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Melissaf96

On the waiting list to have my gallbladder removed & the drs have given me morphine to help with the pain (which isn’t working) has anyone got any tips to help ease pain

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Hey, I’ve been though the horrors of this over the last 10 months. I’m going to be honest I didn’t take painkillers as I have bad reaction to them and a phobia about them so it wasn’t a good time as you can imagine.

I would say the pain was less if I ate very plain food. For months all I ate was boiled veg and a bit of potatoes, I don’t eat meat else I would have had something else like plain chicken.

I couldn’t touch anything with any kind of spice what’s so ever, not even pepper and especially not vinegar or acidic foods and drinks. I only drank water.

My gallbladder was inflamed and I suppose it’s like putting anything acidic or spicy onto something inflamed, it will sting and flare up.. Even a slice of Pizza landed me in A&E.

Hoping this helps in some way, and if you need any more help or advice or have any questions I’m here. X

I had Gallstones years ago and was given a dietary sheet of what I could have. I mainly remember having to stay away from fatty/processed foods, anything that was pastry based and couldn`t have honey as they all caused me to be in excruciating pain. Ended up in hospital for 5 days just because I had a pie for my lunch, that`s when they found I had gallstones. Had my gallbladder removed 8 months later and never had an issue since.

Hope this helps, good luck with it all. I know how painful it can be.

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Dogmadpam in reply to Petart44

Yes fats... a huge no no.. even chocolate 😬...

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Melissaf96 in reply to Petart44

I have cut fat out my diet and every time I eat I’m worried in case it kicks off. I had my appendix removed a month ago & they won’t operate soon because I’ve not long been put under. Absolute nightmare

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Petart44 in reply to Melissaf96

I know how you feel, it`s awful waiting on a procedure to go ahead especially a big one like you are waiting for but it will be worth it in the end. I felt so much better after I had my Gallbladder removed. Just keep doing what the doctor`s have advised to ease the pain and hopefully they get you booked in soon. Look after yourself and stay safe 🥰

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Melissaf96 in reply to Petart44

Thank you, cannot wait to be pain free

I’ve been prescribed Codeine, which works when it becomes really excruciating. The rest of the time I am taking paracetamol every 6 hours. Keeping topped up with a painkiller seems to be working for the moment. I also find a hot water bottle helps a bit. Sleep on your left side if you can. I’m avoiding anything fatty or processed and eating a high fibre diet. Spice seems to be OK. Anything with melted cheese sends me straight to A&E.

Hi Melissa I have the same the doctors told me to use buscopan it stops the gallbladder from contracting which causes the pain I also use a hot water bottle . Avoid dairy and fizzy drinks and spicy foods and drink lots warm water it keeps the bile thin x

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Longtooth6 in reply to Pansy2

Poor thing. I have had them for years, but only have severe pain intermittently. I see a homeopath, and use 2 remedies, and when l have an attack , l take them and lie on my left side and wait. I believe there is advice on line, homeopath 24/7, and the remedy l use is chelodonium. My problem is a stone in the bile duct. I did a liver flush which moved one, but seek advice on that! Remedies are available from Helios, who can also give you advice. Good luck.

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Pansy2 in reply to Longtooth6

My gallbladder is rammed with stones they said in a and e would only remove it if infected !! X

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Longtooth6 in reply to Pansy2

Keep to a diet , no fat, chicken,fish, lots of apples, home made vegetable soups, white carbs to a minum, plant based milk, etc. Do try a homeopath. It may save you lots of suffering. X

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Melissaf96 in reply to Pansy2

I’ve cut out all fat, dairy and fizzy drinks and no matter what I eat it still kicks off. Gonna try giving buscopan another go x

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Pansy2 in reply to Melissaf96

If it gets too bad go to accident and emergency as no painkillers will touch the pain during a massive attack you might get lucky and they may take it out . Is yours inflamed ? X

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Melissaf96 in reply to Pansy2

Yeah the doctors said it’s inflamed & my inflammation marker is high, if it gets any worse I’ll go a&e

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Pansy2 in reply to Melissaf96

Hope your pain goes soon it is a nightmare x

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Hi Melissa,

You may find our publication on gallstones useful;

britishlivertrust.org.uk/in...

If your pain is worsening please do contact your own doctors for safe advice.

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