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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been having soreness, and burning around and under my right rib cage for about a week and half.  I went and had an ultrasound and a hidascan.  the ultrasound was normal.  the hidascan was "somewhat abnormal"  the hidascan showed my gallbladder functioning at 21%, my GI said normal would be 35%.  he wasn't sure what we should do so he's sending me for a surgical consent.  He said this can be a cause of Crohn's.  I'm hesistant in having surgery, b/c it's not heavily diseased.  Has anyone gone through this and had success with a non-surgical option?

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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I've had this exact symptom on and off for years.  When they checked my gallbladder with an ultrasound, it completely healthy.  So they came to the conclusion that this dull pain, was coming from my small intestine and not my gallbladder.  It usually lasts for 4-5 days and then subsides.

I'm not very font of surgery either, so unless it was really necessary, I would also hesitate to do it. 

Christina tongue

P.S. My hubby had his gallbladder removed 3 years ago, but his symptoms were unbearable, it was the worst pain he ever experienced, so he was practically begging for surgery.  He was in the hospital only for one night, and he was feeling perfect within one week.  My point is even if you have to get it out, this is considered routine surgery nowadays.


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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
No one likes surgery, myself the least, but I had my gallbladder taken out, it is day surgery and laproscopy, and vertually painless.  I had a gallbladder attack prior and thought it was a bowel obstruction, I was rushed to emerg, vomiting and so much pain!  If it is not working properly that mean your bile acids are not working either which helps break down food.  Hope you feel better. 
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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
My dad had his gall bladder out in an emergency surgery Christmas Eve a year ago.  It was done laprascopically, and he was released later that day.  There may be more concerns for us- like impared healing due to our meds- but generally this is a routine surgery.
Just to clarify, your doctor is telling you that the bad gall bladder is causing your Crohn's?  Or does s/he think that you don't actually have Crohn's and that the problems have been caused by a bad gall bladder?  I've never heard anyone suggest that a bad gall bladder actually causes Crohn's.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
this is good info. No my GI says the Crohn's can be causing the gallbladder problem, not the other way around. I have an appt Monday to see a surgeon and we'll see what he says. I'd love to avoid surgery and get better another way. It's not intense pain, just nagging annoying soreness. but we're going on 2 weeks with this.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I had to get mine out because it was only working at 31%, I literally sat there and writhed in pain all day unless I ate nothing but fruit or jello, because everything else had at least a little fat in it (usually at least 0.5 grams) and that was enough to make my gall bladder spazz on end for maybe 5 hours straight.  I can't imagine how bad it hurts for you, being down to 21%!!

The surgery wasn't too bad, but boy was my stomach sore afterwards.  It hurt to breathe (since it pulls on your abdominal muscles) for 2 weeks, and it hurt to do pretty much everything else for 5 weeks.  As bad as that sounds, the miserable soreness for so many weeks after the surgery was nowhere near as bad as the awful stabbing pain every day for months before it.  I'm glad I had it done.

The other surgical alternative you have is for them to try and dialiate the inflamed duct that is reducing your gall bladder function, but then they might rip or puncture something else in the process.  If that were to happen they'd have to remove your gall bladder anyways and then try to repair the damage that was caused to other structures during the surgery.  So, basically, unless your surgeon is really confident about being able to dialate you back to normal, when you're at the point of needing surgery to reduce the pain, just getting your gall bladder removed entirely is the most effective choice.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
interesting, that you said your percentage was higher. I don't have intense pain at all. I walk around fine, can even run, lift things, etc. I feel it the most when I'm sitting down. anyone else out there with experiences?

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   Posted 6/24/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my gallbladder removed and still have the pain the surgery was supposed to cure. I would be very cautious about this if I had it to do over again. I am sure they took out a perfectly normal gallbladder.

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   Posted 6/24/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Twenty one percent indicates a failing gall bladder. Even though your symptoms may be mnimal at present, I'd be surprised if your gall bladder should somehow resverse itself and become healthy again . . . best bet is that ejection fraction will continue to decline and you wil see more symptoms in the future. Which does not mean you have to pursue surgery right now . . . without stones it is less likely you will experience an acute gall bladder attack requiring immediate surgery. Still, I expect the surgeon will advise taking action eventually to have it removed.
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