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Tongue burns and feels rough, tastes awful after gall bladder removal. Is it common?

I had my gallbladder removed last Wednesday. The day after surgery I noticed my tongue felt like it was burning, rather like acid being poured on it. I had enough problems and didn t think to say anything about it. Now the situation has gotten worse. My tongue feels rough, rather like a cat s tongue. In addition, food, with the exception of fruit, taste awful and absolutely nothing like it used to taste before surgery. My sister had her gallbladder removed a few years ago and says she remembers that happening to her. She thought it may have something to do with the anesthesia but couldn t remember any details. Is this common after surgery? How long might it last? Is there anything I can do to help get rid of the acidic, foul taste in my mouth. I m already brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash of course. Thanks, Susie
Asked On : Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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Apr 2013
Dear madam, this can be caused by anesthesia. It is not very common complication. The surgical procedure cholecystectomy cannot effect on your tongue on any way. Your tongue was probably pressed up against the breathing tube. Also some gasses are used during surgery which could affect your taste sensation. The feeling will likely come back over the next few weeks. If there was any nerve damage it will take a bit longer time to resolve. If it persist u should go to hospital and ask for neurological or ORL work up.
Wish you good health
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