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Gallstones

Posted In: Gallbladder conditions 30 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 4, 2006
  • 11:04 AM

I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with gallstones at christmas time 2005. I have been in severe pain for approx 6 years. I had been to literally hundreds of doctors through-out this time and no-one wanted to help. Doctors sent me home with pain killers which did nothing at all!! They still do nothing!

Extreme bloating, nausea, back pain, chest pain and constipation was what I suffered with during this time.
I have overdosed a number of times on pain killers hoping to get relief as the recommended "two" never worked. I have used heat packs, cold packs, massages, you name it, I've tried it!

Finally I was diagnosed with gallstones, I wasn't that "hypachondriac" that one doctor referred me as! Our health system here in Australia is appalling!
The day I was diagnosed, I had to pressure the doctor into giving me an ultra-sound, I needed an answer to this pain I suffered with for 6 years :(
He too was going to let me walk out the door.

Fat, female, forty and fertile are the four ways in describing someone who can get gallstones.

1..I'm not at all fat..never was. Since being diagnosed I had to severely change my diet. I have lost 9 kilos in the process

2. Yes, I am female

3. I am not forty. As I said, I developed this pain when I was 18-19

Now, anything I eat can trigger a severe attack. I usually wake around 2am in pain and stay this way until midday. My attacks seem to work in clusters. I could have up to 20 a month, then have not one for 1 month or 2.

I am on a hospital waiting list to get surgeory. However, I am looking at going private as I can't wait any longer! I've been told it could take up to a year to have surgeory through the public system. :(
With no health insurance as I am straight of university, this is going to be a costly process. But, my quality of life is suffering, my job is suffering. I am not the person I was 5 years ago.

I am very interested in meeting and sharing my story with people around the world.

I hope that people understand how painful this disease is.
I am very interested in meeting and sharing my story with people around the world.

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