HELP! I Have Gallstones!

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Ever had one of those days when you felt GREAT all day and them BAM, all of a sudden you thought you were dying?

I had that this past Saturday. I’ve been sick off and on for a couple of weeks but Saturday i actually felt pretty good. I had lots of energy. My cough was better, my stomach issues had ended… or so I thought.

It was unusually warm for this time of year so Hubby grilled hamburgers. While I was eating, my stomach starting feeling a little odd.  I’ve had these “attacks” before but was always told it was gas and to take GasEx. (real ladylike conversation, I know) So I tried that. A couple hours later, the fullness had turned to pain so I tried the GasEx one more time. A couple more hours later it hadn’t eased up any at all so I had Hubby take me to the ER.

They did an ultrasound and sure enough, I’m full of gallstones. My blood work and urinalysis came back fine so they gave me a shot of pain and nausea medicine and sent me home with instructions to call my Dr on Monday and a number for a surgeon.

I saw my Dr. yesterday and they have a preliminary appointment scheduled with a surgeon for next week. NEXT WEEK! And it’s only a preliminary. So that sucker is staying in there, all grumpy and aggravated, for at least another week. I’m not super worried about the surgery. although believe me, I’d much rather NOT have it. (ok, really, I’m kind of terrified)

But I’m just so sore and hurting still. It’s like this attack just doesn’t want to let up.

My upper abdomen is so sore. It hurts when I take a deep breath, or sneeze or cough, etc., which I’m doing plenty of so it’s pretty miserable. And it’s making me really behind on posts and reviews and replying to emails and such. I just feel too bad to stay up for long.

I know plenty of you have had your gallbladder removed. So I’d like to know your experience. If yours wasn’t an emergency operation and it was scheduled like mine will be, did you still have a lot of pain leading up to it or did things kind of calm down a little?

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