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Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 19:30:03

Evening everyone. Posting for traffic!

I went for an ultrasound yesterday where I was diagnosed with gallstones. I'm 25. I asked the lady what happens now and she just said that the report will be sent to my GP.

I had severe attacks in October on and off for weeks but have luckily been pain free for a month. I naively thought they had gone!

Does anyone know what might happen next? Have you had any experience with this?

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 19:45:59


fuckweasel Thu 07-Dec-17 19:48:20

In my experience, I was put straight to surgery list. Took four months from being diagnosed to surgery. I was diagnosed as I was admitted to hospital with acute cholecystitis though, but no history of attacks. NICE guidelines are to refer anyone with symptomatic gallstones to a surgeon.

spanieleyes Thu 07-Dec-17 19:51:18

Yes, I had my gallbladder removed.
Like you, I had several attacks and then they seemed to die down so I thought that the matter had resolved itself and was rather reluctant to agree to surgery. Big mistake! A further attack was so bad I slept in the bath all night just to get some relief. So when the GP said that surgery was possible, I agreed!
I spent about 6 hours in hospital as a day patient, it then took about 8/9 days to fully recover. Since then no pain! ( although some food does mean a mad dash to the toilet blush But the best thing by far ( the gallstones were about 1cm wide when removed and there were three of them!)

Eolian Thu 07-Dec-17 19:53:04

They will put you on the waiting list to have your gallbladder removed. It's a fairly short procedure. I had mine out in the morning and was home that night. I waited 8 months for surgery though and had to go on an extremely low fat diet to prevent further attacks.

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 20:25:06

Thanks for your replies! I feel a bit in limbo as I'm not sure what to do. Do I phone the GP's or will they get in contact with me?

GreatDuckCookery Thu 07-Dec-17 20:27:43

My GP got in touch after they had seen the report from the scan.

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 21:16:18

Ah ok! I'll sit tight for now. How long should I wait before chasing it up?

mumof06darlings Thu 07-Dec-17 21:19:49

I went for an ultrasound today and I have to contact my gp next Wednesday. Hth

spanieleyes Thu 07-Dec-17 21:21:05

Mine took about a week too.

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 21:21:45

Thank you, I'll chase them up late next week!

lanbro Thu 07-Dec-17 21:22:21

I made myself a gp appointment as soon as the sonographer confirmed gallstones. Gp showed me the available ops locally and I picked the soonest. 2 weeks later gallstones removed!

SpartonDregs Thu 07-Dec-17 21:24:36

no, they do not always put you on a list to get them removed. my OH was told that they only remove them if it is bad enough for repeat hospital visits. so push it hard if you have to to get your gall bladder removed.m

TabbyMumz Thu 07-Dec-17 21:28:20

They might put you on a fat free diet for a while to see if that resolves it first. If it doesn't you then might get on a surgery list.

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 22:08:27

I tried going fat free whilst having my attacks, didn't make an ounce of difference! I hope they put me on the surgery list as I don't want it happening again. Worst pain ever!

IndieTara Thu 07-Dec-17 22:10:22

Feel for you OP the pain is excruciating. I had keyhole surgery and it worked really well.

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 23:02:41

Glad it went well for you @IndieTara 😁 Did you have to stay in hospital overnight? Did you get signed off work at all? Sorry for all the Q's!

yourhavingagiraffee Thu 07-Dec-17 23:11:14

I had many trips to doctors with pain, ultrasound confirmed loads of tiny gallstones in gallbladder. I'm sure it all went quick after that.

Surgery in morning, stayed the night and home next day.

Pain from that area vanished after removal, I can eat whatever now. It's great 😁

Emerald92 Thu 07-Dec-17 23:22:19

Fabulous @yourhavingagiraffee, bet that's a relief for you!

IndieTara Fri 08-Dec-17 07:00:09

Hi op I was home the same day took around 2-3 weeks to recover.
No pain since the op at all and pretty much eating what I want

Hippywannabe Fri 08-Dec-17 07:53:56

Glad you posted. Got my scan on Monday! I am terrified atvthe thought of the op though.

yourhavingagiraffee Fri 08-Dec-17 08:12:39

It definitely has been great getting it removed. I was a bit sore for a few days and had 2-3 spasms day after that had me crying but heeled quickly.

I had mine done via keyhole so scars are minimal as well.

Good luck ok 😊

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