Intermittent Jaundice with gallstones

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Does anyone else have this issue?

Every now and then I start to feel bloated with heartburn and slightly sick, but then I get jaundice with light stools, dark urine. However it strangely disappears after a few days and everything is back to normal.

I thought if there was a blockage in the bile duct the jaundice would take longer to go away, not after about three days.  

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    how did you figure out you got jaundice ? did you do blook work ?
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      When I went to hospital after severe heartburn and back ache my LFT's were elevated including my bilirubin. In addition, my skin had started to go yellow including pale stool colour and dark urine. Weirdly though it went away after 2-3 days and even though some of my LFTs were still raised my bilirubin went back to normal after another blood test.

      Strange how it disappeared so quickly. However, in the last week I had more heartburn and it started again, but as before then went away. I'm due another blood test on Tuesday so the results should be interesting.

      My doc thinks it's regular gallstone attacks due to the fact that my jaundice seems to go away as quickly as it appears

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    Let's be clear about this. You have gallstones and jaundice is that right?

    Are you on a list to have your gallbladder removed?

    If not you need to get yourself on this operation list.

    They consider you as urgent if you have jaundice.

    Don't want to alarm you but you need to get this sorted now.

    Get yourself to a GP and get the ball rolling.

    Take care and keep in t ouch

    Sarah

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      They think I have gallstones but they couldn't spot any on the ultrasound recently. However, three and half years ago when I had to have major surgery they spotted them. I'm trying to get a MRCP scan sorted to find out if they are still there. What I don't understand is why the jaundice has been coming and going.  If a stone has been blocking the bile duct then it surely would remain lodged in there.

       

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    I agree that it is odd that the jaundice comes and goes.

    If they diagnosed the gallstones 3 and a half years ago why on earth have they waited till now to do anything about them? The reality is you need to have your gallbladder removed.

    Sarah

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      Hi Sarah,

      I think that because they found one at 6mm they left it alone as it wasn't causing any issues. I'd already had major bowel surgery so they probably thought it wasn't worth the effort to remove the gallbladder as well.

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