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On 5/8 I had laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. I have had

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On 5/8 I had laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. I have had pain in my right side ever since. It's now going 3 and a half weeks. I understand about the possible gas pain caused by the air that has to be pumped into the body during the procedure. The surgeon assures that all x-rays and other tests (I had 6 in the ER over the last week or so) show negative results. I have tried to stick to a gallbladder surgery diet but the pain persists. I have been assured that all my other organs are fine with the exception of my liver. I have cirrhosis. But I'm told that it shouldn't be causing my pain. I haven't had a drink since 4/16.
So doctor could you come up with some reason that could be causing my pain. It gets worse if I take a deep breath. I'm 71 years old. Thanks.
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This is PCS, or post cholecystectomy syndrome.

PCS is when there is persistence of the gall bladder symptom, or when there is development of new symptoms following cholecystectomy.

The pain of PCS can be due to two causes - directly related to the surgical complications, like remaining stone, biliary injury, dysmotility and choledococyst. These would have been ruled out by the tests you have done.

The other problem is due to loss of the reservoir function of the gall bladder, which causes direct leakage of bile contiuously to the intestines. This can cause gastritis and esophagitis.

I would advise - consult your surgeon again and ask about PCS. Medicines like PPI's - pantaprazole etc can help in this. Also take small, light and frequent meals, this is most important for PCS.

Discuss with your surgeon instead of going to the ER, ask about PCS.

Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My surgeon seems to be clueless. If I do nothing will this pain go away in time?

thats right, PCS in most cases will resolve by itself.

With time, your body will learn to adjust to the lack of reservoir function of the gall bladder.

Meanwhile, take small, light and frequent meals, this is the most important for PCS. Also talk to your doctor about using propton pump inhibitors - gastric acid blockers. You can also take Cap. Prilosec (OTC) on your own.

Thanks for the good rating.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks. That makes me fell a little better.

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