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Gallstones issues.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Well about 8 weeks ago I started having abdomen issues and pain. But they were like none I had really had before with my IBS and such. Felt bloated, full and in pain. So thought I had just eaten something but ended up being so tired I took two days off from work. Then it kind of went away but my abs were swollen from then on. I was eating a ton of apple crisp at the time so i stopped for 6 days then had some and got sick again within the hour of eating it. So i thought it was the unripened apples I had picked early and stopped eating it.

I had also noticed i could barely finish my breakfast of 2 cups of oatmeal and 2 cups of blueberries which i had been eating every day for 2 years for the most part. Then after breakfast i would feel bloated and full all day and not want to eat. So i thought it was the blueberries so i stopped eating that after a week or so.

So about two weeks ago i had had enough of the pain, bloating and full feeling which was really messing up my eating and exercising. When I would go running about mile 3 often I would start to feel so bloated it became slightly difficult to breathe because my lungs were being pushed against by my abdomen. So I called my specialist who I had seen for my liver issues and made an appointment. I had to travel for work for about a week so i had some blood work done before i left and then had my appointment last Thursday a day after I arrived home from my trip.

Saw the doctor and he said I had about an 80% chance that I had gallstones moving from my gall bladder and getting stuck possibly. I told him I had also finally figured out the night before that oatmeal was the main trigger food for my worst attacks of this. I also told him that 4 years ago I had an ultrasound and they saw gallstones then. So my billirubin was elevated which can indicate gallbladder backup so he order the same blood panels again to compare and they came back the same.

So I went in for an ultrasound yesterday and am waiting to hear back on that but I already have a surgical consult set up next week in case I need my gall bladder removed.

Ok a day more has passed since I started this and was wondering why my doctor was taking so long to get back to me. Well my ultrasound from 4 years ago had shown I had many gallstones, the one from this week shows I have none! So huh?

Anyway now I am to get a Nuclear test on my gall bladder to see if it is working correctly, if it is then he will looking into my stomach with a scope down my throat. If it is not functioning correctly then more than likely take it out.

Fun times and life is never boring. Good this is I ran 6 miles last night and my knee which was a bit sore felt better and my abs felt ok. So all clear for being part of the relay race this weekend!

If i can get this gall bladder or whatever this figured out by November then I can celebrate that and 5 years of maintaining!

Had the nuclear test and my gall bladder is fine so next is a scoping of my stomach via my throat next Wednesday. Not looking forward to being knocked out to have that done but need to do it to get to the bottom of it.
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    Hi Greg,

    Sorry to read about your health issues. I had my gallbladder removed last year and was very glad to see it go. Best wishes with your next tests.

    2737 days ago
    Hope they figure it all out SOON! The not knowing is what can be difficult to handle. Happy thoughts going your way!
    2743 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I had mine out 3 yrs ago after having attacks for six years. I had two stones the size of golf balls. The surgeon told me that after about five years, the body makes a new "gallbladder" out of the duct that is there, so it isn't really any big deal.

    Take the time to listen to the series "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY" with Robert Lustig M.D. on Youtube as it is so helpful.

    I'm reading "THE SUGAR FIX" by Richard Johnson M.D. and recommend it to everyone. He has lectures on YouTube since he is a Professor at the medical school in Colorado.
    2746 days ago
    A few years ago I had my gall bladder yanked and I was pretty worried about the aftermath. But I'll tell you I have never had a medical procedure go more smoothly than this operation (when I woke up from the surgery I asked when were they going to operate!!) and bouncing back with no problem with foods in terms of watching what kind of foods I could tolerate...almost wish I WOULD have had some troubles...intolerance of high fat foods can be a common after-effect. Who among our SparkFamily would have trouble with THAT?!? :-)

    2746 days ago
    Hi Greg I pray for a good outcome for you, sounds like your doc is a thorough man and is taking good care of you.
    Take care hun emoticon
    2747 days ago
    If you end up losing the gall bladder, you will feel better and realize how long you felt bad. My DH had this done 12 years ago. I on the other hand have not needed such a thing. Praying for answers and a good outcome soon!
    2747 days ago
  • KSIGMA1222
    Yes they checked my liver and everything else and all was normal. Perplexing but I am looking into it and trust my doctor who is also my friend.
    2747 days ago
    I sure hope that they find out what is wrong and it is fixable.

    It's great to see that you are doing such a good job of maintaining!!

    2747 days ago
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    Take care.. emoticon
    2747 days ago
    Usually with gall stones it is fatty foods that will bring on an attack. That was my experience before I had mine removed anyway (and my uncle's).

    I hope you can get this all figured out. Did they do a ultrasound of your liver since your BR was up?
    2747 days ago
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