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Gallstones ARGH!

(27 Posts)
GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 04:42:01

I'm feeling very sorry for myself right now.
I'm in so much pain with what GP thinks is gallstones. I don't know what to do with myself! I really just want to go to sleep.
Anyone else suffered?

gingerbabiesrule Sat 01-Aug-15 05:41:33

No but my mum has recently and she was v ill and in so much pain. After endless visits to a & e and hospital she eventually got a scan and had an infected gallbladder . If it's that keep hounding the doctors and hope u get better soon x

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 05:57:20

Been there I'm afraid. There's very little you can do! I used to just completely give up on trying to sleep and went downstairs to watch telly. My worst attack was literally 5 days with no sleep. The pain would abate slightly during the day, but always flared up at night. I ended up in A&E on a morphine drip just to get a couple of hours sleep!

If it gets utterly unbearable or lasts for days, go to A&E. They won't be able to do anything long term (unless your gallbladder has properly ruptured) but they can give you some kick-ass painkillers and, I agree, keep hassling the doctor! Once I was diagnosed I was in surgery within 6 weeks. smile

BitOutOfPractice Sat 01-Aug-15 06:16:02

Only otc thing that ever gave me any relief was an anti-spasm medication often used to treat ibs. Can't remember the name but ask your pharmacist

You have my sympathy you really do

giraffesCantBrushTheirTeeth Sat 01-Aug-15 06:54:23

hope you feel better soon

scarfaceace Sat 01-Aug-15 11:58:30

The anti-spasm meds for ibs is Buscopan. I took that, strong painkillers, and hugged a hot water bottle. It doesn't make it go away but I think it sometimes takes the edge off. flowers

hugoagogo Sat 01-Aug-15 12:08:15

How are you this morning?

My advice would be to go to a&e if you are having biliary colic they will
1 be able to give you pain relief
2 do blood tests to confirm it is gall stones and to check there is no infection.
3 repeated visits to a&e will mean you are taken more seriously.

Gallstones can be very serious and very painful, when I had it I couldn't sit down let alone sleep, nothing touched the pain except intravenous morphine.

I am now blissfully gallbladder free.

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 13:43:14

Thank you everyone.
I first saw my GP in June about it and they referred me to hospital for a scan which I had this morning.
It is indeed gallstones and I need to go back to see my GP next week.

I've been prescribed Co-Codamol and Tramadol, neither help.
Tried hot water bottle, bath, IBS med. nothing touches it.
I've been throwing up bile, had cold sweats and felt too weak to even talk.
I'd go as far as to say it's worse than labour!

Was anyone given antibiotics or was it straight to gallbladder out?

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 13:48:35

Mine was straight to surgery. They can remove the gallbladder via keyhole and it's a pretty routine procedure so they don't hesitate. I recovered really quickly, despite having complications, and have felt a million times better since!

Glad you said it's worse than labour; currently 39 wks with DC1 and dreading the birth! If I can tell myself it's not as bad as gallstone pain, it'll make me feel better! wink

Hope you get treatment soon.

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 16:17:16

Skeppers if you survived gallstones you will be fine through labour wink
At least in labour you have adrenaline and the though of DD to get you through! Not to mention gas and air or whatever you choose.

Seeing my gallbladder on the ultrasound wasn't quite as heartwarming as seeing DD through ultrasound, although it looked about about as big as she did at the 5 week scan confused

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 17:18:36

Yep, get it whipped out. Best thing you'll ever do!

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 17:30:59

Do you have a very restricted diet now in terms of no/low fat foods only?

hugoagogo Sat 01-Aug-15 17:39:47

A friend of mine had antibiotics first as she had an infection, I was straight to whipping it out ( 5 months later). hmm

Both my labours ended in emc, but gallstones definitely very bad.

I think in a way I was lucky because I had a really bad attack after only a few weeks of symptoms- they think I passed a stone and was hospitalised for afew days which meant I was under a consultant pretty quickly and on the waiting list.

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 17:41:39

Nope! No special/restricted diet at all. Can eat what I like now without fear of reprisal! grin

hugoagogo Sat 01-Aug-15 17:57:12

I was only on a low fat diet briefly as it made no difference to my pain, for the first couple of months post surgery I had a bit of wind and a couple of of diarrhoea incidents, but now all normal.

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 19:03:16

hugoagogo why did it take so long, if you don't mind me asking?

Glad you both can eat pretty freely now, was worried I'd be restricted for the rest of my life.

I've read from a few people that they had to wait a long time, months, because their gallbladder was inflamed; which mine is. So now I'm worried I'll be waiting for months for a resolution. confused

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 19:53:59

Mine was inflamed; in fact, it had been pretty much shredded in the process of trying to pass a large stone and bits of it were stuck to my other organs (sorry, TMI!) hence the surgery taking a couple of hours longer than planned.

The surgeon had no idea because, at the time of the surgery, I felt fine! She said I was a medical marvel and she was amazed that I wasn't dying with pain seeing the state my insides were in! grin

I think they won't operate if you are experiencing an 'attack' at the time which, you're right, will inflame the gallbladder, but as long as you've not had an attack recently and feel well at the time of operating it shouldn't be a problem. That's what I was told prior to surgery anyway.

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 19:55:04

...bearing in mind it'll take a bit of time to get the op sorted, depending on what the waiting list is like.

Skeppers Sat 01-Aug-15 19:56:44

Diet-wise, I found that there were no real 'triggers' so I couldn't manage it through cutting out fat, etc...I remember one particularly bad attack (which lasted 5 days; the one where I ended up in A&E) was triggered by a bowl of breakfast cereal!

hugoagogo Sat 01-Aug-15 20:09:57

That wasn't long really- non urgent cases have to wait, I think 20 weeks is the target, but I was waiting over christmas and new year 2014/15 it was rather busy.

Sooner you get the ball rolling the better.

Neednewflowers Sat 01-Aug-15 21:08:48

Cut right back on chocolate/fried food and wine. Then start buscopan again.

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Sat 01-Aug-15 22:37:42

shock *Skemmers *that's awful! You must have been in agony!

It looks like it's 6 weeks waiting time in my area, which is about what I expected. Although I did read NHS surgeries should be carried out within 18 weeks max confused

*Neednewflowers *I've been eating healthy for the last 4 months to lose weight so I haven't had chocolate, fried food or wine since before I started having any problems.

scarfaceace Sun 02-Aug-15 08:56:28

I had twenty attacks over twelve weeks, and in the midst of it all the gallbladder became infected and I was given antibiotics. I seem to remember that they won't operate while the gallbladder is infected. I was taking oromorph whilst waiting for the op.

It's definitely worse than labour, and it's a huge relief knowing that the gallbladder is gone.

Good luck with it all.

SunnyStriker Wed 05-Aug-15 22:11:27

I had my gallbladder removed yesterday.....I already feel a million times better than I did before the op.

The only slight relief I ever found was a really really hot, hot water bottle placed on my back/shoulders. It took the edge off every time where oramorph and all the usual drugs failed.
Referal to op was about 13 weeks for me.

I hope you get sorted soon. Gallstone attacks really are the devils own creation.

GetTheFudgeOutOfRodge Fri 07-Aug-15 16:24:59

I've had a letter today to book an appointment leading on from my GPs referral.
I'm a bit confused as it doesn't say what I'm actually booking! I imagine this an appointment to go see a consultant? It wouldn't be booking the operation would it?!

So glad to read how everyone feels so much better after the op.
I have to admit whenever I heard of people having gallstone attacks before I always thought "Poor them. I bet that's a bit uncomfortable"

My GP said he couldn't do anything more pain wise and suggested I take two Co-Codamol, two Tramadol, two Buscopan and two ibuprofen all together to see if that works hmm
Think I might ask about the oramorph, although it doesn't sound like that helps much either.

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