Gastroenterology Community
Open Gallbladder Surgery Pending - Swollen Lymph Nodes, liver disease e...
About This Community:

This forum is for questions regarding Gastroenterology issues such as Acid Reflux (GERD), Barretts Esophagus, Colitis, Colon/Bowel Disorders, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis/ Diverticulosis, Digestive Disorders and Stomach Pain.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Open Gallbladder Surgery Pending - Swollen Lymph Nodes, liver disease ect.

Hi - I have been having pain for 2 years. Thought it was wicked heartburn. Apparently I have the pain threshold of a soldier cause the pain lasted 6 hours but my last 'attack' would not stop and my husband thought I was having a heart attack and called an ambulance. I spent 2 days in ICU and a total of a week in hospital. They said I had acute gallbladder disease whatever that meant but could not operate right away. I was on antibiodics, morphine and more antibiodics. Since then I get pain if I eat fat, meat, ect so I don't. I lost 35lbs in 6 weeks (I am overweight so bonus) I have high LFT's and "liver disease" and constant "3-5ish pain", nausea and FATIGUE FATIGUE FATIGUE. I have diahrea constantly. I also have sore neck with swollen lymph nodes and painful and found a lump on my breast. I had blood tests and have a mamogram (mammogram) next month. My question is this: they were going to operate when I was in the hospital but then said I had to wait 4 weeks then go back to talk to the head surgeon. When I talked to him he said 3-4 months wait. He wants me to lose more weight and be healthier cause they may have to do an OPEN cholysectomy. Why is this so??? Also why are my lymph nodes swollen and why am I so exhausted all the time that I can't work or do more than one task at a time. Thanks
Related Discussions
-6 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Swollen lymph nodes could indicate that you have an inflammatory process going on and that means that tissues in the area of the inflammatory process will be swollen. Swollen tissues put out a lot of chemicals and fluids that can make the tissues around them 'boggy' and difficult to handle during an operation and also makes them more reluctant to heal. It's not something any surgeon wants to cut into. It's hard enough to get a clear field of vision in decently healthy tissues during a laproscopic operation, but if the area is swollen and someone is carrying a fair amount of weight, further obscuring the field, it turns it into a very difficult situation. That's probably why they want to go to an open operation and want you healthier before they go inside.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
This is logiceal, I hadn't known. Thanks for the input. They put me on strong antibiodics for a week due to the lymph nodes and level of infection so I felt good for a few days but that didn't last once the antibiodics ended. Just have to be patient I guess.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Well I had the same problems doctors were telling me that I had acid reflux for a year. I was throwing up had really bad stomach pains that would last a least 2hrs. Finialy I had to be rush to the hospital where they did a ultrasound and found out that I had gallstones.  well one exscape and was on my pancreas which cause me to have pancreatits,and juandice I was on all types of meds I could not eat or do anything for myself my veins collaped several times I had to have 4 units of blood before surgury because my white blood was low after a week of being in icu the docs finialy  got my condition under control where i can have surgury if they are telling u to lost a few pounds u should do it because i almost die just from gallstones.
Have a Gastro question?
100,000+ doctor answers
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Gastroenterology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Digestive Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
CalGal
CA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar
st. louis, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Morecambe
Weybridge, United Kingdom
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine
974371_tn?1364538460
Blank
Margot49
Central Valley, CA
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
cnoevl21