I didn't read all of the other posts but wanted to share my experience.
I was suffering from palsy of the gut www.publichealthalert.org/palsy-of-the-gut-and-other-gi-manifestations-of-lyme-and-associated-diseases.html
due to bartonella. And probably a host of other issues. I was having severe GI attacks - pain radiating throughout my torso that would pop up every 4-5 wks. I finally went to the ER it was so bad.
They ran tests including a sonogram and "thought" they saw a stone. And boy, they were going to call in the on-call surgeon on Christmas Eve and have him
open me up, dive in and root around for stuff. Probably even just remove the gallbladder for good measure.
I left as fast as I could.
That was 18 months ago. I finally traced the attacks to herbs I was taking for bart (A-Bart) and once I stopped taking the the attacks stopped. I switched to an antibiotic and so far my gut has improved significantly.
Long story short - The ER docs have VERY little understanding of Lyme & co - if at all. Our cases are far too complex to expect much out of them. It's good to let them run all the tests they want (as long as you can afford it). But "emergency procedures" are unlikely necessary. Get 2nd, 3rd 4th opinions before having any procedure done, particularly if it involves removing something from your body.
GI problems are a mystery in the medical field, for some stupid reason. It's insane how little MDs understand about
nutrition and digestion--even the best "gastroenterologists". MOST of the time, people find relief from bizarre symptoms and the typical "catch all" diagnoses (IBS, SIBO, chron's...) by changing their diet, increasing bowel movements, drinking more water, and detoxing successfully.
There are so many inexplicable pains and symptoms involved with Lyme & co it is often very difficult to know what is going on. Chances are, you're not detoxing enough and addressing that can make a difference.
That said, getting checked out in the ER or by your doc is very important to cover the bases and make sure you're not having an appendicitis or heart attack--something that needs immediate attention.
Chronic late-stage lyme—likely infected in 2000; Clinically dx Mar'14 w/ Babs, + for Bart, CDC + for Bb. Multiple viruses & GI/immune treated first; started AL-Complex in May, A-Bart & A-Bab in July; Nov'14 IV port installed-started Rocephin; added vancomycin Mar'16
DETOX: Pinella/Burbur/Parsley/Milk thistle/Burdock root; cholestyramine / jap. knotweed L-5-MTHFR LMN-V-II probiotic