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In October I had about 4 bouts for stomach pain in my Upper Right hand abdomen which happened about a week apart. The attacks woke me up during the night and lasted for about 4-5 hours. Nothing could shift the pain. After research and thinking it sounded like gallstones/gallbladder related I went to my GP start of November. I have since been for an ultrasound scan which confirmed the presence of stones and a thickened gallbladder wall. My GP has referred me to a hospital, GI dept I think. I've also had LFT done as GP wanted to check for fatty liver disease. My LTFs have come back abnormal twice but are improving slightly.
Thankfully I've not had the severe painful attacks for over 7 weeks, I think due to me eating a reduced fat diet. However for the past week or so I have been experiencing a different type of pain in the region of my gallbladder (RHQ). This pain is a dull ache with comes and goes. Feels like I've pulled a muscle but both the front and back side of abdomen are painful, particularly if I move a certain way. I does feel a little like the burning sensation I had with the severe attacks but just not as intense so I'm guessing it's GB related. Just feels a bit uncomfortable. Question: Has anyone else experienced this, should I been concerned enough to make another appt with GP before my hospital appt?
I have also been doing a bit of reading about the gallbladder removal surgery. I know that it can be done laparoscopically or by open surgery (with the laparoscopic method favoured. Of course that depends on the patient's situation and the procedure my go to open surgery during the actual surgery.) I have read that a thickened gallbladder wall may rule out the laparoscopic method. Question: Those who've had a thickened wall and had their gallbladder out, did the surgery go ahead as planned without surgery being switched from laparoscopic to open?
I have tried to look around the site to find answers to my questions but I was finding the search function quite difficult to locate specific answers, so apologies if these have been answered before.
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