gal bladder surgery??

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KaNDiCe21
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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have severe active Crohn's Disease and I was wondering if anyone has ever had gal bladder surgery. My GI said he didn't know if it was a good idea but the Alpha surgeon said it was fine. I haven't been able to get up with my GI since. Does anyone know what I should do??? Im confused!!!

randynoguts
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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
had mine out. full of stones. and thickened. i was like 22-23 maybe.
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huckleberry
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   Posted 10/8/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out in 1997 (while 5 months pregnant!). Laparascopic. I was in hospital for three nights, but many people it's just one. I think because I was pregnant they were being cautious. I felt so much better after the surgery than before. Had been having lots of problems, pain due to gallstones. Really, it's not too big a deal. The scars are very tiny.

Good luck!
44 years old, newly diagnosed after an 8-day hospitalization in September 2007 but symptoms for several years before that.
Taking Pentasa, Prednisone (tapering), Cipro, Prilosec, probiotics, calcium and a multi-vitamin -- also Levoxyl for hypothyroid (Dx 2004)
Gall bladder surgery in 1997.
Single working mom to three wonderful kids, ages 9 to 15.

So appreciative to have this forum -- it's all new to me!


KaNDiCe21
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   Posted 10/8/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok...because my GI nurse had me scared. She acted like it was going to interfere with my crohns or something.

pattytx
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   Posted 10/8/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   

I had mine out several years ago due to lots of stones, though no symptoms (I was told I was a "time bomb" waiting to go off . . . done laparascopically and outpatient. I went home several hours later.  Is your Crohn's flaring in the same area as your gall bladder?  Or are you severely ill (anemic, etc.) that it would put you more at risk during surgery??? A good surgeon can probably let you know how likely complications would be.

Best wishes!

 

 


KaNDiCe21
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   Posted 10/8/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont have stones, but the surgeon called it a stricture which is blocking my gal bladder from releasing whatever that is that helps you digest food. But I think thats the reason Ive been so sick lately I throw up all the time and my stomach feels like someone is stabbing me all the time. I dont even know if im in remission or not because I dont know if its my chrons or gal bladder. Im on remicade and I start my every month treatment this week, Ive had 2 treatments so far so I feel like I should be getting better. What do you guys think?

pattytx
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I feel so bad for you!  If the gall bladder is the cause of it, then surgery should do the trick, right?  Did your dr. give you any indication about how soon you should feel improvement with the remicade?  How soon are you looking at doing surgery?   I used to do remicade and it never really kicked in until they doubled my dose.  After the first initial doses, I kept waiting to feel so much better . . . it just didn't really happen.  After my first doubled dose, I could feel definite improvement but it only did so much.

I ended remicade last spring, tried humira briefly and then had a bowel resection.  My problem was scar tissue and all the drugs couldn't really help that.  The other inflammation really did improve with the remicade, though. 

I am (finally!) feeling great and off of everything except imuran for maintenance.  However, if (likely when) my symptoms return I would not hesitate to try the remicade again if it was recommended.

If you do have the gallbladder out, do you need to discontinue your remicade for any time period?  I had major open (not laparascopic) surgery in June and they made me stop my humira 2 wks. prior (would have been longer if I had been on remicade) Just a thought.

Take care!

 


Mar1anneC
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out in 2003 when my 1st son was 3 months old.

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 10/8/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter just had hers out.....had a humongous stone that HAD to come out. She was in and out the same day....they did it via laporascope and it was a piece of cake. She felt so much better afterwards.
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


greshna
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   Posted 10/9/2007 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out in June 1995, when my son was 6 months old. Had it done Laproscope way, no probs with it I was out shopping the next day!!

Nanners
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   Posted 10/9/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Had mine out in 2002.  I didn't have stones per say, but had like a filmly divider inside that caused it not to work properly.  Having gallbladder issues and Crohns pretty much go hand in hand.  JMHO

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


KaNDiCe21
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   Posted 10/9/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for all of the helpful info. I wish my doctor was as good as you guys are! Take care.

mikemedic130
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   

dear kandice 21, having your gallbladder out can be a big deal, especially if u have had other surgeries.

I had mine out and it helped some but caused other problems with bile salt diarrhea, and more abdominal

pain, they had to do a full open you up not a scope and spent 14 days in hosptial.  Also my surgeon and gi doc said that CD can inflame the ducts or pipes that are left going from the liver and from your gallbladder to your intestine. So do your homework first.  And yes I have no idea why my computer spaced this out like it did. Good luck and god bless- mike


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Kandice,
I was wondering what does your ultrasound of your galbadder show?
Take care!


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curley
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   Posted 10/9/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not have stones but just found out that my gallblader is diseased so I will be having surgery soon.
Curley
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