Gallstone help, please!

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I suffered a few episodes of pain under my right rub which radiated to my right shoulder. My GP sent me for an ultrasound scan which revealed a 2.5cm gallstone. When I went back for the results I expected the doctor to make some suggestions as to what to do about it. Instead of which this doctor (who I had never seen before) asked me what I wanted to do. Well knowing nothing about it I said I didn't know and with that the discussion virtually ended. She simply told me not to eat fatty foods. Fast forward to now, a couple of months later. The pain has become noticeably worse no matter what I eat, but what I can't figure out is why, when I'm in real discomfort, do my insides feel chilled? It's almost like the feeling when you're going down with the flu. I don't have any fever and no sickness but feel nauseous sometimes. Should I go back to the doctor? If so, what preparatory questions should I take with me? I'll be very grateful for any advice. Thank you in advance. Beth.

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    You must keep on with your gp, only you know your body, gall stones only get worse, i was in agony couldnt even walk, if you have the op, you must take it easy,no fatty foods plenty of water, rest,;; keep us informed, all best,

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    Hi Beth, I hope things are improving for you! I Had experienced a lot of the symptoms such as nausea feeling, chilled to the point i had to get into bed to get warm. that feeling used to happen now and then. I believe i was told that when you have Gaul stones, you apparently don't get the same energy from the foods that we would normally.

    its also plays a part that i could not eat much foods in a day.

    if in any doubt or real concern seek medical advice. hope things improve soon.

    kind regards Joanne

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    I took a course of ursodioxycholic acid tabs and 6 months later 3 had gone and the biggest at 17mm went down to 10mm and another smaller one was left. No symptoms however from two years ago. Some GP's might prescribe what I say but research urso yourself on the net.that but take no notice of those who say it might not may not work because it did work for me.

    A liver function test is done before the course. My gastro surgeon gave me a prescription for Urso but my GP's would not. After getting the surgeon to give me a script my gps had to continue it....... I have a shed full of that drug but would not hesitate to take more if my symptoms returned. I think you need to establish from the doctor is it a cholesterol stone because Urso works on that type.

    My surgeon was pleasantly surprised when I told him that I did not have any adverse symptoms while on the course and he said he was glad they suited my

    perfectly and he was glad I avoided the operation for removal........ Removal as you should know may not be a 'bed of roses' as some report on this blog! It's worth paying close attention to the 'removal squad' who still have problems after their gall bladder has gone! Removal is most definitely not the only option as you will see if you research it, particularly the USA's thoughts on the subject.

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    Assuming you are in the UK I'm surprised the first reaction wasn't 'surgery'. That was my GP's reaction for a 2cm stone. First as you are getting ongoing symptoms, I wouldn't ignore it. I had a few episodes like yourself then everything went pearshaped. I came very close to needing an emergency hospital admission.

    So read up on surgery and other treatment options then go back to your GP and ask to be referred to a specialist. Meanwhile follow the best lifestyle/diet routine you can.

    I can link to a good online resource but not sure I'm allowed to do that. Good luck.

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