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Unread 01-23-2004, 03:47 PM
Gallbladder surgery next week (1 yr post op)

My daughter just had her gallbladder out 3 weeks ago. She was having the exact same pains you described and the doctor at the ER said she had heartburn and gave her Maalox. She said "Look buddy, I just had a baby 2 weeks ago, I KNOW what heartburn feels like and this ain't heartburn!" They did blood work and an x-ray and suddenly started falling all over themselves helping her.

She had her gallbladder out laparoscopically. She went in for 7:00 in the morning and was home by lunch. She is feeling MUCH better, but still gets a little nausea, but it has only been 3 weeks.
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Unread 01-24-2004, 06:57 AM
Hi Melody

WOW!!! interesting stuff sice i'm currently awaiting an ultrasound appointment for my Gallbladder, I'm to the point where i'm gonna rip it out myself!
I also have a GP that won't listen and is taking his time ordering test, he put me on zantac which is really not doing anything right now i was up last night in pain and bloating and i'm nausated all the time, and that sharp pain you describe i get that too somedays its so bad i can not get out of bed, last week i laid in bed almost in tears due to that pain called the clinic they told me ohh well your doctor won't be back until next Wenseday!
My doctor does not think its my gallbladder either, I begged him to do test because I believe it is! Good luck to you!
love Colette
Unread 01-24-2004, 08:53 AM
Gallbladder surgery next week (1 yr post op)

I can sympathise with you all. I can recall the pain from the gallbladder as being as bad as labour pains. I was 23yrs old when I started with horendous pains. I was admitted into hospital for 2 weeks over the Christmas period back in 1990 and did not have the gallbladder removed until 1992, doctors kept saying no you are too young to have gallstones, one doctor finally listened to me and decided to remove the gallbladder after suffering 3yrs, and low and behold guess what they found? gallstones, which never showed up on any untrasound I had.

Only thing that bothers me 12yrs on is diahhorea which may occur every few weeks. But this is a small price to pay, I cringe when I hear of people having the same pain as I had.

I wish you all luck and a speady recovery.

Lot's of love from over the pond
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Unread 01-24-2004, 12:13 PM
Gallbladder surgery next week (1 yr post op)

Ultrasound isn't 100% perfect, either, in diagnosing gall bladder problems; gallstones aren't the only thing that can cause trouble.

The next diagnostic step is to ask about a HIDA scan; it's a nuclear medicine scan which can tell the doctors if the gall bladder is working or not. We've had stories around here of ladies who had perfectly normal ultrasounds; finally had HIDA scans and the gall bladder was not emptying properly. Those of us with endo, especially, can have gall bladder troubles that are not easily diagnosed by standard methods.

Colette, I hope the ultrasound does give your doctor some answers -- but if not, I'd definitely push for further testing. A "sick" gall bladder can cause much more in the way of trouble than just the pain. Have you had lab work done? Certain enzymes, like amylase, are elevated when the gall bladder is causing problems...

Unread 01-25-2004, 06:08 AM
hello Audrey and everyone

Yes I had lab work done they were checking my pancreas enzymes he thought that might be the problem he also checked my liver and my thyroid it was all normal!
I think its just a process that these doctors do first the blood work then the ultrasound, then the Hida scan in the mean time i lay here in pain whats up with these doctors? I wish i could change but i'm on state medical and its not that easy, so i keep fighting this doctor. Plus its like a chain reaction it kicks up the adhesions in there because now i'm having pelvic pain, what apian this is!
I hope all is well!
hugs Colette
Unread 01-28-2004, 09:43 AM
Gallbladder surgery next week (1 yr post op)

I wanted to thank everyone who has replied before I go in for my surgery tomorrow. Your advice and words of encouragement really help. Hystersisters has really helped me get through this last year and a half.

Audrey, I hope that you got your doctors to listen to you. It is so frustrating to keep going in pain and misery and not be listened to.

Kate, I hope that your daughter is doing well in her recovery.

Collete, is your problem on its way to being solved? I really hope so. I know it is wearing on a person to continue to feel sick. I am at the point now where even chicken noodle soup makes me sick so I'm ready to go, even though a bit nervous. I really hope to get rid of this nausea and pain. I feel like it has gone on for a year.

Again, thank you everyone. Tedi, Audrey, Linda, Kate, Collete, and Jane. There is something about knowing that I am not alone that is so comforting. Off to the castle!

Unread 01-28-2004, 02:36 PM
Gall Bladder

Hello Melody...
I just had Gallbladder surgery on Friday the 16th. All went well. I got to the hopital at 8:30 a.m. walked down to the surgery room at 9:40 a.m. and the doctor started around 9:50 a.m.. I can remember asking the nursed what time it was and she said it was 10:50a.m.. I then asked if they had to do any cutting and she said no it went well with just the lap. I told her my back hurt she gave me a shot of demerol and off to sleep I went. I then woke up around 11:30 a.m. and asked if I could go to the bathroom. From there I started drinking juice and popcicles and walking. At 1:00 p.m. I asked if I could get dressed and go home. The nurse said let me check your incisions. Needless to say I was home by 1:30 p.m.. I took meds that evening until 11:00 a.m. the next day and haven't really had any problems. The only problem I have been having is nothing seems to stay down. It comes out one way or another. I took off the next week and returned back to work 2 days ago. It was a pretty easy surgery. I have had 3 major surgeries and this one was the easiest. I really didn't even freak out or anything. It all happened pretty quick. I had an attack on the Saturday evening before and then another one on Tuesday evening. I didn't even know what was wrong until I went to the emergency room on Tuesday evening. I had been fine until then. Everything will be okay and best of luck to you. If you have anymore questions, please feel free to email me.


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