Gallbladder attacks/ HIDA scan

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
10888 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@NurseMandie: Strange, there was a post last week about Gallbladder problems from another bee. I had mine out over a year ago. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. Like you say I felt like I couldn’t breathe, like someone was standing on my rib cage. The pain would most often start 15 minutes after eating, does yours?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@CatyLady:  I think that other bee was me! I’ve been having really terrible abdominal pain (right under the ribs) after eating. It hurts so bad that I can’t breathe, sit, lay… anything really!

My gallbladder is being removed this month, as it was only ejecting at ~5% and is full of stones (yuck). Good luck!

Post # 5
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@busybee3791: Yes I think it was you 😉 I used to bend over the arm of the sofa, didn’t really relieve the pain but it made me feel like it had somehow. You’ll get your life back when it’s been removed. Warning: not everyone’s the same, but I felt horrible when I woke up immediately afterwards and every time I sat up I threw up (TMI here) it was bile so as you’re probably experiencing already it burns on it’s way up – I can feel it now in my nose lol

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@CatyLady:  Ugh even though that sounds so terrible, I think I’ll prefer it to constantly being in pain/fear of pain!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

I just had my gallblader removed a month ago. I had been having flares but they’d go away after an hour or so, but the night I went to the ER it was so bad and it wouldnt stop. I was in the hospital for three days. They did a sonogram, not sure what they saw, then the next day they did that other test you mentioned. I was drugged and it wasn’t bad. It took me two hours though (I slept through most of it thank god) my bladder was filled with sludge and the chemicals they injected in me to make the bladder show up on the xray never went through the bladder. So they took it off. My mother had the surgery a year prior and she told me to tell the nurse to give me anti nausea meds so I did. Don’t know if they did but I just slept pretty through what is probably the worst time. Afterwards everything was so much better! I mean I had diffcukty moving and used a pillow for my seatbelt and stuff. I have a slight knot near my incisions from moving too much But it’s not bad and I feel tons better. I’ve also pretty much eaten whatever I wanted after my appetite returned without issues. Good luck. It’s a simple procedure and I wish I hadn’t been so scared to have surgery (it was my first) the pain was so muvh worse then the procedure. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@NurseMandie:  (Hugs) I totally understand. It sucks that they couldn’t find anything definite in the sonogram. It feels really strange to tell someone this, but I hope that you have gallstones! You know what I mean, ha.

I’m having surgery in a few weeks. It sucks that it’s right before Christmas, but I’m ready for the pain to end. Several people I know have had their gallbladders removed, and everyone says it’s a huge quality of life improvement. Good luck with your diagnosis!

Post # 9
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@busybee3791: Exactly. Good luck and hope you don’t get too much pain between now and then.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Ouch. I feel your pain. I had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago… every time I went to the ER, all of my tests came back A-OK! I was sent home with some Pepto or Tums and told to stay away from greasy foods. *eye roll* 

I’d have GB attacks after eating ANY THING. Salads, pudding, steamed chicken breast, rice… 

Finally it started affecting my pancreas, and “sludge” (eww) got stuck in my pancreatic duct so elevated levels showed up in my blood work and my doctor made me an appt ASAP with a surgeon on a Friday. He wanted to schedule surgery for the following MONDAY because he said I had a “hot GB” that sounded like it was ready to pop. Uhmmm WHAT. 

*gentle hug* I hope you get relief soon! It SO worth getting it removed. And it’s an extremely common procedure so it’s really no big deal. 🙂 I asked for something to help me relax beforehand (I have anxiety problems) and it was heaven. Afterward I didn’t even need pain pills… I just took ibuprofen for 2 days to help deal with the pain and I was fine.

Also, fun fact: GB attacks are more painful than contractions (so I’ve read/heard from women who have experienced both).

Post # 11
Hostess
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@LadyMoriarty: My Mum told me that fact too! Though I told a friend that who recently had a baby and she disagreed, sounds awful but I got the vibe of she knew best. I went to ER with it and was told I had an infection – Gastroenteritis, it gets my back up now knowing that she was wrong, especially as she probably then thought I was over reacting.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

That’s good to know about the contractions thing. I scared my FI while rolling around the couch before going to the ER that if giving birth was that painful I wasn’t having kids. Lol!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

it took me about 4-5 years to get someone to take my gallbladder out after all the tests came back negative….i’ve had 2 HIDA scans, 2 upper GI studies, and an EGD which was the last piece to make sure it wasn’t ulcers.   i had the gallbladder taken out on a tuesday and went back to work friday night doing a 12-hour physical labor job.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@NurseMandie:  I had symptoms and a HIDA test that came back normal too.  After a year of more torture I finally ended up in the ER and they finally realized it was pancreatitis.  Have them check your pancreas.  

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