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Last Monday morning I was finally diagnosed with gallstones after two severe attacks and two A&E trips in the space of three weeks.
Basically I’m wondering what is normal for the length of an attack to last. So maybe over the last two years I’ve had this pain in my stomach that goes right through to my back which I had on occasion every few months this pain that felt like trapped wind. The pain never lasted very long 30 minutes and sore enough to cause discomfort. Then most recently in the last few months it became every couple of weeks again for the same length of time.
Beginning of November however one Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning the pain started. Top of the stomach right through to the back with a feeling of fullness and like someone was squeezing my stomach tight, straight off this pain was worse. It lasted maybe from midnight right through to 4/5am until I eventually fell asleep. When I woke up I still had this niggling feeling in my stomach but no pain. But as Saturday went on the pain flared up again, were I couldn’t sit, stand, lie down. I took pain relief and managed to sleep that night. Woke up Sunday morning pretty much the same as Saturday no pain just a weird feeling in my stomach. I had dinner and bam the pain just blew the F up! I was crying with the pain and rolling around the bed and I was up and down all night long. I was bent over the bannister. My husband at this stage around 6am took me to A&E. We got there after bloods taken etc doctor sounded and felt my stomach were I was told by the female doctor that it sounded like I had gallstones. I was given some co-codmaol 30/500mg and sent back out to reception to wait on my bloods... I was still in tears at this stage. When I was called again it was a different doctor the shifts had changed over by this point. When I got up to go see him he stopped me basically in the doorway and bluntly told me my bloods were normal and if it was gallstones it would take a few days to calm down. I just looked at him I was in agony and crying my husband not impressed said to him she’s in agony here. He just replied I’ll give you some pain medication home. So that was my first trip. Mind you when I got home I vomited and the pain just getting worse despite the pain relief. I was sick a few times more that day. Tuesday and Wednesday I was still in pain but the vomiting had stopped. I hadn’t ate from Sunday. Thursday I managed to eat some toast and by Friday the pain had almost gone but I had this pain more now to the side of my stomach and it felt more like I had pulled something. Over the next two weeks I was good until the following Friday the pain flared up quite bad I hadn’t even ate anything that day and it was 4ish in the afternoon but thankfully it only lasted around 30 minutes. The week that followed I had another short episode on the Tuesday and the Saturday. Was fine again most of that week until the early hours of Thursday morning where I woke up choking/coughing and it was like pure acid coming up my throat and I was sick then at this stage. The next two days I felt very nauseous but with this I had no pain and I wasn’t sure if it was even related. Saturday I felt ok I had a little pain in my back but I was in town and up and about that day. Sunday I spent that day feeling great had dinner done dishes came up stairs to shower and this almighty pain just came out of no where I was crying almost instantly so badly so my husband who was outside heard me. Hecame inside and as soon as he saw me he just said A&E get dressed. So Last Sunday evening I went to A&E arrived in tears to a packed reception. I wasn’t long called by the triage nurse and when he was checking my bp and pulse he informed me my heart rate was high and he wanted a heart trace done to check on it. So he got me to follow up to a cubicle where bloods were done and another nurse came to do the trace after this the doctor came. He was lovely and thank god I got him. He listed he really asked as much questions as I think he possibly could he agreed and said it did sound like gall stones and asked if I had been scanned yet which to my reply was no. So he said ok I’m going to go call and see if I can get you in for next week about an hour later he came back and told me they could do Monday (the next morning) at 8:45am I was like yes that will do me. We waited another while until my bloods came back which were normal again. He was happy to send me home. At this stage I felt ok, just had a little discomfort.
Monday morning I went and I had my ultrasound and I had some mild pain but after having that done the pain seemed to build rapidly. I was told to wait as I would get my results there and then I just had to wait in the doctor. 5 minutes later I was called and then I was confirmed I had gallstones and she said that she was referring me to surgery outpatients and wrote and script for co-codamol 30/500mg to take to the hospital pharmacy before leaving so I had pain relief. By the time I got home I was in a lot of pain again and I took some medication and slept until 2pm where I woke up in pain and took more. After a few more hours of sleeping on and off I vomited and I continued to do so. I also want to mention my urine was orange and burning and staring the toilet paper orange. I was sick for two days didn’t eat until Friday. Now the past weekend I’ve had pain and discomfort that’s been mild. I’m terrified of eating to the point that I don’t want too.
I’ve been reading a lot and most people seem to have said their flare ups have lasted hours and went. But these of my are days. Someone please tell me I’m not alone in this? I’m sorry for the story time post. It’s been that of a short book.
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