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1/24/13 11:13 A

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Yes I am Mobii...got to talk to others that were in same boat so don't feel so bad about it all!! I am feeling so much better, no more pain in the side, more energy, lost more weight, so things are looking up!! emoticon



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1/23/13 11:57 P

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Hope you are feeling a bit better BigRedAngel! Don't fret too much about the accident, it will take time to adjust.

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1/20/13 6:22 P

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Thank you everyone! Today wasn't great...had my first "accident" and it really ticked me off!! Maybe that's not the emotion I should've felt, but that is what I felt...I just thank god that I wasn't out when it happened, but it was close bc we had JUST got home from shopping...JUST!! It's just aggravating emoticon



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1/20/13 3:33 P

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I had mine out right at a year ago. It was done outpatient and although I was up and walking around that evening and back to work 3 days later, it took a few days for me to want to eat anything.

Certain thing may or may not affect certain people, whereas my daughter has to watch the fats, I actually have to be careful of leafy stuff. I had a LOT of trouble at first with lettuce, spinach, and anything with a skin, like bell peppers.
My body gradually adjusted to just about everything, every now and then, I have a bathroom issue with spinach...but then again, I eat it quite often. I figure that I am still getting good nutrients for minimal discomfort.
The hardest thing on me is peas, which makes me sad, because I love them.

It was VERY frustrating for me for a few months...I didn't go ANYWHERE that I didn't know where the bathroom was located, and if it was a crowded place, like the mall here...I know where the bathroom is but it is ALWAYS a wait, so I didn't go at all.

Just remember that it will take several months for your body to adjust.
Take care.

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1/19/13 6:21 P

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Had mine out with lap surgery in its early days (1992). My surgeon was in an early training program in Pittsburgh, PA where the surgery was developed. I saw him in a movie on PBS. My recovery was slow, but not due to the Gall Bladder surgery. I was unaware of any problem, until I suddenly got a stuck gall stone that resulted in major pancreatitis. I was extremely ill, and at the time was given a 30% chance of surviving. Duh, single parent with 3 minor children. Let me tell you, I was a model patient. Took a month in the hospital to get me well enough for the surgery. Compared to my previous month, the surgery recovery was a breeze. But I had many restrictions due to the pancreatitis. Eating light was the order of the next year. It was more about eating small amounts at a time and going light on fats. And I had activity restrictions. No driving for a couple months, had to drop out of grad school. No extra curricular activities - but they did let me go back to work after 8 weeks. As I was the sole support of the household, I agreed to any and all restrictions, so we could have an income. I was working 20 hours a week, and had a no stairs restriction for 6 months.

I can tell you this. In 1988, I had major hemorrhoid surgery that caused me more problems with need for close rest rooms. That repair was considered elective, but was essential for me. However the amount of muscle control loss was significant, and here we are 25 years later, and I still have issues with loss of control with the sphincter muscle. Give your body time to heal. You will learn to live with the changes, it is more about the chemical differences in your digestion. Be kind to your body. There are lots of healthy soups.

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1/19/13 12:41 P

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I had my Gall Bladder out when I was 13 yrs old, which was ( sh Don't tell anybody lol ) "50" years ago. I still suffer from time to time with the things I eat, like chocolate, and fast food. It doesn't always happen but when it does I kick myself in the pants for eating it, but, do I learn?

I hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1/18/13 2:33 P

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That's another thing that scares me this early after surgery...being out somewhere and something I ate hits me and I have to run bc I don't know how things will effect me yet lol



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1/18/13 1:02 P

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The same with me. I have to watch my fat. If I eat a lot of fat even good fats, it goes right through me. I put 2 tbsp of flaxseed in my smoothie and halfway through in the bathroom I went.

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1/18/13 11:49 A

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Best wishes on your recovery from surgery.

My personal experience with GB surgery was pretty good. I had it done about 1 1/2 years ago and was back to eating normal within a few days. No restrictions or changes in my diet. I wish it would go that smoothly for everyone.

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Gall bladder removal recovery depends a lot on the type of incision. I am a nurse and have had a lot of gb patients. Most are given the little punctures and I have seen patients leave as an out patient or the next day. Some even are back to work in a couple days to a week. Now having an open is more complicated and recovery longer, but really it is becoming unusual to do opens except in extreme cases. Yes after you might have indigestional, gas problems even diarr issues for up to a year. My advice is follow your doctor advice, talk with the hospital nutritionalist before going home. You will do fine and good luck.

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1/18/13 9:40 A

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Guess I will just have to be patient and see how things go for me, which is gonna be HARD for me LOL I like to KNOW about things not see how it goes so gonna just have to breathe and relax LOL UGH! Im just wanting it too quickly and he did show us scarring and such on my GB pics to let us see I've been having issues for a while and didn't know it, but still was hopefull of the very quick recovery some speak of!! :( Even before I got sick I just wanted the soups, so idk...I've heard about the fats which will be ok for me bc I am usually within range on my fats, not meaning I don't splurge a little now and then, I will just know to be careful!



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After gall bladder surgery I have to watch the amount of fat I eat.
Am almost fat free.

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1/17/13 7:27 P

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I had mine out with a scope. Took about a month for my appetite to really return. I burp a lot more now, especially after eating anything fried. My dad and sister both had their's out and have the same issues. Just remember to take it easy. It is easy to overdo after having surgery with via scope.

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1/17/13 6:17 P

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I had a lap choly too in 2001. Took a good few weeks to feel right again but more to do with the anaesthetic and the fact that they really inflate your abdomen than the actual gall bladder removal. I have had no real problem with any foods though I have heard of others who have.

The doctor told me that the gall bladder basically stores and squirts out bile in response to fatty foods being eaten to aid their digestion. Without it there is just a steady drip so if you eat a lot of fat you no longer get the extra boost of bile and therefore could get indigestion etc.

Hope that makes sense and helps.

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1/17/13 5:38 P

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Laparascope for me too, some problem in the beginning with fatty foods, but never have any problem now. It's been many years

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I also had mine out laparoscopically. Only took it easy for the first couple of days and then ate normally every since. Never had a problem. some people report diarrhea after eating too much or fatty foods. I have never had that problem.

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I also had mine done (by Zorro, judging by the incision) about 30-ish years ago too. I was told to limit my fat intake for a month or two until my liver gradually helped take on the work of my gall bladder. I don't remember any lack of appetite. I'd be more likely to think it's the stomach virus you had that makes you a picky eater right now. It did that to me -- NOTHING sounded good for 3 or 4 days. It'll come back in a few days! :)

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PS When I went to the doctor for my ongoing tummy pain Tuesday and he pushed on the spot where it hurts, he said, "Maybe you grew your gall bladder back! Ha ha!" I told him if that was going to happen to anyone, it would be me! emoticon

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1/17/13 3:02 P

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I had mine removed two years ago and I didn't have any problems longterm but I didn't feel that great for several weeks. I had been getting sicker and sicker for. A couple months and I think my body needed to recoverfrom that. I had people tell me (not drs) that i would never be able to eat certain foods but that hasn't been true.

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I had mine done about 30 yrs ago also. Things have changed now days. I think they even do it as an outpatient. Don't quote me though. I can eat anything and did that is why I am here.

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I had mine removed by a huge incision about 30yrs ago - and it took about 6mths to get back fully to normal. I wasn't even allowed to drive for about 3 months after!!
I can eat anything - but I have heard a lot of people have to go easy on fats.
But in your case its VERY early days - just go with the flow for now and see how things work out in a couple or so weeks.
Recovery always takes longer than we want - but our body needs time to heal itself and to regain its equilibrium.
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I was wondering how long it took you to get back to eating normally?? And are there foods now that effect you so you don't eat??

I ask bc I seem to only have a taste for soup right now...mainly chicken noodle soup...and I'm wondering if this is normal and will the rest will come later!?



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