Please help! Advice needed regarding gallstones

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping somebody will be able to give me some advice.

Around 2 months ago I started to get a dull ache early in the evening in my stomach, felt uncomfortably bloated and felt a lot more painful/uncomfortable than normal trapped wind. Could not get comfy but the pain was just about bearable. 

I started being sick and after about 6 hours of being sick and this uncomfortable feeling I went to A&E

They did various blood tests and it confirmed I had an infection and also that something in my body was swollen.

they tested my pancreas and when the pain subsided they let me home as an outpatient and booked in an ultrasound scan shortly after.

i forgot about this and have now received a letter stating that my gallbladder is filled with stones. I have to see the consultant surgeon for him to discuss with me further.

When reading about gallbladder attacks it seems these are completely awful and some people relate them to child birth etc, I mean I felt really ill that day and the pain was quite bad and uncomfortable.

my question is, will this happen again? What is the likelihood the consultant will recommend I have my gallbladder removed? And if I don't will it only just get worse?

looking back I had a similar sort of thing around 8 months before this, and it felt, again just like bad trapped wind and very uncomfortable for around 5 hours. So I've possibly had 2 attacks. 

I'm just worried it wasn't a gallbladder attack and that the surgeon will recommend that I have it out if not nessecary. 

Thank you in advance

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    Go to your gi push for hidascan that will show gallbladder function and tell them if you NEED it removed i just went through all this pain but finally got my surgery today dont brush this aside this is serious worse pain than child birth if left untreated you have to fight for yourself dont let them sweep you under a rug the pain your enduring is real your bot crazy and will only get worse. Im not by no means trying to scare you just want to prevent someone else from going through what i went through 4 hospitals and ers later losing 40# in a month sever malnutrition and immense pain please dont let it get worse 
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    Child birth is nothing to a full on attack from gallstones. Had my gallbladder out 4 weeks ago. Relief at last, worth having it done for me anyway. Do have post op. issues but should expect some discomfort. My attacks got worse and closer. Was ill on and off most days making life difficult. No regrets at all, talk to your doctor.

    Good luck.

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      I know your pain i didn't have stones thank god but a massive ulcer on top off it and horrible reflux my gallbladder was bigger than my liver when they removed it my surgeon was shocked it hadn't ruptured. My gallbladder started going out in January but had bronchitis too so the steroids masked gallbladder symptoms and bulked me up. So anytime i went into er with vomit and neausa they tried say i was probably pregnant i had a tubal almost 3 years ago then diarrhea on top of it, then slow onset back pain then i noticed my "muscles "kept locking up under my ribs they told me calcium deficiency and low potassium and strained muscle in my back always something other than gallbladder,and because the steroids bulked me up to 170 from 138 they treated me as obese and losing weight was a good thing. Unfortunately i dropped 30 lbs from Oct 1st through Oct 16 th by that point. Had referal to gi dr who did upper and lower gi which found ulcer and reflux which causes some pain and then ordered a hidascan which showed my gallbladder no longer functioned and referred me to multiple surgeons who flat out told me my insurance is crap and refused to touch me without $4,000 up front and to go sit in an er maybe they will help so i did they did labs,ultrasound, xrays, and requested my records from my gi they told me anon functional gallbladder is non emergency and alll my organs measure fine sent me home bawling in pain 
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    Wow how awful for you. Take it your in America, feel so grateful that we have our NHS. J hope that you get sorted out soon.
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    Hi...louiselc - your symptoms do sound quite similar to what I experienced about four years ago but not quite as advanced.  One thing I can guarantee you is that the sudden onset of pain is caused because the gall stones are blocking up the bile duct, and when you eat  anything fatty it triggers the gall bladder to squirt bile to break down fat and when it can't function as it should do this is what causes the most  awful bloating nausea  and pain. I spent eight days in hospital and had to have a procedure called an E.R.C.P. which is a camera down into the gall bladder and the stones removed under sedation. Six weeks later I then had the gall bladder itself removed laparoscopically after the infection had been cleared  by intravenous antibiotics.  Due to the blocked  bile duct I had the onset of jaundice and constant itching which is bile salts getting into the blood system. After the ERCP I was told by the consultant to only eat VERY low fat, basically only eat anything with less than 5% fat (I was on  boiled chicken and fish) and this will not trigger the gall bladder to squeeze out the bile. On this basis of literally going on a fat free diet, I lost 1.75 stone in six weeks! In a nut shell if you eat fatty foods it will trigger the pain definitely! The gall  bladder was removed and I was out of hospital the following day, you do feel as though you have been kicked by a horse for a few days but far easier to bear than the pain from the gall bladder not functioning properly. I pretty much eat most things, but try and avoid anything too fatty i.e ice cream last thing at night as the bile has to trickle down from the liver when you don’t have a gall bladder, but for me there was no choice but to have it removed. If you just have the stones removed there is a very good chance the stones will come back and cause a blockage again. The one  thing you don’t want to get is Pancreatitis which can  be caused by this problem. see link: https://patient.info/health/ercp  - hope all goes well -  nick2014
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