Crohns & Gallbladder Followup

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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Saw the GP today for my test results for the abdominal ultrasound & CCK Padida test.
I told everyone I would post the findings after they aborted the CCK injection on me during the test day.  Well.....happy birthday to me...I have a gallstone!  It's just one and not very big and the gallbladder is still functioning fine for now.  Hence, they aren't going to get any spare body parts from me any time soon.  Hope the thing behaves itself!  I think it was trying to possibly block my duct that night it landed me in the ER.  The Dr. says the ultrasound (the first test they ran) showed the stone.  They couldn't do the CCK injection with a stone present because the CCK actually envokes a gallbladder spasm/attack and that could have caused more problems.  I had a definte feeling on test day that they had seen something on the ultrasound prior to the CCK.  Anyway, I hope this helps someone with any gallbladder symptoms.  Those symptoms have been pretty quiet since the ER visit except for an occasional cramp.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Remicade, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain.  Lactose Intolerant?
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I too had a gallstone and sure enough the thing would not behave. Went to the ER a few times and finallly had an attack that lasted 18hours and the Dr. said enough and sent me for surgery, they remove the gallblader and the stone of course through laparoscopy in early afternoon that day and I was working at 19:30 that night and felt better than I had in months. Anyways I told my husband that when I mentionned to him that I wanted a solitary, I did not mean in the gallblader. hahaha!!! lol!!! Good luck and keep well!

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   Posted 9/11/2007 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter was (who was only 17 , but who had a very traumatic childhood) had to have her gallbladder removed. They found one gigantic stone so the gallbladder had to come out ..It was a few weeks before surgery so she had to be very careful about eating a no fat diet. Boy did she find that hard. She's had the surgery and is back to her old self. Apparently smaller stones are more dangerous than big ones because they can actually move down the bile duct and get lodged.
Broomhilda, if you should suddenly develop a fever, along with the cramping or spasms , don't hesitate to see your dr. or ER asap.
I was found to have gallstones 11 years ago, was supposed to have the surgery but then had to move suddenly because of a family crisis.Ive not had my GB removed as only gives me problems from time to if I eat a pound of bacon for breakfastLOL.

Good luck sweetie,
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope the gallstone doesn't give you too many bad days and glad your not having to run to emerg. how are things going otherwise? lol gail

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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Broomhilda you probably will want to eat a very low fat diet or that thing will act up again. Good Luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Broom...I went through the gall attacks too. Not that I am recommending surgery, but it was a savior for me. I had a severe attack in the ER like you mentioned. The surgeon would not remove my gallbladder until it calmed down because he wanted to do it laparoscopic. I went 6 months of extremely low fat---it was so hard not to have cheese, ice cream or deli ham. I made it through the diet so I could have the surgery before I got married and not worry about a full blown surgery.
Really watch the fatty foods and check with your doc for a full list---I did not realize that deli/lunch meat was as high in fat as it is and would have lived on ham & cheese sandwiches not knowing.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
As long as it's not giving you any trouble, I think it's fine to wait and watch it. I had a gallbladder full of stones. Even after my first attack that landed me in the ER I decided to ignore it (that and because they didn't find the stones at the time, assuming I had one that passed). A year later I had another major attack that sent me straight to the ER, that is when they found my gallbladder full of stones and VERY swollen. I had surgery a week later.
My Mom had hers out early in August. She had suffered from minor attacks for what I believe was a few years, only she thought it was a stomach ulcer. Being stubborn she never went to the doctor. In July she ended up in an ambulance TWICE. The first attack was so bad, the pain, vomitting and D she had made her dehydrate to the point where she didn't know where she was, who she was, or that we were even there! That was very scary! They didn't even do an u/s that night so a few weeks later, I had to call another ambulance. She was in so much pain! She had it out a few days later, and boy they said it was really hard to get out, and in terrible shape!
So I would just really keep an eye on things. They seem to really go down hill fast those gallbladders when they want to! The attacks just get more sever and more often with time. For what I went through, and my Mother will agree. We both wish we would have just had it out sooner. The surgery was a breeze compared to those attacks!
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep...I'm already aware of the "fat" in the diet thing...I already consume about half the daily total recommended "fat". I think for me and the dairy's more a fat issue than a lactose issue.
As long as I stick to no fat/low fat dairy I do pretty good. I suspect the ER attack night the stone was migrating around the duct. Boy, you guys are right though...those attacks are sudden, hurt like "bleep" and are just generally nasty! If the attacks increase greatly or become bothersome I would like to have the laparoscopically just because it would be less invasive and hopefully not tax my already immune suppressed body to much with recovery. My daughter had hers removed about 3 years ago (harder than a brick bat) and it took her a while before she could digest leafy greens and higher fiber foods too.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Remicade, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain.  Lactose Intolerant?
Attitude: When I stand before G-D at the end of my life, I want to be able to say; I used every talent you gave me in a positive way to help others along their way!

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