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on November 23rd, 2015, after surviving stage 3 colon cancer, surgery that removed 20 inches of rotting colon and 6 months of chemo (Ended March 2015) I had a pain episode in my abdominal area that put me in ER. I was in Disneyland for my daughters wedding which was the following day. After getting hauled out to an ambulance and arrived at ER, I had to wait for medical staff to diagnose me. Long story short, the pain dropped to 0 after 3 hours of agonizing pain worse than the cancer. I left without being seen since it appeared ok and I didn't want to take away the joy of my only daughters wedding. I have gone to ER once since then. 10 hours of the same pain, vomiting, heat flashes. Doctor said it was due to a constriction in my small intestine. I don't agree that is the root of my issue. I have been keeping track and controlling my diet. I have had about 30 episodes of pain ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours average and will just go from a pain level between 4-9 to 0 within minutes and nevber returns immediately. Doctors ruled out gallstones based on ct scan and XRays.
I ONLY get this pain after I eat, sometimes up to 3 hours after a meal. Usually it's within 2 hours. It's always after I eat something like a bacon cheesegurger, ribs, fried chicken, ect. However, sometimes large cups of coffee will also trigger it. I have been controlling my pain episodes by avoiding these foods and I have only had 3 in the last 6 months that last maybe 30 minutes and never go above a pain level of 7.
I am currently scheduled to have my gallbladder removed this Wednesday. It was not my doctor but me saying I want it out not realizing what it's like to live without one. I assumed I could back to my yummy bacon cheeseburgers without the pain. From my research this morning, that does not appear to be the case.
From my current perspective that I gained from the forums here, it would appear I will just be causing more problems. It's a life changing experience that I need to be more informed before I have it removed if that's even neccesary. I'm going to cancel my surgery tomorrow and further my education on the subject.
I am 55 and in great shape, no drugs or alcohol, no medications. and I used to have pain 3-4 times a week until I discovered what triggered it. out of 4 CT scans in the last 3 years, only 1 showed 2 gallstones and that was spring 2015.
I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts or regrets of having theirs removed. Should I just keep my surgery Wednesday?
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