Gallbladder surgery complication?

imamommyJanuary 9, 2008

Several years ago, I was in a minor car accident and Xrays showed I had a gallstone. I was asympomatic but my doctor sent me to a surgeon. My gallbladder was removed laproscopically. About two weeks later, I started having a pain in my abdomen, just below the breastbone and between the ribs. It burns for a few minutes and radiates up into my chest and shoulders.

I went to a gastroenterologist that sent me for endoscopy but found nothing. I was then sent for ERCP w/contrast, which is where they send a scope down my throat & inject dye into the pancreas, as they thought the problem was a valve not closing. The test showed no abnormalities but I developed pancreatitis and hospitalized (I almost died) for 11 days and took over a month to recover from. So, I decided to not continue to look for a diagnosis.

I still get the pain from time to time and was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this? Sometimes it's a mild burning sensation but other times, excruciating and there's nothing that can be done. My DH feels helpless as I writhe in pain, crying and sometimes screaming. It only lasts a few minutes but when it's happening, it feels like forever.

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khandi

I had my gallbladder removed laproscopically 13+ years ago and never had any complications. Do you get the pain AFTER you've eaten? I had the same pain last year or so and it was an ulcer. I had the H.Pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers. The pain came after I ate and was between the breasts and just above the stomach.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 10:39AM
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khandi

Check out this info about pancreatitis at the Mayo Clinic site. Sounds like what my niece has. She had her gallbladder removed at the age of 14 cuz they thought that was the problem. It wasn't. Her pains were so bad that she often ended up in the hospital. She couldn't let herself get hungry or she'd get pain. She's 24 now and takes digestive enzymes every time she eats something. She has just recently turned "vegan" and says that she feels much better.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pancreatitis at Mayo Clinic

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 11:08AM
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michelle_phxaz

I have the same symptoms, it is a hiatal hernia in the sphincter leading to your stomach. When it gets inflamed the stomach acid causes it to burn like no other pain. Ask your doctor if that is what could be your problem. I take meds for it, although I take so many meds I don't know the exact one that keeps the hernia at bay.

Good luck, it is not a fun illness!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 11:17PM
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imamommy

Thanks for the responses. I had the test for H Pylori and it was negative. I am waiting to see the doctor (I'm changing to a new one) and will mention hiatal hernia as I've read about it and it does sound like it could be the culprit.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2008 at 12:51AM
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khandi

My husband has a hiatal hernia too. One minute you'd swear he was having a heart attack, and the next minute, he's singing!! Don't lift anything heavy. He had to quit his job because it required heavy lifting. After every shift, you didn't know if he was gonna make it. He could hardly walk because of the pain.

He also has GERD. He takes Prevacid to help with the acid and to repair the lining of his stomach.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 12:53PM
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michelle_phxaz

I also had some acid reflux which didn't help the hernia any, and I am taking Nexium for that, and Promethazine for the pain.

Khandi, that is exactly what it is like, and thanks for the no lifting tip. I never connected that with my pain, I always thought it was from things I ate, but now I remember carrying heavy stuff, doing yardwork, moving stuff around, maybe that contributed to the pain.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2008 at 11:32PM
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khandi

and a lot of bending down too doesn't help!

Check out this info on hiatal hernia from the Mayo Clinic site. You have to be careful where you get medical info on the internet, but this site is great as the Mayo Clinic is known worldwide.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hiatal Hernia

    Bookmark   January 18, 2008 at 8:31PM
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