All - I'm at home recovering from gallbladder removal surgery. The surgeon admonished me when I was getting my last visit before checking out that "this should have been done a long time ago!". My gallbladder was so infected and damaged that it was falling apart as the surgeon took it out.
I agree! I have been in severe pain for almost a year. Unfortunately, I was told that it was acid reflux causing the pain. And indeed, my symptoms seemed to fit. Except antacids NEVER relieved the pain. An ER doc diagnosed me and my primary care doc went along with it, as did I. The pain became more and more frequent, finally becoming constant, so I sought out a specialist on my own. He suggested gallstones, and after a couple tests, surgery was scheduled.
I really feel stupid, because this is not the first time this has happened to me! A couple years ago, pain in my rectum was diagnosed as hemorrhoids. After a year or so of agonizing pain, several doctor visits and one "specialist", I finally went to a surgeon who knew, without even examining me, that it was not hemorrhoids, but a fissure. I quick outpatient surgery, the pain was gone, never to return.
How can I keep a PAINFUL misdiagnoses from happening to me again?