and have gotten no answers. Yes, it is awful. My docs act as if I am some one in a million case and that this never happens. I told them to log on the net and view so many of these posts claiming the exact symptoms that i explain to them. What were your symptoms before the surgery? Did you have nausea? I had mild nausea that would come and go, it was bearable, but this now is the most miserable feeling in the world. Please keep me posted if you get any answers from the GI doc you are going to see and I will do the same, going to another specialist next month, just waiting on my appointment..best wishes
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replied November 8th, 2010
I had my gallbladder remooved in 2000 and I have been going to doctors trying to find out why I feel nauseated all the time. I take zofran in the morning and an over the counter medicine I get from Walmart. I take phenergan when it is really bad and I just started artichoke extract Saturday hoping to get some relief. I have doctors appointment tomorrow and hopefully find something to help. My nausea sometimes lasts for days but it goes away too so I am not sure what is going on.
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replied June 10th, 2011
You have had nausea since 2000? Have you found any relief since you post this in November? I have not found any type of relief. I have seen so many doctors and have had many tests with no answers. It has been a year and 3 months since I had my surgery and no relief. Best wishes to you.
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replied June 10th, 2011
You have had nausea since 2000? Have you found any relief since you post this in November? I have not found any type of relief. I have seen so many doctors and have had many tests with no answers. It has been a year and 3 months since I had my surgery and no relief. Best wishes to you.
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replied June 10th, 2011
You have had nausea since 2000? Have you found any relief since you post this in November? I have not found any type of relief. I have seen so many doctors and have had many tests with no answers. It has been a year and 3 months since I had my surgery and no relief. Best wishes to you.
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replied June 10th, 2011
You have had nausea since 2000? Have you found any relief since you post this in November? I have not found any type of relief. I have seen so many doctors and have had many tests with no answers. It has been a year and 3 months since I had my surgery and no relief. Best wishes to you.
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replied July 7th, 2011
post gallbladder surgery severe nauseau
JEEZ. my husband is post surgery 5 months and his nauseau is debilitating....he has been confirmed disabled as he is sick every minute of every day. All tests are normal. Since gallbladder/appendix removal he has had a tumor removed from his parathyroid also...still no improvement. we are both at the point of rather not being alive than living like this....any help is greatly appreciated.
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replied July 7th, 2011
post gallbladder surgery severe nauseau
JEEZ. my husband is post surgery 5 months and his nauseau is debilitating....he has been confirmed disabled as he is sick every minute of every day. All tests are normal. Since gallbladder/appendix removal he has had a tumor removed from his parathyroid also...still no improvement. we are both at the point of rather not being alive than living like this....any help is greatly appreciated.
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replied December 11th, 2011
Post gallbladder removal surgery
I'm so relieved that I found this discussion! I had my gallbladder removed in 2005 and had severe vomiting and nausea 2 days after my surgery. Over the years I have removed certain foods from my diet thinking the nausea has stemmed from food intolerances and constantly suffering from nausea but in recent months it's been getting worse and sometimes I suffer from pain in my side. I had tests done and was diagnosed with focal nodular hyperplasia which was a non-cancerous cyst in my liver - completely unrelated to my nausea. Needless to say I am relieved to see other people have the same symptoms following gall bladder removal (not that they are suffering of course!)
Just wanted to ask if there is any underlying cause or is it just plain bad luck? and also what are the best forms of relief?
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replied October 1st, 2012
reason for nausea?
Just starting to deal with this same problem...has anyone looked into an issue with the pyloric sphincter? Its common to have an issue with this after gallbladder removal because it causes bile reflux, your stomach can't empty properly causing the nausea. Headed to the doctor today, ill keep you update cuz zophran isn't something I want to take everyday.
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replied November 17th, 2012
gallbladder removed
well i.m not the only one i found that i seem to have alot of bile after having my gallbladder out .i.m also nauseas 24/7 has anyone found out why
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