So many different experiences.

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Since my first attack in August ,I have been researching about Gallstones , what not to eat symptoms,is surgery for the removal of the gallbladder and stones the best thing. The list goes on.

There is a lot of scarey stuff out there on the www but also a lot of positives

Personally I have been lucky ,or some say unlucky ,enough to have had 2 major attacksearch since August,bother lasting 13 days from start to finish. I have had aches and pains, but before being diagnosed as having gallstones, I put it down to my job and getting older. Looking back I can relate those aches and pains to having gallstones.

I've been fortunate that non of the food "avoid at all costs" have caused any pain or attacks. The onset of the first attack I think was due to raw onion. I had the classic pain in the chest an hour after eating followed by stomach ache then followed by pain under the right ribs 3 days later.

I have a physical job and whilst there in no significant proof that any physical activity can cause/increase a gallstone attack/pain, I sure know when I've been bending more than usual.

Back to why I wanted to postrich. It's because that we're not one size fits all.

Don't let the so called horror stories scare you.

If you're thinking about surgery then assess your quality of life now and what it was and could be.

As mentioned in a post I commented on before, if I don't need it then take it away.

I'm counting down the days to my surgery and looking forward to a 2018 of happy times.

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    You're right!  Everyone is different!  Good for you!  I remember when my son had his tonsils removed after months of continuous ear infections and sore throats.  He woke up and said, "Did they take out my tonsils?"  He was in some pain, as you can imagine.  I said "Yes."  He replied, "Well, I want 'em back!"

    Of course, after a few days he was roaring around the house as only a 5 year old can!  I'm sure you'll do well! xx 

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    Hi, I had my gallbladder out on Feb 7 th of this year. I was not in alot of pain. But I did have alot of gassy and bloating. I have lived with my gallstones for 20 friggin years til the dr here in Edmonton, in where I live now found them. We thought it was ulcers. I had to stay away from all the greasey fatty foods, the fatty dairy. But when I did get the pains I had either a warm cup of tea or a glass of water to help them subside. When I did have the surgery I was scared but came out feeling alot better. As time goes by I am feeling alot better now that the pain in the butt gallbladder is gone. Good luck and keep in touch.
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      I'm pretty sure that my gallstones have been niggling away for at least 12 + months. It's strange how many people have gallstones with no indication and others can be doubled over in pain.

      Did you have any side affects (apart from the obvious gassy issues) after surgery?

      I've read that diahorrea is common for up to 2 weeks after surgery resulting in weight loss.

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    Thanks for your post. I am very new to gallstone diagnosis after a summer of terrible stomach pains, aches/ pains - etc

    When you mentioned eating raw onion before a terrible attack, that really struck a chord and wasn’t something I had previously thought of.  

    When you mention ‘food to avoid at all costs’ - can you please signpost to where I could find this.

    Again, thanks so much- really helpful 


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