gallstones r killing me !!

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Hi ive had gallstoness for almost 5 months now (while i was pregnant they found out i had gallstones ) so they couldnt do anything for me the pain was soo bad i was sick u name it in and out of A&E any way i had my baby 5 weeks ago and the pain is getting worse !! 10 days after i had my baby i had a really bad attact i went to A&E got seen by the surgen said i would have the op that day BUT after a few hours they told me they couldnt as i just had my baby and to come back in 4 weeks time to get my gallbladder removed so i have a appointment abouth the surgery on the 24th june and i cant wait i just want them out now ,, i cant eat anything am affred to eat all i eat is dry toast and rice !! and i get my attacts every other day and they r soo pain full it makes me cry !!!! what other pain killers could i take ?? I CANT TAKE THIS PAIN ANYMORE !!!!! IAM REALLY NOT EATING BECAUSE I DONT WANT THE PAIN TO COME BACK !!!! sad

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    Are you taking any pain medicines now? Has the doctor Prescribed you any stronger pain meds? Has the doctor prescribed you any anti-acid medicines?

    I know this sounds daft, but it certainly helped me, and my doctor told me about it too. Chilled natural Apple juice. The pure stuff. Not the stuff from concentrate! For some reason the apple juice can, in some cases help. It has high Pecthin and is polyphenol-rich, which is absolutely brilliant for the gut anyway (there is something to be said about the apple a day keeps the doctor away proverb!), and the natural sugars in apple juice give you a little 'pick-me-up' too. I drink about half litre a day, with my meal of my 2 chicken drumsticks and a punnet of blueberries. Admittedly I am in pain, but even if it is a placebo effect, it seems to take the edge off, and the vitamin C in it is good for you anyway.

    I also take Colpermin Peppermint Oil Capsules to soothe the guts, and Buscopan to stop the bowels cramping. And a long acting (Doctor prescribed) anti-acid for the acid reflux/nausea.

    If you feel nauseus, I also found Ginger capsules (from health food store) were a big help. My uncle had bowel cancer and was horribly nauseaous with chemo, but a nurse suggested trying Ginger Root Capsules, and he found them great - they even stopped his travel sickness after he went into remission.

    Try hot water bottle on the gallbladder site.

    I'm sure you've tried lots of things - I think we all do, but just sharing what positives I learnt and am still learning.

    Hope you feel a little better soon....and congratulations on your little one! smile

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    hi thanks for the info !!!! so apples are good then when you have gallstones ?? i will defo try the apple juice what apple juice shall i get ?? the medicines i got are dihydrocodeine ,ibuprofen and paracetamol , when i feel the pain is coming i take 2 paracetamol then if that doesnt help i take 1 ibuprofen if that dont work i take1 dihydrocodeine it helps just a bit ! but not much !!
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    Take more painkillers, thats not enough :D You should be able to eat most things that are low or very low fat, dont be scared smile
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    I drink Copella English Apple juice, but that is because I like it. You can drink any apple juice, just have a look on the carton that it is fresh, and it is NOT from concentrate.

    Also, you might want to ask if your doctor can give you stronger painkillers, either that or recommend a higher dose, and ask what other painkillers you can take WITH it, not so that one drug wipes out the use of the other.

    Apples are good every day. They are full of goodness for your guts. Apple juice gets it into your system a little quicker. There is a lot of research into apples and why they are so good for you.

    Hope you feel the difference soon.

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    I only have 4 stones, but the pain, I thought I was going to die one night with them and was on the verge of phoning for an ambulance. Have only had 4 attacks in all in March, had the ultrasound in April and went straight on to a low fat diet. For a month I was having sliced banana topped with low fat natural yoghurt topped with honey 3 times a day and because it worked I wouldn't eat anything else. Now I eat low fat everything and haven't had the pain since.

    The odd thing is my daughter has been in a lot of continual pain, she hasn't had the 3 hourly pains that I had, but was sent for an ultrasound and found to have half of her GB full of stones, she is seeing the consultant next week.

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    oh thnk you for all of your help !!! i will try everything that u said !! i havent hd the pain now for 3days ive just been eating rice and toast !! and drink lots of water !! please keep me posted about how ur all getting on with the pain ect .......... i have a outpatient appontment in surgery on the 24th i hope to get the date when my gallbladder will be coming out !!
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    Feel really sorry for you...gallstones on top of a newborn must be so hard! I have found cup a soups really good with toast, lots of variety and they dont bring on any attacks! Hope you get the op quickly!x
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    cath82 try to eat as much fruit and veg as you can - it is low fat and will give you much of the vitamins you need to prepare yourself for surgery and your recovery - you also need some v. lean protien... you need to find a way of keping your nutricional uptake without setting off your gallstones!!

    please try!

    vix

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    HOOP .. i will try the soups i hope i will be ok with them !!! nd i will start to eat more furit and veg !! yeh it is hard having gallstones and attact with a newborn i also have a 20 month old and a 7 year old so i need these gallstones out ASAP !!
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    I had a attact 2night but thank god it only lasted about an hour !!!!! i took all my pain killers and used a hot water bottle it must of worked !!!! am just counting down the days till 24th june for my hosp appontment !!
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    Hi Cath,

    Do try and drink water regularly throughout the day. When I had my gallbladder out the only painkiller I found really effective was Dichlohexal 50 mg, 2 at 8 hour intervals. You can take 2X4 in 24 hours, but I could get by with less. I found this especially effective for the 48 hours after the operation.

    With a 7 year old and a 20 month old as well as a new baby, you have enough to cope with. I doubt you'll get enough energy from rice and toast, and there are things you can eat for energy.

    For the weeks leading up to my op I drank a lot of water, no dairy products, a little cane sugar, apple, apple and carrot juice I did in a blender, small portions of fish grilled, a little ham, with raw carrots, raw capsicum, tomato, (don't overdo the tomato) ... and little amounts regularly. So at 8:00 am I might have a couple of dry salada biscuits with some finely sliced ham, with about 200 ml apple/carrot juice, and water. At 10:00, a glass of water and an apple. At 12:00, a cup of black tea with one teasp sugar, grilled fish and salad; at 2:00 a couple more saladas, perhaps anchovette paste, some raw fresh green beans, water. A light tea, perhaps a salad with some more ham, and more water.

    Your sleep will be disturbed because all that water filters through during the night. But if you can \"snack\" every two hours or so on nutritious food, you will weather the operation much better than otherwise.

    Good luck. Only 8 days to go! Then you can eat :cake: :choc: :cupcake: :bubbly: :donut: :ale: and more :cake:

    Kind regards

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    Thank you soo much for ur message !!! yeh only 8 days to go and i cant wait !! am ok with tea i drink about 5 a day !!!! i didnt know u could eat ham i thought that was red meat ??? but u were ok with ham ,, i eat 3 times a day nd i never eat after 6pm !! its relly hard work m soo hungary !! :cry:
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    Hi Cath

    I had my gallbladder out a week ago, and am recovering well. I followed the Rosemary Conley diet before my op because that is really low fat everything is 5% or less and I found that really helped control my symptoms, give it a try you can't live on toast and rice you'll die of boredom long before they remove your stones :shock: Benji

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    wel i got my hosptial appontment in 2 days time and i hope to get a date soon for when i can have my op ! i hope i wont have to wait too long i just hate feeling like this worrying all the time !! but thank god i havent had pain for over a week !! i thonk its because am not really eating sad i just want the op now !!!!!! what else could i eat ?? and how ofen ? i never eat after 6 pm and i get soo hungery ! :x how do they take the gallbladder out ? were abouts on my tummy will they cut ?
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