G.P. asks from Spring, TX on December 02, 2008
Hi. I hope someone can help me. I was just diagnosed with having multiple large gallstones, and the doctor said I needed to have my gall bladder removed. However...I did some research online, and now have a lot of mixed feelings on this subject. I see where some people have actually had more problems after having the gallbladder removed. I also see where some people did a flush as an alternative to the surgury. Has any REAL people actually gone through either one...that might be able to give me advise. I am so tired of hurting, and throwing up. I need something done soon...but what to do?
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J.G. answers from Austin on December 03, 2008
My sister had hers removed and she's been happier for it. She still has to watch her diet a little as an ongoing life style but this only made her make some healthier changes anyways. If I had to go through it I would after watching her.
O.O. answers from Houston on December 03, 2008
I had my gall bladder removed.
I feel find without my gall bladder. There are certain food I can't eat like spicy food,hot dogs and peanuts.
Otherwise I eat anything and I know other ladies that have had their gall bladder remove as well and they are fine.
My advice is to get the gall bladder removed and you will start feeling better.
M.B. answers from Houston on December 02, 2008
Good Evening G.,
First, I will say, I too am a HUGE fan of alternative medicine. HUGE. So I am not even about to tell you to run and have the surgery, it certainly may NOT be the right answer for you at this point. Here is my story: I suffered from pain and other symptoms due to gs for 10+ years. Yep, more than 10 years. I ignored it, too busy, scared, whatever. By the time I ended up on the floor of the ER screaming in pain,(and it was painFUL, and I've given birth to three 10 pound babies naturally!) my gallbladder was severly infected. On the ultrasound, it looked like a huge lumpy mass. It was awful. I HAD to have the surgery. Otherwise, left untreated in that condition, it could have been fatal. So after reading the last moms post (which I TOTALLY agree with, by the way) I just wanted to let you know that it HONESTLY was no biggie. I had the laparoscopic surgery, so no big incisions. Had it in the am, went home after lunch. I was uncomfortable for a couple of days. After that, NO WEIGHT GAIN, NO change in my bowel movements, I have not had to totally avoid certain foods as some folks do. (And yes, for some people, they really do have to change everything, and if they don't they spend a lot of time on the potty!) That was January of this year. All I've had to "deal with" is that the pain is GONE, finally. I am telling you the truth, I haven't had a single problem, at all. Other than the frustration of knowing that had I inquired about it earlier, I could have done something about it, and avoided surgery. If you would like to get even more feedback, click on my name, check out my previous posts, all the way back to I believe December, I posted much like you have, and recieved a load of info from other women.
Not everyone needs surgery. Not everyone handles it as well as I have. IF my gb weren't in the condition it was in, I would have done something else. That's for sure, just because I want ALL OF MY ORGANS!!! (I even tried to get them to let me have it and take it home. They thought I was nuts!! :) Doctors are quick to take drastic measure. So, educate yourself, learn about your gallstones, make your own educated determination as to whether or not surgery is truly needed. Yours certainly may not be in the condition mine were in!!!
Good luck to you, you will be in my prayers!!
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B.R. answers from Longview on December 04, 2008
My mom had the same problem. She had hers removed in an outpatient procedure. She arrived at the hospital at 6 am and was home and eating IHOP by 1 pm. She is 66, with several other health problems, and she did fine with this minor surgery. She had the procedure done in June of this year and has had NO problems since. If you are concerned about the procedure, get a second opinion, and discuss what you read with your doctor(s). Good luck, and I hope this helps!
S.H. answers from Houston on December 03, 2008
I had my gall bladder removed laporascopically (sp?) (through the navel), and it was a "piece of cake". I had practically no down time at all and was SO GLAD that I did it. My only restriction was that I couldn't lift anything for a while. I had suffered for years with gall bladder disease, and since the surgery, I haven't had a moment's trouble.
I encourage you to do this. If you are healthy otherwise, and not severely overweight, you should have no trouble with the surgery.
K.P. answers from Austin on December 03, 2008
I have suggest that you might want to try herbal treatment. you can go to Nature's Garden Herb locate at 620 and hi35 nearby mc donald plaza area. this is wonderful place to go and they will help you what you need. I have been in this store two years i have health issue going on . was suggest cleanse system it is really clean or flush out of your system. tell them what your problem is.
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C.P. answers from Houston on December 03, 2008
I had mine out about a year ago, and I have had no problems, unlike before! I had laproscopic surgery, is that what your doctor discussed? I am so much happier now that it's out! Good luck!
J.F. answers from Houston on December 04, 2008
I had my gallbladder removed many years ago at age 25. I was suffering terrible pain and vomiting--it was awful. I was pregnant and had to wait to have the surgery. When I finally did, all pain stopped, I was never sick again and there have been no long-term repercussions. Apparently I had many gallstones, large and small. Get it out! It's a simply surgery these days--I had to endure the knife; now they just do it through some little holes. It's a miracle!
L.B. answers from Corpus Christi on December 03, 2008
I had my gall bladder surgery. There were no real problems other than sometimes I had intestinal problems with some foods. I found out that corn and soup were a problem this was me, it will vary for you even if you end up with some problems. However there was no real pain after the surgery. There was real pain before the surgery If your Dr. said that you needed the surgery you should get it done. There is no pain like it when it happens if you do not get it done.
S.R. answers from Houston on December 03, 2008
Girl...let them take it out, you will feel SO much better! I had to get mine removed 3 2 months after my daughter was born. After suffering through a terrible rash, abdominal pains and throwing up, I ended up in the hospital to find out it was my gallbladder. The procedure to have it removed (labroscopic) was easy and recovery was minimal. I was able to hold my baby the next day and never had trouble again. My scars was minimal and the pain really only lasted one or two days. I have one small inciscion in the center of my abdomen, two small holes on the right side and one in my belly button. If only I would have known what was going on sooner, that puppy would have come out immediately.
I truly understand your pain and hope it all goes away very soon. You will be on a strict diet of no fatty foods for about three weeks (real bummer for me since I LOVE hambugers).
I wish you the best of luck and hope you are able to make a decision that best suits you and your family.