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Is my illness Gallbladder disease?

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  • Posted By: rsbible2005
  • February 11, 2009
  • 01:13 PM

I have been having an illness since December 2008. It began with vomiting and being nausea. I would go maybe a few days without being nausea but it would come back. It has slowly progressed and has been getting worse. I started hurting in my lower right rib area towards the center of my chest just above my stomach, especially after I ate. I would also get nausea and sometimes vomit after I ate. Again I would have the pain but then it would go away for a day or two. Now its everyday no matter what I eat or even if I don’t eat. They have done an ultrasound, ct scan which came back normal. Then they sent me for a endoscopy and colonoscopy which also came back fine. They finally sent me for a hida scan. It came back saying that my gallbladder was working at 40%. I went to see a surgeon and he states that 40% is a gray area. But with my symptoms and the fact that my scopes came back fine he wants to go ahead and remove the gallbladder but can not be 100% sure that that is what it is.

I am scared to death that they are going to remove my gallbladder and its not going to fix the issue. A little voice in my head says what if its not. I don’t want to be cut on if its not going to resolve the issue but I don’t know what else it can be. I have read on some places that 40% is abnormal and others saying 30% is abnormal. I know I cant take being sick anymore. I have travel plans in march and don’t want to get sick on the trip and have to be rushed to the hospital. I did go to the ER on Saturday and the doctor there said it wasn’t infected but that it needs to come out. Anyone else been thru this? Are the chances high that it is my gallbladder?

My family doctor, ER doctor and GI doctor all thinks it sounds like my gallbladder but cant be 100%, that is what concerns me. Thanks!!

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  • I had the same symptoms as you describe when I had problems with my gallbladder. While my cirumstances are different because they were sure that it was my gallbladder (due to stones on an ultrasound) the surgery made me feel so much better. The surgery is also very easy and you don't really get "cut on." It is done with making four very tiny incisions and they use a laser to suction it out. You have relatively little pain and my biggest incision is about 1.5 inches and the other three are just little knicks. Mine was an emergency surgery and I followed through with my wedding eights days later and I felt fine. Chances are your gallbladder problems (if that is what it is)will get worse over time and you do not want that to happen, trust me!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 10:11 PM
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  • very probable. I can tell you this, it CAN be a life threatening issue if left untreated. Not everyone can go thru the laparoscopic procedure like the other poster. It depends on if you have a stone stuck in your main duct or not... if not, you should have no worries about "getting cut open". However, as a layperson, I can only give my opinion.....go ahead with the surgery. better to do it now then wait til the point where you have to be on IV antibiotics for four days straight....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 02:10 AM
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  • Well, you're sort of approaching this dilemma from the wrong perspective. You have a gall bladder that is functioning at 40% and whether the argument exists regarding a lower threshold or not is non-sequitor. It's function will not return to a higher state and can at some point, represent greater complications. The nature of your symptoms would strongly suggest biliary colic related to a diseased gall bladder. While other conditions such as duodenal ulcer disease, pancreatitis or even liver disease can present with similar symptoms, we typically perform tests to rule out the presence of such underlying conditions. Surgical intervention for this condition is extremely simplified these days and using laparasopy, 4 small incisions are made and the gall bladder is removed without incident. Convalescence can be as short as 2 days before feeling normal again. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 02:23 AM
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