Re: Unusual Gall Bladder Problem
Thanks for the response.
My gall bladder situation was anything but typical. I had none of the usual symptoms; no nausea, no indigestion, if I had a fever it was slight and not constant, no food reactions - even though my GP kept trying to treat me for them. As for jaundice, hard to say, I have a slight jaundice complexion as a "norm."
I've never had pancreatitis before this March, knowingly. Since my teens years I've had occasional "sick headaches" which have never been diagnosed as anything. These headache episodes (which are somewhat a cross between a migraine and what you could call pancreatitis) are somewhat cyclic. And I was always lead to believe that the "upset stomach" was from the headache. Though I've spent many years wondering and trying to determine which is the chicken and which is the egg. Now, I'm fairly convinced that the problem is abdominal and that the headaches are a symptom/side affect.
I only drink "socially." A glass of red wine with dinner here or there, and a cocktail at a holiday party or on vacation. I haven't had anything to drink since early March. I mostly drink plain, room tempurature water.
This current condition came on in late March 2004. My gall bladder was removed in January 2003.
Before the gall bladder surgery, and again after I recovered until this March, I used to run 4-5 5k's a week and lifted weights. (Now I'm a bit overweight because I can't exercise and I eat to help "sooth" my stomach and out of boredom).
I have no other health problems, though I have a bunch of symptoms beyond the basic pancreatitis. Among them are a rash that comes and goes for no reason, itching, light to white stool, inconsistent bowel movements including frequent diarrhea, and fatigue. Also, a really strange persistent odor, which is occasionally accompanied by a strong odor of ammonia (from my upper torso, not urine). No doctor I've seen in the past 3 months consider these important.
Various foods still don't seem to create much change in my condition, though
I have become sensitivite to fatty foods now. But not on a consistent bassis. However bending and twisting definitely cause a flare up. I also seem to have severe episodes triggered by some of the tests they were doing to me: Having the CT and having the Ultra-sound just messed me up big time.
My own research and "self diagnosis" keeps pointing to the idea that it is PBC.
I'm awaiting a copy of my last blood panel to confirm which enzymes are elevated.
I also found a report on the web written by a leading liver doctor at Duke that pretty well spells out that biliary diagnosis and treatment should be done in specialty centers and removed from the general GI's (which based on my recent experiences I tend to agree with). So that's probably my next course of action.