Gallstones after pregnancy?

Amanda - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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2 weeks after i had my daughter, I had my first gallbladder attack (sept 15th). I had a gallbladder ultrasound done and i found out that i had several tiny stones. So 2 days ago (Oct 28th) I had my gallbladder taken out after many horrible gallbladder attacks. The surgeon told me that when i was having these attacks that i could be passing them into my bile duct. So if i have anymore attacks or pain, i have to go back and have surgery again. I had never heard of this before but when i told my dr that i had just had a baby, he was like "Oh ok i see..." then he told me that lots of women have the same problem during or after pregnancy. I was just wondering how many moms have had this problem, if they have heard the same thing, and their experience with the horrible events.

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Keepyourspiritup - posted on 03/03/2015

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Hello, I delivered my twin boys 9 months ago & now I am diagnosed around 50 stones in my gald bladder. I am very worried about surgery, anesthesy as I did cesarian delivery with common anesthesy & after that my hormones went too high always crying, impulsive what all not. And now doctors say I must do surgery to remove gald bladder so I am very worried. Please tell me how you felt after surgery, did it affect your nervous system seriously

Jess - posted on 10/30/2009

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i had gallstones also i didnt start getting BAD attacks untill 8 months after i had my daughter... lookin back i had smaller ones even wile i was pregnant. i had them taken out about 2 months ago now and it has been great since (except slight crampy stomach every now and again when i fatty foods) they say there are five F' that put you into the high risk catigory for gallstones
1:female
2:fatty
3:fertile
4:forty
5:fair
thought this was really interesting as i fall into 4 out of the 5 catigory's! (im only 23)
also it is genetic my mother and grandfather had there out also... and my mum was exactly the same age as me down to the month!!!
hope all is well from you from now on :o)

Gena - posted on 10/13/2013

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I had several horrible attacks and drove to the Emergency twice,got blood checks a gastroscopy and a colonoscopy..the third time my husband drove me to the emergency a different doctor came and did an ultrascan and finaly found out i had big stones in the gallbladder.I dont know if they didnt think about the gallbladder because i was 22,but they kept me there over night and the next day they removed my gallbladder.My son was 7 months old. Has anybody else got problems digesting certain food since removing the gallbladder?

Kate CP - posted on 10/30/2009

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Oh, me! My baby was almost 3 months to the day when I had my first attack. It was worse than labor. If stones are making their way through the duct at the time your gall bladder was taken out then they should have scoped your bile duct and removed any stray stones at that point. Some times the stones can get lodged in the liver which can also be excruciatingly painful. If you feel an attack coming on don't just sweep it aside. See the doctor immediately if you begin to feel the same pain again.

Brooke - posted on 10/30/2009

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i had gallstone attack about a month ago (prob 7 weeks after having my daughter) 3 nights in a row. It was the worst pain i have ever experience. I got jaundice because of it. I had a ultrasound and saw the stones. This monday coming up i have an appointment with a specialist to get my gall bladder removed. I havent had another attack since then and i hope i dont before my gall bladder is gone.

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Gena - posted on 03/04/2015

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I felt abit akward after the surgery because of the gas they fill in to get to the gallbladder. But recovery goes fast. The only problem i have since removing the gallbladder is digesting certain foods. Good luck for the operation!! I am glad mine is out because the pain was too much to handle,way worse then giving birth!!

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I had undiagnosed ICP in my first three pregnancies with only hand and foot itching (1989, 1997, 1999) it was not until I was constantly itchy all over with my 4th (2002) that I looked online and printed internet information and told my OB that I wanted to be tested for ICP. There was not much info out 10 years ago, but I did find itchymoms.com and delivered 4 healthy babies (first and last 4 weeks early, the other two full term) Ironically, 2 years ago...my gallbladder flared up and I started itching all over again. I grabbed my 10 yr old lab work and ran to the Drs. Sure enough my BA levels were super high again and eventually they found gallstones which lead to the removal of my gallbladder. The surgeon said that based on the size, some of those gallstones were at least 10 years old. Hmmm, thats when the ICP was really bad. Connecting the dots, maybe.

Amanda - posted on 10/30/2009

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i know about the worst pain. it was for me too. when i had my first, i thought i was having a heart attack.

Shawn - posted on 10/30/2009

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I also had a horrible attack during my pregnancy I thought I was in early labor, I was on a special diet for the remainder of the pregnancy had a c section in Feb. and gall bladder surgery in April

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I had my gallbladder removed exactly 3 weeks after my twin girls were born. I had an attack the night before Thanksgiving, and then Thanksgiving night, I ended up telling my husband that I needed to go to the ER cause the tums just weren't taking care of my "heartburn". If your doctor is monitoring you properly, you will have to go back for bloodtests a week or two after removal, because they have to make sure that your liver enzymes go back to normal. The problem with gallstones, is that they can "jump" up into your liver duct and block that duct. That is why you "might" need to go back. Looking back on the pain that I had, I know that I had an attack right on the operating table when I was having my c-section to deliver my girls. If you are having problems eating foods and having to run to the bathroom almost right after eating, try to stick to the "BRAT" diet for awhile, it will help....the worst thing that you can do after the surgery is "starve" yourself cause it goes straight thru you. Not eating only makes it worse. I had problems with foods that I ate very regularly for about 9 months...now after a year, I can eat almost anything that I want. Though, I still stick to very bland foods if we are going to be traveling or have plans for the day.
The rest of the moms are right, pregnancy can make the gallstones act up, I know 5 other women personally that have all had their gallbladder out after being pg.

Erin - posted on 10/30/2009

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I had my gall bladder removed when my eldest was about 8 1/2 months old. What I was told was that when your blood volume breaks down after pregnancy, it increases the chances of gall stones developing. Add to this, I have PCOS (which increases the risk for just spontaneously developing them) and family history (my paternal grandmother had her gall bladder removed). I suffered these attacks for 7 months before it got bad enough for me to go in to the ER. I wish I had been told that gall stones could occur after giving birth and the signs to look out for. If I had known, I would have brought it up at my post-partum visit. I'm fine now although there are things that just no longer agree with me. I have gone to ground buffalo because ground beef is too fatty for me to tolerate. A friend of mine found that she has a hard time tolerating ice cream. You'll find what does and doesn't agree with you and adjust accordingly.

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when i had my ultrasound at 20 weeks, the tech informed me that I had gallstones and should have my gallbladder removed shortly after my baby was born. When I asked my dr about this, she informed me that pregnancy can cause gallstones and that you don't have to have the gallbladder removed just because you have stones. they haven't given me any trouble and I haven't done anything about it. My dr also said that approximately 80% of people probably have gallstones and don't even know it. hope that helps you at all. Feel better!

Samantha - posted on 10/30/2009

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I had my gall bladder removed when my 1st son was 8months old, i'd been suffering during pregnancy but no one had picked up on this. When they removed it they said it was full of large stones & i'd passed atleast a dozen this size! They told me i'd eaten too much fatty food or cheese, but considering i could not stand the smell of fat & still cannot, i could not stand in the kitchen whilst cooking chips or go anywhere near a cafe or mc d i find these explanations very hard to believe - i'm a size 10/12 & lactose intolerant! I was told by other patients & my mum that after surgery they can come back most often in your kidneys know as kidney stones. Why our bodies produce these blighters i don't know but it does keep on producing them & they can turn up anywhere. I still have the muscle pain associated with the keyhole op - my stomach muscles go into spasm & lock up - it really hurts but luckily doesn't last too long!

Mellissa - posted on 10/30/2009

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i had gall stones and my gall bladder taken out 1 year after having my second child alltho the doctors beleive i got them from my first child who was only born a year before . They never told me to come back if the pain stared again as i was told it cant happen if the gall bladder was taken out i had still had the same pain for nearly 2 yrs now.

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