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Old 11-04-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Gallbladder?

Hi everyone. I have been going to the Dr. for about a year with different problems. I'm not sure if they are all connected or not? My main symptoms are fullness/pressure under my right rib, my back hurts & mainly in my shoulder blade area & my lower back, I run a low grade fever quite a bit, I have gas & gas pains. I have some slight acid reflux. I'm exhausted for the most part. My hips hurt. I also have some slight discomfort in my left side & guessing that it's my spleen. I don't have pain under my rib, i just feel fullness/pressure. I have went to a few Dr's that tell me I have IBS or I'm depressed. And they tell me to watch what I eat or push antidepressants at me.

I finally got insurance, so I found a new Dr. who ran all kinds of tests. Thought maybe I had arthritis. He said he was ruling things like lupus out as well, and other things. Did an ultrasound which showed a cyst on my ovary, which turned out to me normal & dissolved. But, my gallbladder had polyps and thickened wall & slightly enlarged. As well as my liver was slightly enlarged. After we figured out the cyst was a functioning cyst & dissolved. He wanted to explore the gallbladder. I went for another ultrasound on Tuesday & back later that day for a HIDA scan with CCK. He also set up an appointment for me to see a surgeon next Thursday. I'm wondering if I need to have patience & wait until Thursday when I see the surgeon?I wonder why the Dr. set an appt with a surgeon before knowing the results?

I no I'm worrying to much. I just can't imagine the way I am feeling is normal. But if these scans come back normal, I don't no where to go from here??
Thanks so much for any advice!

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Old 11-04-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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Re: Gallbladder?

It sounds like you have the classic symptoms of a diseased gallbladder, running a temperature may even indicate low grade infection.

With the presence of polyps and thickened walls, the only real option once they confirm the efficiency of the gallbladder with a low HIDA scan score is surgical removal.

If you read through the previous threads here, most folks do fine after surgery, as Titchou will remind you-- you need to follow a fat free diet for awhile after surgery.

 
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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Thanks for the shout out, Collector!

You should be on a fat free diet right now. It will help some with the symptoms beforehand as fat is what causes the gb to constrict and then cause t he pain. Even if the HIDA comes back within normal range, you'll probably need to have the gb out anyway so I assume that's why he made the surgeon's appointment. Keep us posted.

 
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:24 AM   #4
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Re: Gallbladder?

Thanks to the both of you!I will definitely update.

 
Old 11-05-2010, 11:46 AM   #5
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Re: Gallbladder?

I too was apprehensive about having it out, but I am so glad I did! You will feel sooo much better after you get it out. I suffered for over 2 years with the pain before I finally was told to have the surgery. It makes a world of difference.

Good luck to you!

 
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