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Hi, came across this forum when researching gallstones....

I have been suffering from loose bowels and pain attacks for 9 years, in the last month I have been very poorly, vomiting and in alot of pain. I was told five years ago that all my pain and discomfort was down to IBS. I have visited the drs and a&e as the pain/vomiting got very bad and each time I was told its Ibs, then after complaining and asking for a second opinion a doc said it could be gallstones. Anyway I have just had a scan and the dr who did it said I have alot of stones and that he is fast tracking my results to my gp for referel. Am now concerned that I will be left to wait months for the op, have lost around a stone in weight in 3wks! cant eat, sleep etc... I am 26 and feel like they are saying this is my fault, has anyone got any advice...have been told not to eat fruit, veg, fatty or spicy food. This doesnt leave alot to eat and I constantly feel weak and tired, just really rundown....sorry about length of this just need some support! Many Thanx.

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    i would suggest a low fat diet - lots of fruit and veg and lower fat meats and fish - you still need to get your nutrients ... wholegrains contain more than white alternatives (bread, pasta rice etc) itis a case of finding what suits you and what your system can tolerate) !! spices can be a problem for some people - but try in low fat home cooked foods to add flavour, rather than in your take away!! deadly :cry: .. if you are expecting to have surgery in the future you need to be taking o the maximum nutrients when you can to prepareyour body for recovery. protien and vitamines are essentual for repair of tissues. what you eat now can help your post surgical recovery in the future! :D :D eat well when you can to both improve nutririctional status and reduce the pain. although i have to say experemting is the key.......... i really could not do oranges or anything containing them as they were healthy - but a real trigger!!!
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    Thanx for your advice, am eating toast mainly, but have started having the non fat parts of the meals I cook for the rest of the family. Am worried from reading others posts that there is a long wait for the op?! not sure that I can manage like this for much longer~!
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    average nhs waiting times seem to be about 6 months - sorry if that is not what you want to hear!!
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    Not really no! Nevermind will have to get on with it, got drs 2morow so will hopefully know time frame and get proper results of scan....cannot believe I could of known about this years ago if I had been checked for them! Fat free diet is very boring but much better than being in all that pain! Am still quite uncomfortable without the the pain and thats never happened before after one of the pain attacks...is this the norm as gs get worse? Thanku so much for your replys..this forum is a great help, is good to know you are not alone!!
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    Hi

    I went to see the consultant about 6 weeks ago and am still waiting for an operation date. The good thing is fingers crossed I am relatively pain free at the minute with following a low fat diet. Like Vixen said you have to try things to see if they agree with you or not, but I have never been told to avoid fruit and veg, in fact fruit and veg make up the main of my diet. I must say though after being diagnosed with gallstones it is a major lifestyle change for me personally :shock:

    Benji

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    It is for me aswell, didnt realise how much fat is in most foods! Have got drs today so will at least know how long untill I see a consultant. I find that most things set me off and am mainly eating toast and chicken cup a soups...still have lost a lot of weight...got to be seen as the silver lining! :lol:
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    Hoop,

    how did you get on at the doctors? Is it gallstones?

    Lelly xx

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    Hi, yes def gallstones, my dr wouldnt discuss it any further than that tho, he said it is for my surgeon to discuss with me!! I was a little annoyed! He said he would address the letter as urgent. I was diagnosed with IBS 4yrs ago after around 5yrs of symptoms, I asked if he thought I had ibs still (or ever) and he said prob' not!! Am hoping they will realise what a mess they have made and treat me properly now! Have been having pain attacks for 8 yrs now and they have got steadily worse, the last one lasted two wks and only through saying I wanted a second opinion have I been told that all the pain and discomfort is because I have got a gallbladder full of gallstones! It looked like a second brain on the scan!!!

    Thanx for asking! Sorry I tend to drone on! :roll:

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    stick to the low fat diet as a way of minimising your attacks and keep waiting for the hospital appointment.. when you get seen by the consaultants team ask how long you can reasonably expect to wait for surgery - if you dont here from them in that time scale talk to the consaultants secretary or admissions office - this should get things moving.

    it is important to stick to the low fat diet as not doing so could cause further problems and delay surgery!! if you feel things are getting worse see your gp again as he can contact the consaultant and report changes.

    all the best and i hope you get things sorted without too much further suffering.

    keep us posted with how you are getting on.

    vix

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