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Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:29 am
by Bright Raven
I put this in Health and Nutrition. I noticed back in November that I was having pain in my upper right abdomen. I wanted to believe it was my colon but I thought it was too high. I scheduled a colonoscopy. That went fine so that didn't explain the pain. Furthermore, if I went out for a nice steak with baked sweet potatoe and asparagus, when I got about half way finished, the steak began to look unappetizing. Which was not usual for me. I chalked it up to aging. Then I started having nausea after eating, even if it was a salad. So I went to the doctor. My general practitioner said it sounded like gallbladder. So he scheduled me for an ultrasound. The results were a sludgy gallbladder without stones. So they scheduled me for a HIDA scan. In a HIDA scan, the image is reverse of an xray. Instead of the rays being emitted into the body, a radioisotope is injected into your blood stream via an IV. The image is captured on a screen above your body. Then they inject you with an enzyme that simulates food entering the duodenum. This causes the gallbladder to contract. Then they measure the percent performance of the gallbladder. Mine was only contracting 11 %.

So Monday, I had my gallbladder removed. It is unbelievable how much better I feel. I am pushing their advice on diet. I had a rib steak yesterday. Ate the whole thing absolutely no side effects or discomfort. I am not suppose to do too much for a few days but I feel fine. The relief has been immediate. I would highly recommend that anyone who is suffering from gallbladder malady, GET THE DANG THING OUT. It is a miracle on how much better you will feel.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:27 am
by Douglas
A HIDA scan saved my life. Like you i was having pain associated with the gallbladder. But the HIDA scan revealed cancer on my liver. The tech. kept asking me if i had something in my pocket. He stopped the procedure and made me check my pockets. Turns out i had a slow growing tumor in the small intestines that had spread to the liver but never had any symptoms. Surgery removed everything, clear for 3 yrs. now. Sometimes you get lucky. Now without a gallbladder you just need to not get to far from a bathroom.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:30 am
by bball
Told ya so!! Glad feeling better!

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 am
by cowgal604
My husband has gallbladder issues. He was told to not eat a ton of processed fats. Like avoid anything that's coated in canola oil. Fast foods. Our naturopath is big on making sure you eat whole fats. Most people don't realize but whole milk is a lot easier on your body than skim....its not all about calories here. You should eat full fat yogurts, cheese, milk, etc.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am
by Bright Raven
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 am
My husband has gallbladder issues. He was told to not eat a ton of processed fats. Like avoid anything that's coated in canola oil. Fast foods. Our naturopath is big on making sure you eat whole fats. Most people don't realize but whole milk is a lot easier on your body than skim....its not all about calories here. You should eat full fat yogurts, cheese, milk, etc.
I have been eating anything I want since Monday. I must be one of the lucky ones. The surgeon said some people in fact most, enjoy immediate relief and have no reaction to any foods. That seems to be me. I have not had a reaction to anything I have eaten. I might even go have pizza for lunch.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:16 pm
by FlyingLSimmentals
Glad it worked out and you are feeling well.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:21 pm
by Bright Raven
FlyingLSimmentals wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:16 pm
Glad it worked out and you are feeling well.
Mike, I went to St. Joseph East in Lexington. I was 100 % pleased with the whole experience. They do a great job.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:28 pm
by cowgal604
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 am
My husband has gallbladder issues. He was told to not eat a ton of processed fats. Like avoid anything that's coated in canola oil. Fast foods. Our naturopath is big on making sure you eat whole fats. Most people don't realize but whole milk is a lot easier on your body than skim....its not all about calories here. You should eat full fat yogurts, cheese, milk, etc.
I have been eating anything I want since Monday. I must be one of the lucky ones. The surgeon said some people in fact most, enjoy immediate relief and have no reaction to any foods. That seems to be me. I have not had a reaction to anything I have eaten. I might even go have pizza for lunch.
You need to consider long term effects. Do some reading on it but from what I understand the fact you don't have a gallbladder and even when you did have a rough one it puts extra pressure on your liver and your pancreas. Doing that can lead to diabetes and all these things lead to heart disease. I have this conversation with my husband every day haha.

I fed my chickens garlic the other day, just the cuttings from our plants and their eggs taste like garlic. Proof you are what you eat.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:58 pm
by Bright Raven
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:28 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:35 am
My husband has gallbladder issues. He was told to not eat a ton of processed fats. Like avoid anything that's coated in canola oil. Fast foods. Our naturopath is big on making sure you eat whole fats. Most people don't realize but whole milk is a lot easier on your body than skim....its not all about calories here. You should eat full fat yogurts, cheese, milk, etc.
I have been eating anything I want since Monday. I must be one of the lucky ones. The surgeon said some people in fact most, enjoy immediate relief and have no reaction to any foods. That seems to be me. I have not had a reaction to anything I have eaten. I might even go have pizza for lunch.
You need to consider long term effects. Do some reading on it but from what I understand the fact you don't have a gallbladder and even when you did have a rough one it puts extra pressure on your liver and your pancreas. Doing that can lead to diabetes and all these things lead to heart disease. I have this conversation with my husband every day haha.

I fed my chickens garlic the other day, just the cuttings from our plants and their eggs taste like garlic. Proof you are what you eat.
I am just taking my "no gallbladder" status for a test drive. I maintain a pretty decent diet. I eat no processed foods, lots of fish and vegetables, etc. I don't take any medications. My total cholesterol is 150. The Anesthesiologist commented that I had good vitals - oxygen, BP, pulse, etc before he sent me to cloud 9. If a tree don't fall on me, I should live until I die.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:45 pm
by cowgal604
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:58 pm
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:28 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am


I have been eating anything I want since Monday. I must be one of the lucky ones. The surgeon said some people in fact most, enjoy immediate relief and have no reaction to any foods. That seems to be me. I have not had a reaction to anything I have eaten. I might even go have pizza for lunch.
You need to consider long term effects. Do some reading on it but from what I understand the fact you don't have a gallbladder and even when you did have a rough one it puts extra pressure on your liver and your pancreas. Doing that can lead to diabetes and all these things lead to heart disease. I have this conversation with my husband every day haha.

I fed my chickens garlic the other day, just the cuttings from our plants and their eggs taste like garlic. Proof you are what you eat.
I am just taking my "no gallbladder" status for a test drive. I maintain a pretty decent diet. I eat no processed foods, lots of fish and vegetables, etc. I don't take any medications. My total cholesterol is 150. The Anesthesiologist commented that I had good vitals - oxygen, BP, pulse, etc before he sent me to cloud 9. If a tree don't fall on me, I should live until I die.
Haha true that. I just bought a fully treed property. The food may not save me.

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:41 pm
by TexasBred
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:58 pm
cowgal604 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:28 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am


I have been eating anything I want since Monday. I must be one of the lucky ones. The surgeon said some people in fact most, enjoy immediate relief and have no reaction to any foods. That seems to be me. I have not had a reaction to anything I have eaten. I might even go have pizza for lunch.
You need to consider long term effects. Do some reading on it but from what I understand the fact you don't have a gallbladder and even when you did have a rough one it puts extra pressure on your liver and your pancreas. Doing that can lead to diabetes and all these things lead to heart disease. I have this conversation with my husband every day haha.

I fed my chickens garlic the other day, just the cuttings from our plants and their eggs taste like garlic. Proof you are what you eat.
I am just taking my "no gallbladder" status for a test drive. I maintain a pretty decent diet. I eat no processed foods, lots of fish and vegetables, etc. I don't take any medications. My total cholesterol is 150. The Anesthesiologist commented that I had good vitals - oxygen, BP, pulse, etc before he sent me to cloud 9. If a tree don't fall on me, I should live until I die.
Raven I can only repeat what I've heard and that is "When you have the urge to go.......... head for the bathroom immediately" or you'll be cleaning up a mess. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:37 pm
by wbvs58
I'm pleased you got it sorted Ron. They are a bit like the old conjurers these days the way they take them out. You know those old charletons that used to massage things out of people and hold up the jar with a gall bladder or appendix or whatever in it.

Ken

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:32 pm
by Bright Raven
wbvs58 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:37 pm
I'm pleased you got it sorted Ron. They are a bit like the old conjurers these days the way they take them out. You know those old charletons that used to massage things out of people and hold up the jar with a gall bladder or appendix or whatever in it.

Ken
Very true. You go into surgery at 11:45 AM. In 30 minutes, they got the gallbladder out, the duct to the biliary tree sealed and cauterized, and 4 punctures into the abdomen sealed. Another hour in recovery and you are putting on your clothes going home. It is absolute witchcraft. Lol

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:33 pm
by bball
Bright Raven wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:32 pm
wbvs58 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:37 pm
I'm pleased you got it sorted Ron. They are a bit like the old conjurers these days the way they take them out. You know those old charletons that used to massage things out of people and hold up the jar with a gall bladder or appendix or whatever in it.

Ken
Very true. You go into surgery at 11:45 AM. In 30 minutes, they got the gallbladder out, the duct to the biliary tree sealed and cauterized, and 4 punctures into the abdomen sealed. Another hour in recovery and you are putting on your clothes going home. It is absolute witchcraft. Lol
Nope! Just medical science! :lol:

Re: Gallbladder Trouble

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:22 am
by Little Cow
I just had mine removed three weeks ago. I can relate to feeling a whole lot better! It was a chronic infection that I had for probably ten years. My hubby and son picked up chores for three days after surgery, then, I did them...slowly. Four days after my surgery was when I noticed our cow had mastitis and then she had surgery. So, my second week of recovery was spent cleaning her stall twice a day and spreading thick shavings, as well as all the other chores, lol! It turned out alright. Recheck was yesterday and everything looks good. I'm back to eating things I couldn't very well before, but not others. Lost my taste for fried food long ago. I can't stand pizza or chips of any kind either. Haven't touched fast food since college and poverty.