Gallstone Advise, please.

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I had a scan some five years ago and was told then that I had gallstones. They'd never really flared up before, maybe once or twice lasting for a few hours then disappearing for months. For the last week, I have been in constant pain, I can't sit or lie still or concentrate on anything, it doesn't even let off for a few hours, it's always there.

I went to the after hours doctors and he gave me buscopan which I've been taking for 3 days so far and they relieve the pain, if I'm lucky, for around 10 minutes then it comes back. He told me to see my gp to set up a scan and discuss surgery, but I can't get an appointment with my gp for over a month. The on,y painkillers I have are paracetamol and ibuprofen. I don't feel sick with it, just abdominal and lower back pain, so I don't think they count it as severe enough to admit me to hospital for surgery. What can I do? They can't really expect to live with this for months?

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    Unfortunately, they can and do expect you to live with the pain (at least in my experience - which is quite similar - with the NHS). I ended up going private to get this sorted out. It is soul destroying to be in that much pain constantly for weeks on end. Get yourself to emergency and make sure they understand that the pain is BAD - otherwise they will just very callously let you suffer!
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    If you cannot see a doctor for over a month, I would say go to the emergency room if it gets bad enough you are vomiting,etc. Tell them you already had a scan and you have gallstones. They may do emergency surgery.I had just one attack and that was enough for me! I was set up within 2 weeks after the CT that showed gallstones. Get them out!
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    I have every sympathy with you. I had episodic problems 3 years ago for about 15 months and I was scanned and then as it never hit crisis level nothing was done. Then it came back last October and I was in a lot of pain until Christmas when again as was referred to the specialist I had seen previously. However I am 74 in a couple of weeks and I suddenly came to the conclusion I didn't want to mess around anymore. Result after a CT scan to see that there is nothing other than the galstines which could be causing the pain I am being operated on privately next Friday, by ironically the dsame man I saw via the NHS 3 years ago. I will be several thousand pounds poorer but I hope will be able to plan the rest of this year. It will be done lapriscopically so recovery time should be short. Maggie
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      Good luck to you! With some people, there will be a few problems with diarrhea after the gallbladder is gone. It may not be with you and I hope not. Recovery should not be long as long as you take it easy and not over do! Let me know how you are doing.  confused
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    Hi 

    your gp must have daily appointments for emergencies ring at 8.30am etc you need to ring in on Monday morning and say you are in severe pain. But if your gp is difficult to see. Just go to a and e and you'll be scanned and referred ... 

    Watch out for yellowing skin and pale stools that jaundice from blocked bile duct and is dangerous... The reality is it can get a lot worse .. If you have a colic attack vomiting pain like a heart attack ..ring an ambulance ... 

    Now to get the gallstones to settle very low fat well no fat diet no caffeine no hard to digest foods. You don't want your stomach requesting extra bile to digest . As when it does your gallbladder contracts sqeezes the bile out and then the pain as all your stones rub together making the inside of your gallbladder raw and sore ... And if a stone gets sqeezed into a bile duct vomiting and agony ivy... 

    I managed mine with diet until my operation .. Boring bland boiled food no chocolate no fat no red meat just bland low low fat food ..my pain went off completely ..but who wants to live on broiled chicken or fish boiled potatoes and boiled veg for the rest of their life !!! Hope that helps 

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    Yes I agree go to a&e I would also see the main consultant when go for your appointment ask the secertury that you want to see the main consultant not a register  phone b4 u go for your appointment, the reason why I'm saying this is because register or often leaves the hospital and goes work somewhere else and your case just gets passed on to the next person sort to say.
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    I had pain for three years following a procedure that damaged my gall bladder.  It did not have stones in the beginning.  When I had an accute flare none of my regular doctors could see me promptly.  I went to urgent care and by the grace of a really on task nurse, was introduced to a surgeon who wanted to do surgery the next day.  I postponed two days to get blood tests and insurance approval.  I had been having very loose stools and projectile vomit, and was eating very little.  When she got it out it was infected and could have become dangerous to a life threatening degree.  I hope you can go to an urgent care or other facitlity that can offer a quicker evaluation, especially since you have had stones for five years.  Eat as little fat and meat as you can, and drink plenty of water.  Also, high acid food will trigger a gall spasm.  Best of luck to you, and good health, very soon!
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    Change your diet to a low fat diet. No fatty, greasy,fried, and spicey foods. No dairies unless skimmed.

    Drink a lot of water. Ice with an ice pack. You can take up to 800 mg three times a day of ibuprofen. My doctor put me on librax when I had my attack, that stuff really helped and I didn't take anything else. See if your doctor can put you on librax. I was on it from Oct 23-Nov 11. Had my surgery on the 11 of Nov.

    Try not to over do it. Rest. Lifting heavy stuff can make things worse. I just saw my family doctor and he sent me to get my scan on the 23. He gave me the librax. I never saw my gp. Doctor sent me to see my surgeon and I didn't have to see my doctor or gp afterwards, but every pace is different.

    Any questions just ask.

    Lori

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