To think gallstones hurt more than labour?!?

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BishopBrennansArse Mon 14-Nov-16 13:09:31

9 hour session of what I suspected was biliary colic overnight confirmed by ultrasound this morning as gallstones. Thought I was dying.

Honestly I'd rather do labour more than once than be like that again, and I know that it will happen again soon...

Or is that just me?

Temporaryname137 Mon 14-Nov-16 13:10:50

I have heard from a friend who had gallstones that it was absolutely unbelievably agonising. Urgh for you, hope they sort you out soon.

NavyandWhite Mon 14-Nov-16 13:12:39

It's awful yes. I had my GB removed last year due to one fat stone that caused a lot of pain. Apparently it's wasn't the typical pain though. More of a very deep burning pain as opposed to it being sharp. Still dreadful.

Blossomdeary Mon 14-Nov-16 13:15:11

It is grim I know - but take heart you can have the GB removed by keyhole surgery - I had to have the whole works and have a large diagonal scar uner my ribs which is itself painful. Hope you get it sorted soon.

BishopBrennansArse Mon 14-Nov-16 13:15:11

Yy Navy, this is burning too, radiating right through to my back.
I'm fine now but was completely incoherent in the early hours.

BishopBrennansArse Mon 14-Nov-16 13:15:38

Ooh blossom, not nice sad

Northumberlandlass Mon 14-Nov-16 13:16:58

I didn't pass out from labour pain. I did from Gallstone pain!
I had lots of little stones. It was a long time ago & actually before I had a child.

NavyandWhite Mon 14-Nov-16 13:19:10

Cut all all fat, has your GP recommended your GB be removed? Poor you, it's such a horrible thing. ( the pain not having your GB out )

NavyandWhite Mon 14-Nov-16 13:19:39

Cut out

yumscrumfatbum Mon 14-Nov-16 13:22:42

I've had gall stones and had my gallbladder removed around four years ago. You can minimize the risk of another attack by avoiding all fatty food. I was advised not to eat anything that contained more than 5g of fat whilst I waited for my surgery. This basically means not eating anything at all processed, no oily fish, cheese etc etc. I lost a stone while I waited for surgery. Gall stone pain is horrendous full on sweaty palpitation job. I do feel for you!

ballsdeep Mon 14-Nov-16 13:22:50

I had gall stones when I wa a pregnant. I totally agree with you! I would do labour any days of the week rather than have an attack again!

Gardencentregroupie Mon 14-Nov-16 13:24:34

My labour was way worse than my gallstones

BishopBrennansArse Mon 14-Nov-16 13:26:11

They've revised the stop all fat as very swift weight loss can cause worse problems.
I'm avoiding fatty dairy and cholesterol based fats and substituting plant oils in cooking etc.

Groovester Mon 14-Nov-16 13:28:57

Agreed. I was lucky in that mine was removed after my second attack. No stones but it was inflamed and awful. So painful!
At least in labour, you get a wee bundle of gorgeousness at the end.

NavyandWhite Mon 14-Nov-16 13:30:34

I didn't know that BB. I couldn't tolerate any fat at all, even wine made things worse. I lived off potatoes and salad :-/

JessicaEccles Mon 14-Nov-16 13:31:54

At one point with my gallstones, I woke in the night in a confused state convinced I had been shot....

BishopBrennansArse Mon 14-Nov-16 13:33:44

Ugh, Navy.
I'm finding pot noodles safe (but not nutritious!)

Confused59 Mon 14-Nov-16 13:41:17

Definitely had stones removed in April following a horrendous attack, gallbladder removed a few weeks ago. Had 5 children would rather have another 5 than go through that attack again

MinniesAndMickeysNeedCounting Mon 14-Nov-16 13:42:34

My symptoms apparently weren't typical so it took then ages to diagnose.

Came on when I was pregnant and i was having 'attacks' weekly by the end, gall bladder removed, then one week later it happened again, it was pretty scary cause I didn't know what the hell was happening to me. Turned out I had a Stone that had travelled before my op and it was blocking my duct, spent a week in hospital while they tried to figure it out.

WiddlinDiddlin Mon 14-Nov-16 14:12:12

I have gallstones, apparently, I look like im smuggling a bag of marbles..

Still awaiting surgery as I have multiple complications so I've learned to live with the repeat attacks of biliary colic.

It is agonising at times, radiating through the back, round the side and eventually my pancreas gets pissed off and joins in too - if I fail to manage the pain quickly (and thats easy to do as it starts out like backache) then I can easily end up in A&E requiring IV drugs as I can no longer hold down anything oral.

The advice on what to eat from the NHS is generally, bollocks.

I can eat super high fat stuff and be fine - if I try to eat high fibre raw veg like say a superfood salad - I'll be in agony within the hour.

The gallbladder produces bile to aid your digestion - the harder something is to digest the more it produces and the more likely this is to cause a stone to block the bile duct, and for the gallbladder to contract and cause the stones to move and hurt.

My top tip is, think about what it is you fancy eating and give yourself 10 to 20 minutes before you actually eat it - you should find that if its something that will kick off an attack, you will feel sore and not want to eat that thing.

This is because when your brain envisions you eating something your body starts to prepare for eating that thing - thats why you salivate at the thought of food, so just the same way your saliva glands start working at the THOUGHT, so does your stomach and gallbladder.

Its not fool proof but if you can think about eating a particular meal for around 10 to 20 minutes with no adverse reaction then you are probably going to be ok and if you can't, avoid it and hve something else!

I can tolerate cheese, small amounts of meat, butter, small amounts of bread.. but not salad, rice, pasta, large amounts of potato or sweet potato, or things like hummous or pulses or beans.. yoghurt is ok, milk is not ok, eggs are ok (boiled) soft fruit tends to be ok but harder fruits arent...

Everyone is different though and I have digestive issues anyway which may mean something normally easy to digest is not so for me.

Skittlesss Mon 14-Nov-16 14:18:35

Oh yes, my gallstones pain was worse than labour. I thought I was having an heart attack and threw up blood due to it - I was taken to hospital in an ambulance. They gave me gas and air then asked what pain level it was and I said "I've had two bloody children on g&a and this is worse". So yes, I do agree.

Side note... I can sometimes have the pain after eating certain food even though I had the gb removed nearly 4 years ago.

travelmad Mon 14-Nov-16 14:25:26

Yep, I'm another one whose gallstone pain was worse than labour. I was admitted to hospital 3 times for morphine during the wait for my gallbladder removal. I had 2 very large stones and the drs weren't sure how my gallbladder hadn't perforated due to the size of them. I knew it was bad when I took 2x ibuprofen, 2x co-codamol and 2x tramadol all at once (under instructions from the dr!) and it did nothing to relieve the pain. Normally just 2 co-codamol would have me asleep! Hope you get yours sorted soon

TripTrappedNow Mon 14-Nov-16 14:28:58

Yes worse than labour.

The gall bladder was take out soon after my third trip to A&E.
In fact I feel sorry for anyone who still has their gall bladder as this could get them any time.

flowers for you

PeachBellini123 Mon 14-Nov-16 14:38:11

Not been through labour (yet!) But yes gallstones were horrendous. I was able to have keyhole surgery and the recovery from that was nothing compared to the pain of a gallbladder attach

BestZebbie Mon 14-Nov-16 14:39:37

There was one point in my biliary colic where it was worse than any point in my breech-labour-ended-in-c-section. Not only was the pain systemic and intense, but no-one had diagnosed me and I thought I was about to die.

However, I'd still take that over labour on pain grounds, because a contraction that is 80% as painful but happens every five seconds for three hours (or whatever) is vastly more pain. Also, for colic I got morphine and then my gallbladder removed, and a 100% immediate recovery - pregnancy and labour have changed everything forever.

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