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Feb 20, 2010 - 3 comments

After a few days of abdominal pain hell I today feel better finally though my upper stomach feels as though it's gone 10 rounds with Ali in a prize fight! Tender as hell and uncomfortable. I'm terrified to eat anything at all. I saw the Doctor yesterday. She's convinced it's my gallbladder. Scheduled an ultrasound for next wednesday. Said to keep doing what I'm doing for the GERD in the meantime and we'll see what happens. Oy! Either way I hate all the possibilities including have my gallbladder removed and the horror stories of those who still had no relief post cholestyectomy. Not to mention the diet associated with it. I hate beets! And man there is frickin fat in everything and goodbye white bread or spicy food. -sigh- I know I have to stop worrying and stay positive but it's difficult when I have a constant reminder in the center of my body and have to eat something.

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by ColoradoRN, Feb 20, 2010
One of the very BEST tests to show Gallbladder function if your GB ultrasound is normal is a HIDA Scan.  The U/S is a good place to start as it may show Gall stones which interfere with Gallbladder Function.  Also you may not have to have your Gallbladder removed.  I am an RN and researched all of this myself, because I didn't want to have surgery either and have also heard all of the horror stories about people still having the same symptoms and pain post-op.
They make an oral prescription medicine that can dissolve the stones and it takes quite a long time called Actigall and they also do Lithotripsy to blast them into smaller fragments like they do for Kidney stones.  You may want to stick to a low fat diet until you have a definitive diagnosis to keep the Gallbladder happy in case it is your Gallbladder.
Good Luck! Colorado RN

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by Lindy3636, Feb 21, 2010
Yes the HIDA is going to be next if the U/S is inconclusive. I appreciate your thoughts and experiences CRN! It is my understanding that the type of gallstone also often determines whether you are a good candidate for alternatives to surgery or not and for their ability to be seen on U/S. I'm familiar with Actigall since I'm a Certified Pharmacy Technician. I'm unaware of the success rate of dissolving though. And when you say 'a long time' do you mean like years, weeks or months? What therapy did you end up choosing for yourself? I've also seen the success rate for Lithotripsy as being quite low and very costly. Is this your experience?
In the meantime while waiting to begin testing I've been doing a lot of research on how diet affects symptoms, etc and agree the low fat, especially animal fat and refined or processed foods need to be limited greatly! I had already been reducing my fat intake but not the processed foods prior to the last 2 attacks. Ironically weight loss and limiting calories can increase your gallstones too I read but one day at a time and losing weight in general is still a good idea when obese.
I look forward to hearing more of your story if you are willing to share. Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts on my journal entry.

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by brightsmile825, Apr 10, 2010
I've been having problems w/ my gallbladder for months. The pain came out of nowhere. I'm 24, eat healthy, and I don't smoke. Luckily, I work with a naturopath and he's been able to help me. I can't afford to go to the doctor, so I've been drinking a cup of warm water with the juice of 1 lemon 1-2 times a day (also taking some herbal remedies). It really helps with the pain. the acid from the lemons help dissolve gallstones & detox your liver. It takes some getting used to. If you get your gallbladder removed, you can still get gallstones in the bile ducts, which is why people still have pain post-surgery.

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