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An ultrasound performed on me last month when I went to Emergency with abdominal pain revealed gallstones (and one 1.5 cm stuck in the common bile duct) so had stent inserted via ERCP with cholecystectomy recommended next month (January 2019). So much conflicting information on the internet but really reluctant to go ahead with extraction, particularly after reading this forum!
This sounds crazy, but I can actually feel the stent in there and while I wouldn't describe it as painful, I definitely feel pressure. Question 1: Has anyone else ever experienced this? It is not scheduled to be removed till March.
By way of background, I am a 65-year-old fair-skinned female, 155 lbs., so fit right in to the demographic of gallstone sufferers.
It seems there are specialists for every organ in the body but the gallbladder. Question 2: Should I be seeking the advice of a naturopath regarding alternatives to extraction? In the hospital, without exception, all doctors and nurses urged me to have my gallbladder removed or they said I would be returning to Emergency with another crisis and possibly compromise my liver. I only escaped surgery because the operating room kept getting filled with emergencies, so they discharged me.
I am eating light, low-fat meals, have given up wine, but continue to drink my morning coffee (and there are medical papers to support this: "Association of Coffee Consumption with Gallbladder Disease"). Question 3: What are your experiences with coffee?
And finally, Question 4: Loads of very strong responses (both pro and con) to Andreas Moritz's Gallbladder and Liver cleanse book. Your experiences with it?
Thank you for guiding this newbie.
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