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For weeks I have been in limbo waiting to have my gallbladder removed. I have had ultra sounds and a cat scan. I was told I have stones. I was also told that there is a nodular thickening of the wall of my galbladder. The test states that carcinoma cannnot be ruled out. I now have to have an MRI this Saturday before we can take the next step. i haven't had any real pain or any gallbladder attack. The only real symptom I had which made me go to the doctor in the first place was white, clay colored stool which went on for 2 1/2 wks. before I went. I am very nervous as to what is going on. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this?

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    I too have a gallstone asnd am waiting to have my gallbladder removed (6 - 8 month waiting list)

    All I have experienced is bad stomach cramps and pain in my right side.

    I'm guessing you have been advised to keep to a LOW FAT diet.

    Hope this all settles down.

    Keep in touch

    Take care

    Sarah

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      Why is there a waiting list to have your gallbladder removed? That doesn't seem right. Hope you don't wind up getting a bad attack waiting for your surgery.
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      Because I live in Australia, and we have years of waiting depending on which catergory you are put in. I waited 2 yrs to see the foot specialist then they finally did my bunion and buggared it up!!
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      There is a waiting list because the surgery is not urgent as such and a lot of people have the same problem.

      I have been given a lot of advice about what to do if things change(eg if I become jaundiced) which would indicate that I need surgery sooner rather than later and I would be moved up the list.

      That's just how it is I'm afraid.

      That's life.

      Sarah

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    That's good that you are getting an MRI, that will erase all doubts.  I too am waiting to have my gall bladder removed, or stones out via the tube, and hopefully leave the baldder in place as sometimes patients end up with diahearra after having the gall bladder removed!!!
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      I was not aware that you could remove stones via a tube. I hope i would get that option, however, I may not be eligible. Till I went on this site I never knew so many people have negative experiences with ballbladder removal. Good luck with whatever precedure you have.
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    Mary you always need to ask doctors what your options are; they like to rip things out of our bodies because it's easier and quicker. Given that if you go to a Public Hospital (not Private) they don't give us many choices. But research everything you can so you know what is going to happen, what can happen and what you can have done before you accept their verdict.
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