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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 08:06 AM

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with all of you today. I have been having a bad time with the Reflux and stomach problems still. I'm on the max meds for acid reflux, and I still feel terrible. I went to see my Gastro doctor yesterday, about the results of my upper G.I. Scope and Colonoscopy. He said that basically everything was fine, he said he could see sighns of Auto Immune Desease in my stomach, what ever that means. Anyway he's sending me for a Ultra sound of my Abdomen to check out my Gallbladder. He said it can cause all of the sypmtoms that the acid reflux causes. He also wants me to start a Gluten free diet, lucky me! I was wondering if any of you have had problems with your Gallbladder? I also have alot of pain on my left side, shoulder and shoulder blade area and also my left arm.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 09:51 AM

Hi,
Wow sorry you are having these troubles! I haven't had any problems with my gallbladder, but I think you will find that a gluten free diet will make you feel better! It's really tough though at first to try and figure out what to eat!!! Please let us know how the U.S. turns out.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:15 PM

Thanks Pamela, for getting back to me. I think I will have trouble big time with a Gluten Free Diet. I love bread and pasta, which are definate no, no's in this diet.My sister is a nurse and she thinks I should wait until after the Ultrasound to start this diet, because she thinks they would want everything as is, before the Ultasound. I don't feel as bad as I did earlier. It's wierd, certain times of day I feel worse than other times. Thanks again for getting back to me.

Jackie S.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:19 PM

I agree with your sister, I would wait until after the test. Then maybe you won't have to worry about the diet!
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 02:53 PM

<<He also wants me to start a Gluten free diet, lucky me!
Jackie S.>>

Hi, Jackie ,

Did he suggest a blood test to r/o celiac disease? I ask this because Gareth is DS/Autistic and CD is common among our kids. There is a very specialized blood test that can r/o CD but you need to have the test done before starting the diet. Just curious. Also, if he scoped you, he could have seen signs of CD....it would be after the stomach and at the start of the small intestine. Asked him if he took biopsies there.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 03:18 PM

Hello Jackie S.,
I also just had an edoscopy. the Dr. took biopsy of the upper intestine to check for several things, including Celiac Disease. I won't get my results for a few more days, and I won't see him again until May. So I may be on the Wheat free diet as well. I have tried that in the past and didn't really feel better, but I lost a lot of weight! I found many foods that were gluten and wheat free, including brownie mix....so I didn't go without!

Please keep me informed of your progress and what you find out.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 05:31 PM

Jackie,
Sorry that you are having so many problems with reflux inspite of the meds. I don't have problems with daytime reflux, but if I don't follow my evening and nighttime rules, I can wake up with it around 2 am. I hate that!

A gluten free diet is usually prescribe for celiac disease. Do you think your doctor suspects that? It seems to help people with and without celiac. Please let us know what yu find out.

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 07:03 PM

Jackie,

I had my gallbladder out 2 years ago. My symptoms mimicked a heart attack. I was in and out of ER a couple of times before they figured out it was gall bladder.

I had a gall bladder attack that was as painful as passing my kidney stones. I remember ER doctor saying that he was "impressed with my level of pain" Impressed? I said, I'll be impressed if you can make it go away.

So sorry you are feeling rotton. If it is your gall bladder, just have it yanked. It's worth it.

I've been kicking around the idea of trying a gluten free diet. Maybe we can try it together.

Glad to hear your innards looked good. I get mine looked at in 10 hours and counting.....Counting the hours til I can eat again! I've had the hunger headache all day.

Well, gotta "run" ;) (sorry) :rolleyes:

Love, Barefut

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:01 AM

Hi Jackie,
My gallbladder gave me problems very early in life and I had it removed at age 17. My surgeon said he'd never seen someone so young have gallbladder problems before. He said it was gallstones, but when he removed the gallbladder, the "stones" kind of dissolved into mush. The pain of gallbladder attacks was awful, like Barefut said. For me it was like an ache or stabbing all across the bottom of my lungs, chest and back, so painful I couldn't breathe. Once I had my mom drive me to ER, but on the way there the pain suddenly stopped, so we just turned around and went home, then I saw the doctor and had it removed. Like Barefut said - much better with it out! I still get pain that feels like gallbladder attacks sometimes, but not very often.
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Posted 27 April 2007 - 05:55 AM

Good morning everyone. Thank you so much for your input into my problem. Pamela, I do agree with you and my sister, about not starting the Gluten Free diet until after the Ultra Sound. My Gastro doctor didn't say anything about a test for Celiac Desease. I had never heard of this desase before. Karen I do get lower back pain on my left side. The pain in my shoulder, arm and shoulder blade are all on my left side. Erin, good luck with your Upper GI results. Thanks again to Barefut, Janey, Karen, Erin, Margaret, and Pamela. I don't feel to bad today. One question I did want to ask you gals that did have your Gallbladder out, did you have nausea with the symptoms? I don't know wether or not that is related to the acid reflux, slow motility, or the gallbladder. Well, I have to run I have to get into the grocery store and do a few other errands before I start to feel lousy again. You never know how your going to feel one day to the next. I hope all of you have a pain free day today.

Take Care
Jackie S.

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:24 AM

Hey Jackie~
Just chiming in here :D Sorry you don't feel well. I had my gallbladder out in 2001. I was always nauseous and had an aching dull pain on my right side around the middle of my torso and around my back. I also had chest pain with it. Was not fun. Those symptoms are gone since my surgery. Best thing I could have done lol I didn't realize how miserable I was until I had no pain!! Imagine that?? Now new symptoms are rearing their ugly heads here with the scleroderma. ICK! Hope you feel better!!!
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 02:21 PM

Nausea - yes. :(

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 06:07 PM

Jackie...

I suffered with gallbladder attacks for 2 years that went undiagnosed. They said I had the flu, food poisoning, could be pregnant, gas pains, even mono! I was eventually sent to the shrink!

The attacks would come out of no where, caused a terrible amount of pain in my upper stomach, just beneath my sternum. It ALWAYS started with very bad lower pack pain though...then the stomach pain and extreme nausea would kick in. I was only 25 years old.

Eventually this young doctor ordered an ultrasound and said I had hundreds of stones, both inside and outside the gallbladder. (He said they probably missed it because they look for "fat, female and forty", and I didn't meet the fat or forty! LOL).

I was scheduled for surgery 2 weeks out, but before that happened, my gallbladder got infected. I was hospitalized 5 days and was shot so full of pain medication while they tried to get the infection under control. Finally I was able to have it removed and have not had a single issue with the nausea again. I felt like I had been poisoned! I was so nauseous, but could not throw up.

Funny thing is, they said my cholesterol level was extremely high pre-op, but went down significantly post-op. Not sure why??

My daughter, who happens to be Autistic was only FOUR when she had hers removed. Was told she was the youngest patient they'd seen with this.

Good luck with yours. I never regretted having mine removed. It was very painless.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 02:12 AM

I had my gall bladder removed almost 2 years ago. The pain was awful when I suffered attacks and I was finally admitted to hospital with pancreatitis -- caused by gallstones!
I felt like was having a heart attack -- couldn't breathe, sweating profusely, violently throwing up and the pain was just agony across my chest. My hubby who was at home at the time, called for an ambulance fearing the worst and by the way I was awaiting surgery on my stomach in any case -- I thought my chest would explode. I was told on arrival that the blood test they managed to get in the Emergency Dept was very high in liver enzymes which pointed to a problem with my pancreas. They then went on to ask if I was an alcholic! I can't even eat never mind have a session with alcohol. Anyway, I'm happy to say that it was gallstones and not something wrong with my liver or pancreas other than inflamation.
I've suffered for years with very bad indigestion pains always thinking that indigestion was an extremely painful problem and everyone with the condition must be experiencing the same -- was I just being soft? I now know that it was painful attacks of gallstones. I also suffer extremely bad reflux.

If you find that your gallbladder is the problem you have my hand on heart assurance that having the blighter out will put an end to your woes.

Best wishes
Barbs xxx

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 07:00 AM

Thanks again to all of you, very much appreciated. I go in on Wed. for my Ultrasound so we'll see what happens. I'll let you know. I haven't been feeling to bad lately, so hopefuuly that will continue.

Jackie S.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 09:25 AM

Jackie,
Did your doctors tell you to stay away from certain types of foods. Like Pizza and Spaghetti and all Pork products. I wasn't going to have my gall bladder removed if I could control things with diet. Not a chance. I also had mine removed when I was found rolled up in a ball and rocking to try to ease the pain. I had calcified stones. They were like miniature pebbles. I still have them. About 20 in all. Good luck in your decision process. Sheryl
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:40 AM

Hi Sheryl, I will not have my Gallbladder out if it isn't neccessary. I don't think it would be to painfull of an operation, because I think they do it with a Laparascope. I think I spelled that right. Anyway I go in tomorrow for the Ultrasound. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie S.