Gallbladder Symptoms

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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
My husband has been having what seem to be gallbladder symptoms on and off for a few years. He'll get pain that radiates to his back, lots of burping, upset stomach, and actually today, he has diarrhea during a bout that started the night before last.

Both is parents had gallbladder disease and had their gallbladders removed, so he's definitely set up to have a problem.

However, that said...he had a hida scan last year (not during an attack) and it came out really good...not even depressed. It looked like a healthy gallbladder. Our PCP is great, and is very up on things. I do know that he has even referred to a surgeon when a person had symptoms that weren't revealed by tests, and it turned out the so called "healthy" gallbladder was diseased. So, for him to tell my husband that all was fine is saying something.

Yet, when he eats rich things, he often gets symptoms. As I said, he's in the middle of a rip roaring one right now.

Any suggestions? Does this ring true to anyone?
Thanks for any responses and ideas you can give.

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 9/15/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise,
I feel your husbands pain!  I had my gallbladder removed 5 years ago after they found alot of little stones during my 3rd pregnancy.  My life has changed forever since that surgery.  I cant digest wheat, gluten, high fat foods (even more than when I had the gallbladder),spicy foods, acidic foods, etc.  Eating is no longer enjoyable for me as there is so little that I can eat.  I now have the bile reflux because of that surgery.
Also, chronic gastritis.
I would encourage your husband to look into natural ways to deal with the gall bladder stones, I guess there are ways to dissolve them without getting the gallbladder out.  Also, watch the high fat foods.  I have friends that manage their gallbladder issues without getting them removed and some are doing well.
There are so many people that I have found out about that have these same problems when they get their gall bladders out, and I surely don't want to see your husband go through any of that if possible. 
I would do anything to have my gall bladder in again!
There are people that do fine without them, however, it is a little bit like playing Russian Roulette (sp?)!!
Good luck to him whichever way he goes!

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   Posted 9/15/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard of Gall Bladders being  inflamed or diseased, with "normal" hida scans, but the patients still ended up having GB surgery.
My own was full of gritty sand - no stones.  My only sx was a gnawing sensation. Has your hubby had the barium studies ? I had my GB removed in 1981,  a long, long time ago.   smhair   
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