I am writing this in hopes to help someone else with a similar situation as mine. Because it was a lot of fun.
I have also included some natural remedies to help the process be a little more comfortable.
It started out the first week of May. I was very nauseated, couldn't eat or drink anything without loosing it, strange burning sensation in my abdomen right below my sternum. Lost 10 lbs the first week. (and I am a small person about 5'4" 125lbs) The first trip to the ER they did an ultra sound of my gall bladder and ovaries; no stones, no cysts so they sent me home with a diagnosis of gastritis and a prescription for Prilosec.
Needless to say the Prilosec and Prevacid didn't do anything for the burning sensation but would control the nausea. However, on this stuff I was not digesting anything. Not to be graphic, but things were going in and coming out the same way.
So, starting to see a GI specialist and he started the rounds of testing:
Endscopy: showed everything was normal except mild spots of gastritis and that there was excess bile in the stomach. No H-Pylori. Thought this would have been this first clue that something wasn't right, but he didn't seem to be too concerned. I will touch bast on this a bit more later.
Colonoscopy: Showed everything was peachy keen. Perfectly healthy.
Ultrasound: Normal, no stones no sludge.
Chest X-ray: normal
CT scan: mesenteric cysts found, but no one on earth seems to know what these are all about and aren't too concerned about them.
Gastric Emptying: normal
Hida Scan: ejection fraction 98%. My GP and the radiologist told me "you scored an a+ on this test!!" Come to find out that a normal gall bladder rate is between 50-75%. Anything below is classified as "non-function" and is usually an automatic removal. No one seems to know what to do with an "overactive" gall bladder.
Now, this is where I put two and two together. My endoscopy showed excess bile in the stomach (bile should never come up to the stomach) and that I have an overactive gall bladder. So I thought Ding Ding...we have an answer. Bile reflux. Asked by GI and GP and they all looked at me and blinked. They thought that it was too uncommon and didn't really know what to do with that.
So at this point I insisted on seeing a surgeon just to talk. At this point it has been two months and a crap load of bills.
So needless to say, the surgeon says because I have been sick for 2 months with typical gall bladder symptoms and my hida scan was 98% that he was willing to remove my gall bladder. I had it removed and he told me that it was a good thing. I had a bunch of adhesions and scarring on my gall bladder and it had retracted and was smaller than it should be.
The surgery wasn't bad. In and out in one day. I would recommend stressing the surgeon to try to remove as much gas as possible during the procedure. This caused more pain than the stitches did!! I didn't take any of the pain meds because I knew they would constipate you. So my advice is as follows:
* Ibuprofen throughout the day to control swelling and pain.
* Walk around the house as much as you can to get rid of any excess gas they inflate you with.
* EAT A LOW FAT DIET for the first 2-3 weeks. This will help retrain your body to digest and break down fats you intake
* Metamucil with meals for the first couple of days. This will help absorb any excess bile and regulate your bowel movements.
* a good Multi Vitamin and Vitamin C will help your body heel.
* ginger tea will help with any nausea and chammomile tea at night to help relax and sleep.
I hope this helps someone else out there. It was kinda miserable those two months and would have been nice to solve this sooner. I am happy to address any questions and/or concerns you may have, but I am not a medical provider. This has just been my experience.