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Off to have an ultrasound this morning--not nervous abut the test but am very nervous about what it is going to show.  I am in the United States.  How long does it take to get results, does anyone know?  If gall bladder is sick, how quickly do you have to have it  out--I want to wait about a month or so.  Have too much going on to take time off now. 

I have pain in the right side but no nausea or vomiting.  No fever or chills.  Pain is minor, and not there all the time.  Been like this for a couple of years now but it usually just goes away eventually which is why I haven't gone for ultrasound before.

thanks for listening--I will let you know what I find out. 

I am 71 years old and definitely not looking forward to surgery--on blood thinners which have to be stopped (and then there is a "slight" risk of a stroke) and have afib (irregular heart beat) plus a large hernia in my lower abdomen.  Not a great surgical  candidate. 

thanks for listening. 

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    Hi there,

    Well in England I usually my results straight away. The person doing the ultrasound tells me at the end of the session and the my own doctor gives me the official results within days.

    The urgency of the operation will depend on what they see on the ultrasound. Unless urgent, it can take a few months to get a slot for your operation. If you are worried you can ask your doctor about ursodiol which helps dissolving the stones. But I don't know how the system works in the US.

    Don't worry too much and good luck. Keep us posted.

     

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    Hi.  I’m sorry you are going through this.  All I can tell you is what I’ve experienced.  I am 46.  A couple of years ago I had first ultrasound for same pain.  The US showed sludge and some small stones.  I decided not to have it out.  The pain comes and goes.  It’s never severe.  A few months ago I had another one. Same reason pain and I had some different colored stool.  This one showed no sludge or stones.  (Apparently this is common too) She said I could get a ct scan if I wanted.  I decided not to.  Lol.  The pain went away and stool became normal again.  I guess I’m waiting on some major attack or something.  Keep us updated on what they find out.  
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    Please read all you can re Ursodioxycholic acid as I did and I see in the USA a knowledgeable gastro enterologist would prescribe that chemical to dissolve your gall stones so long as they are within the 20mm

    diameter limit but quite why that limit is stated who knows because I thought that is you put a piece of calcium

    into acid it will dissolve that calcium no matter what the diameter is provided that there is a continuous  supply

    of a given strength of acid liquid which there would be due to the Urso being taken daily with the evening meal.

    The dosage  mg  of the Urso is as per the body weight of the patient who will take it.

    I refused to have my gall bladder removed until I had tried the Urso and read a lot of the USA's specialists

    who were very well versed in that treatment.

    As you said after 70 the death rate as per operation increase by 10% in any case which in my view is not very comforting. On top of that I had already had a biopsy with an incision below my navel 4" long which took two months to heal.........  It was disconcerting to hear that as well as the 10% more percentage was added due to possible complications which were not  told to me only that I stood a good chance of them killing me if I said OK let's do it.........    No WAY Hosea ......   I can confirm that I still do have my gall bladder and as far as I know it is in good condition and is three years older than when I had the diabolical symptoms

    of a gall bladder with 5  cholesterol stones in it with the biggest 17mm......  I feel sure I past at least 1 stone

    (not the biggest) with drinking the foul olive oil and fresh whole lemon for a week.  That bad experience was a bad one but the Urso was not and in fact I did not have any symptoms whatsoever. 

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      Tell me more about Uruk acid medication. My ultrasound showed gall stones, biggest being 11mm. That is within the guidelines isn’t it?  Did you have trouble getting it prescribed since surgery is the preferred method of treatment?  
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      I highly recommend you read up on the side effects and success rates with ursodiol.  While it is better than nothing for those who are not good surgical candidates, it is not a magical cure for gall bladder disease.
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      I cannot understand being advised to read up on Urso when I read more about it than several doctors I saw. they are sometimes a very uneducated lot I found and no wonder our trust disappears after hearing professionals say they know all about gall bladders when they do not.

      Each time they dish out such drivel they should lose a months salary.

      They don't seem to realize that their stupidity causes a great deal of anguish.

      As regards side effects if there are any the patient stops taking the tablets. If you think they are bad for the liver then why do doctors prescribe Urso to help patients with  primary billiary chirrosis?

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    Yes I had a lot of trouble from the General practitioners as you can see from my postings about Ursodioxycholic acid. A registrar I saw told me the only option is cholocystectomy,but her boss who is one

    of the very best gastro sugeons in the country wrote me a letter and this stated yes Ursodioxycholic acid will dissolve cholesterol gall stones and sure enough it dissolved a few of mine but I postponed taking the full course as I had other problems taking a lot of antibiotics for two months.

    If I need to take more of the Urso I would not hesitate.  

    If your Gastro Surgeon knows of Urso he will give you a script because there is no reason not to. They are also given for other problems such as primary billiary chirrosis to help the liver but I would always advise to read up and study all literature about Urso.......... I am surprised that chemists are well up on Urso but many doctors are not...... This is the way of the world but it simply is not on!

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