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So, the gall bladder guy says that’s not it. It’s staying. Back to the drawing board. And by drawing board, I mean scoped again.

12 Responses to “De-gall”

  1. Frankstwrm1 Says:

    Good luck

  2. Sebastian Says:

    Yes, good luck. But glad you don’t have to have the gall bladder out.

  3. comatus Says:

    Do they even have a test for “sheer cussedness”? Lot of that going around. Baffles the great minds of science.

  4. aczarnowski Says:

    Well crap. Hope you find the doc that can nail it for you soon.

  5. bob smith Says:

    I know an old Indian that can mix up some skunk cabbage, sassafras canker, and weasel gizzard that will fix you right up.

  6. shovelDriver Says:

    Just so you know:

    I worked in a hospital. For 2 years, I suffered with what they said was gastritis. Had tests by Docs who depended on me to keep their computers running. Friendly and helpful, in other words. They said “All tests show there’s nothing wrong with your gall bladder or liver, but that 4th MRI showed that you have one – count ’em, one – gallstone that is just slightly larger than the diameter of the exit tube. It will move, or pass, eventually. No need for surgery.” A year later, in the E.R. after a night of excruciating and fiery pain, I told them to cut.

    Simple operation, they said. Small incision, in and out, home in 2 hours. They said. I went under at 7:30 a.m. and woke up in an in-patient room at about midnight. Went home at 9:30 that (next) morning.

    Follow-up with the surgeon a week later. “Why,” I asked, “was I in surgery for almost 5 hours? What did you cut that you weren’t supposed to?”

    He said “There was excessive bleeding. Your gall bladder was in really bad shape.”

    So I asked why the MRI’s, etc, had not shown the problem. His answer? “They USUALLY don’t.”

    “Why, then, are so many expensive tests required?”

    He looked at me, looked down, and rubbed fingers and thumb together.

    TLDR: Get a second opinion.

  7. jigsaw Says:

    Hope they find the cause (and cure it) soon!

  8. bob r Says:

    Something that might seem “out there” and not possibly related: wheat. Some people have problems that just don’t “seem” like they could be caused by wheat but that “go away” when they stop eating wheat.

    The test is simple (if not necessarily easy): just stop eating wheat for a month. And by “not eating wheat”, I mean not even a “little” bit. If you eat *absolutely” no wheat for a month and the symptoms don’t improve then that wasn’t it — but if they do you’ll *know* that wheat is a problem *for you*. Some people report relief occurring within days of eliminating wheat.

  9. John Richardson Says:

    I hope they finally find out what is causing you the problem. I know it must be frustrating to not know.

    Good luck.

  10. NCMO Says:

    I second the call for no wheat. It should be the first thing docors advise for any GI problem because it costs nothing to try.

  11. Ingot Says:

    Good luck!

    It seems like a lot of us on here have had our own share of stomach problems and all together we’ve seen more doctors, asked more questions and done more research than probably most doctors. Do you feel like sharing the symptoms you’re having? With the collective knowledge we readers have, we might be able to point you in the right direction.

    I’d also give a third vote to you going off wheat for a month. I never had trouble with it until I had a seemingly unrelated GI issue. Then I started having stomach aches and my insides would itch whenever I ate wheat.

    If you go off wheat, you have to be very careful what you eat, because lots of stuff has wheat in it that you might not expect, like some oat and corn-based cereal, lots of soups, soy sauce, beer (whiskey’s okay, though), some barbecue sauces, some sausages, most pasta, some candy and snack bars, lots of chips (even some corn chips). Just read every label and ask your waiter at restaurants.

  12. Will Says:

    What my problem was: Oats. And, potatoes.
    The oats didn’t cause any pain, just mild diarrhea, mostly. Did the wheat thing first, no change, then remembered that when I was out of town, and couldn’t eat cereal, no problems.
    Potatoes started causing me a problem out of the blue, it seems. Go out for a burger, and sometimes I didn’t feel too good when I got home. Pinned it down to the occasional fries I added. Confirmed it with a canned soup that had potatoes in it. Leave the pieces in, pain in my stomach shortly. Next can, spoon and toss, no problem. Bummer, I like potatoes.

    You might consider having a food allergy test done. Got a sister that turned up with something like 40 things she reacts to. Like black pepper, and strawberries. Her youngest boy had a similar, but not identical, list.