I have had a HIDA scan done with a 27% Injection Fraction of the gall bladder. One doctor claims that this is not the problem but blames IBS-D and another doctor claims that the gall bladder should be removed because this is causing the upset stomach, diarrhea (yellow), gas, and cramps.
Do you think this is a gall bladder problem or IBS related? Questions? Please respond!
Post Edited (dragons304) : 5/20/2007 3:23:01 PM (GMT-6)
For the longest time I kept thinking it was IBS and was even taking meds for it. But the synptoms just kept getting worse. I started having pain (gallblader/stomach attack) in my chest and I even thought I was going to die a few times, especially in the middle of the night.
Mine was functioning only at 17% by the time I decided to get it checked out. Even after I knew this, it took me 6 months to calm myself down enough to get the surgery. I've had it removed about 4 1/2yrs now. I do have occasional discomforts, but I am doing much better than before the surgery.
I waited long to have my gallbladder removed, but the longer you wait the worse your symptoms will feel.
I would avoid foods/drinks that have caffeine, acid/citrus rich foods, high salt foods, high fats/oily foods and more, these tend to aggrevate your digestive system.
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Post Edited By Moderator (7Lil) : 5/25/2007 11:12:39 AM (GMT-6)
therooster, thanks for the info.
I apologize in advance for the long post and all the questions, but I've got lots of questions after being diagnosed with IBS and have diarrhea almost nonstop 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, for the last 8 years and now just discovering that my problem might have been a bad gall bladder all along. Over the last 8 years, I have been homebound as going out anywhere has been impossible, so now, thanks to all of you who have been so kind to post and share your personal experience, hopefully, I can now look forward to living a normal life, someday.
Last week my regular MD did parasite test and didn't find anything. I was going to do the liver flush about 2 months ago when this last attack happened which my MD says is GERD, but after reading on here, I'm wondering if my problem might really be a bad sludge type of gall bladder, since my continual diarrhea (4-8 times a day, every day) has that yellow sand like consistency and the typical burning.
Also after reading all the post on here, I do have some questions, so if anyone knows, please do post a reply.
So my questions are:
1] I had read on the net to soften gall bladder stones, take organic apple juice as that would soften them up and make them easier to pass. Do you know if apple juice will remove the sludge from the gall bladder?
2] If I do have IBS, GERD, and a sludge type gall bladder problem, will taking a natural parasite cleansing program for a week or so, work and get rid of any parasites?
3] If I do have IBS, GERD, and a sludgy gall bladder, will taking a natural parasite cleansing program for a week or so, cause me any additional pain (from the parasite cleans working)?
4] The new GI Dr I saw last week gave me some samples of various fiber bulking laxative products including citrucle, metamucil, and fiber sure, to take daily. I gather the idea is to help clean the colon to slow down the diarrhea. I'm a little afraid to take them as the warning on the packages are rather scary. Has any one had any problems with these products?
5] Does any one know if taking these bulking laxatives have helped anyone with diarrhea that caused by a sludgy gall bladder?
6] I have read most of the posts on here about gall bladder and if I understood them correctly, for any gall bladder problem to show up on a hida scan, the gall bladder has to be acting up. My question is what exactly does acting up mean? For example, does diarrhea classify as "acting up" and something that will show up on the hida scan or does there need to be something else happening?
7] Keriamon I'm allergic to shell fish, which is what I've heard is used as the radioactive element ( like is used in the hida scan), so do you know if they have something else they can use in place of iodine or shell fish, so that I can still have the hida scan done?
8] I gather from reading the posts that when some people had hida scans scheduled, they caused themselves gall bladder pain so that the problem would show up on a hida scan. My question is: since I'm new to learning about the gall bladder and that it might be the source of my problems, but I'm not yet certain what does cause the liver bile to really flow, then what do I eat or take to cause the liver to act up and the bile to flow, so that it will show up on a hida scan?
9] If I only have this sandy sludge in my gall bladder, will this sludge type of gall bladder show the sludge on a hida scan?
10] Last night was not a good night and while I slept, I didn't wake up and had an "accident"..the 1st in well over a yr. Thank goodness I sleep alone, so other than being embarrassed and have lots of laundry to do this am, and some slightly uncomfortable lower intestinal pain I'm fine...I think. What I'd like to know is, can I expect this sort of "accident" to happen more frequently?
11] For those of you who have had your gall bladder removed, I gather from reading the posts that most people have diarrhea after the operation. My question is typically for how long does a person have diarrhea?
12] Keriamon was it you that posted that some people who've not have really bad pain with their gall bladder and have the operation and have it removed feel they are worse off? If it was you, can you tell me how they felt worse? I'd like to know what I'm in for.
I am ever so grateful to all of you how are brave enough to share your experiences and to post them to help all the rest of us. You all have been great help and for the 1st time in over 8yrs I feel like I might just have a good chance of getting a handle on this diarrhea problem and a chance for a normal life! Needless to say, both my husband and would be thrilled to have a normal marriage once again!