(Closed) if you have them…please, please tell me about your gallbladder woes

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Honestly, I know it’s not what you want to hear, but you need to go to the doctor. My sister just had her gallbladder removed for similar symptoms. If it is your gallbladder there’s really nothing you can do but avoid foods with fat and go to the doctor to see what they recommend. There are some fairly inexpensive options for private insurance that you could look into to speed up the insurance process but please go to the doctor.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know how you feel and it sucks! My ‘attacks’ as the doctor called them were exactly like yours. They were both food induced, which I finally narrowed down to Ice Cream and diary products. There were also stress related, I had a major attack the night after Darling Husband and I’s first date in which I dropped/lost my wallet after having car troubles.

It was about 2 years before I’d had enough and had my gallbladder out. I also have IBS so any discomfort I have is because of that and I take Bentyl for it and it helps. 

What you’re reading about the actual surgery and recovery is very common. Everyone has different reactions to it and I know people that still have problems even after the gallbladder is out, which points to the fact that these kind of stomach problems are symptoms of so many other conditions that it’s hard to really pin point what the problem is. You could have an ulcer, or diverticulitis, etc. 

I’m not sure how free clinics work, but is that a resource you can look into? Also as far is insurance and pre-exsisting conditions, when was the last time you were treated at the hospital for these symptoms? Each company has different guidelines for what they consider pre-exsisting, so look into that.

Post # 6
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I had my gallbladder removed in September and let me tell you, it was the best medical decision I have ever made! I was having very frequent attacks, just like what yours sound like, I ended up taking three trips to the ER in so much pain I could hardly breathe. They told me for months I had ulcers and to ‘cut back on the coffee and advil’ well that didnt help, it got to the point where no matter what I ate it caused an attack, this was happening daily. I finally got a doc to order a ultrasound when I refused an endoscopy and sure enough I had gallstones. I had surgery three weeks later, I went to the hospital at 8am, I was home 4 hours later. I took two weeks off work, you will be sore and kinda painful post op (whatever you do DON’T watch the YouTube videos of the surgery, it’ll just scare you) but I went back to work two weeks later and have been great ever since. It is so relieving to be able to not worry if what I eat will have me writhing in pain a few hours later, that’s the best part. I gained like 10 pounds after surgery just eating what I had to stay away from for so long due to the gallbladder issues lol. Oh and I only took two weeks off instead of just one because I have ALOT of heavy lifting and physically demanding tasks in my line of work. Sorry for such a long reply, I hope it helps, feel free to PM me with any other questions

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