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I've read many posts on here and share a lot of the same angst and thoughts.
After 3 strange attacks at the start of the year I went to the doctors. In brief, high liver function results led to a scan which showed gallstones.
I previously have suffered with Reflux but had been ok/managed it for 8 years without being on antacids all the time.
After reading around and seeing the doc it was clear the attacks were biliary colic. But, along with the attacks, I have long periods, generally weeks where I feel uncomfortably bloated, always burping and a general nausea feeling.
After seeing the specialist the first time, we agreed to try omeprezole for two months to see if it was acid that was giving me the bloated symptons and he arranged for an endoscopy to check if there was anything else going on down there!.
All was great for the first month, a lot less bloating, but a few weeks ago I had another attack and the bloating has come back and stayed since.
I finished the omeprezole prescription 2 days ago and the bloating is particularly bad today. Not sure if they're related or not!
My main concern is that If I have my GB out (which I'm quite opposed to but accept it may have to go) it may stop the attacks but I fear I'll still have the bloating and may even gain some other symptoms such as diarrhoea, discomfort and restricted eating patterns. The bloating and nausea are far more troublesome than the attacks as they just cloud so many days. The attacks, though very painful, last only an hour. If it wasn't for the risk of one getting stuck i'd be tempted to live with it and focus on the bloating.
Writing this has been good as I've probably just answered my own question. I guess it's better to remove the attacks by having my GB out and if the bloating persists, I can see about treating that separately.
I just wish they could take out the offending gallstones and leave my gallbladder!
I'd love to hear if anyone else has managed to control the continuous bloating/burping/nausea and if this stopped when their GB was removed.
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