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IBS flair up after gallbladder surgery

  • By laurenmd

    I have had IBS for 22 years. Sometimes it is mild with very few symptoms. Other times I have bouts for three months with lots of abdominal pain. I had my gallbladder removed on August 1st. My IBS has been quite painful since then Can surgery cause IBS to flair up? I will take any suggestions for pain management.

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  • By tmholland Moderator

    @laurenmd,

    It sounds like you have a had a pretty rough month. Any type of surgery can be painful and extremely disruptive to one’s life. I think it makes sense that the IBS has been painful since the surgery, your body is healing and not up to full strength to deal with the illness. As far as pain management, I suppose that would be for the doctor to say. I don’t know what your restrictions post-surgery are. I practice meditation and self-care (aromatherapy, spending time outdoors (even sitting) and being king to myself in moments of pain). Thank you for sharing and please keep us updated on your progress. We are here for support. I hope you are having a good day. -Todd, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

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    • By laurenmd

      I do meditation too and walking helps sometimes. I’m am taking librax for the pain and it seems to help when the pain is mild to moderate. It is not helping now with the severe pain.

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