Well, what do you know....


Well, what do you know....

Postby grlnxtdr29 on June 29th, 2011, 7:20 pm

So I had a Dr.'s appointment today. Got some bad news. There is a 90% chance that I am going to need surgery to remove my gall bladder. They are going to schedule an ultrasound for next week sometime to comfirm it. If they have to operate I will be in the Hospital for 24 hours, if all goes well. I'm a little nervous. My Mother had her gall bladder removed, and flatlined on the operating table. They revived her, but it was scary. I'll keep you all updated as I find out more.
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby susan60625 on June 29th, 2011, 10:15 pm

GND, My family has a long history of gall bladder problems. My grandmother, mother, uncle and 3 cousins all had to have theirs removed. My grandmother and mother both had theirs removed the old fashioned way - an approximately 12 inch incision that laid them up in the hospital for a week and then at home for almost two months. The rest of them had it removed the new way - laparoscopically. The new procedure makes it almost an out-patient procedure. Just an over-night stay, a few days at home and back to work within a week. Believe me when I say that each and every one of them are extremely happy that they had the surgery. They can now eat what they want without pain and no more stones to pass.

I got lucky. Twenty years ago, I went on the original Nutri-System diet, lost a lot of weight, but developed what a lot of other clients did - gall stones. All those people got together and pursued a class-action law suit that shut down Nutri-System for a long while, until they reformulated their products so that it wouldn't happen again. My doctor suggested that I join the lawsuit, but with my family history I was told that I would not be able to. Fortunately for me, my stones were cholesterol stones and were able to be dissolved without having to have surgery. I passed a few stones in the beginning, but haven't had a problem with my gall bladder since.

If your mother had the old fashioned surgery, she had to be totally knocked out. If she had problems because of the anaesthesia (sp?) and the doctors are worried that you might have the same reaction, with the newer procedure, they don't have to knock you out completely, so you shouldn't have the same problem. Just make sure that you tell your doctor about the problem that your mother had.

What kind of problems are you having that indicate that your gall bladder is the problem?
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby grlnxtdr29 on June 29th, 2011, 10:38 pm

I've had pain off and on for about 10-15 years now, and on one trip to the ER when the pain was really bad, they told me I had a few small gall stones, but that it wasn't serious enough to operate on at the time. Now the pain is getting worse, and coming more frequently, so they want to see what is up, if I have developed more stones, or if the ones I had have gotten alot bigger. I've passed Kidney stones a few times, but never passed a gall stone. If they do remove the stones, I am going to ask to keep them. They are like pearls, and some people will actually buy them to make jewelry.
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby TomEC on June 30th, 2011, 4:35 am

Well unlike Susan, I have no wisdom to share on this subject as what I know about gall bladders would fit easily on that back of a postage stamp. I do know that one should never take any surgery lightly. Be well and keep us posted.
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby susan60625 on June 30th, 2011, 9:40 am

Well, GND, I've never passed a kidney stone, but passing the gall stones was one of the worst kinds of pain I've ever experienced. One time it happened while I was at work. My boss was so worried about me, that he actually drove me to the doctor's office himself.

Like Thomas said, you shouldn't take any surgery lightly, but the short term down time for the surgery is well worth the lifetime free of pain that follows.

Let us know what the doctor says. :|
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby MysticFan on June 30th, 2011, 3:13 pm

GND, Within the past year or so I have started having some trouble with pain from my gallbladder. I had a doctor to tell me that I needed to talk to a specialist, but I haven't had it checked out yet... I just keep putting it off. With the pain just now starting for me, it is no picnic at all! Having to deal with that for 10-15 years would be terrible! I'm hoping that all goes well for you. Please keep us updated. :)
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby grlnxtdr29 on June 30th, 2011, 3:36 pm

They just called and told me the Ultrasound will be scheduled for Thursday of next week (the 7th). Not sure how long after that they will want to do the surgery, if necessary.
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby grlnxtdr29 on July 7th, 2011, 12:42 pm

I had my ultrasound today. I should have my results by tomorrow afternoon, Monday morning at the latest.
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby MysticFan on July 7th, 2011, 11:46 pm

Best wishes for good news! :D
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Re: Well, what do you know....

Postby grlnxtdr29 on July 8th, 2011, 6:24 pm

I didn't hear from the Dr.'s office today, so if they don't call by early afternoon on Monday I will call them and ask for my results
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