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after surgery the pain is worse than a gallbladder attack?

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Hello,
I had my Gallbladder removed 8 weeks ago and for the first 2 weeks was not too bad but then suddenly I started experiencing similar gallbladder attacks after eating. Now I have the pain most of the time but seems to get worse after meals, the pain starts from the right hand side of my naval into my right hand side above hip and will travel under the ribs and into back/shoulder blade. It causes to me to hold my breath when the pain starts and sometimes when I breathe it will hurt more also. I have seen my Surgeon and he is booking an x-ray and ultrasound but doesnt seem to think its due to my operation.
I'm getting a little worried and anxious to know what the problem is, as now the pain is worse than a gallbladder attack.
I do have problems with my bowels since gallstones removed and before surgery and was thinking it maybe IBS?
Just wanting a little advice, many thanks. Samantha.


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replied March 25th, 2012
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Hello, and thanks for your medical question on eHealthForum

From the history provided it seems that you might be having post cholecystectomy syndrome (PCS).

Postcholecystectomy syndrome is the recurrence of symptoms similar to those before the procedure—occurs in 10% to 40% of patients.

The first problem is continuously increased bile flow into the upper GI tract, which may contribute to esophagitis and gastritis. The second consequence is related to the lower GI tract irritation which can cause diarrhea and colicky lower abdominal pain.

Treatment of the condition might need treatment with antacids (like mylanta, tums), proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) and antispasmodics (Dicyclomine). Lifestyle changes specifically adopting a low fat diet and weight loss might also be very helpful.

Hence you may consult with a gastroenterologist who can examine you and provide proper prescription medications, which may be of help.

I hope this helps.


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