My 19-year-old son just found out that his gallbladder is not functioning. He is 5'9" and weighs about 140 and has very little body fat. He is extremely healthy and fit---he participated in football, track, and baseball in high school at an extremely high level and just completed his first year of college baseball. His diet is wonderful---healthy foods, no caffeine.
About 16 months ago, he had an extreme pain in his stomach. We took him to the doctor discovered he had mono. We figured the pain was from that. Other than the case of mono, he has always been extremely healthy. (The two days of school he missed with mono, were the only days he missed from kindergarten through senior year of high school.)
A couple of days ago, he had an extreme pain in his stomach ago. He felt better after throwing up. He also had a similar, but less painful episode about a month ago, and he said he had one more episode during the school year. After each of these four episodes (including the one 16 months ago), he felt better after vomiting.
We just got the results back today saying his galblatter was not functioning. We have not seen a doctor yet, but the nurse is going to refer us to a surgeon to have his gallblatter removed. With only four episodes, it seems like we would be acting quickly (and perhaps recklessly) if we had his gallbladder taken out right away. Is there any other solutioins? With the pain hapening so rarely, does the galbladder ever shut down and start back up again?