I've been struggling with gallstone pain for a couple of years despite numerous visits to my GP. In April of this year I had a particularly bad attack so I went to see my GP again determined that I wouldn't let him fob me off with gastric flu diagnosis again. He reluctantly said that he would refer me for an ultrasound scan which I had in June, and it was such a relief when I had my scan to find out that I actually had quite a few gallstones - with the lack of support from my GP, I had really begun to doubt myself.
I have an appointment with the surgeon on Thursday and I'm keeping everything crossed as I really want him to say that he will put me on the list to take the gall bladder out - there is no way I can continue with the awful painful attacks.
The only good thing that has come out of having gallstones is losing weight. After the attack in April, I decided I had to do whatever I could to try and prevent future attacks so I've been following a very low fat diet and keeping to approximately 1200 calories a day. It hasn't totally stopped the attacks but they haven't been quite as bad or frequent as before and I'm over 28 pounds lighter but having to watch everything that I eat isn't living a normal life so the sooner they take the gall bladder out the better.
For those of you who have had their GB removed, how long did it take you to recover and go back to work etc ?