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Gallbladder board

My HIDA ejection rate was 23%; on the ultrasound they only found one polyp or stone (unclear which). So probably have lots of sludge.

My GI doc prescribed Ursodiol and fish oil for omega-3's. I have followed the regimen for a little over a year. Pain has been greatly reduced, still have an occasional twinge under the ribs. Pain has gone from my right shoulder, no more abdominal noises when I try go to sleep, blood pressure and heart rate back to normal. The Urso treatment is not cheap and usually lasts a year or two; and symptoms frequently return w/in 5 years.

I'm glad my doc was conservative about surgery; if the pain had been severe, yes surgery would have been appropriate. As you can see from these boards 10-15% of those who have the gallbladder removed have continuing problems.