Wrong way to start the day!

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Wrong way to start the day!

We got home from our San Diego trip at 2am this morning. The 2 LO's slept nearly the whole way so it was a smooth trip. Yay! Anyway, I woke up at 5am and started trying to nurse the baby who was sleeping. I felt off and then started feeling horrible with sharp pain in my sternum area & under my ribs then flowing to my back. Nothing worked to relieve it and by 5:20 I had to drive myself to the ER. I was so worried I was having a heart attack or something. Poor Wally was panicked but had to stay with the kids.

They gave me some crazy good pain meds and are waiting for results from an u/s. It's possible that it's my gallbladder. Never had problems before but the pain was seriously worse than childbirth ever was. Ugh. Can't nurse Archer because of the meds they gave me Sad so I'm pumping & dumping milk. Missing a part of my pump for some reason so just 1 side pumping which is a PITA. Hope to find out soon what is going on.

Anyone ever have gall stones or their gallbladder removed?

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OMG how completely scary! Sad
I have never dealt with gallbladder issues before, so I'm no help there but I'm definitely thinking of you. :grouphug:
KUP. I'm sorry to hear that you're having to pump and dumb. What an extra pain in the butt to deal with!

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I've had that pain before. Right before I found out I was pregnant with Chloe. It was horrible! I have heard gallstones many times. Mine went away. Hope your procedure goes well.

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Oh no!!!! I haven't had gallbladder out but know many people who have. They all say it is worse than childbirth!

I hope you find out soon what is going on! KUP

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I have not had gallbladder issues, but it sounds like it could be an attack based on what I've heard from others. I hope you figure it out soon! KUP!

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I haven't had any experience with that, but my sister did. She was a mess, you could tell she was in so much pain. She has since had her gallbladder removed. She is so glad she did. I hope you start feeling better. Thats horrible that you can't nurse.

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It's gall stones for sure. Have a surgery consult, hopefully this week, and heading home soon with pain meds. They want me to take Vicodan (sp?) and said there were no pain meds I could take while nursing so I have to pump until Wednesday. ??? The man doc didn't seem to sure about the whole thing. I swear I took some sort of pain meds after my c/s. What do they give you then? I'm going to check kellysmom.com but it's not 100% from my phone.

alwayssmile's picture
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I got motrin after my c/s. :roll:
But I know there are nursing safe stuff. Let me ask Beccasweet since she's a pharmacists.

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omg! how scary. I'm glad it wasn't a heart attack though :bighug:

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

It's gall stones for sure. Have a surgery consult, hopefully this week, and heading home soon with pain meds. They want me to take Vicodan (sp?) and said there were no pain meds I could take while nursing so I have to pump until Wednesday. ??? The man doc didn't seem to sure about the whole thing. I swear I took some sort of pain meds after my c/s. What do they give you then? I'm going to check kellysmom.com but it's not 100% from my phone.

I got Narco after my first c/s and Tylenol 3 after my last one, and both times I was told it was fine to nurse. There are some you can take and still nurse. I would insist on those.

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Oh no!! I am no help but just wanted to add my :openarms:

Hope your recovery is quick and easy...how scary.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

They want me to take Vicodan (sp?) and said there were no pain meds I could take while nursing so I have to pump until Wednesday. ??? The man doc didn't seem to sure about the whole thing. I swear I took some sort of pain meds after my c/s. What do they give you then? I'm going to check kellysmom.com but it's not 100% from my phone.

I had dental surgery a couple of months ago, and I consulted with my OB on pain meds. She said Hydrocodon was fine while nursing, so that's what they gave me, and it did work for the pain. Rowan was over a year old at the time; I don't know if the baby's age makes a difference at all. Can you call your OB and maybe Archer's pediatrician?

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Becky said the really good stuff that makes you forget you have pain isn't BFing safe, but that there is a website that has BFing safe information because she figures if you're tandem nursing you might be willing to deal with some pain if it means continued nursing. She's out of the house so can't give link me to the site right now but said she would later.

((hugs))

tink9702's picture
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Oh no! There are def. meds out there that are safe. Did you try calling your midwife?

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sorry logged into sister's account

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Oh I hope you can get it out soon! I had issues when pregnant with DS and it was the scariest feeling/ pain in the world, and at 2 am I did the same and drove myself in- thinking it was a heart attack as well. Could hardly breathe! Got mine out 4 weeks after DS was born, no problems since! They gave me percocet for C/S recovery and for gallstone pain, and I nursed, I just tired not to nurse at the peak time for the med (ie- 1 or 2 hours). I hope you feel better very soon! SCARY!

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I'm glad you got answers to what it is. And very glad it wasn't a heart attack.
Vicodin is an oxycodone which is very strong stuff. You could probably easily get by with a hydrocodone product, such as Lortab or Norco (their sister meds). Tylenol #3 also has codiene in it which is fine just usually not as strong as Lortab or Norco. But all of the meds have tylenol in them so I hope you're okay to take that either way.

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I also got percocet after my c/s. They said it was ok for bf. Good luck I hope you start feeling better.

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How scary! I hope you're better soon!

I also had percocet after both my csection & my tear repair.

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Can't help on pain meds after c section, i had paracetemol and ibuprofen only on rotation to manage pain. They did force me to have something stronger once but even that wasn't much stronger, but the previous midwife had let me sleep through my med time and the next midwife insisted i had to have something stronger.

I hope you feel better soon and they give you something breastfeeding safe

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Thinking about you today! :grouphug:

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Feeling so much better today but starving since I have to watch everything I eat until I can get the surgery. I'll starve before dealing with that pain again. I've never had digestion issues or anything, just some heart burn during pregnancy, and this was over the top. I'm living on avacado, apple sauce, grapes, and sweet potato today. Yum. I eat pretty healthy in general but the list of foods I can have pretty much only includes fruit, veggies, and fish. No fats, eggs, meats, sugar, dairy, citrus, beans, or grains for now. How in the world to Vegans not feel hungry all the time? Maybe because they can eat grains and beans. Guess i'll be loosing those extra 10lbs I've wanted to shed lately Smile that is the bright side.

Have a pre-op appointment with the surgeon Thursday morning and I'll get more information from there. Left a message with Archer's Pedi for advice on BF/pain med stuff as well as with the OB I saw during pregnancy. Hopefully the surgeon I see will be knowledgeable too. I took the rx tylenol they gave me yesterday but have all the other meds on hand JIC for now. I hate being medicated if I don't have to be. Turns out that gallstones and gallbladder issues are common in pregnancy and after birth (check), if you have a family history of them (grandmothers, check), and if your female (check).

Started nursing Archer again last night, not quite 24 hours, and my boobs are thanking me since pumping doesn't drain everything the best. I'll skip the pain meds (luckily feel fine) and not eat too much so I can keep him nursing for now. Thanks for all the advice ladies!

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So glad you are feeling better and you have a plan for what comes next! That stinks about the food limitations. I assume you can add some of that back after the surgery? I think you do have to limit fatty foods forever though, right?

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Yeah, those foods together aren't exactly the high calorie a busy mom nursing two wants! I am glad to hear that you're feeling better though. Hopefully the BFing safe meds will be enough of a pain killer for you in the future.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

Guess i'll be loosing those extra 10lbs I've wanted to shed lately Smile that is the bright side.

Way to find the silver lining!

...Guacamole??

(So glad you're feeling better! Still thinking of you and sending good health vibes until this is all a distant memory...)

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Wow, that sounds like a scary experience, I am glad you are feeling better for now. I hope the diet and BF safe meds keep you feeling well until you can have the surgery.