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Pain on right side when laying/sleeping on right side

Hi, I have had gall bladder surgery 2 years ago, but I still seem to have a problem laying on my right side without my liver or bile duct reacting to pain, in fact it "kicks" when I stay on my right side for too long in bed so I have to turn over (I say "kicks" because I guess it feels like how a baby would kick in the womb). I either have to lay on my back, lay on a slant with my right side elevated on my back, or on a slant with my right side elevated laying on my front.

For some reason I just can't put any pressure on my right side in bed when I'm trying to sleep, yet while I feel comfortable sleeping on my right side, my body won't let me.

I feel fine during the day, although on rare days I wake up with radiating pain from my right side where if I eat a quick banana it goes away... sometimes it wakes me up at 3am some mornings.

I also get a muscle spasm in my left side while breathing in at times... So I'm wondering if it's just because I'm sensitive, or the surgery may have caused some flaw or both?
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replied July 26th, 2011
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hi, first u might want to eat more bananas ,
what happens if u put a rolled up soft pillow under your right side when u want to lay that way
surgery is going to leave u with some discomfort normally around the surgical site so it does not mean it caused something else (yet undetected)
good luck
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replied May 21st, 2016
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Its normal discomfort reported after cholecystectomy and nothing to wrry about. Just take some antispasmodics, freqently change posture, modify diet and lifestyle and take some tylenol for the pain.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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