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A few months ago I had a pain in my right side which I was sufficiently worried about to see the out-of-hours doctor (it was a bank holiday). I was worried it was my liver or something but the doctor diagnosed a kidney infection. This didn't seem right at the time as the pain wasn't especially severe and I didn't feel generally unwell.
A few weeks later I had a pain again, saw my usual doctor and she sent me for an ultrasound which found 'lots of gallstones' (her words).
I was referred to a surgeon and I was really hoping that when I saw him he would give me a steer on what to do. He just said it was my decision and he would be happy to either discharge me and see whether things got any worse or carry out the operation. I had to decide then and there, so I said yes to the op, but I didn't feel at all sure.
I have very suddenly been given a date for the operation (just over a week away). I am now panicking.
I haven't had the severe pain I see others reporting. More like nagging discomfort from time to time - really not that bad.
I did have some bad pain in my right shoulder, neck and side in December but my doc wasn't sure whether it was gallbladder-related or just muscular (had been doing some heavy lifting). I just took pain killers and it resolved in a few days.
A couple of times I have had very pale stools (sorry!) which I know is related.
Having seen all the horror stories about the effects of this operation I am extremely worried.
My husband wants me to have this because I travel quite a bit for work and he doesn't want me to be struck ill while I'm away. Also, we want to try for a baby soon and he is worried about me having gallstones if I did get pregnant.
I'm so anxious and I don't know what to do.
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