I am 19 yrs old, and recently found out that I had "several small gall stones" as the radiologist put it. They did not give me a number, so hopefully "several" does not actually mean "too many to count"... :/. Well, anyways, I found this out due to an attack I was told was a gall bladder attack; basically, I was on my floor screaming and in so much pain simply wishing I would just die, or pass out, or some thing, anything, just not to feel the pain anymore. I went to the ER, they did an ultra sound, I have stones, so they said it must have been that I was passing a stone, and they said I need my gall bladder removed. Problem? It took so long for them to admitt me that by the time I was up getting the ultra sound done, any stones in my bile duct would have already passed, or got shot back in, so there is no real evidence. I am going to assume that it very well may be my gall bladder; my uncle had gall stones, and I have noticed that the pains are associated with fattier foods and alcohol consumption. Another thing; they also found a tumor in my liver...hopefully just a hemangioma. I went to see the surgeon I was refered to (I have no options to change docs, as I have military insurance, and they don't let you pick, being that the insurance is free). He definitally seems like an experienced, friendly surgeon, but on the other hand, I had gone in just to DISCUSS the removal of my gall bladder; I had gone in for information, not to schedule a date for surgery. He hurried me through the evaluation, and had the attitude of "I am a surgeon, and I know whats best"...sure he's had years of medical school, and probably has done dozens of this surgery, if not hundreds, but I HAVEN'T; I have never had invasive surgery, EVER. I am terrified of anesthesia, I am terrified of surgery, but I am also terrified of one of my bile ducts becoming blocked. I am really looking for other options here...he did mention a pill I can take, but he really down-played it, said that it takes months for the pills to work. I am going in on Monday and they are sticking a camera into my stomach to make sure I don't also have ulcers.
Basically, I am wondering if any one who has had stones has explored any of these other avenues, like the medicine, or the procedure where they use sound to break up the stones, and what your results were. I am also looking for any stories, good or bad, from those of you who had the surgery.
Part of me wants to do some thing; I eat pretty healthy, but do splurge some times (hence this previous attack), and I would like to continue to be able to eat not so great things on the rare occasion that I do with out the fear of an attack, or (if I get the surgery) the fear of having to run to the bathroom in a public place (especially if there isn't one available). He wasn't much of a talker; he sent me home with a couple of pamphlets on Gall Bladder, Gall Stones, Gall Bladder Remover, and H. Pylori (He thinks I have peptic ulcers, and is probably right), scheduled me for an apt on Tues for the stomach check, and then on Thurs for a follow-up. I have a CT on Tues after the stomach check, to check my liver, and to see what's going on in the general area. The surgeon is really nice and experienced, so I don't want to try to switch docs, but I guess I just need advice, and ideas from people who have been through this, or doctors who have done this surgery, since the surgeon didn't really give me the time of day.
This is a really big deal to me, as I am sure that every one here can understand. Every where I read, it says that the Gallbladder does not serve an exceptionally important function; yet I can't help but to have respect for my body...that obviously I have this organ for a reason, and that it probably really should stay in my body...
In case you haven't noticed by my plot-less, repetative post, I just really need advice and personal experiences if any one is willing to share some.
Thanks in advance for reading this bloody-novel...