I had my gallbladder removed in 2010. Put off going to Dr. for 4 days with excrutiating back, rib, and upper abdominal pain, then, Fri. I went to E.R. They said my liver enzymes were very high. My b.p was 95/42, which happens sometimes with me, and at first the ER doctor said Hepatitis. Then he said I had a 3.8mm gallstone in my bile duct and had to get the test where they put the camera down your throat and pull the stone out. Transferred me to another hospital via ambulance, where they infiltrated my vein and the morphine in my IV felt like they had injected me with molten lava. I got seriously irate. My arm and hand looked like a balloon. I wanted a cigarette, coffee, and water, and with the morphine in my skin instead of in my vein, I got no pain relief, and they said they couldn't give me any more morphine, so I left. That was Sunday morning, about 5:30.
But, also, I have been bleeding severely for 3 weeks, now: female bleeding. Am due to get an ultrasound and possible DNC on April 3rd, and scoliosis surgery to fuse 9 vertebrae on April 6th, another reason I didn't want to be at that hospital. I wanted to go to the one where my scoliosis docs work because I wanted to keep them updated. I don't want to miss my surgery, there, or I may not be able to walk much longer.
Can this stone kill me? It really hurts bad, especially after I eat. I'm no doubt going to be a pariah to the medical community because of my bad reaction on Morphine. Maybe no doctor will want to do that procedure since I bolted, but how was I supposed to know morphine would make me so crazy? It didn't really stop the pain from my attack, it just made me mean as a two-headed rattlesnake. My other question is could the gallstone in question cause the heavy bleeding? Pap came back okay. Shoot! One more question while I'm on a roll. Is it possible that it's not my scoliosis crippling me, but this giant stone?
Understand your predicament. The stone is unlikely to kill you. Gall bladder stones can be asymptomatic for many years before they are discovered accidentally. But sometimes they can cause acute symptoms by becoming lodged in the bile duct. It also does not cause increased menstrual bleeding. And the stone cannot cause problems with walking.
Thank you so much for your response. I didn't think anyone was going to respond. I got my D and C and bled for two more weeks. I got my new, straight as a pin spine, and have had no need for a walker, and have been very independent except for driving because of the oxycodone. I have been able to take care of my own toileting since day i as well as my own foot care, but it takes a long time. I do my own laundry and dishes, etc. will add pic of my new spine I got on 5/8/2012 in a new thread since I cannot do it on this one. My bile ducts will be enlarged and the stone removed in 3 weeks and then maybe I can handle a bit of animal fat. I have to be vegetariaan right now. Maybe the Universe is teying to tell me something, eh?
I have just seen your post and glad that you're doing well after your spine surgery :)
I was going to say that I disagree with the above comment that gallstones lodged in the bile duct are not fatal....they sure can be, as they can block the duct completely, so all the bile and enzymes from the liver back up (hence the abnormal liver results).....gallstones in the gallbladder are not necessarily an issue unless they cause pain, but blocking the ducts is very dangerous.....
I hope you can get the stone removed without incident quickly
I agree with Sarsi's post. The reason we recommend removal of the gallbladder in patients with symptomatic gallbladder disease is because they have a 1 in 3 chance of developing a significant complication such as acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis, cholangitis, etc. The risk of death when we are forced to deal with folks in the face of one of these complications rises 100 fold. In real numbers it increases from a tiny risk electively to a level equivalent to open heart surgery or an aneurysm repair. Given that there was a documented stone in the common bile duct you already had a complication of the process. I am glad that you have done well but the delay in treatment added to your potential for more serious problems.
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