(Closed) Gallbladder/Gallstones

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

The ER didn’t recommend you speak to a surgeon for removal?

I only had one attack before I had my gall bladder removed and it was extremely painful — I can’t imagine having several. I didn’t have stones.

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Oh my, I remember those days. I had mine removed last year. The pain was so painful that my doctor prescribed naprocine.  I think I spelled it wrong. Whatever the case those pills are strong, and one day they just stopped working and I had to be rushed to the hospital to have my gallbladder taken out. Don’t do like me and wait a along time. If you can have the surgery do it now. The pain does not go away no matter what people tell you about herbal medicine. It get worse, really worse.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsH1010: Follow up with your doctor ASAP about getting your gall bladder removed. Most likely you are a candidate for a laproscopic procedure which is much, MUCH easier than a traditional open cholycystectomy (ask me how I know….).I lived with constant gall bladder attacks for over a year (no health insurance back then) before I put my pride in my pocket and went to the county hospital. In the meantime avoid fat in your diet as much as humanly possible and be super careful with the Tylenol. Take it exactly as it directs on the bottle and absolutely NO ALCOHOL. None. At all. Acetaminophen can and will lead to permanent liver damage if used incorrectly. Actually scratch that – I wouldn’t be taking Tylenol at all. Bottom line – call your doctor right now. It’s not going to just spontaneously get better.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I would definitely see someone for your gallbladder to be removed. The attacks are just going to get worse, and you’re not going to be able to stand it. I know you’re pregnant, but there has to be something they will do for you.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was sent to the ER 3 times in 2 weeks a few years ago for gall bladder attacks.  The best relief I got was finally getting it removed.  Definitely avoid fatty foods until you can get it removed!  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You shouldn’t be taking tylenol for a gallbladder issue.  When it was discovered I had gallstones (I had been having attacks for 3 years and since I was so young no one ever thought I could have gallstones – I was 17 when they started) I was told to avoid tylenol at all costs.  You should definitely see a surgeon though.  If a gallstone got out of the gallbladder and ended up in the pancreas it can be deadly if you don’t get emergency surgery like, right away.  The surgeon I went to actually made gallbladder removals due to stones a top priority because they are so critical.

I’m really amazed an ER wouldn’t have told you to find a surgeon right away…did they at least tell you to follow up with your PCP? Or did you follow up with your doctor?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh and I’m betting the fact that the most recent attack didn’t last as long was just a coincidence with trying something new.  When I had them they could last anywhere from 15 minutes to 20 hours, there was nothing that would make the pain stop.  I would get in a warm bath just to calm myself down, but I’m not sure how much it actually helped with pain.  And like PP said, avoid fatty foods at all costs.  The less fat in your diet, the less your gallbladder will have to work, and the less likely you are to have an attack.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just curious – what hospital did you go to?! I’m from Chicago too and wondering which one sent you home with what sounds like absolutely no referrals or discharge instructions.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Um, yeah, seek out a physician and ask for them to refer you to a surgeon.  My fiance had several gall bladder attacks and then he had one big enough to pass through the gall duct but too big to pass through the pancreas which could possibly kill him if he had an attack.  He had surgery and he feels great.  My fiance during his attacks would go from laying on the futon to rolling on the floor to jumping up to go throw up to crying…he was in a lot of pain and so I can imagine what type of pain you go through.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

My fiance found that eating any sort of raw veggies AND fatty foods triggered his attacks.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You have to get your gallbladder removed. I had mine removed earlier this year. Why did they not refer you to a surgeon?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh ok that makes sense, honestly there is not much you can do expect avoid fatty foods and oily foods.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsH1010: Let your OB know at your next appointment that you’re having gall bladder issues. It’s not unusual for your gall bladder to flare up when you’re pregnant (thanks progesterone!) but it’s worth keeping track of. I’m not trying to scare you but my concern would be the pain of an attack may increase your stress level to the point that it triggers pre-term labor. Like I said, I’m not trying to scare you. Work with your healthcare team to find ways to manage this for the next three months. You will probably do just fine with dietary modifications. 

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