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How to manage post-gallbladder removal pain?


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Published At November 7, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Left side manageable pain for years after gallbladder removal. Recently, I had gastrointestinal scope and was told I have gastritis patches, hernia with band and inflammation in duodenum. I started on a H2 blocker one month before the scope, no change. After scope results, I was switched me to a PPI. I took it for six days and I developed severe burning under both ribs on both sides with back pain, nausea, and severe heartburn at night and could not lay down. I stopped taking pills and feel a bit better, but I still have burning bands around my back, nausea most mornings, no appetite, and I am exhausted. There has been a minor improvement in heartburn at night. Pain levels will not go back down to previous. I eat clean. No soda, coffee, tea, or sugar. I drink only a lot of water, never any alcohol. Bowel movements are normal and cause no change in pain.


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Welcome to icliniq.com.

I am here to answer all your questions.

I am sorry to hear about the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. It is good to hear that you have seen a doctor and that lifestyle changes have been suggested to you. Here are a few other tips that may help you manage your symptoms:

  1. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

  2. Instead of eating large meals, try to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. This can help ease the strain on your digestive system and reduce symptoms such as nausea.

  3. Avoid trigger foods.

  4. Certain foods, such as spicy or acidic foods, can trigger symptoms such as heartburn and stomach pain.

  5. Try to identify which foods trigger your symptoms and avoid them.

  6. Keep a food diary. Keeping a food diary can be helpful in identifying which foods are triggering your symptoms.

  7. Write down what you eat and when you experience symptoms, then look for patterns.

  8. Manage stress. Stress can exacerbate digestive symptoms. Try to manage stress through relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga.

  9. Avoid smoking. Smoking irritates the stomach lining and can worsen symptoms. If you smoke, try to quit.

  10. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

  11. Remember, it is important to follow your doctor's advice and treatment plan. If your symptoms persist or worsen.

Please do not hesitate to contact your doctor further.

I am thankful that you have confidence in me to help you.

Please stay safe and healthy. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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