Gallbladder question regarding HIDA test

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   Posted 6/21/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Not sure if this is the right place, but looking for anyone who has dealt with gallbladder issues.  Beginning of April this year, out of nowhere, I urinated blood after a short jog followed by stomach bloating and discomfort.  3 weeks go by and I urinate blood again, and still have the bloating after eating anything.  Then, I start feeling a knot in the gallbladder area and more discomfort anytime I rotated my torso, like golf or yardwork.  Urologist finds a cancer sore in the bladder, does minor surgery to correct (benign).  I figured that would be the end to my problems, but not to be.  Other symptoms getting worse, so I have the ultrasound and HIDA scan.  HIDA shows a 36% functioning GB which I know is at the cut off for having surgery.  Still had blood in the urine last week (trace levels) which indicates the GB could be behind it?  Anyway, I am caused pain anytime I use my torso, even a hard cough for instance.  Pain under the R shoulder blade, and again bloating even when going gluten/dairy free.  I am not a big fan of surgery, but I can't cope much longer w/o improvement.  Would surgery be the right course of action?

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   Posted 6/21/2013 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Having your gallbadder out is a common surgery these days. Yes, at 36% it needs to come out (IMO). It will take awhile for your body to get used to processing fats.

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   Posted 6/25/2013 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I scheduled surgery today for GB removal 3 weeks out.  Doc said that everything else internally is checking out fine, so the GB is probably the culprit behind the symptoms.  One other item I wanted to throw out is excessive sweating......I have had this happening to me ever since the whole deal started.  I have seen a few others mention this as well, curious what would cause that in relation to the GB.  Any comments on recovery time with GB surgery?

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   Posted 6/25/2013 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
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I had mine out about 10 years ago or so. I immediately noticed the shoulder blade pain was gone. Most people do have to deal with bile induced D, but there are meds to help with that like questran and colestid. I now eat a lot of apples and that has helped me keep it under control with the occasional imodium.
A gallbladder going bad can cause a lot of strange symptoms. It took us 2 years to convinced the doctor my wifes was bad. After she had hers out this past March most of her stomach symptoms have gone away.

Recovery time is a couple weeks usually if done lap. open would be longer of course. Mine and my wife's was done as an out patient surgery and just stayed over night.


Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 6/26/2013 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Bill.  Curious as to what your symptoms were, and what led you to the surgery.  I really hope this gives me relief, it is hard fighting each day with the discomfort and pain.  I also feel real sluggish, like my energy level has been cut in half.  Curious what that is attributable to.  One sign that concerns me while I wait for surgery is the soreness and acid like feeling internal that comes when I do yardwork or golf.  Rotating the mid section seems to set off the same symptoms as eating.  I am finding some relief for the bloating with an acid additive that I got OTC.  All the antacids did was make it worse.  I just wish I could get in sooner than 7/19 for the surgery so I can get on with recovery.  Thanks again.
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