Did you end up having surgery?? Or do the HIDA SCAN? What happened?? I am facing exact same issues you had. =(
Once your gallbladder is removed you may have other problems. No where for the bile to go. I ended up with Bile Reflux Gastritis. A horrible illness. Diet change is a must.
I personally did not have any digestive problems after gallbladder removal and could eat anything just like before, but my wife did with fatty foods and, therefore, generally eats a cracker or two before hand when she knows the particular food she is about to indulge in might cause problems. However, I've had other problems after the surgery. In my case they found a stone in the gall duct that they removed, therefore, I had to to wear an external bag for three weeks to collect the bile while the duct was healing resulting in a long hospital stay. After that I had several total bowel occlusions - very painful and requiring additional hospital stays because one end of the small intestines had attached itself to the abdominal wall due to the surgery scars and allowed the other end twist around to turn and close itself off. There were other problems as well, but I don't want to go into that here. So, it is not entirely just about digestive problems.
I am having the same symptoms. First gallbladder attack literally took my breath away. Happened at the end of November last year. My face pulled stiff as well as both my arms and shoulders. My chest was also very tight and I could not breathe and felt dizzy. What freaked me out the most was that my stomach felt nausea and pain all at once. This happened at least twice afterwards but I was constantly told that it was GERD. Recently a doctor did the Murphy Procedure on me and checked my sensitivity around the stomach. As it turns out I have pain around the liver/gallbladder area. I have abstained from fatty foods for over 2 months and I have lost 14kgs. Now I am due to meet with a surgeon at a community hospital - if they do diagnose me with a gallbladder problem, I will not hesitate to have it removed. My question is can you eat normally after the gallbladder is removed
In was 23 years old when I took my gallbladder out omg what a difference .. No more waking up at night to stomach pain that felt like contractions combined with back pain and vomitting .. I used to have gallstone attacks about once a month so I left it then it just started happening more often .. If u have gallstones take out your gallbladder koz it's a really easy procedure that's only gonna make you feel better not worse !! Recovery after surgery is 2 -3 days and that's it
Thank you for your imput as well. I do have a question for you. Since you have had your gallbladder out, do you have anymore symptoms of gallbladder disease. I have read about others who do? I'm torn as what to do since I'm not experiencing gallbladder attacks, by the constant nausia, not feeling well, it getting me down. When you weren't getting the attacks, did you experience nausia and not feeling well? I'm trying to determine if it is my gallbladder or possibly, liver, pancreas, etc. Thank you.
Thank you for responding. I did have the HIDA scan with injection and it showed that my bladder was functioning properly, per my doctor. I'm now wondering if it could be my liver, as the liver can give the same symptons. Just don't want to take out my gallbladder and then still have the same feelings of stomach sickness and pain on the right side if thats not the problem. Some days I don't feel well until much later in the day. I don't know whats that all about either. I've not had a gallbladder attack, (even though I do have gallstones) just slight tenderness on the right side, nausia and a generall feeling of not feeling well. Does nausia and not feeling well go with gallbladder problems without having a gallbladder attach? If anyone has experience the same symptoms, could you share your situation? Thank you.
i had gallstones for 5 years and it was horrible i had to have emergency surgery they were the size of golf balls it will just get worse i was very sick all the time i think you should have it removed i never had surgery and was scared but it wasnt as bad as i thought hope you feel better soon
Bobbie, the two most commonly used test are the HIDA scan with CCK injection and an ultrasound. There's no guarantee that removing the GB will result in the problems stopping, but if your ejection fraction is very low then most docs would suggest surgery when someone has gallstones.
The HIDA scan would give you some idea if there is a 'slow down' in movement of bile from gallbladder to duodenum.