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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having a gallbladder attack for almost 6 hours now and meds not helping. I tried to call my pcp but he only works a half of day on wed. My question is should I talk to the dr on call or should I wait til my pcp is open tommorrow.or go to the er . I kinda dont want to go there  they wont do nothing for me  maybe me give me an injection for the pain and send me home. I have 100 dollars copay  for  an er visit  and cant really afford it because surgeon appt next week  have to pay a copay for that and a copay for surgery when its scheduled.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Holy cows Kinbers....you sound ike you have my insurance!!! I recently had a knee scope to see what was causing my knee to hurt so much. I am still trying to pay that one off as it is now climbed to the 5,500 mark. Stupid Insurances huh? My copay for seeing doctors is only 25 though so that's a little easier.

Now as for the ER.....I usually don't go to the ER unless it is so bad that I am crawling on the floor or writhing in pain on the floor and in endless tears. Having said that, I think only you can decide when it is bad enough to warrent going to the ER. But that is only my opinion.

I am sure someone else that has actually had gallbladder problems could offer better advice. Sending lots of gentle hugs and hoping your pain decreases soon.

Scarred
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nasalady
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kimber,

Owwww.....I feel your pain! I used to have horrendous gallbladder attacks when I still had a gallbladder. The longest one I ever had lasted about 8 hours, so if you're 6 hours into it, it's possible by the time you get to the ER and get seen, you'll be feeling better. Of course, it's possible that I'm totally wrong about that, because what's normal for me may not be normal for you....but my experiences at ERs make me think that you'll have to wait hours to actually get any treatment once you get there, unless you are lucky enough to live in a small town where the ER is not busy.

Sorry that I don't have any great advice to offer you! It's true that pain medication never touched gallbladder pain for me....I just had to tough it out every time. The only thing that worked was having it removed.

Wishing you the best....praying that you're feeling better already!
(((((hugs)))))
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PAlady
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber,
I don't think you can wait. At the very minimum call the on-call doctor - now! But if this continues you really need to go to the ER. Six hours is not normal for this to continue, unless you're sitting there eating spicey foods (which I seriously doubt!). You could also try calling the surgeon's office even tho' your appointment isn't until next week - because they might be better able to advise you on whether or not to go to the ER, or if there's something else you can do. It may also be possible for your surgeon to meet you at the ER.

But I think this could become serious, so please don't wait to do something.

PaLady

kimber9807
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Halleuija I took some more meds a nd its starting to ease up. I had an episode like this in jaunuary and it lasted 6 to 8 hours and the er dxed me with biliary colic . Gave me bentyl and zofran.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


PAlady
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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Good news, Kimber!

PaLady
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