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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics
|62CALIGIRL - Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:17 am||
My husband had his gallbladder removed in July. Since then he has had several stomache attacks (at least two a month since the removal), he has also had a RLS type of action where he can not get his legs comfortable, and his feet ache with tingly feelings. He has been to the doctors and all they try to do is give him Zantac. Is there something else underlying?
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|John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:17 pm||
Hi there -
While the "stomach attacks" may have some connection to the removal of the gallbladder (and this should be explored, although, rarely, people do react early on to the loss of the gallbladder with some gastric upset), the restless legs and tingling in the feet suggest peripheral neuropathy unrelated to the gallbladder (and there is a remote possibility the stomach problems might be related to this as well). I notice your husband had back surgery in 1998. This could well have some connection with the more recent development of peripheral neuropathy. He might also have his serum glucose tested, as he may be diabetic (it's amazing how many people have diabetes and are unaware of it -- and it also can cause peripheral neuropathy). This is my best guess, that there are probably two different things going on, and that he should be seen by his regular doctor with an eye toward referrals to a GI specialist and a neurologist possibly as well (for the leg and foot complaints, as they are probably due to nerve problems).
I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you both. Please follow up with us as needed.
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