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Old 09-18-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Morning gallstone attacks ~12 hours after last meal?

Hi all,

I was awakened this morning around 8 with what I'm pretty positive was a gallstone attack. It was different in many ways from what I'm used to with the attacks, but still had the right-upper-quadrant pain that I usually get, can't get the pain to relieve in any position, and suddenly disappearing after a few hours for no apparent reason. I ate food that could possibly cause an attack last night around 8pm (not fatty foods, but I overate a little bit). I hadn't eaten anything for 12 hours when this attack woke me up in the morning.

Has this happened to any of you gallstone veterans? Have you heard of this as a time an attack can happen?

Also, bonus question. Doctors have confirmed gallstones with an ultrasound and an 18% EF for my gallbladder with a HIDA scan. The doctor said my symptoms and tests pretty much point to surgical removal of the gallbladder, but she said she could refer me to a gastroenterologist for an upper endoscopy. I dunno if this is necessary and I'm really tired of the hours of doctor appointments and fasting and then going straight to work after... I don't know if I want to do it, or just hope it's truly just my gallbladder and get the surgery. Thoughts?

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Morning gallstone attacks ~12 hours after last meal?

I don't know how more definitive you need - you have stones and they have damaged your gb to the point it's barely functioning (18%). How much more evidence do you need that this is your problem? I went with just the results of my u/s and said take it out. Be done with it!

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Morning gallstone attacks ~12 hours after last meal?

Thanks for the response. This is kinda how I feel too. Not only that, but I looked up the procedure and it seems pretty intense. I would have to take the day off from work because you have to let 8-12 hours pass after the procedure to recover from the sedation.

I guess the question is, am I now positive that it's my gallbladder? Is there really anything else it could be? The fear I have is that I'll have my gallbladder removed and then the problems won't abate and it'll turn out to be some other thing. But, like you, I feel like all the evidence points to gallstones. In spite of being as careful as I'm probably capable, I've had two attacks in less than a week, and I need this to be done with. I'll probably ask the surgeon's opinion when I have my cholecystectomy consultation, but I'm quite leery of it.

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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Re: Morning gallstone attacks ~12 hours after last meal?

I really think it is your gallbladder.... hopefully you had it taken out already.

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Re: Morning gallstone attacks ~12 hours after last meal?

I haven't had it out yet. I had a surgery consultation for tomorrow but I just got a call that the surgeon had triple-booked that time somehow and cancelled it.

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