Hi there - I'm 45 and am going to see a surgeon on the 16th to schedule gall bladder removal. My main symptom is almost constant, severe pain, up under my right ribs, but I also have some nausea after eating, some days of diarrhea, some days of constipation and by the end of the day feel like I need to sleep for an entire day. This has been going on since February with all tests negative: blood work, ultrasound, CT scan, upper endoscopy (showed mild gastritis). I eventually had 2 Hida scans - the first one was "abnormal" was all they told me and the doc wanted me to go for a second one. I found out at my office visit that my first scan was 3% and the 2nd was 7%. He said "if anyone is a candidate for gall bladder surgery, it's you." I can't wait to get it out. To me the risk of it not relieving symptoms is worth it.
So I guess my comment is, although my symptoms aren't like yours, it was the Hida scan that was my determining factor. If I had gallstones, I would for sure get mine removed too. I have 2 close friends who have had their gallbladders removed for stones, and both had no problems whatsoever.To quote one: "It was the best thing I ever did for myself". I think people who had something go wrong are the ones who post - I hope anyway! Good luck- keep us posted!
Diane in NY
Small gallstines can be dangerous, as they can get lodged in your bile duct and back up causing you to go jaundice, best to just have it out. I had mine out in January from chronic inflammation (no stones) and after 7 months of hell so glad i did. The surgery is a breeze and as long as you dont rush into eating the bad foods you will do well. Good luck! Keep us posted.