Gall bladder really getting me down

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Hiya everyone,

I started with severe pain and vomiting on Sunday, when I saw my GP on Monday she suspected gallstones. I am lucky to have a scan on Monday to confirm.

It has really been a depressing week! The pain was almost constant from Sunday until Wednesday, the kind that has you crying like a little baby. The pain has lessened but is still there all the time. I have that annoying thing where I feel hungry but when I eat (non fat) I can barely tolerate it and am hardly eatting anything at all, plus the need to vomit.

It just feels like no one cares really, they turned me away from a&e, it took a few gp appointments before they gave me an anti sickness injection so I could start taking painkillers, which don't take the edge off.

It seems some people go to a&e with this issue and are treated really well, I was told being in pain and vomitting for 24 hours in an adult isn't a concern. But on the other hand a lady I know went with similar symptoms to me and was admitted and had keyhole surgery. It's crazy!

I know this post is completely self indulgent! I just needed to say it.

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    Hi Nic - Hope u feel better soon. So sorry you are going thru this, unfortunately it seems all to common an experience with gallbladder and some other conditions. I have learned a lot from forums that leaves me wondering about the NHS  as you different treatment from place to place, it varies so much and I did not think this was supposed to be the case. The worst is when you are left in pain for a long time. My own exp is feeling very ill for 4 months and not eating properly but as you say, it is not always given much priority as we are considered routine, even though your life is turned upside down and you cannot function normally. I'm on the list for op end April, but wonder how fit I'll be by then, still must be thankful I guess, amny are worse off. Take care and good luck, maybe the scan will move things on for you.
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    Don't apologise for the self indulgent post, it's completely understandable, I was finally diagnosed with Gallstones in January after having two severe attacks which resulted in visits to A&E, for yeas it has been put down to IBS, which my consultant now thinks I have never suffered from. On the list for removal, been advised it's a 4/5 month wait which means surgery won't be until may/June time. I'm constantly in pain, always have a pain between my shoulder blades which gets worse as the day goes on, eating anything now causes me issues so I only eat know once I'm home from work, im barely functioning most days and this op really can't come soon enough, work don't understand and are not the most amiable when I have to take time off which has not be often, as I do not get paid while I'm off I have to drag myself in, this really can be a debilitating illness and we are all entitled to a self indulgent moan every now and then x

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      Hi just happened to see yr post pop up as I logged in. I replied to the original post and just wanted to say, sorry you are another of us in the wait and suffer system. I've been in it since Nov and barely ate since then, living off nutritional liquids, tea and mints, so dread to think how unhealthy I'll be by surgery. We need to talk about it and not bottle up as you say, but family, work & friends understandably wear a bit thin about it - "have you not had that op yet?" " you're STILL ill??" I have heard and "you should get back to the Dr!" well meaning I know but so frustrating. This condition needs better recognition and I wonder if it hasn't got it because more women have it than men generally and women are more long suffering and less heard. Sorry I am not assuming you all females here! Anyway that is my 2 pennyworth!! Take care and hope we're all soon sorted out x

       

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      Hi Cynthia

      I have only just come across this forum, wish I had found it weeks ago. You are completely right, there is no where near enough understanding on this illness, I think because you have to wait so long for surgery people think it's not important, family & friends really do not understand so I just give up talking about it, then get nagged at for not eating enough, but eating makes me ill so why would I? I'm literally only eating in the evening now, grilled chicken with veg as I'm too scared to eat in the day as I don't want to suffer or have an attack at work, im a sales rep so spend most if my day driving which can be extremely difficult some days, as I'm writing this now I have a severe pain in my right shoulder blade and feel very nauseus and all I have done is drank water! Do you have any idea when your op is? x

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      Just heard its end of April. Nervous already but cannot go on with these symptoms. Have developed dizziness now and can't really risk driving very far now, so life is really on hold, doc thought not Gb related but lots on here mention it. Take care with driving if you are not eating much as Gb can affect blood sugar in some cases, it has with me. Some say going to A & E when having attacks helps bump them up the list, not sure it helped me any, my op is exactly 18 weeks to the day I had first consultant appt which was brought fwd as I had some red flag symptoms and they were ruling out pancreas pathology etc. Thankfully nothing alarming found. They were also talking about IBS. It is tough when even water gets to you. Take care and keep posted x
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      Good luck with the op, although I'm sure you are nervous now just think about how much better you will feel after.

      I have already been admitted to A&E twice with attacks since end of Jan, to be honest I don't think it makes much difference with the list, also they have told me that they won't operate during a flare up as it's a more difficult operation. I'm hopeful for a date by the end of May as was advised at the beginning of Jan in would be a 4/5 month wait.

      Take care of yourself x

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    Wow thanks everyone for your responses! I can't believe how we are just left! Like you all I can barely eat anything, I hadn't thought of a shake supplement, will have to look into that.

    I had my scan today and she said I had a lot of gallstones so need to book with my GP for surgical referral I guess.

    Don't feel too nervous about your surgery, it's like a weird gap where you fall asleep in one place and in what feels like a few minutes you wake up somewhere else!

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      Hi Nic

      Glad you got your scan done, get your gp appointment as quick as you can to sort out your referral, I was lucky my gp referred me the same day my scan took place, as soon as he received the results he referred me, then phoned me to tell me. I was lucky that my referral only took two weeks, it's the wait for surgery that's the problem 4/5 months x

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