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FML - The follow-up

Today, I had my gallbladder removed. I have a very painful incision in my belly that makes any kind of movement excruciating. I've had the hiccups 5 times so far. FML

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Yeah they did it laparoscopically. And any kind of major surgery is going to be painful, but having it done laparoscopically is much, much better than an open incision! Try not to worry, it's a very safe surgery and they'll take good care of you :)
By IHeartBlueJay / Friday 8 February 2013 05:31 / United States
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The internet is a vast resource of information, and in the time it took all of you to thumb me down and say you don't understand just one word, you could have looked up that word's definition on google, no? I mean, nothing against you guys, but it wasn't that hard to look it up... Galling: annoying, irritating, vexing, to cause chagrin, upsetting, aggravating, painful etc etc.

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I'd tell the OP to gulp a glass of water quickly- but ironically OP probably wouldn't be able to stomach it. A catch 22 situation indeed.

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When I had mine removed I can't even tell you how many times I had to sneeze... Not to mention the fact that they made me walk out of the hospital because the elevator was broken.

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I had my appendix removed, and they filled my entire abdomen with gas for the surgery, they told my I had to options, to burp or fart it out, and it took an entire 24 hours. But hiccups after your bladder being removed is far worse.

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I tried to sleep in the top bunker of my bed the first night, after the 2 week hospital stay.(the bottom part was my couch) I barely made it down the next day :p

Ugh, I feel your pain, OP. I've had many surgeries, and it seems like every single time that I wake up from general anaesthesia I battle hiccups for several hours. It's awful. If you can eat, try nomming on a spoonful of peanut butter. It tends to stop the hiccups, at least for me. Good luck. It should stop within the next day or so.

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I've noticed that too. When I had my right kidney removed a few years back, I seemed to suffer from an uncontrollable bout of hiccuping right after waking up from the surgery. I feel your pain, OP. Get better soon!

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25 - You're just very fortunate. :) I've had two major surgeries (both on my pesky kidneys) but no fillings or dental work. Which is just as well really, since I'm terrified of the dentist.

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Lucky indeed #25. I've had 19 major surgeries. Although I have to say I've never had hiccups after one of them. That being said I totally sympathize with everyone who's had hiccups. After a bone graft surgery someone thought it was funny to tickle me. Lets just say I was in no way amused.

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52 - Well, I don't know about everyone else, but I was pretty young when I had my surgeries (6 when I had my first, 7 when I had my kidney removed) so pumping me full of painkillers wouldn't of been the best thing to do, but the painkillers I was given weren't particularly effective. Surgical incisions HURT (especially if they are several inches long, like mine were), and some painkillers barely touch the pain.

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Yes I had painkillers, but when you have major surgeries the point of incision is still painful. So even though I wasn't in severe pain while sitting around, if someone tickled me or I had the hiccups it would be painful.

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#52, as someone else already stated, you do get painkillers after the surgery but its pretty hard to take away 100% of the pain. The incision is really sore for a while afterwards. I have only had 2 c-sections and they were painful. Getting up out of the bed the 1st time was the hardest thing I had done in a long time. My mom had her gallbladder removed and she said it was more painful than having a hysterectomy because of the air they pump in you stomach.

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#10, OP never said anything and about reading FMLs and laughing. OP is hurting because he/she has had hiccups 5 times, and that's the cause of OPs pain.

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18- Would that actually work, though? In my experiences so far, if you suggest a medication to the ER doctors, they look at you like you're insane and then give you an opposite medication. I don't mean to be a bitch or anything, I really am just curious. Maybe I have just brought the subject up badly, but it always seems to me that if you mention any medication to a doctor they will deny it to you on the principal that you are somehow trying to misuse it. I feel like it's almost better to just

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If an ER doc has never heard of using Thorazine for hiccoughs, then he deserves to have his licence revoked. As for suggesting a medication, there's a difference between asking for morphine and suggesting a non-narcotic medication. You could always say that a doctor friend brought it up. NEVER say "Well, google says..."

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I realize that there's a difference between asking for narcotics and asking for other medications, Doc, I was never suggesting that was my problem. Even when I need pain medications I turn it down as much as possible, because a few years ago I had some extensive damage done to my body and ended with a mild addiction to the pain meds. I'd rather not experience that again. I would also never demand that a doctor give me certain medications, nor do I search google for possible medications to sugges

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See, I've found the opposite. I often get prescribed what I recommend to my doctor, but then again, I'm allergic to the universe. She generally trusts me to know what I can and can't have. Narcotics included. I'm fine with morphine, but codeine turns my skin into a pile of angry, itchy hives. Same goes for Vicodin. So after surgery, I get morphine. I got put on Thorazine for a bit after my last surgery. I couldn't stop hiccoughing to save my life. They thought I was going to tear the stitches.

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