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Capt Bry
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/20/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. My wife had the symptoms of hiatus hernia, so had an endoscopy, or EDG ( is that right ) done and the doc said everything looked normal and suspected she has a gall bladder problem. She's been having terrible pains that grow in intensity then subside somewhat. She feels if she could purge the gas from either end she'd feel much better, but she can't get rid of the gas. She has occasional bouts with diarrhea that reduces the gas temporarily. Strangely, when she has pain in her abdomen she also has migraine headaches. Anything she eats creates almost immediate pain, gas, etc. She had an ultra-sound of her liver that didn't show anything unusual. Now they want to test her gall bladder. Getting these tests scheduled initially and then getting the results to the doctor for analysis and then getting his prognosis seems to take forever. Meanwhile my dear wife is suffering. I wanted to take her to Mayo Clinic weeks ago but she wanted to give the white coats here a chance. We've read of pro's and con's to gall bladder removal and the pro's seem to rule. Has anyone in the forum had gall bladder problems and can enlighten us about what to do or expect? Thanks much!

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   Posted 6/20/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   


I had my gallbladder removed many years ago.  I did not have severe atttacks like many people have but instead had gitty sand in my gallbladder that just gave me a dull pain that just kind of hung out.

Sudden, steady and moderate to intense pain in your upper middle or upper right abdomen may signal a gallbladder attack. The pain may occur one to two hours after eating but may also occur at other times — even at night. It can last about 30 minutes to several hours. Gallbladder pain usually starts in your upper middle or upper right abdomen and, on occasion, may shift to your back or right shoulder blade. After the pain subsides, you might have a mild aching or soreness in your upper abdomen that can last for up to a day or so. If you've had one gallbladder attack, the odds are about seven in 10 that you'll have additional attacks

Nausea and vomiting may accompany a gallbladder attack.

An ultrasound or CT of her gallbladder should reveal if she has gall stones and I would think if she is in so much distress her physician could schedule that right away.  We used to do them in the ER for patients.
Give your wife my best and do take her where you feel she will get the best care.

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