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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am anxious and really nervous about my surgery consult on thursday. I have been sick for a while now . I cant eat any solids at all right now im on a all liquid diet  I thought this was best  til I see the surgeon. I have 2 or 3 small attacks  a week last to 30 minutes to an hour  after taking my meds . Last week I had a severe gb attack lasting 6 hours   when I went to the er 3 times in january they called it biliary colic . those severe attacks lasted about 8 hours . in the beginning of all this stomach pain started i couldnt eat nothing    but liquids  or i woulld get
very sick but when this first started my diet consisted of high fat  and fried foods and spicy foods. so i quiet eating those foods and started to slowly eat solids with no fats or fried foods. Now just since last week my safe foods signal an attack that lasted 6 hours  . so since then i started on an all liquid diet  til i see the surgegon on thursday. I am nervous because  im worried he might say we will wait to have surgery  but my hida scan came back abnormal  but the  us and ct scan came back normal. my hida scan showed low functioning gallbladder and inflammation of my gallbladder.  I dont know if gallbladder inflammation means infection or not. but maybe im being parnoid . my dr wouldnt refer me to a general surgeon if he didnt think i needed surgery  would he? I just been dealing with this so long I am freaking out. Does anyone  have any opinions. My hubby reassures me that  everything will be fine and dr wouldnt of refered to a general surgeon unless he thought I needed surgery. Please help Im a nervous wreck.
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.


Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber, here's to you! I just fretted or was anxious about having to go see a ortho surgeon and though it hurt, it turned out o.k. I too worried myself to pieces over the visit and it worked out o.k. I pray yours goes the same.
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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you cat.
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.


cat8201
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   Posted 3/14/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
my gallbladder surgery was set up quickly despite normal tests, and i had a movement malfunction.

luckily i can say that was the least painful of all my surgeries. i hope it is the same for you, good luck!!!
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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/14/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks cat8201, my ct scan and ultrasound was normal but my hida scan was abnormal. I have the the proof from the hida scan that there is something is wrong with my gallbladder. hubby is reassuring me that a normal ct scan and ultrasound only means i dont have gallstones . I have an abnormal hida scan so that proves there is something wrong with my gallbladder. I guess I will feel better after I see the surgeon and hear what he says. I hope he schedules my surgery quickly.
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.


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/14/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kimber,

I had similar findings with my gallbladder. The Ultrasound and the CT are (to the best of my knowledge and what they told me) to look for stones. The hidascan is to test for functioning. My function was really low when they did my surgery. The chronic infections had caused alot of adhesions, so the surgery was a little longer than normal (but they were still able to do it laproscopically). It wasn't the easiest thing I ever had done, but much better than back surgery or even Nissen Fundoplication (for reflux). The surgeon will be able to tell you everything to answer your questions, but I did want to give you any information I knew.

Best to you!
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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/14/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks R mom. Im probably freaking out for nothing . I just have dealt with this for so long and I dont want to have to live like this anymore . Inlaws have invited us to go with them for dinner and I cant because solid food makes me really sick. I just want my life back. I praying that after thursday that there is light at the end of the tunnel and this will be over shortly after that.,
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.


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   Posted 3/14/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Kimber. When I had my gallbladder taken out, they did it "just" because of the pain I was having. All of my tests and scans came back negative including the HIDA scan. It turned out that my gallbladder had adhered or stuck itself to the underside of my liver so every time I coughed or moved a certain way it tried to tear away from where it was attached. Not much fun. Having said that I don't think the surgeon will turn you away because the CT and US were normal. The HIDA was not normal and it sounds like you have been very ill so I would think that surgery is definitely on the table for you. Good luck with the appt and I hope you are feeling better very soon. Lisa
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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/14/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lisa. I will let everyone know whats going after I talk with the surgeon on thursday.
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.


White Beard
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   Posted 3/14/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimberly

You do not have to starve yourself till you see your surgeon, but to keep you from having problems with your gallbladder till then, there certainly things you can do. Avoid anything that has Fat, avoid fried foods, and greasy or oily foods, these foods all reqire bile for digestion, and bile is stored in the Gallbladder! Do some r esearch on it, Google it, find out what foods you can eat that will not give you problems! Unless you are having surgery on Thursday, and the Doctor has put you on a liquid diet, there is no reason, not to eat, you do need to keep your strength up, especially if you are going to have surgery! I know it can be a bit scary, I have had mine taken out too, it was not functioning properly! I have also been fortunate enough to observe a Gallbladder operation when I was in Nursing school, ( it was really neat! it was my first surgery I got to obsever! my second one was an open heart triple bipass, but that is another story!) Anyway I have kind of been on both sides of this Gallbadder thing, you will feel allot better after it is taken out, and the surgery is really no big deal anymore since they started doing it using the laparoscopy. Usually it is a realatively quick out patient procecure, how ever, sometimes they do keep you over night, especially if the surgery is done later in the day. I am sure you will do fine, and I think you will agree afterwards that it really does make a difference!

Good Luck to You

White Beard

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   Posted 3/14/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kimber,

Everyone has given you great advice, and I really don't have much to add except to say that I had my gallbladder out laproscopically in 1992, and it was the least painful of my operations to recover from, for sure. I was back to work in 8 days.

Praying for a good appointment with the surgeon!
(((((hugs)))))
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   Posted 3/14/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber-
I too had normal ct and ultra sound and even had an ER doctor tell me there is no way it is your gall bladder because I didn;t fall into the 3 "F" category. I wasn't, Female, Fat, and Forty....2 days later I had a hida scan done that showed mine was only working 24% and I saw the surgeon a week later. My consult was on a Thursday and the surgeon said I wouldn't make it through the weekend without surgery. He scheduled it that afternoon. I was having attacks that lasted 12 to 36 hours though. They did some test on it before they removed it and told me it had completely stopped working in the week since the hida scan. Good luck with the consult.

Take care,
Bill

kimber9807
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   Posted 3/15/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bill. Mine is functioning at 50 percent and gallbladder inflammation.
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.


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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber Prayers and hugz to you and I hope this week flies by for you..and that your feeling a lot more better after Thursday...
Lots of soft hugz to you...
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   Posted 3/15/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimber the Hida Scan is the gold standard test on gall bladders, since yours is only functioning at 50% plus the inflammation plan on surgery. Mine was done by lap, just a couple tiny incisions, no stitches, butterfly tape ony. That was the easiest surgery I have ever had. Had it done that morning at 6 and was home by 2.

I had an upper gi which was normal, meaning no stones. Then it was on the the HIDA Scan.
 

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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have nothing to add but prayers. Everyone has given you good advise. It s littlr luck you will be rid of that nasty old gallbladder shortly and can get back to living a normal life!

Thanks for keeping us posted.

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kimber9807
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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks All , I will let you all know what happens on Thursday but my appt isnt til 1:30 pm .my time zone is est.
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.


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   Posted 3/15/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Kimber,
I agree with WhiteBeard and Stray and others who have told you it will be so much better after it's out! Like I've said to you before, I had mine out some 40 years ago when it was major surgery, and still have the scar to prove it, but since then after some healing time have been able to eat normally - well, at least up until the past year or so when I've had GERD problems.

You might want to ask the surgeon if there's anything you can be doing to keep the inflammation low or reduce it even further before surgery. I think this can make the surgery a little easier, but most gall bladders have some inflammation when they're removed. I was on such a strict diet before I had my surgery I had lost about twenty pounds and was the thinnest I've ever been in my life. Wish I could have kept it off! LOL But you do want to make sure you're getting adequate nutrition and maybe the surgeon can advise you on this, although White Beard's suggestions are great.

Like everyone has said this is now one of the easier surgeries to recover from, and at least it's pain that won't last forever, unlike many of our other conditions that cause CP!

Good luck!

PaLady
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