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Old 09-16-2003, 11:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy Would like to talk with other GALLSTONE sufferers..!!

I'm a 21/f and I was diagnosed with Gallstones... I went to see my surgeon today and he says that eventually I am going to need my Gallbladder removed.
I have never had any really severe symptoms.. Just bloating, constipation, feeling full... and slight uncomfortable pains in my right side around the rib cage... Nothing really painful or that bothersome.. Is it really necessary to have my gallbladder removed??? My dr. said that I can wait for a while.. but eventually I will need it removed, especially before I have children... He says its very necessary to have your gallbladder removed if you are going to get pregnant.

Can anyone tell me why exactly would I need my gallbladder removed, instead of just taking medication or having the gall stones passed...? Also anyone that has gallstones or has had surgery of their gallbladder removal.. can you please tell me how it went, and how you recovered??? Are the scars very noticable??

Thanks for your help!!!

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Old 09-17-2003, 09:21 AM   #2
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Please listen because this is important: You do not need surgery to get rid of gallstones. That is unfortunately a scare tactic the doctors use because they make money from the simple surgery. Meanwhile, they take out one of your organs and you are left with complications in many cases that are unnecessary.

It's possible to do a gallbladder cleanse yourself to get the stones out. I am not allowed to point you to where to get that info, due to board rules. But it is out there. There is alot of info and testimonies on this from people who have done it. Don't get unnecessary surgery, try this first - you have nothing to lose.

Old 09-17-2003, 01:28 PM   #3
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Hi. I am scheduled to have surgery within the next 2 weeks or so to have my gallbladder removed. I have had the pain for almost 8 years now. I went for a hida scan and it showed my gb didn't fill up at all. However, no stones were detected. They might be too small. They believe it is very inflamed. I don't know if a cleanse would help at all. I have been very sick from it especially the past 2 years now. I am very scared about getting it removed. I had gb problems and got pregnant and it didn't really bother me throughout the pregnancy. I have never heard that you need to have it removed before getting pregnant. It did worsen after my daughter was born however. I have heard of gb flushes and I wonder if they work or not. All I know is I am tired of suffering from all the symptoms and I am at the point where I am scared to eat.

Old 09-18-2003, 12:53 AM   #4
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I had the op 3 months ago after suffering attacks for 9 months.

Except for the occasional non-regular bowel movement I have only positive results, and to this day don't regret going for the op.

The operations was really a minor, some discomfort initially (walking like Ozzy Osborne on day 1) but really nothing to be afaid of.

A positive is that the flatulence problem I had has just about gone away totally.

I have never really eaten fatty food, so my diet has changed very little, I still eat anything I used to eat before.

PS - the "cleansing" methods did absolutely nothing for me.

Old 09-18-2003, 05:25 AM   #5
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Hey Carebear, I had the same problem, my gallbladder became non-functional, it would fill up but not empty and stones were not my problem at all. I had the surgery and feel so much better. Good luck to you and I'm sure you're doing the right thing.

Old 09-18-2003, 09:38 AM   #6
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Carebear, you have nothing to lose to at least try a cleanse before your surgery, just to see if it helps. Why get an organ removed if you do not have to? Why get a new scar?

Old 09-24-2003, 12:52 PM   #7
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I had my gallbladder removed after having a Hida Scan that showed that my gallbladder wasn't functioning properly. I was 18 when I had the surgery. Let me go back just a tad, for a year or so before that, I was having terrible pains like my stomach was hardening and it would make me throw up for hours until I was completely exhausted and would just pass out. These attacks were happening quite frequently and they jumped the gun, gave me a Hida Scan and determined that it was necessary to have my gallbladder removed. My parents and I were just anxious to get rid of my pain, so we went ahead with the surgery. To make a long story short, I STILL get the attacks, once a couple of months after my surgery, threw up bile for 10 hours straight and ended up in the emergency room. I have been to specialists, and no one can figure out what is actually going on with my stomach. On top of those attacks, I now have IBS as a result of having no gallbladder, and have diarreah with MANY of the foods I used to be albe to eat. SO, please get a second opinion, and a third and a fourth if necessary to make sure that this is absolutely what you need, especially at such a young age. This is now something that I will be dealing with my ENTIRE young adult life and the rest of my life!

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Old 09-24-2003, 01:20 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies..... I think I am going to get a second opinion for piece of mind..... From hearing everyone else's symptoms and problems they had before their surgeries.. I have had none of those problems!! I don't think I have a very major problem with my gallbladder so removing it seems unnecessary... My family Dr. did have an ultrasound done, and I definitely have gallstones showing up... but i have never had an "attack"... I've heard alot of people describe these attacks, and I've never had anything like that.... I only get occasional discomfort in my side, and bloating on a regular basis... And my bowel/intestines are always full of stool.. but I can help the situation a bit if I take Metamucil or eat lots of fibre.. I don't think my Gallbladder is the main problem for me, just the Stones... Which were caused because I ate a very high fat diet for a long time....

Is it possible that I could just get the stones removed, and if I stay away from lots of Fat these stones may not ever grow again???


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