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Hi, ever since the 19th of August, I experienced almost two weeks straight this intense achy migraine, stabbing like pain in my upper right abdomen. I suffer from constipation, and vitamin D deficiency, so whenever I would complain to my mother, who's a nurse, she always chalked it off to constipation pain. Now I had doubts that it was really my usual constipation pains, because I had never experienced it in that particular side, and I have actually had very loose, foul smelling stools for almost two months straight, but I ignored the pain because it wasn't constant and I was near my period. Then the pains got worse. They went from randomly, to everytime I ate. I was miserable, and by then I started noticing it happened if I ate something with fat, or alot of grease. So I went two weeks in constant severe pain- sitting, wearing bras, belts even laying down hurt so much, but my mother told me I was being dramatic. It wasn't until on one occasion, I was in a taxi with her to do college financial aid as I was starting classes again, and she noticed I looked disoriented and kept jerking up from my seat with a pained look, as well as leaning on my left side, that day she took me to see my GP where she works to do bloodwork and get an abdominal sonogram (after a particular dinner night not long before the taxi episode, we had a taco night, and I constantly had to run to the bathroom and was in severe pain, as well as sweating and nausea).
Both my mom and GP SUSPECTED GALLBLADDER STONES-they deal with patients who have that problem and had a laparoscopy, so I was given the standard abdomen touch test(which she ruled out to have a abdominal sonogram because as soon as she touched the area, I jerked away from her touch because I got this intense pain). She did.bloodwork and ordered to have my BILIRUBIN levels checked as well.
The next day I had the sonogram, Started eating smaller portions as well as avoiding too many fatty foods, and had the results ready in three days. I was fearing the worst.
when my GP went over the results with me, my BILIRUBIN levels where normal, gallbladder function is normal, as well as my kidneys, liver, intestines (they even had a Doppler of my arteries and my aorta done).
THERE WERE NO.GALLSTONES OR SLUDGE IN MY GALLBLADDER. But my gallbladder was slightly distended- a bit bigger than the normal size. She didn't make the decision for me to have the laparoscopy surgery to have it removed because it isnt significantly bigger than normal, and because everything is still functioning normal, but I can't help but be scared. I have actually become scared of eating! I was told if I get another severe pain like last time, I should head to the ER because I might have to have the gallbladder removed. I can't help but thinking if the next time I have pain, I'll have to have an emergency surgery, plus I don't want to miss any classes, and the thought of something going wrong in surgery or waking up as it is taking place terrifies me.
I haven't had an attack since the taxi episode, which was about five days ago, but I'll try to do my best to avoid any sort of triggers, I'm also keeping a good diary to see what triggers attacks or not. Fasting actually seems to be one of them, oddly...
Anyone who has had trouble with their gallbladder without having GALLSTONES, or who has had the laparoscopy, could you please share with me your experience of your attacks and after having the surgery done? If I find out more about it, I know it will ease my nerves, since I've asked a could of people I know who had it removed, and they've tolerated fats without any problem so far.
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