I'm in almost the exact same boat. Most of our symptoms are very similar. In 2006 I started having pain in my upper right abdomen. Mine was a relentless stabbing pain with occasional nausea. When I sent for my HIDA my result was 6%. My GI advised me to have it taken out immediately but I didn't do it. I read where some people have terrible problems with chronic diarrhea after the surgery. My thought was that if I already have IBS I didn't want to experience that too. My primary care said as long as it wasn't inflamed or blocked with stones you can keep a dysfunctional gallbladder w/o endangering my life. So I decided to keep my gallbladder and watch very very carefully what I ate. Long story short I had another HIDA in 08 and it was 61%. Today I still get some gallbladder pains but I can eat most of what I want without causing gallbladder symptoms. Personally, I'm happy with the road I took because although I went through a great deal of pain, I know what this is. From what I heard about
the gallbladder surgery I was unsure and the fact that I already had ibs only made things even that much more uncertain. I worried I might trade one problem for another.
If you decided to go down the same road as me, watch the fat content of everything you eat. You'll pay HUGE for eating high fat/greasy food and alcohol too. Beware of pain meds that doctors might give you as most contain codine (like Lortab) and that slows gallbladder fuction as a side effect, which is the root cause of you pain and will make you feel worse if you take them.
If you decide to have it removed you and you have problems a drug called Questran is known to help for diarrhea, should you develop that problem. On the other hand you could have it removed and never have trouble again. It's a gamble.
Either path you take you face an uncertain outcome. If you do what I did you might always have these problems or it might recover almost as good as normal. If you have the surgery you might trade it for a bad diarrhea problem or it might fix you. One thing I've come to believe is that people with one motility disorder (like IBS), are more likely to develop other motility disorders (such as gallbladder dyskinesia). Whatever you do I hope it works for you.
Post Edited (MisterErl1979) : 9/25/2009 3:11:27 AM (GMT-6)