Post Edited (Traveler) : 10/14/2009 12:14:40 PM (GMT-6)
I previously went to the ER after having shortness of breath with severe chest/upper abdominal pain with loss of arm use on the right side. Although in retrospect, I believe this was an "MS hug" (I have both Lyme and MS), they did a gallbladder (GB) ultrasound in the ER, which did show some GB stones. (During this incident, I had a PICC line in for IV Rocephin, and this drug is known to cause gallstones/GB issues.) I was referred to a surgeon, who did recommend removing my gallbladder. However, after seeing how my husband has to immediately go the bathroom every time after he eats following his cholecystectomy, I was not really willing to do this, especially because I did not feel the problem I originally presented with to the ER was the result of gallbladder problems.
My LLMD in NY subsequently prescribed Ursodiol, which I took for five months. I then had a follow-up GB ultrasound, which showed the stones were gone. I have had no other problems since then, and no side effects from the medicine to my knowledge. Just another option to consider. It's my understanding that Ursodiol is not prescribed that often as most people, when they finally present with their GB issues, have let it go so long that it's too late to try to address it with medicine over a several-month period.
Good luck with your decision!