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libertykitty
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just diagnosed with gallbladder malfunction, possibly acalculous cholecystitis (I don't have any gallstones). The gastroenterologist called me into the office right away to tell me I need my gallbladder removed, but I'm really nervous about this.

For one thing, I'm generally unenthusiastic about the idea of surgery of any kind. I'm not 100% convinced that it's necessary, but I'm going along with it for now. I have an appointment with a surgeon on Friday.

I was just wondering if any of you had gone through this. My CT scan and ultrasound were clear of any gallbladder problems - no stones, no thickening of the walls - but the HIDA scan revealed an ejection fraction of 7.3% (normal is 35-75%). Removal could solve a lot of stomach problems I've had for years, but I'm scared nonetheless.

Not the least of my worries is what this will do to my fibromyalgia. I know that some people have gotten fibromyalgia because of surgery (or at least that is the only apparent cause) so I'm concerned that I will not react well to the procedure. I've been under anesthesia before, for a recent endoscopy, and had no trouble there so it's just the actual surgery that worries me. I was hoping to find some reassurance here, since you all have been so helpful and understanding in the past.

-Sandi
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I think they can remove the gall bladder with endoscopic surgery and there is only a small incision.  Your surgeon will fill you in on that, I'm sure.
 
I had my colon removed several years after I had fibro and had absolutely no problems at all.  Actually, they were amazed at how well I did.  I was Christmas shopping at the mall, with 89 staples in me, only 12 days after surgery!  So, try not to worry about something that might never happen.  You might do wonderfully well. 
 
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solar powered
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Sandi. I had my gall bladder out about 9 years ago. That was done before I was diagnosed with fibro. I do believe I had it at the time though. They were able to remove mine by using a scope which is sooooo much easier than the old days when they would cut you stem to stern to do it and you spent a week in the hospital with a drain in your belly. I spent an overnight and now a days it may just be out-patient. For me it went really well. I was back outside shooting photographs in 2 days time. Actually I did so well that the surgeon kind of hollered at me for doing too much. He could tell because one of my stitches was pulled somewhat. Oops. Anyway, I had surgery this past August on my foot and it didn't flare my fibro either and that was without post-op pain meds. I felt a little bit depressed but I think that was mostly because the weather was so nice and my mobility was limited. I wish I could promise you everything will be perfect but can't. But chances are pretty good for a positive outcome for you. Just make sure the surgeon and the anesthesiologist know about your fibro so they can be extra careful in positioning you on the table, especially your neck. Good luck to you. Lisa
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puppylover
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandi, I had my gallbladder removed about 8 years ago in an emergency situation.   I did have 3 large stones and waited way too long.  I was ignoring some symptoms I was having and the gallbladder was very infected. Gangrenous(sp) was the word the doctor used I believe.  They did have to keep me in the hospital for a day with intravenous antibiotics to calm the infection down before surgery.  But the surgery went very well.  Only a tiny incision  which healed quickly.  I was back to my usual schedule in days.  I think I had the fibro back then but the surgery did not seem to cause any more fibro pain than usual.
Puppylover
 
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libertykitty
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   Posted 1/6/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everybody, it's a great relief to know that it could be just fine. I still know it might not be, but it's reassuring to hear that you all did so well. I don't know when the surgery will be but hopefully very soon, I want to get it over with. I'll let you know how it goes.

-Sandi
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
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crazykitty
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder out in Jan. 1978. I went to the doctor and told him I was having
gallbladder attacks, He laughed at me and said I was too young (25) for gallbladder trouble.
He said, You don't have all the 3 F's.....You are fair complected but you aren't fat or in your
fifties. He told me I had ulcers and put me on a bland diet.

I ended up having emergency gallbladder removal, my gallbladder was diseased and infected.
They removed my appendix at the same time and I have a 6'' scar that looks like a permanent
cat scratch.

Now they are able to remove the gallbladder through a small incision. My mother and three
of my siblings have had their gallbladders removed this way, with alot less recovery time
then the old method.
 
Hoping everything works out great for you. You will feel so much better when it is over!
 
hugs, Robin


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Post Edited (crazykitty) : 1/6/2010 5:21:28 PM (GMT-7)


RedDiane
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder out in 2000 after I had fibro and had no problems at all. Diane
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Dagger
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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had four abdominal surgeries (not for my gallbladder) in the last seven years and had no problems with my fibro afterwards.

Jadensmommy
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed in Dec 2005 and all I had were 3 little bitty incisions. They diagnosed me the same way you were, through the HIDA scan. I did not have any gallstones either. My surgery was outpatient so I had surgery at 10am, went home at 2pm and didn't feel bad at all! In fact, I immediately did the dishes in the sink and then finally went and laid down to watch some TV. I really didn't have much pain at all in the days following the surgery. It was a piece of cake for me. I'm not saying you will have the same experience, I just want to ease your mind a bit on these gallbladder surgeries nowadays! I was sent home with pain meds, and almost forgot to take them because I had so little pain.

Let us know how your appt goes with the surgeon!

Take care!
Tammy
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Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

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Alcie
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   Posted 1/9/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had stomach surgery in October. My surgery was similar to gall bladder and both are usually laproscopic with 5 small incisions nowdays.

I researched fibromyalgia and anesthesia, found you should demand pretreatment with a pain killer and a muscle relaxant an hour and a half before surgery. I had 2 bad experiences with anesthesia (lumpectomy) in January because of no pretreatment, which led to fibro-flare. Also ask to have your arms placed near your sides if possible.

Ask if your surgery will be long enough to need a radial artery line for blood pressure monitoring. My surgery was 5 hours and I ended up with pain from injury to the radial nerve from them missing and needing three sticks. I wasn't told I would need this line - which makes me angry still.

Since I have a lot of allergies, I insisted on no glue for incision closure and was happy to accept steri strips. I also refused staples because they leave more scars.
Alcie
 
 


libertykitty
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   Posted 1/9/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you again for all your advice! I met with the surgeon and she assured me that it was necessary and routine, and I'm scheduled for January 25. I'll miss the first few days of the spring semester at college, but hopefully it will mean I'll be a healthier student for the rest.

-Sandi
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
Savella, Vitamin D supplements
Provigil and Temazepam when I need them.


brendaelk
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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
just a quick add on note: I had a complete hysterectomy and have fibro. No problems at all and felt so much better afterwards. The fibro even eased up on me until my bladder fell. But that is the next surgery I am waiting for. I am not nearly as worried this time about having surgery.

Sherrine
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   Posted 1/12/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
This might help you.
 
 
Sherrine


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peach71
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   Posted 1/13/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I see that most people had an easy time with their gall bladder sx, but I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. I was having horrible chest pain in 2006 (I was 34 at the time). ER treated me like a cardiac case, then when they couldn't find anything wrong, just sent me home. The pain moved, and then they suspected gall bladder. No stones, HIDA scan was only slightly off, so the gastro and surgeon recom. sx. Surgery went fine, but I contracted MRSA at the main incision at my belly button. Once that cleared, that incision dehisced and formed a hernia 9 months later. I had that hernia repaired, then it reformed and caused another 5 months later. Because of the large mesh they used to close the defect, I have nerves trapped under it that now cause chronic pain.

I am a Type 1 diabetic, so healing can be an issue. But the GI disturbances caused from the lack of the gall bladder have been unbearable. I am now at over 2 years of diarrhea and counting. I had every blood test done, cultures, etc, even another endoscopy with biopsies - all normal. My gastro finally just told me to take Imodium every day. All due to the fact that having your gall bladder removed is "no big deal."

And this week, I have now been diagnosed with Fibro.

I know that this post is long, but I just wanted to share my story so that no one else rushes into doing what may seem like an easy procedure. I am a doctor myself (a veterinarian), and I have tolerated a lot medically over the years - I just wanted to see if I could help you.

-Heather
**25 years of Type 1 Diabetes, Hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia...
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