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Re: Galstones

Postby whoami » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:40 pm

Lisa, If you have gall stones it is good that you are being dealt with sooner. I kept blaming that pain on IBS, fibro, not gallstones. Even when I had been vomiting blood ( looks like coffee grounds) for months I ignored it. When I was admitted, I had emergency surgery within the hour.
If you have stones it can be treated without surgery. If you need surgery and it is not an emerg, it is quite a simple surgery. You will likely have an ultrasound done to see if you have them or not.

Lisa, don't stress over it. Let us know how you get on. Xx
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Re: Galstones

Postby zappa20 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:09 am

Unless it's complicated they tend to take them out via Laporoscopy surgery which is a minimally invasive and a fairly simple routine procedure. So try not to worry about it.

I'd no problem with the actual surgery .It's an in and out the next day sort of surgery. Most people have little pain from the procedure afterwards , as it's just 3 small incisions which are made, so there's no large painful wound to deal with. I didn't need any painkillers offered afterwards. They did mess up my insulin routine which wasn't so good , and I'd a sore throat for a couple of days as the anaesthetist must have been a bit forceful with the intubation procedure.

Hopefully you'll be the same. As Whoami said I'd an ultrasound which showed them, although that wasn't what they were actually checking me for at the time. The consultant said mine had to come out to prevent a problem with the pancreas later, which he said type 1 diabetics can be prone to develop. so mine was more routine removal than anything else.

I do seem to get heartburn now which I never had before removal . Not sure if that's a common after effect or not.
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Re: Galstones

Postby whoami » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:58 am

Lisa, while waiting, cut out irritants such as alcohol that will cause lots of pain. If it is gallstones, you likely already know what sets things off.
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Re: Galstones

Postby denys » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Hi Lisa, my Lucy had her Gallbladder out and although she hurt afterwards, once she got over the op she was like a new person, the pain is so horrendous that the relief of it going has got to be worth the op. However as others have said sometimes they can sort it without surgery but either way I hope the scan comes through quickly and they can get you some relief as soon as possible :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: some virtual [chocolate] [chocolate] [chocolate] [chocolate] [chocolate] [chocolate] too :-D :-D
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Re: Galstones

Postby Karou » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:47 pm

Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear about possible gallstones.

I've had my gallbladder taken out via keyhole surgery and was in and out of hospital the same day.

The painkiller I was given was codeine, up to 60 mg with paracetamol when I felt an attack coming. After surgery they changed it to tramadol because there can sometimes be an intolerance to codeine after gallbladdersurgery they said.

If you can, try and stay away from greasy food. That included chocolate for me lol Also, caffeine and spicy food can trigger an attack.
After surgery, I had to stay away from these foods as well and cut out wheat and dairy. I can now tolerate small amounts again but got diagnosedwith IBS. No fun but still a lot better than the stones.

It took me longer than expected to recover but I've been struggling for ages and had to have antibiotics. Which means I'm not the best example.

Having said all that, they might give you something else to try first. Maybe mention Fibro and ask about other options?
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Re: Galstones

Postby Karou » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:27 pm

:-D Lucky you, I missed choccy.

Just remembered, I used to eat rusks. Yep, those big round baby biscuitsthat can be made into baby porridge. Maybe worth a try lol

I hope you won't have to wait too long for the scan. :goodluck1:
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Re: Galstones

Postby whoami » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:32 pm

Oh how I love those Rusks. I can remember being a kid and pinching them out of the pantry. Sometimes the baby would want one and there would be none left.
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Re: Gallstones

Postby zappa20 » Fri May 02, 2014 7:40 pm

Sorry to hear you've got the dreaded gallstones, but hopefully once removed you'll be feeling a whole lot better.

Pain on the right side particularly radiating into the shoulder is very typical of gall bladder pain.

As for morphine to prevent a visit to A&E, just thinking if things get so bad it might not be a bad idea to present yourself at A&E as they might take you in and do the removal much quicker . Sending you best wishes.
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Re: Gallstones

Postby sunnyem23 » Wed May 07, 2014 10:53 pm

Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear about the gallstones - I have been there and it hurts! I reckon the pain is amplified because of Fibro, too.

I had my gallbladder removed last November as it was chronically inflamed and caused a lot of pain during flair ups. I'd suffered with the pain from 19 (I was young, healthy weight with a healthy diet!) and docs never actually found any gallstones, just some sludge (yuk) and inflamed gallbladder.

However I can say that since having the surgery, my digestive system is so much happier! I have IBS but it has calmed down since having the gallbladder removed.

I will say that although it's keyhole surgery, be sure to take plenty of time off work if you are prone to taking ages to recover from any illness. It took me two months to recover which is much longer than the one week the doctor told me!! The first few weeks are the hardest physically but everyone recovers at a different rate. I don't think it helped that my surgery was in winter when I'm often tensed up because of being so sensitive to the cold.

If anyone has any q's about the op, feel free to ask.
Good luck and hope you're ok!
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Re: Gallstones

Postby sunnyem23 » Thu May 22, 2014 12:01 pm

Hi Lisa,

I really feel for you. The pain is excruciating and having had the surgery, it is such a relief not to suffer the bad attacks and end up in the hospital UTC.

How often are your attacks? And which area of the UK are you being treated in? I was lucky to be referred whilst living in London and the whole process was relatively quick. My op was at St. Mary's Hospital.

Just to give you an idea of what to expect after your referral...After my first appointment with the consultant, I gave all my details, got referred for blood tests and an ultrasound. This reconfirmed that my GB wall was chronically inflamed w/possible sludge (I know,gross). I then had an endoscopy done to rule out stomach ulcers.

PS. In response to your final sentence about losing weight, my favourite piece of advice from the GP was "take an antacid". I don't think that would have helped unless it contained Morphine!!
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