I haven't been here in a while. I lurk, but rarely log in. I had the health anxiety well controlled until last week, when severe abdominal pain sent me to the ER. I thought it was norovirus, but it turned out to be pancreatitis! I don't drink, and was assured I had no gallstones 7 and 2 years ago. Forgot all about it! So, that terrified me! Anyway, they suspect micro-stones and I'm scheduling gallbladder removal surgery for "asap". The problem is, I'm afraid of general anesthesia, what they'll see when they stick the scope in there (cancer?), and post-op gas pain, from when they inflate my abdomen with co2. I researched everything before making the decision to go ahead - it's medically necessary at this point -, and I think I ended up with a very good surgeon. Can you gallbladder-less peeps help me out a little, to allay some fears?
Is the post-op gas pain like "pass out and want to die" bad? How long does it take to go away?
How does recovery from the general feel? Do you get a swaying waterbed feeling, or are you just drowsy and okay? How long does the sore throat from intubation take to go away? Did you have any post-op nausea, and if you did, when did it start, and when did it go away?