When is it bad enough to visit A&E?

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Hi everyone

I've been having constant pain in my side and shoulders for months. An ultrasound scan found a gallstone.  I also feel rotten most of the time and even more rotten a lot of the time. I've a first consultant appointment in three weeks but am really struggling. I constantly feel like I'm getting a cold, tired, light headed, shaky. At the momentt I'm using my temperature as an indicator as to whether i need to go to A&E. I've not had a temperature yet. The pain is constant rather than acute. It gets worse at times, can make me cry but generally is just present rather than unbearable. It's the feeling unwell that floors me more than the pain. I've cut fat out of my diet, am taking Buscopan, paracetamol and codiene at times. Anything else i should be doing while I wait for the hospital appointment? 

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    Hi Jane, if your in severe pain or everything just gets worse than it normally is then you should go to see a doctor.  I never needed to go to a&e but there were a few times that I thought about going but luckily the pain eased so I didn't need to .

    Listen to your body, it'll tell you when you can't cope and when you need to see someone.

    I'm 12 day post op and I know how you feel, alot of us go through you very similar experience so keep writing on here and someone will reply to you and give you the support so you can get through this. I've found it invaluable.

    keep us updated with your symptoms, take care of yourself xx

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    hi jane,

    I totally sympathise and empathise with your situation. I fortunately am on the other side now having had my operation to move my gallbladder nearly 3 weeks ago. Have you thought about ringing your consultants secretary to see if there is a chance you could be seen sooner ? Experiencing such pain and in my case the chronic nausea was so debilitating. Sounds like your doing the similar recommended things I did, literally no fat and eating things you know won't exacerbate your pain. Caffeine based drinks sometimes bothered me and I relied heavily on painkillers too in order to manage. I know lots of people access A and E for assistance and if you feel that you are deteriorating don't hesitate to go. Wishing you well and I can honestly say the relief for me was immediate after the operation.

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    Hello jane, I really do sympathise with you at the moment as your feeling so poorly and your appointment is in 3 weeks. As others have already stated listen to your body and do not suffer in silence. My husband who also has that constant ache that can flare up into really bad episodes also feels tired and drained. It is the constant pain and the fact that the gall bladder is acting up that causes it. Be careful of codeine based products as they can irritate as well as fatty and really sweet things. My husband has changed from dairy to oat milk and also uses a hot water bottle for the pain. Also, stress may not help the situation ( DIFFICULT  I KNOW). Good Luck and lets hope the that time hurries up for you. DON'T FORGET,IF YOU CAN'T COPE GO TO A&E.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. It was awful in January but became more manageable. Now it's dreadful again for no apparent reason. Diet of porridge made with water! Hurry up 30th March and my appointment.

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      Hi Jane, I know everything seems so difficult but the 30th March will soon be here and then you can start the healing process. Food does get difficult as everything seems to cause pain and sickness but I know it did confirm to me that I really needed the surgery however nervous and scared I got.

      Take care xx

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    Hi Jane, I was having this debate with myself for many weeks. My pain is also constant and gets worse, then easier and never unbearable either. I have suffered 14kg weight loss, nausea, bloating, gas in tummy, tummy aches, changing of bowels, chronic reflux and feeling unwell. I then started with the rib pain, feeling like I had punched in the rib and was worse when eating, and sitting up, which it then radiated into my back. This rib pain becam constant over the last 3 weeks and on friday i took myself to a&e.

    I was rescanned, they still found a gallbladder full of stones but no signs of infections so sent home again. Waste of time.

    I am still awaiting a consult with a surgeon, havent seen any, just was refered and waiting. Also refered internally by another specalsit in December and still waiing for that too sad so over it and thought going in would speed it up and help, when they knew all my symptoms, but nope. think I will have to pass out or suffer complications first!

    I have took myself to a private specalist in desperation and cannot afford all the tests sadly.

    Currently my rib pain eased drastically, so wondering if I had a  stone stuck? but came back last night, not as bad.

    I have not given up fat though as I feel healthy fat is too important for our bodies and to be honest i now react to plain chicken and rice just the same as chocolate or coconut yogurt . Even tried a pork sausage and no different.

    Good luck to you x

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