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Posted by jules martin on October 18, 1999 at 16:26:09:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems posted by Carol on July 24, 1999 at 00:33:55:

:i too have been suffering with digestive probs. mainly, just prior to menstruation, wind, bloating, pain etc and then during menstruation more wind, pain, cramps, constipation (although i feel the need to go very often)but can´t. this lasts during 15 days, (until ovulation or just after). no one knows why i suffer this, at first it was called ibs, but no reason for it, all x-rays and ultra sound scans are ok. now have just seen a new gyni who seems to think that it is all caused by endometriosis and i should be going for a lapscope op soon to find out if this is so or not.... will update later.
: : Since 1993 I have had right sided discomfort, constipation, gas, cramping, and aching. Tests discovered three medium sized gallstones. However, doctors are conflicted. I have been told my problem is irritable bowel. I have never had fever, thrown up, or any sort of major attack. My bowels are always constipated. These symptoms come and go. Lately I had a Hidascan and learned the gallbladder was non-functioning. I have learned the gallbladder could either be blocked or inflamed, and this is why it does not function. I am relunctant to have surgery but really I am not feeling well lately. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.

: After 2 years of pain having my gallbladder out was well worth it. They now do it through a laporascope (through your belly button) and your out of the hospital the next day and back to work after a few more. If you avoid the surgery too long you run the risk of serious coplications that coud land you in the hospital for emergency surgery and be so sick you wind up wth an open procedure, a LOT of pain and a huge scar. Do it now while you still have the scope option available to you.

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