Hi, I'm new to this but here goes. About twenty years ago I had emergency gall bladder surgery. For a year my doctor told me I had a hernia and had to learn to just live with the pain! I progressively got worse with naseau, vomiting, pain on my right side of my abdomin radiating to the back of my shoulder. I trusted this doctor so I just kept trying to live with it. At the time I had a one year old son that I was no longer able to care for because of the pain. Finally because of the excessive vomiting I had to visit the ER. The Dr. there did an ultra sound and in less than twenty minutes they knew it was my gallbladder. To say the least, I was very, very angry with my doctor for not ordering that test a year earlier! Any, my gallbladder had started leaking bile and my surgeon told me that I might have damage to my pancreas from the bile. I asked him how I would know if I did. His only remark was that if I had damage I would soon know. The surgery was successful in relieving my pain, that is until a year later I had another attack that felt exactly like my gall bladder attack, vomiting and all!! They ran all kinds of tests on me and found nothing. I was sent home with pain medication. I knocked myself out with the drugs because the pain was so bad and slept for about four days. The pain was gone and I felt fine. My family doctor thought it might be spasms of the bile duct that they had to reconstruct during my gall bladder surgery. I was fine for about a year and a half later the same thing. My doctor gave me pain medication and I slept it off. This has been going on now for about twenty years. I have been hospitalized with this 3 or 4 times. When I am able to get the pain medication when the pain first starts I usually make it at home , but if I ever start vomiting before I get the medicine you can forget it. I end up in the hospital. I have been hospitallized 3 times in the past 3 years and now my gastro. tells me these last 3 episodes has been pancreatis but the earlier episodes were not! The pain is always exactly the same each time. I have been haveing these episodes every few months now but manageing to stay out of the hosp. My dr. now wants to do a procedure where they use an endoscope to look inside my bile duct to see if there is some kind of obstruction. I haven't agreed to this procedure yet because he says that sometimes the procedure itself causes severe pancreatis. I don't know what to do. I hope someone out there knows of someone who has gone through this also. I'm in pain almost constantly now and feel like I'm going crazy!Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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