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Gallstone pain after giving birth

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You know, no one in the OB's office mentioned anything and the people in the maternity ward told me it hurt right there just because "everything hurts right now, expect it." (Basically I was left alone after the birth.)

The area stayed painful constantly after the baby's birth, with some episodes of very bad pain. Four months after the little guy, I finally ended up in pain so bad my husband took me to ER. They treated me and sent me home, nothing else. I made a doctor's appointment of my own accord (ER didn't recommend) and then the ultrasound showed gallstones. I'm scheduled for surgery whenever they get back to me with the referral -- the "urgent" nature of it apparently doesn't merit answering their voicemail for a few weeks...

What else are we at risk for? I wasn't told about this one and I'm sure there are others... Why wasn't I told?

I want to know -- what other symptoms/illnesses should I be watching out for???

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replied November 17th, 2009
Postpartum and Postnatal Answer A7924
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth's Ask a Doctor forum.

First of all gall stones cannot cause pain in the vaginal area. The pain can be very severe and surgery may be required. Also though the pain is very bad, it is not a medical emergency unless the stone gets impacted in the common bile duct. This can be missed if there was no scan done for it.

The next thing is pain in the vaginal area after delivery. This is generally due to wear and tear of the birth process. Some women feel this more than the others and it settles by 40 days or so. If pain lingers it could be due to infection either in vagina or cervix or uterus or due to pelvic inflammatory disease.

It is difficult to comment beyond this on net. Please consult your doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!

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