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Board: Gallbladder 08-29-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 96
Posted By vachilly
Tight band around mid-abdomen

I'm just curious if anyone else experiences this abdominal thing that has happened since my gall bladder surgery two years ago. First, my gall bladder had no stones; it was just inflamed. No answer...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 08-24-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By vachilly
Re: At a Crossroads

Has your doctor explained to you there are some risks involved with an MRCP? I had a pancreatitis attack when I was in my late 20's. That was before they did MRCP's, but I can tell you my symptoms....
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 08-23-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By vachilly
Re: At a Crossroads

Sorry. I just noted that your gall bladder has already been removed. After mine was removed, I didn't feel well for six weeks, and I still felt like it was there. Some people have a really easy...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 08-23-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By vachilly
Re: At a Crossroads

It sounds like gall bladder problems. The best test is HIDA scan. It actually test whether your gall bladder is functioning properly. I say that because I had other tests and they didn't find...
Board: Anemia 04-26-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By vachilly
Re: Iron deficiency 41 year old male?

I was taking a lot of fish oil several years ago. I bought the cold water oil that was recommended by all the gurus. I truly regret it. For the first time in my life I had high cholesterol, and I...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-19-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,400
Posted By vachilly
Re: So I'm pretty sure I want a fundoplication...

Hi Sam,
Have you ever had a HIDA scan? I know this sounds strange, but my original symptoms were similar to yours. I had the same tests including several CT scans. I had that same burning in my...
Board: Gallbladder 03-24-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By vachilly
Re: Maybe GB Symptoms ?

I had none of the GB symptoms. My pain was mid-abdomen. I never vomited, and my ultrsound was normal. I had a HIDA, and my ejection fraction was 8%. I took all of the PCP's, and they did nothing...
Board: Gallbladder 03-18-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By vachilly
Re: Maybe GB Symptoms ?

This may be a blessing in disquise. I had an EGD and 4 CT scans, and then a HIDA. I found out that it was my gall bladder, so I wouldn't have needed all those other tests.
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-08-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By vachilly
Re: New member needing GI help

I believe a lot of your anxiety is coming from all the tests and surgery. I had my gall bladder out 2 years ago, and I'm just now losing some of the medical anxiety. I would be careful taking the...
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-01-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By vachilly
Re: EGD scheduled in a couple days and worried about the risks

The normal ejection is from 35 to 75 for gall bladder function. I wish you much luck. I'm sure your EGD will probably go well. Most of them do.
Board: Digestive Disorders 02-01-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By vachilly
Re: EGD scheduled in a couple days and worried about the risks

First, let me say that you are on track about avoiding the PPI's. From my own experience, they were the cause of exacerbating by health problem. I had some pain in my mid-section and seemed to have...
Board: Gallbladder 10-13-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder, Hiatal Hernia or Pancreatitis, check my DX and tell me

Have you had a HIDA scan? It is the definitive test for a bad gallbladder. I had 3 GI doctors and a surgeon that assured me the pain that I had in my lower left rib area was not my gallbladder. I...
Board: Women's Health 07-23-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 319
Posted By vachilly
Yeast Infection ???

I haven't had a yeast infection in years, and I have not been sexually active in a number of years. Anyway, I was a little surprised when I had vaginal itching that appeared to be a yeast infection....
Board: Lymphomas 04-02-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 436
Posted By vachilly
Radiation

This may be a little off topic, but I have recently become really concerned about radiation induced cancers. A year and a half ago, I had 5 CT scan within 2 months not including at least 10 kinds of...
Board: Gallbladder 02-12-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By vachilly
Re: pain persists after gallbladder removal

God Bless you. I agree with you that doctors are basically just "practicing". I was diagnosed by a specialist with gastro paresis before my gallbladder diagnosis. He told me that I would have to...
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 991
Posted By vachilly
Re: LEFT sided pain and other issues

My pain was on the left side, two small stones, and I had no nausea or vomiting, so they kept saying I didn't have a gallbladder problem. I changed specialists and was diagnosed with a diseased...
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,804
Posted By vachilly
Re: Normal tests, nausea, bad gallbladder my story

I had two specialists and a surgeon assure me that my gallbladder was fine even though I was in constant pain. Finally I had a HIDA scan, and the ejection fraction was 8, so a different surgeon...
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,860
Posted By vachilly
Re: Just Had Surgery, Horrible Pain, Please Comment :(

Some surgeons are better than others at helping the discomfort related to gas. I was also someone that didn't bounce back from the surgery. It took 4 weeks before I could even try to eat anything...
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 793
Posted By vachilly
Re: Low Ejection Fraction

I would insist on another HIDA scan. Mine was 8, and I had my gallbladder removed. God Bless You. Nothing worse than that kind of pain.
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By vachilly
Re: pain persists after gallbladder removal

I had my gallbladder removed a year and a half ago. I still have tightness under my ribs like something is squeezing against my chest. I also have what I refer to as phantom pain, where I just get...
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By vachilly
Re: Looking for advice

I know that it's common for your stool to look yellow when your gallbladder isn't functioning, because mine looked like that. I agree; a HIDA scan is the best bet.
Board: Gallbladder 02-02-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By vachilly
Re: Pain after Gallbladder removal

I went through 3 months of extreme pain, weight went down to 80 pounds and was in and out of ER's, so you have my sympathy. Fortunately for me, mine was just my gallbladder, and once it was out, I...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-02-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,028
Posted By vachilly
Re: Severe, sudden acid reflux

I'm doing really well since gall bladder surgery. When you were talking about reflux after pregnancy, I thought of my friend. After 4 kids, she had gall bladder problems also.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-31-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,028
Posted By vachilly
Re: Severe, sudden acid reflux

kacyC, how are your symptoms? Any improvement?
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-31-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By vachilly
Re: Pain of Reflux

Randy,
Acid reflux is the go to diagnosis for GI docs. I started with mild heartburn symptoms along with some pain mid-chest. They gave me Nexium. A month later the pain was worse and they did an...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 01-31-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By vachilly
Re: Miserable with Acid Reflux

Hey guys. I'm new to the forums, and I'm desperate for help and advice from other acid reflux sufferers.

I take Aciphex and I was doing pretty good with Aciphex until I got the flu. Thanks to this...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 12-27-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,287
Posted By vachilly
Re: Hospitalized high fever, Elevated liver enzymes, AMA positive, PBC diagnosed

I've become so frightened of the medical world. I went to 4 different hospitals for tests of all kinds. I was hospitalized for a week. They told me that my abdominal pain couldn't possible be gall...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-07-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,692
Posted By vachilly
Re: LPR depression, need someone to talk to.

Ginger
I would try and ENT work up first. It sounds as if you need a specialist to identify your problem. These things aren't easy to nail down. I had your symptoms without the throat clearing. ...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 04-07-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 541
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gerd? Symptoms below

Those sounds like classic gall bladder problems. Gerd is usually heartburn and sometimes throat burn, but usually not pain in the right rib cage. I would ask my doctor about possible gall bladder...
Board: Gallbladder 02-26-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,018
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder removed, miserable post op

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I would really recommend weaning off PPI's after gallbladder surgery. It really helps with digestion. I am 8 months post gallbladder surgery now, and I eat...
Board: Digestive Disorders 01-30-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,528
Posted By vachilly
Re: Constant upper abdomen pain, loss of appetite

I went through the same things. Had all the same tests. Everyone said it wasn't my gallbladder, because I didn't have stones. The pain finally became so bad that I couldn't eat anything, and my...
Board: Digestive Disorders 01-30-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By vachilly
Re: Just wondering why?

My EGD came back fine, but he also did some biopsies. It's just to check for some pre-cancer conditions. Did your doctor check for gallbladder problem?
Board: Gallbladder 01-08-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,018
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder removed, miserable post op

My post gallbladder problem seems to always be constipation. I fight it constantly. Any suggestions other than fiber and water?
Board: Gallbladder 12-18-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By vachilly
Re: Could it be Gallbladder even with normal ultrasound?

It took about three weeks after gallbladder surgery, before I really started feeling better. It actually has taken about two months for me to get back to my "normal".
Board: Gallbladder 12-16-2012, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By vachilly
Re: Could it be Gallbladder even with normal ultrasound?

I had an infected gall bladder which caused pretty similar symptoms. Ultrasound came back normal and CT scans. Finally, the HIDA scan came back at 8%, and I had my gallbladder removed.
Board: Gallbladder 12-16-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,018
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder removed, miserable post op

Hello Everyone,
I am post gallbladder surgery 4 months. It really took me about 3 weeks to have energy, and it has taken my body about two months to be able to eat almost normal food. I still...
Board: Gallbladder 11-29-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,524
Posted By vachilly
Re: Okay, now

I was told that between 35 and 75 was considered normal for gallbladder function. Have your tried seeing a specialist or are you seeing your primary physician?
Board: Celiac Disease 11-12-2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
Posted By vachilly
Re: Celiac Disease... and more problems? Any guidance...

As far as sore tongue and throat, could you have thrush? An ENT doctor should be able to diagnose that.
Board: Gallbladder 10-25-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder in question?

I elimated all fat. In fact, I went down to 80 pounds, but an infected gall bladder just stays infected no matter what you eat. Some doctors try antibiotics, but it usually isn't effective.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-25-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,322
Posted By vachilly
Re: Burning Mouth Syndrome

I don't have GERD. I once thought I did, and doctors gave me mega doses of PPI's to no avail. Once I found the my GERD was actually bile from an infected gall bladder and had surgery, the GERD was...
Board: Gallbladder 10-24-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder in question?

Yes, I did have surgery. My gall bladder infection became dangerous, and I ended up having emergency surgery. I had reached a point that I was trying to live on baby food vegetables and baby food...
Board: Gallbladder 10-20-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By vachilly
Re: Gallbladder in question?

They didn't detect my gall bladder infection with a CT Scan or Ultrasound. They finally found it with a HIDA scan. They said Ultrasound will only pick up stones, and I didn't have any. Just a very...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-20-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,322
Posted By vachilly
Re: Burning Mouth Syndrome

I started talking low dose hormones. I'm post menopausal, so I know a lot of people don't like to take them. However, I take the lowest dosage and within a week I had no more BMS.
Board: Gallbladder 10-19-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,027
Posted By vachilly
Re: Hida scan question

It took 3 months to diagnose my gall bladder issues, because I didn't have gall stones. I had an infected/inflamed gall bladder. This problem is such a low percentage that doctors often miss it.
Board: Gallbladder 10-19-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,037
Posted By vachilly
Re: 4 weeks after surgery.

I was led to expect after gall bladder surgery that I would recover in 7 to 10 days. Like you, I had been really ill and hospitalized earlier before they finally diagnosed gall bladder. I think it...
Board: Gallbladder 10-08-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,290
Posted By vachilly
Re: I don't know what is wrong...

I had a HIDA scan done, and it indicated an 8% refraction rate (with normal being at least 35) so I did have it removed. I didn't have gallstones. I had an infected gall bladder. Problem was...
Board: Gallbladder 10-07-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By vachilly
Re: Low carb post gallbladder

I bought low fat Ensure and drank that every day after surgery. It's low in fat and has 25 grams of protein.
Board: Gallbladder 10-07-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,290
Posted By vachilly
Re: I don't know what is wrong...

My gall bladder hurt in the middle of my breast. So it could be GB.
Board: Gallbladder 09-28-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,520
Posted By vachilly
Re: Two days post gall bladder surgery

I believe mine was gall bladder all along, and I believe the PPI's made it worse. My gall bladder was not sore to the touch. It also did not show up on ultrasound or CT scan. I would ask your...
Board: Gallbladder 07-29-2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By vachilly
Re: Complicatons

Just wanted to wish everyone well. After reading the last post, I have decided to get off website permanently. Thanks to those of you who were supportive.
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