I had mine out several years ago due to lots of stones, though no symptoms (I was told I was a "time bomb" waiting to go off . . . done laparascopically and outpatient. I went home several hours later. Is your Crohn's flaring in the same area as your gall bladder? Or are you severely ill (anemic, etc.) that it would put you more at risk during surgery??? A good surgeon can probably let you know how likely complications would be.
I feel so bad for you! If the gall bladder is the cause of it, then surgery should do the trick, right? Did your dr. give you any indication about how soon you should feel improvement with the remicade? How soon are you looking at doing surgery? I used to do remicade and it never really kicked in until they doubled my dose. After the first initial doses, I kept waiting to feel so much better . . . it just didn't really happen. After my first doubled dose, I could feel definite improvement but it only did so much.
I ended remicade last spring, tried humira briefly and then had a bowel resection. My problem was scar tissue and all the drugs couldn't really help that. The other inflammation really did improve with the remicade, though.
I am (finally!) feeling great and off of everything except imuran for maintenance. However, if (likely when) my symptoms return I would not hesitate to try the remicade again if it was recommended.
If you do have the gallbladder out, do you need to discontinue your remicade for any time period? I had major open (not laparascopic) surgery in June and they made me stop my humira 2 wks. prior (would have been longer if I had been on remicade) Just a thought.
dear kandice 21, having your gallbladder out can be a big deal, especially if u have had other surgeries.
I had mine out and it helped some but caused other problems with bile salt diarrhea, and more abdominal
pain, they had to do a full open you up not a scope and spent 14 days in hosptial. Also my surgeon and gi doc said that CD can inflame the ducts or pipes that are left going from the liver and from your gallbladder to your intestine. So do your homework first. And yes I have no idea why my computer spaced this out like it did. Good luck and god bless- mike
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