So for about 5 years now (maybe a year after my oldest was born) I've had what I'm told is gallbladder problems. My mom has those issues, she said from what I explained it sounded like a gallbladder problem. My first "attack" was 5 years ago, it felt like someon shoving a spear through me right under my right rib cage. I had been eating a lot of little debbie snack cakes becaue I was a bored, depressed stay at home mom with a horrible married life (long story). After that first attack there would be random times that I'd throw up for no reason after eating. Though usually it was after a big meal or something greasy.
I on and off over the years have had this happen, also a lot of indigestion and nausea after eating and sometimes actually when I havent eaten for a long time. The last few weeks I've had a lot of pain in the same area, for a few days even I felt like there was a big mass right side under my rib cage and somewhat in the middle too. It was bad enough I didn't feel like I could take full deep breaths, and sometimes it sent a shooting pain. I finally called a doctor to have it looked at. They ran blood tests and did an ultrasound of the area.
The ultrasound showed a cyst on my gall bladder, but the doc said that probably wasn't the cause of pain. I had normal blood work and no gall stones. So now I get to go in for a HIDA scan to test function of the gallbladder. In the mean time (its not til next week) I am on an off brand Prilosec for heartburn. I have been having a LOT of indigestion, still a lot of heartburn some nights and pain. So it seems like nothing is helping. I kind of hope that the HIDA scan shows bad function just so I can get the gall bladder out...its been so bad lately. I just had some mashed potatoes with bacon bits and such, yes not really healthy but not too bad, and that is causing pain and indigestion. I never used to get anything bad from what I ate.
Any one else with these issues and did you have the HIDA scan and such? Did you get your gall bladder out? How was recovery? I've read it may take 7-10 days to heal, I hope more like 7 because I will have to close my grooming salon however long it takes...I have no one else to work for me. I also read that without a gall bladder some people have to practically run to the bathroom after meals, but honestly to get rid of the pain, fullness, indigestion, heartburn and everything, I'd rather that.
*UPDATE* I go my HIDA scan done today and the doctor called me a little bit ago. My gallbladder is at 34%functon, which is just below normal. There is still tha polyp on my gallbladder. She wants me to talk with a surgeon to see what he thinks. She's sending everything over there and we will consult and decide if it should come out or if there is something else we can do. I barely feel like eating any more, its uncomfortable and everything causes indigestion, even a small meal of healthy food. I don't know what else they can do really, not that I want the surgery but I feel like I just can't enjoy eating anymore. I mean I guess that might help with some weight loss but who wants to have indigestion and pain in their abdomen all the time? It is almost always there, sometimes a dull crampig pain, sometimes sharp, sometimes just a like a fist stuck under my rib cage. I just want it all to go away....
*2nd Update* Anyone that is still interested. So I have been waiting it to see if things would get better, especially after getting my Nexplanon birth control removed after thinking it might be part of my problem. I thought I was getting better, but last night I had a horrible gallbladder attack. I was feeling sick, I felt like someone was stabbing me in the gut and in the back, I couldn't sleep and nothing was helping it. Even today it is still uncomfortable but manageable. I hadnt been eating much and then ate a normal amount of food and that set it off. I feel like it just randomly actually works, like the bile is always just sitting in there and like its not flowing when it needs to, maybe can't contract, but that pain was awful. I will be talking with the doc again, I feel it will never get better and it needs to come out but I still have to time it run because I have to do it after I get someone else hired here. I need to be able to keep my grooming salon running if I"m going to be down a week or two.