I’m becoming severely depressed with my gallbladder pains

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I’m on the waiting list for my gallbladder removal a few weeks now I was admitted to hospital for 3 days last week, and then yesterday I went over with the same pains and they sent me home after giving me paracetamol which didn’t help. I’m becoming really depressed as I experience pain more less every other day and I can’t deal with it anymore, I’ve been continuously getting out of work with the pains and I’m on a 6 month probation at the minute as I’ve just started the job and if I miss 1 more day I will be getting called into the office, it’s affecting my work and my social life, I’ve got an appointment on the 17th April with the consultant does anyone know what to say to get myself further up the list as I really can’t cope any longer. 

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    As bad as it sounds but you really need to keep going to doctor and pestering them. See if they can get you some decent pain relief. I totally understand how you’re feeling. I was off work between the 2 hospital admissions I had 6 weeks apart as couldn’t cope with the pain and nausea. I was put onto waiting list on the Monday then was back at GP 2 days later and admitted as had a high temperature, heart rate and positive murphy’s sign (when they press into your stomach and the gallbladder catches it causes pain). The GP knew I was on waiting list and said it should get done quicker if surgeons see how much pain you’re in. Totally worked as the surgeon I’d seen before agreed to remove it. Really hope you get it out soon so you can feel better and get your life back xx
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    Ive been in and out of the ER and PCP (I believe that’s a GP across the pond) over the last week. Unbelievably my $2k a month insurance was happy to pay for CAT scan with contrast, ultrasound, plethora of blood work but HIDA they can’t fit in until 4/18...so sad! These pains are awful and constant. I feel for you! I hope this message finds you feeling even the tiniest bit better. 

    I’ve also taken off work and now cashed in my vacation time, sadly I’ve 3 kids and two in diapers, I feel depressed and anxious as well. The pain is constant, and yet we wait 😔 thinking of you and sending best wishes 

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    Hi Gemma,

    You just have to keep going back! I know you are really in pain (been there) but go in there and scream your head off, double up.  My friend had to do it. They gave her a cancellation a few days later. 

    Don’t end up like me with an infected, inflamed, necrotic gallbladder. 

    They should be giving you morphine for the pain - not paracetamol. Hope you get it sorted soon. Mine is out 5 days now and i’m So pleased it’s gone xx

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    I there terrible isn't it I've been the same since last November and only just been diagnosed after so many scans that didn't show up gall stones stuck in bile duct but Now had them out but feeling just the same ! depressed yes but now have to wait to see consultant on the 24 th another long wait ! I am skin and bone now not been eating right for about 4 months .Just go to your doctor see if he can help ! I take buscapan fro cramps and drink ginger tea for nausea .💐

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    It depends which country you are. I would suggest privately,i know it cost alot but its your health. I done it myself, cause the health system in the country its discrace. Its very frustrating and depressing all this. But be positive.
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    Hi there,

    Am four weeks post op and the pain of the attacks still scare me. I waited six months for surgery - last six to eight weeks prior to having thing out I ate a very low-fat diet. My GP gave me Buscopan to control pain and I drank cloudy Apple juice with a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning. I was pain - free for several weeks in lead-up to surgery.

    Hope you feel better soon. The attacks are scary and tiring but it does get better. Xx

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