Hiatia Hernia and GERD - Could it also be a gallbladder problem?

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suzygirl
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   Posted 9/30/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
I was diagnosed with a small Hiatia Hernia and GERD 2 months ago. I had been suffering with Acid Reflux off and on since November 2006 but nothing like what I've experienced the past 2 month.
 
I've had the scope done down my throat and my Gastro Specialist assured me he saw nothing serious. I also had an abdominal ultrasound done in August and another done last Thursday (still awaiting the results on the second test). I've tried Prevacid, Zantac, Carafate, Dispas, Prilosec and Reglan but haven't found any significant relief.
 
At this point, I have absolutely no appetite and am miserable after eating almost anything - so I'm feeling very weak most of the time. My first abdominal ultrasound came back showing no gallbladder problems but I do have a tenderness under my right rib cage and a feeling of emptiness in that area. Neither my Internist or Gastro Specialist seemed too concerned that it could be a gallbladder problem and they are both surprised at least one of the medications hasn't helped.
 
Anyone have any ideas? I'm beginning to feel a bit panicked since I'm feeling so crummy which is out of the ordinary for me. I've never has digestive problems and am anxious to start feeling better again.
 
Thanks....

porcelain doll
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   Posted 9/30/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi:  I had been having acid reflux for over a year and I also tried everything to no avail.  I have been on all of the different acid reflux medication and had a chest pain that wouldn't subside for months.  I had an ultrasound and no gallstones but I had a test called Pipda or some call it Hida scan and it came back that my gallbladder was dysfunctional.  On a normal gallbladder the ejection rate is 35% and mine came back only working at 19%.  So, I had my gallbladder taken out almost two weeks ago.  While the chest pain has gone away but acid reflux has gone thru the roof.  Perhaps your gallbladder isn't working but you need that test to find out if it actually is working.  My surgeon said that sometimes after gallbladder removal the reflux can get better or get worse, for me it got worse but getting a little better since I changed to Prevacid and I still follow the gerd diet.  Look into the test and perhaps that is your problem....Good luck...

suzygirl
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   Posted 9/30/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Porcelan Doll,

Thanks for the information. How uncomfortable was the HIDA scan and the Gallbladder surgery?

Hope you feel 100% again very soon.

tappers
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   Posted 9/30/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Susygirl,

I have been using an exceptional wholistic practicioner for a few years now. Try doing a gall bladder cleanse. My wife and I did one recently and we got several small/medium sized green gall stones out during the whole process. If you're interested I'll see if I can find the cleanse recipe and will pass it onto you if you want, this could help your situation dramatically.

 


suzygirl
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   Posted 9/30/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Tappers,

That would be terrific if you could find the gall bladder cleanse recipe. I really appreciate your help.

Thank you....

mammaMia
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   Posted 10/2/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suzy!

I also have been working with a wholistic practicioner and did a gall bladder cleanse. I was so suprised to see that it really did work. I also past several gall stones and did so for a couple of days. I hope it works for you Suzy. Best of luck and hope to hear how you are doing

Mia

porcelain doll
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   Posted 10/2/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Suzy:  Yes, I had the Pipda/Hida scan done in the hospital and I can tell you exactly how it was performed.  When I went to the hospital I was fasting then the technician/radiologist gave me a shot and said it was some type of isotope that goes straight into the liver (you must be fasting on an empty stomach).  You lie on this table while a huge machine is taking images and you are not supposed to be moving.  This took about one hour I would say.  Toward the end of this hour I told the technician that I was starting to feel a slight discomfort but only on my right side and he said it was my gallbladder (that it is on the right side).  So ok, we proceeded and he had my drink a protein drink which was very hard to do because I was lying down and he wouldn't let me sit up because the machine is taking pictures and they don't want you to be moving.  It was difficult to swallow because I have acid reflux and the drink wanted to come back up, he said we also had to hurry because it was supposed to be timed.  Ok then I said "I can't swallow it because it wants to come back" and he said he had a shot of some chemical that would take the place of the drink but I would have to be quick and make the decision if I wanted it because it would make me nauseated and probably make me vomit.  He said try hard to drink the drink and I don't know how I managed but I did get it down.  So then I had to then wait about 30 minutes and this was when the test was extremely painful.  I could feel the pain (only on my right side) radiate down towards my knee.  Yes, I must say again that the pain was excurciating but only on my right side after consuming the drink.  This lasted about 30 minutes (I felt the pain because the gallbladder was emptying he said).  When the test finished I was shaking a little and it took me about 5-10 minutes to gather my composure.  I would say about two days later the results were in that my gallbladder wasn't functioning.  The normal gallbladder has a ejection rate of 35% and mine had an ejection rate of 19%.  I can only think that perhaps my test was painful because I had a gallbladder that wasn't working but I am pretty sure if it had been working it wouldn't of been painful at all.  I hope I answered your question and no I wouldn't be scared to take the test at all.  Good luck....Porcelain Doll Maker.....

porcelain doll
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   Posted 10/2/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops Suzy, I forgot you had asked me about the gallbladder surgery.  It is exactly two weeks ago today I had my gallbladder removed.  The surgery was done via the lap method with 5 small cuts.  It has taken me a while to get back on my feet but it seems I am getting there, slowly but surely.  The first 3-4 were horrible because of the severe bloating and didn't have much of an appetite.  The problem with the bloating is that the air isn't in your colon because they fill your stomach with air to do the surgery (if it were in the colon it would be so easy to expel) but the air is in the stomach so it's is hard to get rid of.  My stomach would get hard and it would hurt and the nurse said the best thing for that was to walk and try to burp.  Before the surgery my acid reflux was somewhat under control with prescription strength Prilosec but it seems that after the surgery the acid reflux went over the roof and am now on the double dose of Prevacid.  Many people have problem with lots of diarreah after the surgery but I didn't because I watch and follow the gerd diet so I don't eat any greasy junk food.  One thing I can say is that after the surgery I couldn't talk because my throat was killing me.  The nurse said I had some tubes down my throat (I am pretty sure they were shoved) because about twice I could even taste blood coming from my throat.  Let me know if you have any other questions about the surgery...Good luck...... 

suzygirl
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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Porcelain Doll,

Many thanks for your input on the HIDA Scan and your Gall Bladder surgery. My second abdominal ultrasound came back showing no Gall Bladder problem so I pushed for a HIDA Scan which is scheduled for October 9.

I hope you feel better soon...keep me posted.

Thanks again
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