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So, when did your gall bladder problems kick in?


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Well, I know everyone doesn't have gall bladder issues. But I've read that people who lose a decent amount of weight will often have them. I guess that's what I have.

I'm still in the process of figuring it out. Ultrasound yesterday for gall stones. Dr. put me on 40 mg. of Nexium to rule out acid reflux. I was hopeful that maybe that was it, since I don't have all the classic symptoms, but last night, after nearly a week on the purple pill, I had a bad bout, so I'm thinking it's probably GB after all.

The good part is, I miss a meal here and there! But not to be aimed at as a weight loss plan. :D

Basically, I lost 93 pounds in 15 months, which I thought was pretty well-paced, but evidently it's fast enough to cause problems. I didn't even know that's what I had, just occasional bad gas, bloating, belching, nausea. But last week I had a bad one, and it actually hurt where my GB is, and that's when it dawned on me what it probably was.

Eventually I gained 70+ and have lost 23 of that. But the symptoms persist, more active lately.

So, as I said, I'm in the process of figuring out exactly what's going on and what to do about it. And I'm curious about how common this is among Sparkers.

Thanks for your replies!
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KERELLA 8/6/2014 9:40AM

    Mine hit me sudden and hard after losing about 40 pounds in 2-3 months on one of those "miracle pills." Wracking pains, chills and fever. Textbook gallstone symptoms, but none of the tests showed any stones. Eventually, the surgeon told me, "We're almost certain that's what's wrong. We can take the gall bladder out now, but if we're wrong, the insurance won't cover it."

The pain was so bad, I told him I'd risk being on the hook for the surgery costs ($25,000+). They took it out and the surgeon told me that if the insurance company had a problem with it, he'd send them my gall bladder as proof. It looked like a balloon that had been over-inflated and deflated a dozen times, he said.

If you do get it removed, just be aware that the bile duct will occasionally spasm, and it'll feel like a gall stone passing. It's been about 12 years since I had mine out, and I've had the spasms 2 or 3 times in 12 years, one being bad enough to send me to the ER to make sure nothing else was wrong. And not having a gall bladder will change how your body processes fatty foods, too.

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HEALTHY4ME 8/6/2014 8:56AM

    Age 21 after I had my first child. Well actually one severe attack at 8 months that they weren't sure what it was. Then another 2 wks after my son and then 2 weeks after that was in hospital. Had my gallbladder out a month and a day after having my son. Looking back my poor body!!! but at the time it was OH my baby, I want my baby, as had complications and had to stay in hospital for 2 wks. Back then you didn't get to have babies visit!
oh well he turned out great, I had to stop breast feeding, hubby took care of him and wasn't able to visit me, mum came to take over after a snow storm delayed her train. LOL oh well wonder sometimes if my belly aches after eating fatty stuff is from no gallbladder and is starting to catch up as I was fine for years.
lol long story for when! lol

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BA5454 8/6/2014 8:47AM

    I don't have gall-stones issues, but understand about them from a nursing point of view. Hope your doc gets things figured out and gets you on the road to recovery and/or feeling better!

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