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So im 24 hours post op of having my gallbladder out.
Ive been sick over a year and a half with upper right quadrant pain and pain drilling through to my right shoulder. very specific pain that didnt move in the area of the gallbladder and murphys sign was excruciating. Dizzy spells and pain in my breast bone that sometimes felt like i was having a heart attack. pain in my left leg and in my arms occasionally. Belching alot but could eat anything and pain appeared to come and go randomly but would last for days on end, sometimes weeks. Also i feeling in my throat that i cant quite describe, like it was closing up and a tickling feeling in my right lower lung.
I had Normal test after Normal test and over 20 Emergency room visits where i was basically told i have anxiety and have imagined pain due to stress.
Test I had are:
7 or 8 ultrasounds normal
2 ct scans normal
At least 20 blood tests for liver, pancreas and kidney function normal.
Multiple x rays normal.
Hida Scan normal.
my gp in spain from day 1 said it was my gall bladder and 1 consultant in the Emergency room thought the same but all the other doctors put it down to anxiety.
After finally being offered a investigative lapsroscomy the plan was just to have a look internally and only remove gallbladder if abnormallities were spotted which would be highly unlikely due to all the previous test results.
So after speaking with the surgeon today after having my gallbladder removed he said my gallbladder was squashed onto my liver and had to be dissected from the liver. He said it was full of adhesions across the whole internal gallbladder and that it was the worst gallbladder hes seen in a young healthy male in 25 years!
The relief of him finding something and removing the gallbladder has lifted a huge huge weight off my shoulders. I knew i wasnt crazy. No one goes from active and healthy to housebound and in pain 24/7 if there is nothing wrong.
There are lots of people on this forum that describe similar things as myself of pain but all normal tests. All i can say is persevere and listen to your body, you know if you are sick and dont be made to feel like you are imagining things. The doctors in the UK just wanted me on antidepressants which i refused and docs in spain just said i was constipated which i wasnt.
My case isnt straight forward as im not overweight, dont smoke, drink only moderately and im generally extremely fit and well. i didnt fit the box for gallbladder disease.
I still need follow up tests in a few months to check if every thing is healed up and that nothing else has been missed.
I hope those of you in similar position to myself also get answers. If in doubt push for investigative laparoscomy maybe the eye can see what the scans cant...
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