Since 8.30am yesterday I've been having what I can only describe as intensely painful spasms just under my breastbone. They last between 30secs and 2minutes and episodes come anything from 8mins apart to 30mins apart. Have had no vomiting or diarrhoea, no temp but feel tired (pain woke me up frequently last night) and a bit achy all over, though think that is because I'm tensing all the time. Nothing seems to make a difference, eating, not eating, toiletting, position... The pain is incredible, on a par if not worse than childbirth! Any words of wisdom?
Medication wise I had buscopan (for spasms) cocodomol and pethidine for when it was really bad. I stuck religiously to a low fat diet but would sometimes get attacks anyway. Stay away from eggs - they are high in cholesterol which can set you off.
Have you been told to follow a low fat diet? I had gallstones, for years until the attack landed me in hospital and then I had my gallbladder out. To avoid attacks you have to follow a very bland low fat diet, can you do this?
I've just had my gallbladder removed in September. Mine started in March. It started with pain in my left side ribs which progressed through my ribs to my back and shoulder blades. It was worse than childbirth. I was rolling around screaming all over the place. I was violently sick too. I ended up going to out of hours who prescribed cocodamol and anti sickness. I saw my gp the following day who booked a scan and prescribed some ranitadine. A week later I was still in loads of pain and couldn't eat anything. The gp said I had cholecystitis which meant my gallbladder was infected. I was admitted to hospital treated with iv antibiotics. Had a scan in hospital which showed lots of stones. Recovered well from that and never had an attack like that again, however consultant referred me for gallbladder removal as he said it will get infected again. I followed an extremely bland fat free diet lost about 2 stone! Gallbladder surgery very easy and recovered with in a week. Consultant said removal was difficult as it had started to grow onto my liver and was enlarged with bile.
Can now eat whatever I like with no side effects. Before I was diagnosed I suffered with so much acid reflux, headache and general tidiness some people think it's related but I know Since my gallbladder has gone I don't get this any more.
Good luck I only waited 6 months for surgery so not too long. Xxx