Is Stomach Pain Related to Gallbladder and IV Rocephin?

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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had problems with their gallbladder due to IV Rocephin?
Shortly after starting IV Rocephin in March, I started to experience discomfort in my upper abdomen.  My doctor immediately put me on Actigall and sent me for a sonogram.  All has been fine up until this past weekend when I started to experience moderate to severe pain in my upper abdomen.  I did not do the IV on Sunday and Monday and it is feeling much better although I still feel some discomfort at times. 
I plan to call my doctor when the office opens today but am wondering if I should go ahead and do the IV this morning or wait.  I missed two days already but am concerned about doing damage to my gallbladder. 

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   Posted 5/26/2009 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
If I were you, I'd wait and ask the doctor...but that's just my very humble opinion of what I would do if I were in your situation.
Good luck,
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   Posted 5/26/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Razzle. These days even the very obvious needs to be reinforced with me. lol Before Lyme I always knew what to do and when to do it in any given situation. Now I can't seem to make the simplest decisions.

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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard people say that the drug caused them to have gall stones and have their gall bladder removed. I have also heard people say they were able to do some natural treatments to get rid of the gall stones. I think they called it a "gall bladder flush", but I don't know what it requires. Ask your lyme doc or a good naturopath (ND). I do not have personal experience with this, so I cannot give you an opinion.
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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bablymers, I'm already taking Actigall but will now look into natural treatments too.

Since my stomach was feeling much better my doctor advised to start the IV's again today to see what happens. So far so good.

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   Posted 5/26/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Gallbladder? What gallbladder????? I never knew abx's could damage my gallbladder, and I'm not sure that the abx's were the problem. I was trying to do "alternative" type remedies under the care of 2 MD's. I blew up to over 180 lbs. and was sent packing to a "gallbladder doctor". I haven't heard from the 2 "alternative" drs. since.............. except for some ridiculous $100+ bill from one of the drs. that I refused to pay. I paid everything up front and at every visit..... I wrote him a 'nice' letter..... but, I digress, as usual.

One thing to consider, Tylenol (which is in some meds. like Darvocet) can really hurt your liver. If you are taking alot of Tylenol you may need to quit. By the time I made it to a pain mgmt. dr., my right side hurt so bad I told my husband I'd rather give birth to 10 babies. I quit all Tylenol except for a very occassional Tylenol PM. and my liver no longer 'hurts'.

Hope this helps.
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