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Hello everyone,

I am 8.5 weeks post op and have some pain in my right side of my upper abdomen for a few days now. Went to the doctor today and the gallbladder is bigger than it is supposed to be. He thinks it’s sludge that doesn’t get transported. He gave me a medication that is supposed to help uncramp to help get the sludge out. So far, I still have pain (even slightly worth). Did anyone else experience something like that? If yes, what did help? And I am not talking about taking the gallbladder out. ;-)

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I had this mild pain and ignored it. And then had three major events, and went into hospital with imminent liver failure and had my gall bladder out! So you are wise to pay attention.

Look online - there are loads of people swearing by things like Apple cider vinegar.

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My gallbladder went to hell a year before my sleeve. I desperately wanted to save my gallbladder because I kept reading horror stories about people who had it removed. But I was having constant, super painful attacks that would wake me up at night and keep me up for hours. I ended up in the ER once when a stone got stuck in the bile duct. Sludge kept my gallbladder inflamed even when the stones were getting stuck.

Apple cider vinegar helped to end the attacks a little sooner but they did nothing to prevent them. Changing my diet helped but even when I ate on plan, I would still have surprise attacks.

All the online “flushes” are mythical.

I ended up having my gallbladder removed the same time I was sleeved. My surgeon said it’s a good thing I did. I had several large stones and the organ itself was enlarged and inflamed. Could have ruptured if I let it go on much longer.

Trust me. Removal was the last thing I wanted. But think about it. I’m so happy to have those attacks in the past!

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On 7/9/2018 at 3:55 PM, Minerva1113 said:

Hello everyone,

I am 8.5 weeks post op and have some pain in my right side of my upper abdomen for a few days now. Went to the doctor today and the gallbladder is bigger than it is supposed to be. He thinks it’s sludge that doesn’t get transported. He gave me a medication that is supposed to help uncramp to help get the sludge out. So far, I still have pain (even slightly worth). Did anyone else experience something like that? If yes, what did help? And I am not talking about taking the gallbladder out. ;-)

Hi Minerva1113,

I was sleeved in May, 2018 and before Christmas was having moderate pain in my upper right side. Was sent for an ultrasound and they found gallbladder sludge which I wasn't told about until this week cuz doc was on vacation. Over the holidays, I did indulge in some favorite high fat treats. Last week, before I was told and after N.Y.'s Eve & day (with more fatty favorites) the pain did get worse and seemed to spread upwards into my chest. It didn't last long but was intermittent for days. When the doctor called I told him this and he immediately went to removing the gallbladder. I asked about medication and he said there's only one and I'd have to take it for the rest of my life. He's a surgeon, so naturally, he's recommending surgery. I'm just not sure if it's really necessary. I went back to the low fat diet after NY's and the symptoms are getting better. I still feel something like cramping and/or quivering in the area but it's milder and less frequent. I'd love to hear what happened with you. thanks!

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