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I have known I have had gallstones for years. First seen on chest X-ray 20 years ago following an injury falling off a horse
About two months ago I started having diarrhea about once per week. Then I had what was thought to be a gallbladder attack. I went to the emergency room and I had an ultrasound and blood work. All blood work came back normal, including liver and panreatic enzymes. Ultrasound showed multiple gallstones but no thickening of walls or signs of infection. Liver and pancreas were normal on ultrasound. The ER Doctor said my gallbladder should come out and I should see a surgeon
I had to see my nurse practitioner for a referral for the surgeon and she would not make the referral because she felt I did not need surgery because of no wall thickening of gallbladder and I had no infection
I explained I frequently had mild to moderate pain under right side of my ribs and still had diarrhea with cramping about once a week, especially if I eat a high fat meal.
She still thinks the diarrhea is caused by the IBS and said that if the diarrhea was caused by a gallbladder issue I would not have stomach cramps
I had a CT scan about five years ago following another injury ( I need to stay off of horses ) and the CT scan showed mild diverticulosis. Not sure that could be a part of all this
Thank you all
I am a 53 year old female living in the U.S
I am going to be in Italy in the fall to work on a film, I need to get some answers before than
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