Hida Scan !

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Hi, I had the Hida Scan today.... it was not pleasant... but I made it through. Gallbladder is only functioning at 12%  waiting now to see what plan the Dr. has. 

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    What exactly is a Hida scan and the prep for it? Is it uncomfortable? I have 2 large gallstones and had only an ultrasound. Surgeon says no,bed for surgery now, but I have no idea how my gallbladder is functioning.
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      Hi, A Hida Scan meaures the function of the Gallbladder... it's simiiar to a Cat scan....your not in a tube it's open however it can be 3 hrs. or longer depending if the Gallbladder is seen early enough in the images if it is the next part is some medication through IV.... first medication i which is Radioactive dye ! The second medication is the one that opens up the gallbladder and that's how they can tell what the function level is. No real prep.no food or liquids for 4 hrs. before!

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    Thank you for responding. Even though surgeon tells me stay on,low fat diet and no need for surgery, I have lost weight and am not a big person to begin with. Besides that, I feel how long can I stay in this diet. Also I get some slight discomfort often. I really don't want surgery, but wish there was an alternative.

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    Hi rosemary. I had the surgery back in February of last year. There is nothing to be worried about. The larascopic is easy operation. They put four little incisions in your abdomen and use a kind of gas to blow up your abdomen so the organs will separate so it is easier for surgeon to see. They use a little camera in one incision and in another the instruments and the fourth one on the upper side is where they pull gallbladder out. . It is quite easy. It is day surgery. You go into hospital early in the morning usually and out of hospital by the afternoon. They give you a prescription for pain killers, then send you home to recooperate. But can't do much for 6 weeks. There will be cramping and soarness for a few weeks afterwards. You just have to take it easy But you should be able to eat normally again.. You will feel alot better after you have had the surgery. I was scared too but I am feeling better. And the food will taste really really good. Lol just becareful not to put to much weight on !!!! Take care.

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      Hi, Thank you for sharing your experience... I'm a Big Baby... I've never had surgery... so I'm  nervous...and my brother had his gallbladder removed 17 yrs. ago he lost oxygen to his heart and died two weeks later this month...so it's not a great time for  me in general ! 

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      baby I am also when it comes to surgery. I have a fear of being put out and I drove the doctor when I had my hysterectomy crazy that he had to drug me before I got into the operating room. I know what you're feeling. I am not a youngster but I've always had the same fear. For instance today my gallbladder has been acting up a bit plus I've been having heartburn. I'm trying to deal with this so I don't have surgery. I hope the best for you as well

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      I know what Rosemary is feeling cuz I'm a big baby 2. I had a hysterectomy 9 years ago and I was hesitant to have it because of my fear but I had uterine cancer and had to have it. Thank God I had a great surgeon and I'm fine. Right now dealing with gallbladder. For instance today a little sore and a lot of heartburn, but my surgeon is not suggesting surgery at this time. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this not eating right losing weight which I cannot afford to Etc

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    Hi rosemary:. When your gallbladder does act up try a cup of warm tea or a glass of water. It usually helped me when had those issues. And when I use to get heartburn I drank a cup of peppermint tea too or regular tea. But it always helped to make the pains subside. Don't worry about the surgery if you have to go in. It is easy. I was scared shitless, ( excuse my language ), but the surgeon and nurses made me feel at ease. Good luck.

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      Hi Iris,  My gallbladder is only functioning at 12%   I do drink plenty of water.... I tried tea it didn't work for me...  I am eating very little as everything is painful... so I try to pick the food which is less painful and hope for the best! Waiting on Dr. to refer to surgeon. I've lost 18 lbs. which is ok... however it's never a good idea to lose weight because you can't eat... oh well it's not like I couldn't afford to lose it. Thanks for your  support.

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      Hi , I had alot of bloating and gasses before my gallbladder surgery. I did have some dizziness too. I got the gas pains so bad a few times but I found a warm cup of tea or a glass of wateh. After my surgery I did still have the bloating and gas but it was a good bloating and gas, for the first while after the surgery I ate alot because the foods I could not have before I can have now. But after surgery for awhile, just becareful with the acidy and fatty foods. They will go right through your body til your body adjusts and returns back to normal after surgery. Take care and let me know how things go.
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      thanks for quick reply. My main concern is the dizziness compared to bloating/burping. Can you explain how you felt during dizziness... the feeling i have is very difficult to focus when taking one to one, looking at bright lights. Did the dizziness completely gone ? appreciate your reply on this.
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      Hi, yes the dizziness is gone. When I use to get dizzy, it was when I had the really bad pains and cramps from my gallstones. When you get the dizzispells just try to relax and drink some water, it will help you. It helped me with the dizzispells. Cooled me down and relaxed my gallbladder down. Take care and keep in touch.
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