Gallballder removal/ Lyme Disease

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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
On June 15th I had my Gallbladder removed. Yesterday at my follow up with the surgeon he mentioned that the only other pateint he recently did a Gallbladder removal on  because of Biliary Dyskinesia was also a Lyme patient. He mentioned this because Biliary Dyskineasia is fairly rare. FYI Biliary Dyskinesia means the Gallbladder stops functioning.  Anyone else have Gallbladder issues?
MEDS:  Biaxxin, Plaquenil, Spectracef, Neurontin, Celebrex, Restoril, Nortryptiline, Time release melatonin, Welcol. (I've done many other meds in last few years I just can't remember them).
IV Cipro and Flagyl during 3 day hospital stayfor Gallbladder pain.  Also sent home with 3 days worth of oral Cipro anf Flaygl.  They said Cipro and Flagyl was for inflamed Diverticulitis.  I think some Dr. at hospital knew what ABX Lyme patients needed. This was my first admittance at this hospital.  Everyone seemed knowledgable and sympathetic regarding Lyme Disease. 
Oxycodone for post surgery pain.
Silymarin, Cats Claw, OmegaFish Oil,
Lyme symptome started in 8/2004 while I was working in a State Park.  Lyme finally diagnosed by LLMD in Dec. 2006. Still being treated by oral abx.

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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep. I had mine removed for the same reason.

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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine removed in June 2008...I had an attack while on Rocephin and had it removed a month later. They just told me mine was chronic cholecystis. I think that is how you spell it.
I had a ultrasound before starting the Rocephin to make sure my gallbladder was healthy and at that time (October 2007) it was. Even on actigall I still got stones..

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   Posted 7/1/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I've had my gallbladder out (was full of large stones and also very inflammed, according to the pathology report). This was long before I was diagnosed with Lyme. But Gallbladder problems run in my family (Mom & Sister both had theirs out, too), so I don't know if it was Lyme or what that caused my gallbladder problems. There was someone who was helping with sublingual allergy treatment who said that gallbladder problems can be an indication of allergies, but I don't know if this is true for sure or not...
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds:  IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle, Magnesium, homeopathy.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have had to have my gall bladder removed. The pathology report on my gb said that it was diseased, full of stones (& 'gunk' - according to the surgeon).

Interestingly, I have also had to have my appendix removed - as with Razzle, this happened before I knew I was dealing with tick-born illnesses, but I believe that tick-born illnesses played a role in that & my having to have a "hysto" at a early age as well.
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   Posted 7/2/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I have been dealing with Chronic Lyme for four and a half years now. Just when I think things have stabilized something new pops up.


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   Posted 7/23/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
docs prescribing rocephin w/o also prescribing Actigall/Ursodiol to thin the bile is malpractice. It infuriates me how many Lymies have lost their gallbladder as a result.

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   Posted 7/24/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on IV medication now, I was not prescribed anything for my gall bladder. I will only be on it for a month. Does the gall bladder have issues when someone is on it for a long period or sooner.

Sorry I don't know and the doctor did not say anything to me.

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   Posted 7/24/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You should have been Rx'd either Actigall or Urisol (sp) right from the start to help protect your gallbladder. I have heard of many having issues even with a short course of IV such as yourself.

That does not mean you will by any means, but I might give my Doc a call and ask about it and why he did not Rx something. He may have a good reason.

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   Posted 7/24/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
3whiteroses said...
I'm on IV medication now, I was not prescribed anything for my gall bladder. I will only be on it for a month. Does the gall bladder have issues when someone is on it for a long period or sooner.

There'll be a profoundly heavy die-off that will "sludge up" both your liver and gallbladder/billiary ducts. When bile stops flowing the resulting cholestatis causes acute inflammation in the liver. A very bad thing.

If you weigh under 150lbs you'll need 600mg of Ursodiol daily. It will dramatically increasing flow of bile in the liver and keep it flushed clean. Until you get that Rx, eat a lot of fresh beets and beet greens if you can get them.

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   Posted 7/25/2010 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am starting to think that I might have some gallbladder problems. I was only on IV rocephin for 1 month, followed by 1 month of IV doxy (during the Winter). I've been on oral doxy (4oomg/day) and biaxin (1g/day) for nearly two years. All of a sudden I'm having pain on my right side under my lower ribs and back (also on my left side but primarily on right side), also having odd digestive issues. I've research it some and saw that chest pain and pain between shoulder blades are also a symptom of GB disease. I've also had these symptoms recently. How does do GB problems usually present? Is it gradual or do the symptoms seem to crop up out of no where? Do the symptoms appear immediately after or while on IVs or months (or years) later? Before I got diagnosed with Lyme I had an ultrasound that showed that my GB has thicker walls than normal. However, my GI and GP docs didn't appear concerned about it at the time. I also had bile reflux problems when I was a teen (which was quickly resolved with medication).

I'd really appreciate some input. I go to see a new LLMD on Wed so maybe she will have some answers for me as well.

Thanks in advance,

p.s. not sure if it matters but I'm a 31 year old male and weigh approx. 160 pounds.
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