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   Posted 7/21/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh boy, I don't know if some of you remember - my younger daughter had her appendix out a month ago.  Now her older sister, who has been having pain way longer, is in a bad way.  They've done an endoscopy and ruled out stomach, appendix, and liver, and her pain is getting worse and more frequent.  They wanted to just send her home from the ER this morning after checking her bloodwork (this is the 2nd time she's been there in a month)....esp. after she told them she had been drinking some last night.  (She thought it might be important.  So then the doctor kept joking about "too much partying last night," as if that had anything to do with this extreme pain!!)  She pushed for an ultrasound of her gallbladder, and apparently there's some grainy stuff in there that could be the culprit.
Mama Bear drove down (30 miles) and lit a fire under all the red tape, and now she (we) has an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow morning.  I don't know if they'll do a HIDA scan, but she may be getting her gallbladder out the day after. 
WHY does the medical establishment insist on assuming that if you're young, female, and look fine, that you are just whining and looking for attention?  That is the LAST thing this girl wants!!  I feel like I have to be there and push them every step of the way (which wears me out because I'm really not a pushy person.)  But this is my kid!! 
I will be as useless as a wet noodle by the time this is over.  Such a lightweight shakehead .....please pray for me to not drive off the road!
This too shall pass...   
.......fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 7/21/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry that this is happening for your daughter and you. Pain is pain, and though everyone's tolerance is different, it would certainly seem that if it is extreme enough to make someone go to the ER, it is not just a minor pain! It is a shame that if it doesn't show on a standard test, it is treated as if it can't exist.

I hope this gets resolved for her!
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   Posted 7/21/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You're no lightweight! I'm praying for you both to be just fine. Good for you for standing up for your daughter. Try to take as many rests and breaks as you can so that when she is recovering you're not going to be in so much pain. Take care of yourself - you need to be well for both of you.

As for doctors - ugh. I could go on about the craziness. I'm so sorry she had to deal with a moron. If it is any consolation, however, my allergist once told me to NEVER go to the ER if I can possibly help it. He said all they want to do is get you OUT of the ER and send you on your way. They don't care if their long term diagnosis is beneficial or not. They don't look that deep for answers in the ER. And this is a man who teaches at a big teaching hospital.

Make sure the doctors explore options and listen. Now that she's out of the ER - the "real" doctors should have more time for her.

*hugs* to you both.

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   Posted 7/21/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Lightweight, bah humbug.........I know what you mean with doctors sometimes I just want to take one by the shirt and say, Hello are you kidding!!!!

I will say a prayer for you all...((hugs))

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   Posted 7/21/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked  That is so scary. What great people we have in the medical field, right? What a joke a lot of them are. I hope your daughter is ok, and that whatever needs to happen does. Good luck, and be carefull. Oh, and no mama is a lightweight, if anything we are heavyweight..especially when it comes to our kids. My prayers are with you. Heather wink

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   Posted 7/21/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi achey as a mother I know how hard it is to watch our children in pain, and the feeling of helplessness it brings. I am glad that you stood up for her you sound like such a good mom.
I will be praying for both you and your daughter.
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   Posted 7/21/2010 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
she also may having a problem with her pancreas - especially if she is having problems with her gallbladder - she might be having crystals from her gallbladder that are going into her pancreas - i had this problem - once i had my gallbladder taken out i did not have any more problems - just make sure she is not drinking - that is the first question they will ask you - if she starts vomiting get her to the hospital - the pain is extreme -

let me know how it works out for you

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   Posted 7/22/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, everybody, for your kind words.  My daughter is getting her gallbladder out tomorrow.  The surgeon was really nice, actually asked questions and listened, and he thinks this is reasonable, given the amount of pain she's been in and the fact that there is some "sludge" in there.  So hopefully, this will be the end of the awful pain, and maybe some of her digestive problems, too - we can always hope.  She's relieved already. 
I can't believe it's outpatient surgery now!  Mine sure wasn't, but then, I was worse off and I'm old.  tongue
This too shall pass...   
.......fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 7/22/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Achey,
Glad they got to the bottom of this situation w/ your DD. I can't believe it would be outpatient either. I had this done 18 yrs ago, I was in the hospital for 1 1/2 wks. My children would call me on the phone and cry, 'Mommy, are you ever coming home?' Just about broke my heart.
I will keep you all in my prayers for surgery and recovery. I'm sure she will be fine and so will you, once your baby is home.
Oh yeah, 'lightweight' is not a word I would even think of w/ you. You are strong, you are a survivor, you are a MOM!!   yeah
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/22/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hi achey - mine was outpatient as well about 5 years ago - make sure she feels well enough to come home - they sent me to soon - i ended up back in the ER that night - during the surgery the crystals had gone into my pancreas and i ended up in ICU - keep us posted

god bless

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   Posted 7/22/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Achey, Boy they sure do things differantly now. I felt so much better after I had
my gallbladder out. Hope your daughter's surgery and recovery goes well. I'll send up
a prayer for both of you. I'm sure you must need some rest too. Take Care!

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 7/23/2010 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Saying a prayer for you and her. Hope the surgery alleviates the pain. Keep us posted.
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