Galbladder problem

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My last post hasnt posted so will try again. A relative of mine had gone to A and E as she was weak had loss of appetite for a few weeks had a bloated stomach and discomfort mainly in the upper right side.she was put on a saline drip given antibiotics and paracetamol whilst there.She also had a temperature. She was moved to a ward .she had blood tests came back ok and urine too which was not ok.The staff were attentive the last consultant was not and he said what made you feel you should come to A and E and then come to this ward? Stupid thoughtless question! She did not reply immediatley as it took her back. So she said again her symptims to him. He said you WILL not be staying over night in the ward and you WILL be leaving today. She was told to await a scan the next day by getting a call from the hospital to come in. So she recieved a call and had a scan on her abdomen.it showed she has galstones in her galbladder.She was told to await a referral for an appointment to have an op to remove her galbladder .the appointment will take a couple of weeks to come through. So she has since come home but is worse.she has taken to bed as she is weak and cannot eat hardly anything and has been sick. Shes got uncomfortable pain to her right side still and is so unsteady on her feet hence staying in bed. I am concerned she has an infection in her albladder ir further problems of the galstone blocking and even in her pancreas after reading her symtoms similar to those showing complications on this sites information of galstones in the galbladder. I am worried she has not been given enough investigation into it and its worsening the longer its left . What can be done ? Shehas diabetes 2 as well.

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    Hi Lee. I had some of the same problems before I had my gallbladder out in Feb of last year. I don't know where you are. But here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. My specialist had put me on amaprazole to calm my gallbladder down. Take her into the hospital. Cause that don't sound good or right. I have diabetes type 2 as well. When my gallbladder acted up, I had a glass of cold water or a cup of warm tea. Stress also activates it too as well. Just make sure she stays away from greasey fatty foods, spicy foods, and gravy, mayonaise. But try soup and light meals. Bake the chicken or meat and have lean ground beef. Watch the acidy foods. Let me know how things go? Take care

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      Hi thank you for your reply, my mother went to the doctors and they said if she hasn't heard from the hospital in 2 weeks for the date for surgery to contact the doctor back and they will chase it up. She is eating hardly anything and is weak obviously though she is spending most of her time in bed shes up a little while to do a bit of this and that .shes slow and a little unsteady. She wont let me intervine in getting her back to hospital. She is prefering to wait for an appointment. I dont think she will be strong enough for an op at this rate. So I am just feeling frustrated worrying for her and I think the hospital should havd done more indepth tests etc on her and as shd had a temperature it would indicate an infection though i dont know if she has a temperature though she said she didnt. I will ring 111 tomorrow see what they say.

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    I had gallstones and had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago. I had to wait 4 months to have the operation.

    They will only consider it an emergency if you develop jaundice.

    A GP examined me and said she wanted me to go to hospital as she thought it might be gallstones so I went to A and E. They did keep me in overnight but would not listen when I said my GP thought it was gallstones, they seem to have their own agenda.

    Having discharged me with pain killers and antibiotics for a urine infection they then changed their mind and sent me for a scan in case I was right about the gallstones. A nurse then rang me at 7.30 pm the day before Christmas Eve with the results of the scan yes it was gallstones and what did I want to do about it?!!

    I was then put on the list to have my gallbladder removed.

    Hope your relative manages to have her gallbladder removed sooner rather than later.

    Sarah

     

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      Hi Sarah I dont have much faith in thier judgement. They are not quick enough to follow through and seeing different consultants appears to cause inconsistent opinions of diagnosis if a consultant cant seem to find the problem to then discharge a patient when they could have a life threatening medical problem. What happened with you shows when it comes to making serious decisions they are way too blas'e. Not all were incompetant most were doing thier job properly with my mum until the last consultant she saw made a decision to send my mother home rather than keep her in overnight and do the scan the following morning then they could have kept her under observation and if needed to have an emergency operation. Now i feel his attitude as I explained in my first message on here has in turn made my mother have to wait weeks for an op. She is only in her early 70s and is a generally fit and healthy woman who leads an active life. Other than her diabetes she has always been well with a trim figure.my mother is very young at heart and mind Intelligent and witty. Its as if he is treating her as if shes just an elderly woman who was overacting about her symptoms, he did not examine her himself before discharging her.he was the last consultant to see her before she left hospital. I have been keeping a daily record of everything said and what tests and results on her since she first went into hospital. I am going to wait and see how she is tomorrow and will ring 111 tomorrow for advice if they can help. My mother wont ask now for a doctor or go to hospital before the appointment because shes been told of the impending op in a few weeks but I dont feel she can wait if shes so weak. Seems to me if she was a private patient she probably would have had more indepth investigation into her present health relating to her galbladder and decisions made sooner. her lack of appetite is only going to make her worse while shes waiting.

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    By the way I said a relative but she is my mum.I felt uncomfortable initally saying my mum as it is hard to write on here about such a sensitive issue as it feels to me, and yet it is easier to now people have been supportive in replies to my post.thank you .
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    By the way I said a relative but she is my mum.I felt uncomfortable initally saying my mum as it is hard to write on here about such a sensitive issue as it feels to me, and yet it is easier to now people have been supportive in replies to my post.thank you .
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      Since writing this the hospital still has not admitted her for a pre op consultation. That was told to her 2 weeks ago that she would hear from them .the hospitals admins are rubbish! Every person is treated as a number . She has not been exam8ned any further no one has had her back. So how do they know what is going on with her.she is weak.harly eats much.she is very unsteady. She has no appetite. What i believe is going on is worse than known. Forget age.shes a human being . Shes my mum. Shes young at heart and always been well.never over wieght. She hasnt needed to go to the hospital for 25 years. Shes amazing and is being treated like shes of no interest. I hate all of the hospital workers that are failing her.so i have kept a diary of it all .mark my words i will make sure they are accountable for the neglect.
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