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FutureMrsC
01-25-2007, 09:43 PM
I'm currently suffering from what I believe to be gallbladder issues. (Both my Mom & my maternal grandmother have had theirs removed after YEARS of being undiagnosed... [their symptoms were not stereotypical, but that was before the HIDA scan came around, so who knows?]

I've been nauseous beyond belief for about 2 months... (and I've taken a couple of pregnancy tests just to make sure I'm not pregnant ) and I've been getting some pain on the right side of my ribcage that spreads across to the left... as well as having stabbing pain in my shoulder. The only other symptom I have is being pretty bloated, but not in the "typical" areas... (mainly up around my ribcage where the pain is).

Anyway... so far, my general physician has prescribed an ultrasound (came back negative), done some bloodwork (showed nothing) and then referred me to a gastrointerologist.

Love the G.I... she seems to rock! I've seen her twice now... once for the initial consult, the second for my endoscopy. My stomach was red/inflamed, but there weren't any ulcers...

She also ordered some bloodwork done to check on pancreatic enzymes, just to rule out pancreatitis.

Today, I had the "fun" of a HIDA scan (aka cholecystingraphy... sp?) where they inject the radioactive stuff & take pictures... It didn't go too bad- I was relatively entertained because there was another person having one done next to me that started 10 minutes after I did..., but if I tilted my head back, I could see the projection screen... anyway... the other patient's gallbladder was emptying the radioactive stuff into her intestines... but mine barely emptied anything out... so... I'm assuming something's wrong with it?

I have my followup appointment on Feb. 13th, so I guess I'll find out for sure then... however, if you've heard of this happening, please let me know!

Amanda
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Mackey Mouse
01-26-2007, 06:42 AM
Here is a big old hug for you, I have had an ultrasounds, and endo's, upper GI, but I thought I missed the HIDA scan until I read what it was.. I have had that too and do not remember any discomfort....they start an IV and send the dye through and take pictures, you have to drink some drink too.....that is the one? I did not find that too terrible..

I had my gallbladder out, then it turned out it was not really gallbladder, it was in fact reflux disease. Mine does sometimes start behind that shoulder blade and then moves to the front in the middle of my chest, then the pain that seems to go and up down on the pain scale. I also sometimes get like a tightening in my jaw, which is scary, as all these symptoms mimic heart attack. The only thing that stops my esophagus from this spasming because of the acids coming up is to take something to relax me and two tums.. I have it down to a science now.

Good luck and let us know how you do... :)

FutureMrsC
01-30-2007, 04:12 PM
Just bumping this back up to see if anyone knows anything about what I saw w/ the test [I edited first post].

Marsha, thanks for the hug! :hug: There's one from my DH & I to you & your DH :goodvibes

Mackey Mouse
01-30-2007, 07:28 PM
I am not a doctor, but am wondering if maybe you have blocked bile ducts and that is stopping the emptying into you lower intestine.....

In my case, I know it went there right away, they were shocked at how fast....

So...do we have to wait till February 13 to find out what the results were?? Notice the we, I am worried too. Can't you call before that and get some answers before the appointment? I would try, but then I am a bit aggressive lately and figure I want an answer asap. Enough is enough. Try not to worry, but I would give it a few days and then call the doctor and ask some questions...

Hugs back you two... hoping for no pain until you get some answers..

PS... when I coached cheerleaders, a lifetime ago, my cheerleaders would call me Mrs. C.. and my husband and I have a friend who calls me Mrs. C. and my DH, Mr. C... made me smile when I saw your name on the Dis...

DISNEYLOVER70
01-31-2007, 01:23 PM
I am not sure about the "bladder not emptying" you talk of, but I can tell you of my experience with that test.

I had suffered for probably 3 years, started when I was 26, pain in my middle back, in the center of my abdomen just below my sternum, went to the doctor, was treated for reflux, 3 trips to the ER, nothing but "could be stress related". I finally went to the ER one night sweating profusely, heart rate 125 "resting" and I was in agony. The ER doc that night said "you are too young to have gall stones, but I am going to recommend your doctor order a test to check your gallbladder. When I went in to take the test, the tech that was doing it was very nice. He chatted with me to pass the time. He was looking at the screen and I asked him what he saw. He said it is "what I don't see" that is the problem. He said he couldn't give me official results because he was just the tech, but my gallbladder should fill up with the dye and light up on the screen so they can see if there are any stones in it (they wouldn't light up) and he didn't see anything. I said, "so i have no gallbladder?" and he said, it appears you are full of stones. After I had the surgery, the doctor told my parents I was full of stones and it was highly unusual for a girl my age to have one, let alone several.

It is very frustrating to go into an ER, doctors office, with symptoms, to be told to go home without an answer. I am glad your doctor ordered the test. Senseless suffering is ridiculous. Needless to say, I switched my GP after that.

If it is your gallbladder, my surgery to have it removed was a breeze. Same day surgery, laparscopic, 3 small incisions, and really very little discomfort at all. If I moved a certain way, I would feel a little tightness like I pulled a muscle, but nothing to dread, honestly. :goodvibes

Good luck and please let us know how you make out.

FutureMrsC
01-31-2007, 08:37 PM
DisneyLover, thanks for your post! I'm hoping that I'll find something out sooner, rather than later. Today was just brutal w/ my nausea/pain!

FutureMrsC
02-11-2007, 10:59 AM
So... let's see. The last time I updated, I was just happily taking phenegran, darvocet, or tigan... or a combination of any... anxiously waiting for my results (which weren't to be given until 2/13).

My nausea got HORRIBLE! I spent Monday through Wednesday literally teaching near my classroom door so I could run down to the bathroom and throw up. I think, over those three days, I threw up about 6 or 7 times. No fun! Phenegran kind of helped, but not as much as it used to... and the TiGan was a laugh... I could've taken a placebo pill instead and it would've affected me the same way.

I called the Dr's office multiple times, and finally talked to a nurse who cared. She promised to talk to the doctor and try to call in something else for the nausea.

A couple of hours later, my gastrointerologist called me... apparently my bloodwork is fine (she checked pancreatic enzyme levels) and my HIDA scan (cholecystinigraphy... aka gallbladder function test) came back "nearly normal" [according to the nurse, a bad "ejection fraction" score is 30 or below... and mine was 52.

Moral of the story: They've given me compazine (which is still working!) and moved my appointment up to monday (2/12).

I'm hoping she won't give up and just tell me it's IBS (which it definitely isnt.... I don't remember reading about IBS causing so much nausea/vomiting).

I did read online that sometimes HIDA scans don't show diseased gallbladders that well.... and it took FOREVER for my grandmother's gallbladder problems to be correctly diagnosed... so maybe it still could be my gallbladder...

Bottom line: I'm still frustrated... but at least I can kind of eat now. Maybe I'll learn something tomorrow.:confused3

Mackey Mouse
02-12-2007, 08:00 AM
Hugs to you....the other Mrs. C;) :), you know I never felt nauseated with gallbladder, although they really took out my gallbladder for GERD, but they did claim on an ultrasound that I had gallstones...who knows what the truth was..

Hmmm, not sure what to say here but keep plugging at this.. do not let down or give up until you get answers. Bottom line is there is something not right if you are feeling like this and they need to find it. I hope you are dealing with a good diagnostic facility....just saying that because some small town ones are not always equipped to get the right answers....Also, compazine sometimes has side effects that will slow down your system and may cause, I hate to say the word, constipation....so drink lots of water and know that it is a common side effect..

Hugs again, keep us in the loop....

FutureMrsC
02-12-2007, 11:45 AM
Compazine also causes "Parkinson's-like" side effects (facial paralysis)... and I'm having the "fun" of dealing with that right now. I had to leave school (and my students) and come home... what kind of a teacher could I be if I can't speak? Argh... hopefully today I'll have answers.

Snowysmom
02-12-2007, 07:18 PM
Gallbladder issues are so frustrating expecially when the tests seem to come back normal. My DS, when he was 12, had very similar symptoms where he was nauseous all the time, couldn't eat much. He also had stabbing pain up to his right shoulder and under his shoulder blade. He had ultrasounds, x-rays, blood work, endoscopy and all came back normal. He had a hida scan done that showed that the gallbladder emptied a little bit slower than normal but they considered it to be within normal range. The surgeon decided to go ahead and take out his gallbladder even though he warned us that it may not solve his problems. Turns out the tube leading from the gallbladder was longer and narrower than normal so the bile was backing up into the gallbladder. It just didn't show up on the tests. The next day after surgery, he felt so good he wanted to eat everything in sight! he didn't even need much pain medication. I hope you can get some answers when you visit the doctor and feel better soon.

FutureMrsC
02-12-2007, 07:46 PM
Well... the Dr's appointment went alright. She gave me 2 different anti nausea meds and we went over all my tests (and all their negative results). She still thinks that it COULD be IBS... but, she said in all honesty, she's thinking that it isn't... because as stressed as I was about my face not working (from the side effects of compazine), I hadn't had an attack.

She wants me to have a CT scan done, but after that, if I want to see a surgeon, she's recommended one. She said there's probably a 50/50 chance that my symptoms would go away... but the way I see it, if I don't need it, why not take it out already anyway... given that my mom and grandmother have had theirs removed after years of misdiagnosises (sp?).

All in all, I'm not frustrated about what happened today. She hasn't given up on me, and that's all I could really ask for.

Thanks for all of your advice and well wishes :) If you have any other stories similar to mine, I'd love to hear them!

Snowysmom I'm glad that your son did well... it's also comforting to know that I'm possibly not the only one w/ these psycho symptoms/lack of test results.

Mackey Mouse
02-13-2007, 05:13 AM
I am up early before my trek to the City....but wondering here have you not had a CT scan before this?? What about an ultrasound? I thought IBS caused other issues not nausea and I want you to have some answers, darn it.. I would push for tests, but am wondering out loud....if all tests come back negative and she refers you to a surgeon to have the gallbladder out, will insurance cover it with no test results that it is diseased... I am just thinking here and trust me know how difficult medical insurance companies can be....just something for you to investigate. Maybe others have more insight into the world of insurance and inconclusive results before surgery, but I am concerned for you and would not want you to get stuck with a huge medical bill...

Hugs to you and keep plugging ahead.

Also to Snowysmom.....I am so glad that worked out for your son....I hate when they cannot find the cause and keep telling you everything is normal and you are still in pain.

FutureMrsC
02-19-2007, 03:47 PM
This will be my first CT scan... hopefully, I'll be able to drink the contrast stuff successfully :scared:.

As far as seeing a surgeon with no "positive" results, I'm not sure. My Stepdad-IL (who is in the medical field) is wondering if there's something wrong with how my bile duct is shaped/functioning... whether it's too long, too narrow, or just doesn't go to the right place... perhaps that's something a gastric surgeon would be able to figure out? Who knows.

I'm on Zofran now... (after my Dr. personally called the insurance company to get them to cover it [it would have been $1000 for 60 pills :scared1: ]) and it's helping without making me feel like I've done some kind of drug... but the pain is increasing.... though, given the choice, I'll always take pain over nausea.

OT, perhaps... but I'm wondering if I might be getting worse or just getting carsick. DH & I went to Alabama for the weekend (about a 4hr drive 1-way) and each time we arrived (at the hotel or back home) I HAD to throw up... it was incredibly odd... I never get carsick. Goodness, I hope this doesn't mean that my meds aren't working.... :scared1:

I'll keep you all posted... it's so nice to have peopel to talk to about this!

FutureMrsC
02-24-2007, 09:32 PM
CT scan went fine- I didn't mind the contrast at all! :goodvibes

The days leading up to the CT scan, however, were not so great. I threw up on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday... just once, but it was because the pain in my abdomen got so intense, everything came up.... :sad1: :sick: I'd had full intentions of calling my GI as soon as it was possible for her to have my results... but then, of course, Thursday went great and Friday went fine until I got home. I'm getting insanely bloated... [not having bowel problems, either... :confused3 ] and having horrible pain that sets in around 5-6pm and lasts until around 9. Sometimes, like today, it starts before I eat dinner, other times, it begins around when my food must begin to digest.

Is this something other than gallbladder? It's going to make me crazy, I swear.

FutureMrsC
02-28-2007, 08:44 PM
I'm going back to my primary doctor tomorrow to get her opinion on all of this.

I'm really feeling as if the GI that I saw was just patronizing me and making me wait to either see if it would go away or I would give up. Why else would she schedule me for a cat scan and then say "See you in 6 weeks!"??? :confused3

I went with my family to celebrate my DM's birthday. We went to a pretty fattening traditional Italian restaurant [w/ greasy italian salad, buttery garlic rolls w/ enough garlic to hurt your tongue!] and then I had some really cheesy canneloni... all Anti-Gallbladder food... and all really fattening... just to see if I had a bad reaction. It didn't send me through the roof, but I can definitely feel it- it's nice to know it's still there. Actually... now that I'm writing this, it's REALLY hurting under my shoulder blade... I can feel it squeezing... goodness! It's nice though... as sad as this is... it's nice to have a confirmation.

I'm going to ask my doctor for an EKG and some more bloodwork to test my thyroid... just to cover all areas... and run through EVERYTHING that I've gone through.

My new plan of action is to go do the rest of my tests downtown with people who are more knowledgeable... the suburbian hospital has just screwed me up! :sad2:

:yay: I love being in pain!!!!!!!!:yay:

I don't feel crazy this way :) :eek:

Mackey Mouse
02-28-2007, 08:59 PM
OK.. here's the thing........under the shoulder blade, like crushing pain, but nothing showed up on the CT scan?? Did they do an ultrasound too? Sounds like gallbladder or reflux to me.....I will say this though I never vomited with gallbladder, just those horrible pains, which ended up being reflux anyway. I had my gallbladder out for reflux.

Are you near any major hospitals? Not like your local one, but one that has a gastroentrology department? I think maybe it is time to go to one that might have a bit more experience with these types of symptoms..

Hugs.. keep pushing. sorry you are in pain though..

FutureMrsC
03-01-2007, 03:36 PM
Saw my general Dr today. She told me NEVER to go back to my GI! :cool1:

As far as what happens next, she wants me to do a barium swallow to check the function of my stomach.... then, she is personally going to show another GI my tests and let him advise.

It's not reflux- my endoscopy showed nothing really... I wish that could have been my answer.

She said that atypical presentations are rare, but not unheard of... and that I might be developing chronic cholecystitis and the walls of my gallbladder havent thickened up yet.

I feel better after talking to my Dr... my GI was just patronizing me. :sad2:

Maybe I'm headed in the right direction now.

Marsha, thanks for the hugs :) :grouphug: :goodvibes

Amanda

Mackey Mouse
03-01-2007, 05:29 PM
Glad you updated....I agree time for another GI doctor... I have done the barium swallow test...and the upper GI test and the endo...you name it, I have done it..

Last night I had the reflux attack from hades....it was the worst, 4 tums later and one pill to relax me, it finally stopped after 2 hours. It always scares me as it is in the middle of my chest where the heart is.. I sat sitting up for quite some time, even fell asleep that way, and I tried to think what could have caused it. It was a stressful day, they have changed my medication from Nexium (insurance will no longer cover it) and until I can see this new doctor, I have to suffer it out with Prilosec, which I do not think is working. I did have some iced tea last night and wonder if the acid was just too much for me...I am going to end up drinking just water eventually...

So.. hugs to you, want you to know you are not alone. I have been dealing with this reflux issue for years, it never goes away even with medication.

FutureMrsC
03-02-2007, 04:25 PM
My thyroid isn't working... :yay: Something finally came back positive!!! :yay:

This can be responsible for a lot of the nausea... so, we shall see how I feel once I start my medicine.

Having the barium swallow done on Tueday morning.

Goodness... I'm just so happy to know there's something actually wrong with me... sick, isn't it?:rotfl:

Mackey Mouse
03-02-2007, 07:16 PM
OMG.. your thyroid is not working at all or functioning on the low level.. that could explain some of the nausea, but the pain part is what throws me.. Do you have headaches and leg aches???? That is always something I associate with low thyroid.. Keep us in the loop, I am thinking of you.. Hugs.

FutureMrsC
03-03-2007, 07:22 AM
I don't know whether it's not functioning at all or just really low. When I spoke to my nurse, she said "Well.... we got your bloodwork back and it looks like your thyroid medicine REALLY needs to be adjusted." To which I replied "But.... I've never beeon on thyroid medicine..." Then she said "Well... you probably should have been awhile ago, and you definitely need to be on it now!"

No pain other than the abdominal stuff I'm dealing with. She thinks I might have stomach complications from the thyroid (paresis, I think?)... anyway... that's why I'm having the barium swallow... it will have nothing to do with my gallbladder.

Otherwise, it's just a waiting game... waiting to see what her other GI thinks about everything. Perhaps it will work out to where I could have the surgery around my school's spring break (1st full week in april). That would be convenient :)

I'm looking forward to taking the thyroid medicine [no clue what she's putting me on]... apparently they didn't get around to calling it in on Friday... [because the nurse had my chart scheduling my test, and the Dr. hadn't written out what she wanted called in yet]... but I'm sure it willl be first thing on Monday or something like that. :woohoo:

I'm just so happy today :)

Mackey Mouse
03-03-2007, 09:51 AM
Hugs to you......I wonder what they will put you on.. Levoxil or synthroid.....the thing is if you are that low, why didn't they call in a script. These doctors amaze me.....you have to wait till Monday.. amazing. Hope you feel better and that the thyroid meds help when they finally give them to you.. :)

not-too-old4fun
03-03-2007, 10:39 AM
I just wanted to add my words of support. I smiled when I read that you were actually happy to hear something was wrong because I've been through that. Nothing worse than feeling lousy and having everyone say they can't figure it out.

I'm basically living through that right now. I'm on my last leg of hopefully finding some help somewhere.

12 years ago they removed my gallbladder after I had an attack while I was pregnant. Turned out to be the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I'm now on so much medication it's crazy. I'm probably in the minority when I say I'd prefer to live with the gallbladder pain than what I live with now but it's the truth.

I hope the thyroid medication is the solution to all your troubles. And i'm glad they didn't just remove your gallbladder hoping it would solve the probem.

Good luck! :goodvibes

eeyorelori
03-07-2007, 05:37 PM
Omg i am so glad i found you guys ..I have been having probs since jan ..Doc though i had a enlarged espogus..I took the prilocec and gaviscon for 2 weeks ..I did feel better ..Then i had kfc freid chicken 2 days in a row ..Omg i thought i was dying ..I am on anixety meds for panic attacks ..I started with pain on the left side went into my shoulder into my jaw ...All on the left side ...Scared the heck out of me ..I then realized if i rubbed down the middle of my chest i could get out a burp ..That attack lasted like 5 hrs ...I had to sit up straight ..I almost fell o n the floor when i did fall asleep ...I then started with a lump in my throat ...And when i ate i had pain down the middle of my breast ..I called the doc he said i think it may be your gallbladder ... So off to digestive dease i go ...She told me to take prilo in the morning and aciphex at night before i eat dinner ..Plus the gaviscon or rolaids ..I had an ultrasound and the endo scope ..Took a byopsy and they just called to say it was negative .So now what ...They said no gall stones but i did have a fatty liver ..So what tests will be next ?/:sad2:

FutureMrsC
03-07-2007, 06:04 PM
Lori... sorry for your suffering! I completely understand!:grouphug:

As far as testing, I survived the barium swallow yesterday... no results yet, but I'm really at peace with things now. I know my primary Dr. isn't going to give up on this :thumbsup2

I also started taking synthroid today (my pharmacy was behind on Monday... didn't get it until 9pm when it was called in early in the afternoon)... couldn't take it yesterday morning because I had to fast for the swallow. Anyway... I'm feeling much better already- still sore where my gallbladder is, but I'm much happier with pain than I am with nausea :goodvibes

I'll post if/when I get results :)

eeyorelori
03-07-2007, 06:22 PM
I cant stand the pain ..All on the left side or down the middle ..I am afraid to eat i have lost 10lbs One good thing ..But the pain freaks me out and then i have the anxiety ....I dont go back till the 20th ..Sucks i have to keep taking all this stuff ..And the test still didnt tell us anything ...And most of these test my insureance doesnt cover ...So i guess my trip for next yr ..might be put on hold ...I hate being sick ...Almost everytime i eat i have chest pain .And ive been not eating fatty stuff ..I dont no what to eat ..One thing i am 100lbs over weight so maybe this is a good thing lol ..:confused3

FutureMrsC
03-07-2007, 06:54 PM
The only thing I've really been able to eat without problems is Campbell's "Soup at Hand" in "Chicken & Stars" and "Chicken & mini noodles"... no spices or anything... well... that and club crackers. I find that eating as if I have a stomach bug is useful.

I'd started keeping a food diary with how different things made me feel. Also... one question lots of people (radiologists, xray techs, gastrointerologist's nurse, my primary doctor & her nurse... plus coworkers) ask is how long after eating does the pain start... that can help lead them in a direction.

I'm sorry that your insurance isn't covering the tests. I've been lucky that mine has (the HIDA scan was over $3000!!! :scared1: ) However... I have had to fight them for one anti-nausea med... it would've been $1000 for 60 pills! :scared1: )

Hopefully you'll get a "positive" test result soon... I hate it that you have to wait until the 20th though... that was one thing that bugged the living daylights out of me w/ my former GI... she'd make me wait at least 4 weeks after seeing her/having a test done... that's just not condusive to being in pain and being sick!

Here's more hugs for you! :grouphug:

eeyorelori
03-07-2007, 07:23 PM
Well at least the lump in my throat went away since they did the scope test ...I ate the broth and soup for a whole week ..I have been gradually adding food ..Pizza didnt seem to bother me ..But i ate it on monday a different brand and omg ..So i am back to eating bland ..I started to eat the weight watchers meals ..Smaller portion and when i have no idea those are good for me ..I made the family spagetti yestarday So i ate one of my dinners ..It is easy now and i told everybody ill make it for you guys but i cant eat it ...Maybe ill loose weight this way ..But eating soup sometimes i feel sick on the stomach i think it is greasy ...I was afraid to eat 2 weeks ago .I thought if i eat something gasy id have probs ..But i dont ..I have eaten chicken and eggs and hasnt done anything ..:sad2:

Dreamer04
03-08-2007, 08:46 AM
Hi I never post on this board, but I just had to!

I ha d all the same symptoms and I was diagnosed with a non-functioning gall bladder. I took that same test-where they inject you full of that radioactive stuff to watch that awful tasting stuff move through your gall bladder. But on my test the stuff didn't move through-it just stalled in my gall bladder. So my GI diagnosed me as having a non-functioning gallbladder. It was removed and all is fine now!

SillyMe
03-08-2007, 09:32 AM
If it's your thyroid, where is the pain coming from?

I'm curious b/c I've been having problems for a year. Started with the pain in my back by my right shoulder blade, lump in my throat. I was taking Prilosec 2x/day for several months, but stopped taking them about 2-3 months ago. Lump in throat is pretty much gone on most days. Some days it comes back, but not like before. I have the pain under my shoulder blade every day. I can't associate it with food. I had the HIDA scan which showed my gb functioning at about 24%...my doc's on the fence about surgery.

Some days I feel like it may be my gallbladder, but other days I think it may be something else. I have body aches quite frequently. Feels like I'm getting the flu, my legs ache and I get tired. That wouldn't be associated with your gb, would it?

FutureMrsC
03-08-2007, 04:07 PM
Well... the results from my barium swallow came back... and guess what? It was like all my other test results! (negative):sad1: :eek:

My primary doctor wants me to see a surgeon... she still feels like it's my gallbladder- perhaps the beginnings of a chronic gallladder problem.

I've made an appointment for my surgical consult for Tuesday @ 3. We'll see what happens :)

TruBlu
03-08-2007, 10:11 PM
Did they do your HIDA scan with CCK? I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I know that when they added the CCK part to my scan it caused me to have severe pain and vomiting! It duplicated the problems that I'd been having. So, they decided to take out my gallbladder. I never had stones, but the pathology came back abnormal. I was really glad that they took it out before it got worse. Your problems sound very similar to what I was having.

eeyorelori
03-08-2007, 10:37 PM
:grouphug: hugs to everyone here ..Im glad to no im not the only one ..It scares the crap out of you and my hubby thinks im nuts..Like i like to act sick ..No one helps me anyway .lol.. :confused3 ..My probs are just the bad chest pain lump in the throat when i eat, shoulder pain burning like deep in my ****..and all on the left side ..I havent had a attach since 2weks ago but now i must wait 2 weeks till they decide what next...well :grouphug: hugs again and good luck to all ....Lori

Mackey Mouse
03-09-2007, 06:40 AM
I know I never vomited with gallbladder issues and have posted this before that I did have my gallbladder out and the following week was back in the hospital with the same pain. At that time they determined it was GERD and I had my gallbladder out for no reason..

Here's the thing with GERD, I do not have heartburn... I have crushing pain in the middle of my chest, sometimes behind the shoulder too. As it has been explained to me, there is like a valve that covers the esophagus and as we age...this is in my case, it does not work as well......it spasms and causes the acid to come up in waves and hence those pains..

Yesterday I went to the Doctor, actually gynocologist, who asked me a million and one questions, I was there for a Pap...anyway, she said to if I lost weight I would not have so many issues with GERD......I am trying to lose weight and working out at the gym 5 days a week, but wondered if anyone has said that to any of you... Lose weight and your symptoms will go away.. :headache: that is suppose to be a crabby face..

eeyorelori
03-09-2007, 08:01 AM
Dont they always blame it on the weight?? I get so tired of that comment ..I have pcos and i cant loose the weight ..So i have a horible combat between my insulin and the weight ..If i get one down it will help but it is a battle with alot of women ...Though since im not eating much these days i have lost 10 lbs...My freind got gerd just around the same time i started with all my symtoms ..I was wondering the same thing ...Still when they told me i have a fatty liver the doc walked away and i was still under sadation i go what the
He@@ is a fatty liver and the nurse says ..Well when you heavy like we are it is normal ..So im waiting for the loose some weight lecture and im gona ask him how since i have the pcos... Sorry just needed to vent ..Lori

SillyMe
03-09-2007, 09:37 AM
Did they do your HIDA scan with CCK? I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I know that when they added the CCK part to my scan it caused me to have severe pain and vomiting! It duplicated the problems that I'd been having. So, they decided to take out my gallbladder. I never had stones, but the pathology came back abnormal. I was really glad that they took it out before it got worse. Your problems sound very similar to what I was having.
If I'm not mistaken, the CCK is the synthetic fat. That's the way it was explained to me when I had mine done. My docs are on the fence about removal and the pain being caused by my gb. My function was only around 24%, but I didn't have the pain during the test, only nausea. The doc said if the synthetic fat would've caused the same pain, he'd definitely recommend removal. However, the tech told me during the test that even people who don't have gb problems can have symptoms from the synthetic fat. So who the hell knows what to believe. :confused3

Oh, and as far as weight affecting your GERD, I think it's bull. I only weigh about 114 and I have reflux problems, too.

tinklvr64
03-24-2007, 06:45 PM
It is remarkable that I am recovering from gallbladder surgery 2 days ago and found this thread! I am in alot of pain--but I will take this over the attacks that started on our vacation to WDW in Nov...horrible attack our first night thought I was having a heart attack(but on the wrong side!) Hang in there I hope you feel better!

eeyorelori
03-25-2007, 09:57 PM
Well i was to the doc on tuesday ,he didnt have much to say but it isnt my galbladder..But he just did the endo scope and ultrasound and blood work ..I have pretty much given up on all fatty foods i dont eat after 6 no snacks and i have cut down my food intake ...Since i was sooooo sick i have lost 20 lbs....I am amazed since i have pcos and cant loose weight ....I still worry if it is my heart or not ...He said keep doing what im doing and hell see me back in 3 months ..So hope fully i wont need any more tests ...How is every body else doing ....I go to the famliy doc tom so well see what he says ......Good luck to everybody ....

The Cheshire Cat
08-27-2008, 04:38 AM
Oh my god. I can't believe that other people have the exact same problem as I do! How comforting. I have been sick for a year and a half with nausea, vomiting, bloating, intense pain in my abdomen and back. Gallbladder was borderline and my GI wants to wait for it to go away. UGH. I am so sick of being sick! Thanks for giving me hope that this may actual get resolved!

kimis
08-27-2008, 09:24 AM
Hello! I had gallbladder attacks for years but didn't know what it was. I honestly thought I was getting some kind of bug about three times a year. I would be in intense pain ( I have a high level of pain tolerence), I would vomit horrible and have diarrea (sp). I would never run fevers and no one else in the family or that I worked with would "catch" this bug. I would have to lay on a hard floor and try to get some kind of comfort. Didn't work and it would be the worst 24-48 hours of pain. I would take maalox, tums, any over the counter things I could find for pain but only to throw it up. During these attacks I would be white as a ghost. Well i work with children so I just thought it was a bug.
However in 1999 we went to WDW for the first time. I got an attack there. Only no vomiting but severe nausua and pain. I couldn't eat anything. This time the pain didn't go away in two days. It actually lasted about a month when one of my sons realized something was horribly wrong. I thought I swore him to secretcy but he told my sisters on a Saturday morning. They threatened to take me to the hospital but I assured them I would call the dr on Monday. I had the pain for a month with not relief. I went to the dr on mon and the surgeon that afternoon. They wanted to do surgery that day but I asked them to wait until Thursday so I could make arrangements with my kids that I work with.
I had gallbladder "sludge". Never heard of it. But it is like mud and he kinda moves inside the gallbladder. I had let it go so long that I had a serious abcessed gallbladder. The surgery took 15 minutes and I went home the next day. I can't believe I let it go so many years. Not the smartest thing I have ever done. LOL

Mackey Mouse
08-29-2008, 06:49 AM
Oh Kimis, hugs, you do have a level of pain tolerance.. I cannot imagine how long you suffered with that.. Sludge, hmmmm, I know it can be quite difficult if the gallbladder gets infected..

I hope Mrs. C updates and lets us know how she is doing.

FutureMrsC
08-31-2008, 11:54 AM
I'm here! Still intact, as far as my gallbladder is concerned- the surgeon wouldn't operate- I ended up going through even more tests (another endoscopy) to verify that I didn't have Celiac's Disease. Though the biopsy (from the endoscopy) didn't return positive as having Celiacs, I implemented a gluten free lifestyle for about 6 months and got MUCH better. However, in November, my beloved Grandmother passed away @ the age of 95 (on my birthday) and that event, coupled with an extremely mentally/verbally/emotionally abusive job caused a great deal of depression for me, enough to where I was hospitalized for 48 hours w/ "passive suicidal" behaviors (as in, I wouldn't do anything directly to cause my death, but I wouldn't have minded if a piano fell on my head or something like that). During this time, I didn't adhere to the gluten free lifestyle- I just didn't care what happened. After a couple of months in counseling, I realized that a lot of my health issues stemmed from the job. I quit my job in February and was released by my psychologist and psychiatrist... PLUS, for the most part, my health is MUCH better. I've also realized that all of that, for me, was probably a stress-related vicious circle (as in, I was stressed and got ill but it wouldn't go away, so I stressed more about it and in turn caused it to escalate, then having inconclusive test results caused more stress, etc. etc. etc.) Perhaps the gluten free was just a cure for my brain for the moment... who knows?

Regardless... I'm doing MUCH better, but I hate it that other people are suffering like I did. It really stinks.

ETA- I also got diagnosed w/ fibromyalgia. I also, w/ the consent of all my specialists, had life-changing gastric bypass on 6/25- I've truly never been happier, and I feel that getting rid of all this excess weight (I had 157 lbs to lose to be "normal" in BMI range) will help me with how I feel... and I'm almost down 60! Life is grand! [Disclaimer: I am NOT opening up a debate about having weight loss surgery, nor am I implying that it would help anyone else- it's helped me personally.]

Mackey Mouse
09-02-2008, 06:30 AM
First.. I hope that others will respect the future Mrs. C's decisions on her health choices.. I feel sorry that she had to write a disclaimer about her choice..

With that, I am so glad that you are doing better and life is good right now.. Sorry about the death of your grandmother..... and that it sent you spiraling a bit, but it sounds to me that you are now strong and moving forward with your life and your choices..

Take care of yourself and glad that you updated here.